rankings: thinking about an online degree? here are the top 20…

One of the biggest changes to higher education in recent years has been the evolving profile of the average college student. While that student was once full-time, young and financially dependent on loans or other support, today he or she is more likely to be part-time, older and working, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“Students today are doing more than one thing,” says Karen VanGorder, director of online learning and credit programs at Indiana University-Purdue University—Fort Wayne, a school that offers several online bachelor’s programs. “It’s just not possible to fit on-campus courses into their schedules and online learning helps them fit it in.”

To help students make smart decisions about their online education, U.S. News has released the 2014 Best Online Programs rankings. Now in their third year, the rankings cover online bachelor’s degrees and online master’s degrees in engineering, business, education, nursing and computer information technology.

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full list: us news + world reports best online programs

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