U.S. News & World Report named the University of Oklahoma one of the best online bachelor’s programs for veterans in their 2016 list of college rankings. The list, an annual analysis of schools that help veterans reduce the cost of earning advanced degrees, ranked OU #28 in terms of affordability, accessibility and reputation.
OU’s College of Liberal Studies has long been committed to the success of military students and their families, offering online, distance and hybrid education options to members of all branches of the military.
“Like other students, veterans and active-duty service members gain most from distance education that is affordable, accessible and reputable,” the U.S. News & World Report website states. “The 2016 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings measure these factors in consideration of financial benefits available specifically to people with military experience.”
For this year’s list, U.S. News & World Report included nearly two-thirds of ranked online degree programs (794 out of 1,210) in the 2016 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings. These included online bachelor’s degree programs and online MBA programs, as well as online master’s degree programs in business, education, engineering, computer information technology, criminal justice and nursing.
To earn a numeric rank on the list, each program had to perform well on factors like program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates and graduate debt loads. All veterans-focused rankings by the U.S. News & World Report must also belong to an institution that is certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Note: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.