The online undergraduate programs at Upper Iowa University (UIU) are once again ranked among the top online bachelor degree programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. The recognition also includes being ranked among the best online programs for veterans.
“UIU is honored that our online programs are continually recognized at the national level,” UIU President William R. Duffy II said. “In our experience, online education is key to providing accessible higher education and lifelong learning to many students seeking to attain an Education Built for Life and career success. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and administration, I would like to express our appreciation to the faculty and staff who make recognition like this possible each day.”
UIU, a private, nonprofit university founded in 1857, provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students worldwide. In addition to a traditional campus in Fayette, Iowa, 21 U.S. locations, as well as Hong Kong, UIU provides maximum flexibility to undergraduate and graduate students through its online education. Students are offered more than 40 majors to choose from, and all utilize a unique, flexible course schedule. Each academic year consists of five 8-week sessions and one accelerated 6-week summer session, so Upper Iowa students typically take less classes at a time.
The vast majority of students enrolled in the ranked programs have earned at least some college credit. Rather than first-time college students, they are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers.
The factors U.S. News selected to make comparisons between programs were not measures like high school class rank or standardized test scores. Instead, U.S. News chose factors that weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
To determine the 2020 rankings, schools were evaluated on their scores for student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinions of high-ranking peer academic officials.
Additional information about UIU and its academic programs, can be viewed at uiu.edu.