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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has earned the No.1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 ranking of the country’s best online bachelor’s degree programs, affirming the school’s focus on academic excellence, affordability and promising career opportunities for graduates.
U.S. News & World Report identified Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus as the No. 1 online undergraduate educator among 348 schools ranked on the 2019 list. It was the sixth consecutive year that Embry-Riddle’s online bachelor’s degree programs ranked within the top five on the list.
This year’s list placed Embry-Riddle among outstanding company: The university successfully competed with many of the country’s most distinguished research institutions, and it was the only private university among the top schools.
Also ranking within the top five were Arizona State University, Ohio State University-Columbus, Oregon State University
“We are honored to be named No.1 among so many exceptional online educators. The latest U.S. News & World Report ranking will inspire us to sustain and advance all of our award-winning educational programs in service to students,” said Dr. P. Barry Butler, president of Embry-Riddle.
The Daytona Beach campus is one of the 135-plus locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs for about 23,000 students online.
Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret noted: “Embry-Riddle’s online programs meet the highest standards of academic excellence, and they are also remarkably accessible to all students – from first-generation university students to military members transitioning back into civilian life.
“Because Embry-Riddle is No. 1, our students are exceptionally well-positioned to secure rewarding, meaningful jobs, particularly because the aviation industry is rapidly growing, yet it faces a global shortage of highly qualified pilots and other personnel.”
According to Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor & Chief Digital Learning Officer at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, “Advancing technology-enhanced education with affordability, academic quality and student success at the forefront is what sets Embry-Riddle apart.”
High job percentage
In 2018, the university was ranked No. 1 on the U.S. News & Report list for online bachelor’s programs for veterans.
The 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranking involved an analysis of some 1,500 online bachelor’s degree programs, encompassing four general categories: student engagement (which counted for 35 percent of each institution’s score); faculty credentials and training (20 percent); peer reputation (20 percent); and student services and technology (25 percent).
According to Embry-Riddle’s annual alumni survey, 97 percent of graduates are employed or are in graduate school within a year of graduation.
The 2017-2018 PayScale College Salary Report found that Embry-Riddle graduates have a higher salary than 82 percent of graduates from 1,531 other ranked institutions.