Arizona Online bachelor's programs ranked in top 3% by U.S. News & World Report
Arizona Online earned several top-10 rankings across a variety of categories in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of online programs.

By Nick Prevenas, University Communications
Feb. 7, 2024

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In fall 2023, Arizona Online enrolled more than 9,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs – an increase of more than 1,000 students from the previous year.

Arizona Online has maintained its reputation as one of the nation's top online education providers with a top-15 placement in the 2024 Best Online Bachelor's Programs rankings by U.S. News & World Report, released Wednesday.

In its ninth year of operation and eighth year of rankings eligibility, Arizona Online received its fourth consecutive top-15 finish among the best online bachelor's degree programs, ranking tied for No. 11 out of 339 ranked programs overall, placing it in the top 3% of all ranked programs.

Arizona Online earned an overall score of 91 out of a possible 100 and tied for No. 7 in the peer assessment category, which is determined by ratings on academic quality received by presidents, provosts and deans of admissions – or officials in equivalent positions – at institutions submitting peer assessment surveys.

Arizona Online also maintained its No. 4 overall ranking for its bachelor's program offerings for veterans.

"The University of Arizona has spent the last decade enhancing its ability to deliver world-class online educational opportunities for students throughout the world," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "Our consistently excellent placement in these rankings reflects Arizona Online's unquestioned reputation as a leader and an innovator in the online education space and represents our dedication to educational accessibility." 

The Eller College of Management MBA program offered through Arizona Online earned another top-10 mark in the rankings, rising to a tie for No. 7 overall and tying for No. 5 among public universities. Arizona Online tied for No. 6 overall in its bachelor's program for business and tied for No. 4 overall in the best online MBA programs for veterans. Arizona Online had top-20 rankings in the business subspecialties of marketing (tied for No. 10 overall, tied for No. 7 among publics) and business analytics (No. 13 overall, No. 8 among publics).

Arizona Online's computer information technology graduate programs – which include information systems, computer science, computer engineering and software engineering – ranked No. 5 overall, No. 3 among public universities and No. 3 for veterans. These programs are offered through the Eller College of Management, the College of Science and the College of Engineering.

The following Arizona Online programs also earned strong marks:

  • Bachelor's in psychology (tied for No. 11 overall and tied for No. 9 among publics)
  • Master's in engineering (tied for No. 30 overall and tied for No. 21 for veterans)

U.S. News & World Report added three education-related subspecialties to this year's ranking: Master's in curriculum and instruction programs (No. 11 overall), master's in special education programs (tied for No. 13 overall) and master's in educational administration and supervision programs (tied for No. 15 overall). These programs are offered through the College of Education.

In fall 2023, Arizona Online enrolled more than 9,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs – an increase of more than 1,000 students from the previous year. Many Arizona Online students are adults who work full time, including parents who seek the flexibility of online courses and active military personnel who require the ability to study from wherever they are stationed or deployed.

"We are thrilled to earn yet another excellent series of rankings from U.S. News & World Report," said Caleb Simmons, executive director of online education. "More students each year are pursuing online educational opportunities, and we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide these students with high-quality, innovative learning experiences."

U.S. News & World Report ranks programs based on student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion.

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