University Online Bachelor’s Degrees Jump in US News and World Report Best Online Programs Rankings

The D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families is proud to be part of the Syracuse University family and is happy to congratulate the University’s achievement in reaching No. 5 for private schools in best Online Bachelor’s Program, where many participants are military-connected.

The AACSB-accredited business management degree, which represents a partnership between the College of Professional Studies and the Whitman School of Management, is ranked No. 8 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (No. 5 in private schools), while Syracuse University additionally earned a ranked spot (No. 13) for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (No. 3 in private schools).

This is the highest ranking Syracuse University has achieved in the history of its online undergraduate programs.

“Our rapid movement through the U.S. News rankings is a direct result of Syracuse University’s commitment to quality, rigor, high-touch student support and distinctive excellence in online education,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “And while the rankings are a confirmation of our excellence, the more important measures are found in the data – in the dramatically expanded access we are creating to Syracuse University; in the dramatically increasing numbers of military-connected students we are serving; in our exceedingly high credit transfer rates, and our rapidly increasing persistence and graduation rates. To be more precise, our success in this year’s rankings are a direct correlation to the increasing numbers of diverse students who are transforming their lives with a Syracuse University education through our online programs.”

Syracuse University currently offers 10 market-sensitive online undergraduate degrees, as well as eight online undergraduate credit certificates through the College of Professional Studies.

The business management bachelor’s degree maintained its top 10 ranking from last year. “The Whitman School of Management is very proud of our partnership with the College of Professional Studies. This most recent accolade helps to underscore the strength and potential of joint programs, where we leverage the areas of expertise of both partners in better support of our students,” offered Alex McKelvie, interim dean of the Whitman School.

The University’s No. 13 ranking as Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans is a recognition of Syracuse University’s commitment to being the best school for veterans, active military and military-connected students, jumping 27 spots from last year’s rankings. Syracuse is the only R1 private university in the Northeast that offers online and residential part-time undergraduate study to active-duty military, guard and reservists at their respective tuition assistance (TA) rates beyond the member’s annual benefit. This means active-duty and reserve students pay no more than $250 per credit (or the current DoD TA rate) after they expend their annual TA allotment.

U.S. News & World Report ranks over 350 public and private U.S. online bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on multiple measures of academic quality alongside factors of program delivery and effectiveness of awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. Ranks are based on methodology used by the publication that includes student engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, in addition to expert opinion provided by high-ranking academic officials which help account for the intangible factors that affect program quality that are not captured by statistics. For more information about the methodology, visit

U.S. News & World Report college and program rankings are considered to be one of the premier rankings of U.S. higher education institutions. The full rankings, released earlier on Tuesday, are available on the U.S. News & World Report website.

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