UPCEA Congratulates Members Recognized in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Ranking of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

February 20, 2024

21 of Top 25 Ranked Institutions are UPCEA Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 20, 2024) — UPCEA, the online and professional education association, is pleased to congratulate the many UPCEA members recognized in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

U.S. News rankings include more than 1,750 online programs, covering bachelor’s and graduate programs across a variety of fields. The U.S. News rankings focus on degree-granting programs designed to be completely online. Using information provided by participating institutions, the ranking methodologies include factors such as student engagement, services and technologies, and faculty credentials and training.

“The U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings for online programs serves as a good reminder that UPCEA members continue to innovate and provide incredible online experiences for faculty and students regardless of conditions,” said Julie Uranis, Senior Vice President of Online and Strategic Initiatives for UPCEA. “Our members are not only leading successful online enterprises and creating quality programs, but they are at the forefront of digital transformation at our institutions.”

“As the student demand for high-quality online learning opportunities grows, Oregon State continues to demonstrate its leadership in delivering innovative and engaging learning solutions that meet student and workforce needs around the world,” said Lisa L. Templeton, the vice provost of Oregon State’s Division of Educational Ventures. “Everything we create, deliver and do is connected to our academic partners at OSU. We share the honor of being ranked #4 in the nation with our 1,200+ faculty partners and the advisors, administrators and others in the Oregon State community who give students access to high-quality learning experiences online.”

Twenty-one of the top 25 ranked institutions are members of UPCEA:

1 – University of Florida
4 – Arizona State University
4 – North Carolina State University
4 – Oregon State University
7 – Ohio State University
7 – Texas A&M University
7 – University of Central Florida
7 – University of North Carolina, Charlotte
11 – CUNY School of Professional Studies
11 – University of Arizona
13 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
14 – George Washington University
15 – University of Georgia
16 – University of Kentucky
16 – University of North Carolina, Wilmington
16 – Washington State University
20 – Indiana University
20 – Loyola University Chicago
20 – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
20 – University of North Florida
20 – University of Oklahoma

“Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering remains among the top choices for online graduate engineering education for the sixth consecutive year,” said Sunay Palsole, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Engineering Remote Education at Texas A&M University . “This national recognition,  the exceptional work of our faculty in engaging students and delivering a high-quality educational experience in engineering fields. Proudly serving veterans with top-tier support and resources, we’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to those who’ve served.”

It’s always an honor when the hard work of so many Ohio State faculty and staff receives recognition, especially for the excellent online teaching and learning experiences they have created. At Ohio State we have put effort and resources into serving online and post-traditional learners, and we always want to celebrate them, said Jason Lemon, Vice Provost and Dean for Online Learning at The Ohio State University. Ohio State Online continues to transform the online experience in positive ways for faculty who create online programs and courses and for students who participate in them. This effort is a demonstration of our commitment to delivering educational opportunities and access to the highest quality education experiences across Ohio and the nation. We are constantly finding ways that allow working professionals and adult students to pursue their educational goals and care for their families, lives, and careers with flexible online educational programs.

Congratulations to all of the UPCEA members recognized in this year’s rankings



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