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Ohio State Online Education Program Ranked Best in the Country

The best, booziest, and brightest.

First, Fansided named Buckeyes the best fans in the world. Then, The Lantern reported those fans drank way too much liquor last season: in the ballpark of $1.35 million worth of $9 Bud Lights. So, do OSU students even go to class?

Well, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report and a press release from the university, Ohio State’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked as the country’s best. Now we are the best, the booziest, and the brightest.

The 2018 rankings, which include public and private colleges and universities with degree-granting programs offering online classes needed to complete the degree, placed Ohio State in the upper echelon of these online programs.

The university ranked top dog overall out of 357 qualified online programs, with nursing finishing second in the country and engineering finishing in the top 25.

The rankings take several factors into account when considering each program: severity of debt from graduates, quality of course delivery, and academic and career support availability for remote students.

“Over the course of the last five years, we have been focused on not just growing our online portfolio, but doing so with a commitment to engaging, high-quality learning,” said Mike Hofherr, vice president and chief information officer, in the press release. “Seeing the hard work of our faculty and staff recognized with these rankings is extremely gratifying. We look forward to continuing to expand our offerings and connect with students across the country.”

“We are incredibly proud to have our exceptional online programs ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and to be the No. 1 ranked public College of Nursing on this year’s list,” said Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer for Ohio State.

“This recognition demonstrates that our world-class, caring faculty provide students with outstanding education, support, and evidence-based curricula online, just as they do for our students on campus. We provide our students with terrific mentorship and the inspiration to dream, deliver, and discover transformative change in health care locally to globally, while instilling the confidence and evidence-based practice skills they need to lead, improve patients’ lives, and enhance their health and wellness outcomes.”

Ryan Murphy

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