New university rankings reveal best online degree programs for 2021 – About Your Online Magazine


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has the best online bachelor’s degree program in the United States, according to the annual ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. News & World Report.

Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, Embry-Riddle is the largest accredited university system focused on the aviation and aerospace sectors. The university won the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Florida and last year’s top rated program at Ohio State University-Columbus.

The University of Illinois-Chicago offers three online bachelor’s degree programs, including health information management, business administration and a nursing program. Susan Poser, dean of the university and vice dean for academic affairs, said in a press release that the institution is committed to “increasing access to high-quality online programs for professionals who are working and who are juggling family responsibilities and they can’t go to the Lectures campus. “

U.S. News & World Report Development your ratings, which has been publishing for a decade, based on faculty credentials, student engagement, use of technology and access to student services.

Top online programs from the U.S. News & World report:

  1. Aeronautical University Embry-Riddle
  2. University of Illinois-Chicago
  3. University of Florida
  4. Ohio State University-Columbus and Oregon State University (tie)
  5. Arizona State University
  6. University of Arizona
  7. CUNY School of Professional Studies & University at Buffalo-SUNY (tie)
  8. Colorado State University-Global Campus and Medical University of South Carolina and Pennsylvania State University-World Campus and University of Georgia (4 copies)

The publication also develops rankings for graduate programs, programs for veterans, as well as rankings for various undergraduate areas.

Main master’s programs:

  • MBA: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Business, not MBA: University of Southern California
  • Computer Information Technology: Columbia University
  • Criminal Justice / Criminology: University of California, Irvine
  • Education: University of Florida
  • Engineering: Columbia University
  • Nursing: Rush University

The 2021 rankings arrive when universities have spent nearly an entire year struggling with the challenges of a pandemic, usually turning to some form of virtual education.

The publication evaluated more than 1,600 programs predominantly online, which can present face-to-face events such as guidelines, clinical requirements or tests. Combined learning programs – which many universities relied on during the pandemic – were not included in the ratings.

“Because face-to-face meetings remain limited, we can see more interest in online courses than in pre-pandemic years,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education for U.S. News & World Report in a press release. “But online degrees are not only practical in the short term – distance education can also be consistent with a schedule that includes full-time work or other commitments.”

Paula Fonseca