DENVER, CO — Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, current and prospective college students in Colorado are still turning to online schools and programs to get their degrees in the safety of their homes.
To help students decide on their post-secondary education plans, U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its annual list recognizing select schools and degree programs in Colorado that were specifically designed to be earned online.
A total of 13 colleges and universities from Colorado earned a spot on the 2022 list of Best Online Programs, released Tuesday by U.S. News.
Overall, the rankings evaluated more than 1,700 online bachelor's and master's degree programs.
"The uncertainty caused by the pandemic may result in more people considering the merits of an online education," Liana Loewus, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said in a news release. “As students consider what's right for them and their schedules, they can use the data provided by U.S. News to research their options and make informed decisions about their academic future."
This year’s rankings did not take into account schools or programs that have temporarily moved online due to the pandemic, according to a release by U.S. News. The list also doesn’t include blended learning programs that combine courses in brick-and-mortar classrooms with online education.
To determine which schools and programs made this year’s list, U.S. News looked at overall academic quality across a variety of disciplines. In addition to online bachelor's degrees, U.S. News ranked master's programs in business, education, nursing, engineering, computer information technology and criminal justice. Online MBA programs were split from other business degrees and ranked separately.
The methodologies to determine the best programs varied according to specialty. Learn more about the methodologies used at USNews.com.
Here’s a look at how other schools in Colorado fared on this year’s list:
Colorado State University, Global Campus
Ranked 13 in best online bachelor's program.
University of Denver, Denver
Ranked 47 in best online bachelor's program.
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Ranked 33 in best online master's in Education program.
Florida-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University remained at No. 1 this year among Best Online Bachelor's Programs. There was a three-way tie between Indiana University-Bloomington, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California for the top MBA program.
Meanwhile, Columbia University had the top-ranked computer information technology and engineering master’s programs. Tied at No. 1 for Best Online Master's in Nursing programs were Ohio State University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of South Carolina.
Finally, the No. 1 master’s program in education is at Clemson University in South Carolina.
See the full 2022 list of Best Online Programs here.