SRU’s online bachelor’s programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report


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Slippery Rock University’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been recognized as part of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings.

Jan. 26, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University's online bachelor's degree programs are among the best in the nation, according to the 2021 Best Online Bachelor's Programs rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. For the 2021 edition, U.S. News assessed and ranked more than 350 online degree programs across the country.

Only programs that offered a 100% online environment were considered. SRU offers online bachelor's degree completion programs for accounting; health care administration and management; leadership studies; liberal arts; management; nursing; and philanthropy and nonprofit management.

In developing the 2021 Best Online Bachelor's Programs rankings, U.S. News assessed online colleges based on four general categories:

  • Engagement (35%), referring to the extent to which a degree program promotes participation by enabling students to effectively interact with instructors and classmates, as they would be able to do in an on-campus environment.
  • Services and Technologies (25%), focusing on how programs incorporate diverse technologies to allow for students to more flexibly complete their coursework at a distance. This category also considers the quality of student support services, career guidance and financial aid resources.
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (20%), measuring the degree to which online instructors' credentials mirror those of on-campus faculty. This category also measures the effectiveness of the resources used to train instructors to teach distance learners.
  • Expert Opinion (20%), based on a survey of high-ranking academic officials helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics.

U.S. News selected factors, known as ranking indicators, to assess each program in the categories outlined above that were calculated using data that the program reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and a peer reputation survey.

The complete rankings are available on More information about SRU's online degree completion undergraduate programs is available on the SRU website.

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