Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University claims the top spot for best online bachelor’s program in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2019 Best Online Programs ranking.
The ranking, which is aimed at adults looking to advance education and career goals, looks at bachelor’s and graduate programs in fields such as nursing, education, business, and engineering.
“Online programs can offer a flexible learning environment for students who have to balance classes with working a full-time job, caring for their family, or other responsibilities,” says Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News. “The Best Online Programs rankings allow students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals.”
The annual ranking continues to hold significance as online program enrollment climbs. A 2018 report from the Babson Research Group notes that as of 2016, online enrollments have increased for the fourteenth straight year.
Arizona State University is the second-ranked online bachelor’s program, followed by Ohio State University-Columbus and Oregon State University, which tied for third place.
Top online graduate computer IT programs are the University of Southern California, New York University, and Virginia Tech.
Research places Columbia University at the top for online graduate engineering programs, followed by the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Southern California in a tie for second place.