US News & World Report includes Appalachian in ‘Best Online Programs’

Appalachian State University made U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and 2018 Best Online Graduate Education Programs lists.

Appalachian's bachelor's programs ranked 165th out of 346 schools. Criteria assessed includes student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

Appalachian's graduate programs ranked 36th out of 309 schools based on student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

Appalachian offers six online bachelor’s programs: career and technical education, child development, communication studies, advertising, management and nursing.

Appalachian offers online master’s degree programs in curriculum specialist, educational media, elementary education, higher education, middle grades education, library science, and school administration; the education specialist degrees in educational administration and higher education; and several graduate certificates in education.

“We are gratified Distance Education at Appalachian is represented well in the U.S. News rankings,” said Terry Rawls, executive director for Distance Education at Appalachian. “Rankings provide us one measure of progress and success toward achieving our goal of delivering strong academics and creating robust learning environments for our remote students.”

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About Distance Education at Appalachian

Distance Education at Appalachian State University is for students from all walks of life who share a priority to achieve a highly regarded college education but must balance their life with other responsibilities. The university offers innovative, accredited and flexible options for programs in business, communication, health care and education through three modes of delivery: online, a hybrid of online instruction and face-to-face meetings, and face-to-face at off-campus centers in Hickory, Caldwell County and Burke County. Learn more at


Published: Jan 16, 2018 10:22am