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January 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

WSU gets high marks in new ranking of top online degree programs

Thinking about going online to get your bachelor’s degree, or start a master’s program? U.S. News has come out with its third-annual ranking of the best online degree programs in the nation.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the rankings don’t look anything like U.S. News’ “best colleges” list, dominated by private Ivy League schools and flagship state universities. According to U.S. News, the best place to get a bachelor’s degree online is Central Michigan University, followed by SUNY College of Technology-Delhi and Pace University in New York.

Washington State University is the only Washington school to make the top 25 in online bachelor’s degrees, coming in at 21. But perhaps it doesn’t matter — when you’re online, you can go to college wherever you want.

WSU has been a state leader in online education. In 2012, it launched the Global Campus, an online portal to WSU courses and programs which it describes as its fifth campus (the other four are the physical campuses in Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Spokane).

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