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Best online colleges: U.S. News ranks top online programs for 2014

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Best online colleges as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2014 was released. The report broke out bachelors and several categories of graduate programs in separate lists. According to WebProNews on Jan. 17, SUNY Buffalo's Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) online program made the top 25 for the first time.

GSE has offered more online programs this year, which landed them a spot at number 25 on the list, compared to number 61 last year.

The best online colleges were ranked by several criteria including student services and technology, faculty credentials and training and peer reputation. A sampling of the top five schools in each category follows.

Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

Central Michigan University

SUNY College of Technology—​Delhi

Pace University

Pennsylvania State University—​World Campus

Embry-​Riddle Aeronautical University—​Worldwide

Best Online Graduate Business Programs

Indiana University—Bloomington

Arizona State University

University of Florida

University of Texas—​Dallas

University of West Georgia (Richards)

Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Northern Illinois University

Indiana University—​Bloomington

Central Michigan University

University of Houston

St. John's University

Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

Columbia University

University of California—Los Angeles

University of Wisconsin—Madison

University of Southern California (Viterbi)

Pennsylvania State University—​World Campus

Best Online Graduate Info Tech Programs

University of Southern California

Boston University

Virginia Tech

North Carolina State University

Syracuse University

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

St. Xavier University

Medical University of South Carolina

University of Massachusetts—Amherst

George Washington University

East Carolina University

The GSE's inclusion on the list of best online colleges is well deserved. 20 percent of their enrollment is now online. Most of their students go on to earn master's degrees. Their average age is 44 and many are working students with families all over the world.

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