Since 2012, Regent University has placed well in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings for online degree programs, and this year’s rankings continue that trend. In U.S. News’ 2016 Best Online Program rankings released Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Regent’s online bachelor’s programs came in at 17th in the nation. The university’s master’s degree programs in education and business also received high marks.
“Whether students study online or on campus with us, Regent provides the highest quality, best-value Christian education possible,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Regent’s executive vice president for academic affairs. “Once again, these U.S. News rankings offer strong evidence of the quality our university offers and demonstrates our commitment to excellence.”
Online Bachelor’s Programs
The U.S. News ranking shows that Regent’s online bachelor’s degree programs are first among dozens of public and private four-year colleges in Virginia, as well as second among schools in the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Considering specific criteria evaluated for the ranking, Regent scored especially well in the area of faculty credentials and training, 95 on a 100-point scale.
Online Graduate Education Programs
Regent’s master’s degrees in education ranked first in Virginia and among CCCU schools, placing 46th nationally. School of Education programs also scored well in faculty credentials and training.
Online Graduate Business Programs, MBA, and non-MBA
Regent’s School of Business & Leadership (SBL) finished in the top 100 for its online graduate business programs and online MBA. The graduate business programs (non-MBA) were top in Virginia and among CCCU schools and 56th in the nation. The MBA degree program scored especially high in faculty credentials and training, 95 out of 100, with an overall ranking of fifth in Virginia and among CCCU schools, and 95th in the nation.
In total, U.S. News received and analyzed data from more than 1,200 online degree programs. The rankings include programs that are completely online, in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Rankings are determined by factors including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology. Each ranking category weighs the factors differently, and all except for online bachelor’s degree programs also weigh admissions selectivity.