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Online bachelor’s degrees rank among top 10

UIC is ranked No. 8 in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs in bachelor's degrees.

UIC offers three online bachelor's degree programs, with our college's RN-to-BSN program accounting for 87% of that student body. (The two other programs are in health information management and business administration.) Online learning combines the high quality academic rigor of UIC with the flexibility of any-time access to learning, said Gayla Stoner, executive director of UIC Extended Campus.

For a fourth consecutive year, U.S. News has also ranked UIC's online bachelor's programs first in the nation in the category of student engagement.

"UIC faculty and staff are always working to help students become successful learners,"  Stoner said. "Our number one ranking in student engagement is evidence of our work with students in all of UIC's outstanding online programs." 

The RN-to-BSN program, the largest and longest-running online degree program at UIC, is designed for students so they can successfully manage their studies, career and personal life, said Catherine Tredway, program director and clinical instructor.

"Because students access the degree program and courses through distance-learning technology, it can be difficult to help them feel engaged and a part of something real and rooted in tradition,"  Tredway said. "UIC's online degree programs work hard at connecting with students.

"Advisers put in countless hours with each student, and instructors are present in the " ?classroom' with frequent announcements, quick responses to questions, participation in discussions and continual interaction with students." 

Now in its sixth year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs are a resource for students and working adults who are increasingly seeking online education programs for degree completion and career advancement. Prospective students can use the searchable directory to explore factors such as tuition, program offerings and online services offered to enrolled students.