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SHU’s Undergraduate Online Learning Program Again Nationally Ranked

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

Siena Heights tied for 34th among all public and private institutions, and was the second highest ranked Catholic institution and the seventh highest ranked private college or university in the nation. In addition, Siena Heights was also ranked 31st 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.U.S. News and World Report Online Ranking

“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 eight consecutive years, as well as the top-rated in Michigan for five straight years, is quite an accomplishment, especially during these challenging times. Our faculty and staff should be congratulated.”

U.S. News and World Report’s methodology included student engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion and student services and technology to determine the rankings. The publication released its 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings Jan. 26.

“Now more than ever, students are in need of a quality online educational experience,” said SHU Dean of the College for Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking provides current and potential students with an assurance that as an online student at Siena, they will be in a learning environment that sets them up for success.”

U.S. News and World Report Online Veteran Ranking

Siena Heights also ranked first nationally in faculty credentials and training with a perfect 100 score, and fifth in student engagement, according to the publication.

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
  • 2021: 34th

“Siena's consistent achievement of the U.S. News and World Report rankings speaks to the years of designated resources our institution has invested in online education,” Dr. Betz said. “Our positive reputation for training and developing online faculty has grown through the years so much so that Siena now offers online faculty trainings to other institutions.”

To view the complete U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit

For more information about Siena Heights University’s Online Learning Program, contact 1-866-937-2748 or visit

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