Duquesne Up 62 Spots, Nursing Named No. 26 Among Best Online Programs

Duquesne University’s online bachelor’s programs have broken into the Top 100 ranked, and the School of Nursing has again been recognized as one of the nation’s best according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Online Programs Rankings.

U.S. News, considered a global authority in education rankings, named Duquesne No. 81 among 231 schools included in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category. This marks a 62-spot jump for the University, which was ranked No. 143 last year in this category.

The School of Nursing was ranked at No. 26 among 107 institutions included in the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs category. This is the fifth consecutive year that the nursing school was ranked by U.S. News, and the fourth consecutive year it was named among the Top 30.

“Online learning is relatively new but growing in popularity because of the flexibility it offers,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News. “We developed the Best Online Programs rankings to provide students with the tools to identify programs that offer top faculty, positive student engagement and generous support services—all of which are key to productive online learning.”

For its methodology in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category U.S. News considers schools based on the categories of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and peer reputation.

In the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs category, U.S. News assesses the schools based on the categories of faculty credentials and training; student engagement; admissions selectivity; peer reputation; and student services and technology.