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UCO Moves Up the Ranks Among Top 100 Universities in Nation for Online Degree Programs

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Nov. 13, 2023

Media Contact: Deirdre Steiner, Assistant Vice President for University Communications, University Communications, 405-974-2307, 

UCO Moves Up the Ranks Among Top 100 Universities in Nation for Online Degree Programs

The University of Central Oklahoma ranks among the top 100 institutions in the nation for providing quality, accredited online degree programs for the third consecutive year in the 2024 “America’s Top Online Colleges” list from Newsweek. 

Central improved significantly on the prior year’s ranking, moving up 40 spots to No. 82. UCO is one of only two institutions in Oklahoma on the list.                  

The rankings are based on a survey among U.S. residents who have used online learning services to obtain an academic degree or acquire knowledge and skills for professional or personal development. The criteria are organized into several categories including support and service, cost of program, accessibility, perceived organizational reputation, excepted success and practical relevance of contents. 

“This ranking reinforces the University of Central Oklahoma’s commitment to providing students with a top-tier education whether they take courses on campus or online,” said Todd G. Lamb, UCO president.

“Our top priority is educating students to be workforce ready and become the next generation of leaders in our community. Our faculty and staff understand the transformative power of education and work tirelessly to create an excellent educational experience that fulfills our mission.”

According to Newsweek, the evaluative criteria is based on enrollment, graduation statistics, research activity, organization and accessibility, support and service, cost, organizational reputation, the practical relevance of content, overall satisfaction and overall recommendation.

Online degree offerings provided through UCO’s Connected Campus include the Bachelor of Business Administration in human resource management, finance, management or marketing, the professional Master of Business Administration and the Master of Education in library media education, the Master of Public Administration in either urban management or public and nonprofit management, the Master of Music in music education, the Master of Arts in strategic communications and the Master of Science in family and child studies, as well as the Master of Science in nursing and the RN to B.S. in nursing track.

UCO also offers adult degree completion programs designed for adults who have earned prior college credits and want to complete their degree. Students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in general business, a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or general studies, or a Bachelor of Arts in applied liberal arts.

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For more information about Central’s Connected Campus, visit