For over 50 years, students have benefited from the affordable tuition, vigorous curriculum, and experienced mentorship offered by The University of Texas Permian Basin. Now, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to enroll in virtual courses and receive the same exemplary education without ever having to set foot on campus.    

UT Permian Basin offers over 30 online programs designed to empower students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen career fields. Our online programs are as praiseworthy as any found on campus, and we’ve taken every measure to ensure that commonplace barriers to education, such as misleading tuition costs or required standardized testing, have been mitigated or removed.  

Let’s take a look at five reasons to join one of our West Texas online degree programs and see if we can’t make a Falcon out of you yet.  

  1. Undergraduate and graduate programs are online and asynchronous.  

We know what you’re looking for: an online program that can accommodate your personal and professional commitments. You’re not alone. Many of our students are working professionals with the goal of maintaining and progressing in their current profession. That’s why the majority of our online programs are entirely online and asynchronous.  

In these online and asynchronous programs, coursework can be completed on your own time, at your own pace. You’ll still be able to engage with your instructors and fellow students in 24-hour interactive discussion boards, but now you’ll have the freedom to choose when and where you study. An astronaut on the International Space Station could excel in one of our online programs, assuming they had a Wi-Fi connection.  

Our programs that aren’t 100% online still feature online courses, but they require students to engage in a structured learning experience or enroll in practicum or clinical courses. For example, almost all of the programs offered by the College of Education place students in a school setting for a full semester, where they can gain hands-on experience under the watch of their University supervisor. Practicum requirement or not, our online programs are flexible and convenient for all students.  

  1. Graduates earn the same degree as their on-campus peers. 

A concern many online students share is the quality of their degree. When a graduate of an online program receives their sheepskin, the last thing they want to see is their degree qualified by the word “online.” At UT Permian Basin, graduates receive the exact same degree as those awarded in our on-campus programs.  

Earning a degree online is no longer a rarity; in fact, it’s becoming the norm. Rather than commute to class, students are continuing their education from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This shift has resulted in online degrees being widely regarded with the same respect as traditional degrees. UT Permian Basin graduates are awarded a degree that’s not only identical to a traditional degree but also just as credible to employers.  

  1. Online students are taught by the same faculty that teach on campus. 

One of the greatest benefits of The University of Texas Permian is the fact that our online courses are taught by the same respected faculty who teach on campus. Many of our faculty members have years of experience as professionals and instructors in their respective fields. For example, students in our online Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies program are taught exclusively by faculty who have extensive experience in the criminal justice field. Similarly, our online RN to BS in Nursing program is led by experienced educators—registered nurses and doctors of nursing practice—who have firsthand experience with the challenges facing nurses today.  

  1. Our admissions process is simple and welcomes all applicants. 

In your research, you may have come across certificate or degree programs that require applicants to submit standardized test scores, such as the GRE. These requirements are meant to ensure that applicants are prepared for college-level coursework; however, these requirements can sometimes bar exceptional applicants who would perform far beyond what their test scores might suggest.  

At UT Permian Basin, we recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process, but we want to give as many applicants as possible the chance to change their lives through higher learning. That’s why we try to review applicants on a holistic basis whenever possible. 

Applying for admission to many of our online programs requires little more than your transcripts and a completed application. Moreover, many of our programs that do have GRE or GPA requirements have conditional admission requirements that would allow otherwise less qualified applicants to apply. We’ve also temporarily waived entrance exam and official transcript requirements for many of our programs in response to COVID-19. Applying to UT Permian Basin has never been easier.  

  1. Our cost-effective tuition rates are some of the best in the country.  

UT Permian Basin offers some of the most affordable online programs in the country. You can check out our estimated cost of tuition here. Regardless of location, on-campus and remote students pay the same affordable, competitive tuition rate within a program.  

Affordable tuition rates aren’t the only financial benefit available to students in our online degree programs. Grants, scholarships, and financial aid options are available, depending on students’ level and program. We also offer payment plans for students unable to pay their tuition all at once. We strive to ensure that financial costs never get in the way of a student and their academic and career goals.  

The cost of online learning will always be top of mind, and understandably so. Not all online programs provide the benefits of UT Permian Basin, but the long-term benefits of earning an online degree or certificate from our University far outweigh the immediate costs. By becoming a UT Permian Basin Falcon, you can earn credentials that can open doors to new opportunities, increase your earning potential, and secure a rewarding career. We think that’s well worth the price of admission, don’t you?