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Ohio State’s online programs recognized for excellence in U.S. News ranking

The Ohio State University ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Online Programs” published Jan. 7.

Ohio State’s online graduate programs in nursing are ranked sixth by the publication, and online bachelor’s degree programs are ranked eighth. In addition, the online graduate engineering program is ranked 19th.

Ohio State currently offers 10 online programs across multiple colleges and is committed to the continued growth of these offerings in coming years.

“We are thrilled with this recognition by U.S. News of our online programs,” said Mike Hofherr, vice president and chief information officer. “The Office of Distance Education and eLearning was formed just 2 years ago with the goal of expanding our online educational resources, and having two programs in the top 10 nationally is a tremendous achievement.”

Recognizing the importance of flexible access to students, the university also offers many online courses to both distance and on-campus students. In 2014, Ohio State offered more than 270 online courses including new offerings of 11 general education courses. More than 5,000 students were enrolled in online in 2014.

Online degrees available at Ohio State include: the registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, master of science in welding engineering, master of science in dental hygiene, master of science in agricultural and extension education, master of global engineering leadership, master of applied clinical and preclinical research, master of plant health management, doctor of nursing practice and the dental hygiene baccalaureate degree completion program.

This is the third year that U.S. News has ranked online degree programs. For the online graduate nursing program, the publication ranked Ohio State sixth out of nearly 100 institutions. For the online bachelor’s degree programs, Ohio State ranked eighth out of nearly 300 institutions both public and private. For the online graduate engineering programs, Ohio State ranked 19th out of 80 schools.

“At the College of Nursing, our online students receive the same high-caliber education from our world-renowned faculty as students on campus,” said Bernadette Melnyk, Chief Wellness Officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “They graduate from our programs with superb knowledge and skills to promote health and transform health care.”

The U.S. News ranking follows recent recognition by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance that names Ohio State a “Best Value College. In this measure of value and affordability, Ohio State ranked 74th among all universities and 15th among public universities.

About The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 64,000 students (including 58,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.