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USU Online Bachelor's Programs Ranks in Top 25 for 9th Straight Year

By Marcus Jensen |

LOGAN, Utah Utah State University has again been recognized as having one of the premier online bachelor’s programs in the nation. USU Online ranked 11th in the nation in the 2023 rankings issued Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report, one of the preeminent college ranking systems. USU rose three spots from its 2022 ranking, where it ranked 14th. This is the ninth consecutive year that USU has ranked in the top 25 of the rankings.

“For our bachelor’s online program to receive this top ranking for the ninth straight year is wonderful,” said Robert Wagner, executive vice president. “It shows the hard work and dedication of our instructors and support professionals, and the courses they have created and developed. Our talented faculty provide our students with the best education possible and do so in innovative and engaging ways. They help maintain USU’s reputation as the premier online university in Utah.”

USU also ranked 5th in the nation in its online bachelor’s programs for veterans, up from its ranking of 7th from a year ago. Additionally, USU ranked 10th in its master’s program in educational/instructional media design. USU also ranked well for its undergraduate psychology program as well as its undergraduate business program.

USU currently offers 16 online bachelor’s degrees and 17 master’s degrees, as well as three associate degree options, six undergraduate certificates, three graduate certificates and three professional education licensures. The USNWR rankings recognize USU as one of Utah’s top-ranked online universities and one of the top universities in the Western U.S. Entering its 28th year, USU Online continues to fulfill USU’s land-grant mission by offering online education outside of the traditional campus setting.

“USU is proud to be a leader in online education and be recognized nationally for our high-quality online programs and support services,” said Ryan Hobbs, associate vice president for digital learning and innovation. “This recognition wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and support from university and academic leaders, our talented and dedicated faculty and staff, and numerous university and industry partners. With several new online programs in various stages of planning and development, we are committed to meeting the needs of students and working professionals in fulfilling their education and career goals.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings were released after a competitive screening process of more than 300 universities. According to USNWR, highly ranked programs have strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates and instructor credentials. They also excel at educating distance learners while offering robust career and financial support. Ranking criteria for online bachelor’s programs are based on engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion.


Marcus Jensen
News Coordinator
University Marketing and Communications


Ryan Hobbs
Associate Vice President for Digital Learning and Innovation
Office of the Executive Vice President


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