College Choices Ranks Third Best Online College in Utah

Published: January 05, 2018 | Author: Cami Mathews | Read Time: 2 minutes

Student at computerSouthern Utah University has been ranked as the third best online college in Utah from College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The ranking actually puts SUU as the second public institution in the state, just behind the University of Utah.

Features of the ranking include online undergraduate degrees that SUU offers, such as an Associate in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor in Communication, and Bachelor in Business Management.

The state of Utah has the top-ranked economic forecast for the tenth straight year. SUU is expanding its reach and helping the state maintain its position by integrating new online classes and degrees. Just 3 percent of Utah students attend college fully online. Approximately 30 percent use a hybrid of online and on-campus classes.

At SUU, approximately 47 percent of students were enrolled in at least one online class during the fall 2017 semester. In that same time frame, approximately 38 percent were enrolled in online and other classes, while 9 percent were enrolled in online only classes.

“We are grateful for this ranking and appreciate the recognition,” said Mark Atkinson, dean of the graduate and online school. “SUU has experienced a renaissance in recent years with online learning, aligning ourselves with some of the best ideas that can be found concerning quality course design and innovative faculty training, resulting in stronger online student learning.”

SUU has also been boosting their masters programs, many of which can be fully completed online. The Masters of Public Administration program has received multiple rankings, including top 50 in the nation from top Management Degrees, and #4 in online programs in the nation from The Best Master’s Degrees.

According to College Choice, the rankings are based in quality, earning potential, accreditation, and loan default rates. The data for their ranking comes from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database, U.S. News & World Report, Payscale, and individual college websites.

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