CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University upheld its status as a leader in online education today when it was ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year.
Oregon State Ecampus, the university's online education division, is ranked eighth out of more than 300 higher education institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. OSU is tied for first among land grant universities on the list.
The full rankings are available online at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
Oregon State scored 89 points out of 100 in the rankings. Schools were assessed based on student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.
"Our mission is to provide adult learners with access to engaging programs that help them finish their degrees online and advance their careers," said Ecampus Executive Director Lisa L. Templeton. "We view this recognition as a sign that the collaboration between Ecampus and our 600 Oregon State faculty partners is providing students everywhere with high-quality learning experiences."
U.S. News also recognized Oregon State's online master of engineering in industrial engineering program as being among the best of its kind in the nation. The fully online program, which has a focus on engineering management, is ranked number 28 nationally.
OSU Ecampus delivers 21 bachelor's degrees online including business administration and a post-baccalaureate program in computer science. An additional 28 OSU graduate degree and certificate programs are offered online and in a hybrid (online/face-to-face) format.
In the 2015-16 academic year, more than 19,000 Oregon State students - over 60 percent of the university's student body - took at least one Ecampus class. OSU's distance learners are located in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.