UPCEA Congratulates Members Recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Ranking of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

January 17, 2019

10 of top 11 ranked institutions are members of UPCEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2019) — UPCEA, the association for college and university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education, is pleased to congratulate the many UPCEA members recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

U.S. News rankings include more than 1,500 online programs, covering bachelor’s and graduate programs across a variety of fields. The U.S. News rankings focus on online programs, using information provided by participating institutions. Factors included in the ranking methodologies include student services and technology, student engagement, and faculty credentials and training.

“UPCEA members, as a community, continue to advance online learning on their campuses and share their practices with their peers.” said Julie Uranis, Vice President of Online and Strategic Initiatives for UPCEA. “Seeing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the first institution recognized through an UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership review, retain its #1 U.S. News ranking highlights the phenomenal work being done at both the program and enterprise level at that institution.”

Ten of this year’s top eleven ranked institutions are members of UPCEA:

1 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide
2 – Arizona State University
3 – Ohio State University—Columbus
3 – Oregon State University
5 – Pennsylvania State University—World Campus
5 – University of Florida
5 – University of Illinois—Chicago
8 – Colorado State University—Global Campus
8 – University at Buffalo—SUNY
8 – University of Oklahoma

“We’re incredibly pleased to be recognized again as one of the top-ranked institutions offering online bachelor’s programs.” said Lisa L. Templeton, Associate Provost for Ecampus at Oregon State University. “We deliver our programs in partnership with OSU’s Colleges so this ranking reflects the work of Ecampus, over 800 faculty, and countless staff that support students in over 50 online degree programs.”

Congratulations to all of the UPCEA members recognized in this year’s rankings. Click here to see those featured in the top 100 institutions.

“UPCEA member institutions have been the leaders in online learning since its inception,” said Bob Hansen, CEO of UPCEA. “I’m proud to see so many of them recognized for their hard work and exceptional programs by the U.S. News & World Report online rankings.”




UPCEA is the association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. With innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications, we support our members’ service of contemporary learners and commitment to quality online education and student success. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between adult learners and public policy issues. Visit


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