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SHU's Undergraduate Online Learning Program Again Nationally Ranked

For the seventh consecutive year, Siena Heights University’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. And for the fourth consecutive year, Siena Heights was the top-rated in Michigan among all institutions.

Siena Heights tied for 33rd among all public and private institutions, and was the second highest ranked Catholic institution and the fifth highest ranked private college or university in the nation. In addition, Siena Heights was also ranked tied for 26th in the nation in the Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans category. That was also the highest ranking by a Michigan college or university in that category.

“Our Online Learning Program continues the standard of excellence that we expect at Siena Heights,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “To be ranked nationally for seven consecutive years, as well as the top-rated in Michigan, is quite an accomplishment, especially in the growing and ultra-competitive landscape of online education. Our faculty and staff should be congratulated.”

U.S. News and World Report’s methodology included student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student services and technology to determine the rankings. The publication released its 2020 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings Jan. 14.

Siena Heights also ranked third nationally in student engagement and fourth in faculty credentials and training, according to the publication.

“We remain committed to providing quality, relevant and affordable online instruction.” said SHU Dean of the College for Professional Studies Dr. Cheryl Betz. “Siena Heights students have an advantage in the education marketplace and future workforce by taking courses from a national online leader and innovator.”

Siena Heights has offered online bachelor’s degree completion programs in selected majors since 2004. Here is how Siena Heights’ undergraduate Online Learning Program has been ranked nationally over the years by U.S. News and World Report:

  • 2014: 131st
  • 2015: 25th
  • 2016: 72nd
  • 2017: 24th
  • 2018: 23rd
  • 2019: 29th
  • 2020: 33rd

“This national recognition is a testament to our faculty and staff, who are deeply invested in our students' success,” Betz said.

To view the complete U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

For more information about Siena Heights University’s Online Learning Program, contact 1-866-937-2748 or visit start.sienaheights.edu/online.

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