Top Ranking Universities Offer Online Degree Programs

By: Bailey Smith

With the growing demand for more flexible educational opportunities, more schools are beginning to offer quality online degree programs, including some of the nation's top ranking universities who are offering certification programs and undergraduate degrees as well as graduate programs- all online.

Perhaps one of the best examples of the quality you can expect from online degree programs it the University of Florida. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida has consistently ranked among the U.S. News and World Report's list of top schools. And the pharmacy school at the University of Florida is currently ranked number 11 out of only sixty-two schools in the nation to obtain an accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is the highest ranked school to offer a Doctor of Pharmacy degree online. The online degree program in pharmacy is also the largest of it's kind boasting over one thousand alumni.

But the University of Florida is not the only one to gain national attention for the quality of its online program offerings. The University of Cincinnati has been ranked as the #3 top ranked criminology school in the nation, and it is the only one of its kind to offer a Master of Science in Criminal Justice online. The program has some of the most visible faculty in the field of criminal justice available. And according to a study conducted by the Journal of Criminal Justice, The University of Cincinnati was ranked number one in the nation for most published faculty. They have also ranked in Money Magazine's top 100 for educational value.

Eastern Kentucky University is also among the distance education providers to boasting rights when it comes to offering top notch programs. Having one of the top undergraduate programs in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology in the nation, Eastern Kentucky University has been dedicated to lifelong learning since 1906.

The University of Saint Mary, who has been offering online education for over a decade, is also among the top ranking academic providers. The University of Saint Mary the only school in the region to be named a "Best Value College" by the Princeton Review which also listed the University of Saint Mary as "Best Midwestern College" for the past three years in a row. The dedication to serving students and offering them a quality educational experience is evident in the online degree programs offered by the University of Saint Mary.

If these universities are any indication, we can expert to see the trend in online education continue to grow, offering students an ever growing pool or degree opportunities. And as more and more people become familiar with the online classroom format, more universities are bound to jump on board and expand their offerings as well. So no matter what degree or program you are looking for, odds are you will find a national recognized program from a well established university so that you can feel good about the degree you have worked so hard to earn.

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