America's Top Online Bachelor's And Graduate Programs, As Ranked By U.S. News & World Report - CATEGORY News today: TITLE

If you'd rather scroll a web page than stroll a campus quad, perhaps you should pick up your next bachelor's at Ohio State University. The university's main campus in Columbus topped U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Online Programs rankings for the first time.

If you're thinking an online MBA, Temple University reigns again in the rankings for a fourth straight year. And engineering? Look to the Ivy League: Columbia University jumped two spots to take top honors.

U.S. News analyzed nearly 1,500 programs for the rankings, looking at faculty credentials, technology and graduates' average debt among other factors to size up the top programs for bachelor's degrees as well as popular graduate degrees fields as varied as business, education, nursing and criminal justice. 

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Southern California sits atop the computer information technology rankings. Clemson University in South Carolina topped the list for education, while Chicago''s St. Xavier took first in nursing.

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas was named top criminal justice program. Villanova University topped the list for non-MBA business degrees.

Only regionally accredited programs offered "primarily online" were considered, per U.S. News.

See the top picks for U.S. News’ Best Online Programs Rankings below:

Bachelor’s programs

1. Ohio State University–Columbus

2. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) (tie)

2. Temple University (Pa.) (tie)


1. Temple University (Pa.)

2. Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) (tie)

2. Indiana University — Bloomington (tie)

Business, non-MBA

1. Villanova University (Pa.)

2. Arizona State University (tie)

2. Indiana University — Bloomington (tie)

Computer Information Technology

1. University of Southern California

2. New York University (tie)

2. Virginia Tech (tie)


1. Clemson University (S.C.)

2. Creighton University (Neb.) (tie)

2. University of Florida (tie)


1. Columbia University (N.Y.)

2. University of California — Los Angeles (tie)

2. University of Southern California (tie)


1. St. Xavier University (Ill.)

2. Ohio State University

3. Medical University of South Carolina

Criminal Justice

1. Sam Houston State University (Texas)

2. Boston University

3. University of California — Irvine (tie)

3. University of Nebraska — Omaha (tie)

Learn more about the rankings’ methodologies, and see the full rankings at U.S. News., index News this day of events, accidents, crime, law, News unique, Politics, and special reports on the world and International.

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