BGSU ranked # 1 in Ohio for online programs for veterans

Press Staff Writer

        Bowling Green State University is tops in the state for its online programs for veterans, according to U.S. News and World Report, reinforcing the University’s nationally recognized status as a military-friendly institution.
        The University is No. 44 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio for having the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans according to the Best Online Programs report released Jan. 24.
        In 2022, Military Times, in its Best for Vets: Colleges rankings named BGSU second in the nation and No. 1 in the Midwest for active military students.
        “Veterans and military students experience connection, care and support from the moment that they enroll at BGSU to the time that they graduate,” said Dr. Barbara Henry, assistant vice president of BGSU Nontraditional and Military Student Services. “The flexibility of the University’s online classes is important to the success of these students and makes BGSU one of the best universities for veteran and military students.”
        The 2022 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings measure factors of affordability, accessibility and institutions that provide reputable distance education in consideration of financial benefits available specifically to people with military experience. The annual rankings cover online bachelor’s degree programs and online MBA programs, as well as online master’s degree programs in business, education, engineering, computer information technology, criminal justice and nursing.
        To ensure academic quality, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top half of schools in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Online Programs rankings.
        Criminal justice programs
        The University’s online criminal justice programs remain nationally ranked at No. 25, keeping BGSU among the country’s best, not only in quality but also with an exceptional value proposition.
        “We are pleased to maintain our strong ranking over multiple years. BGSU continues to offer a high-quality and competitively ranked online criminal justice degree program at a lower cost compared to most other universities,” said Dr. Melissa Burek, the director of the Center for Justice Research and associate dean and professor for the College of Health and Human Services.
        Online education degree programs
        Flexibility is especially vital for professionals expanding their education amid their careers, and the University’s online education degree programs continue to be nationally recognized for excellence, ranking No. 69.
        Two University programs reached the U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs Rankings for the first time in 2023. BGSU was nationally recognized for both its online master’s in business program (non-MBA) and the online MBA program.
        eCampus and accessible education
        The online programs are all part of the University’s eCampus, which offers 100% online programs tailored for working adults who aspire to start a new career or advance in their current one.  
        “The BGSU eCampus offerings are a pivotal part of the University’s mission as a public university for the public good,” said Dr. Joe B. Whitehead Jr., provost and senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “That mission includes ensuring that a BGSU education is accessible to all students aiming to advance their careers, and eCampus helps to make that a reality.”
        The University’s eCampus continues to expand and currently offers 18 online master’s degree programs, five bachelor’s degree completion programs, one associate degree and 16 certification and endorsement programs. 


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