By By Lindsay Knake
Central Michigan University’s online bachelor’s program for veterans is tops in the nation, according to a new report.
U.S. News and World Report ranked the Mount Pleasant-based university No. 1 in its 2014 online programs report. Last year, CMU was 14th in the rankings.
CMU was the only university in Michigan to rank in the list’s top 10.
The university’s online Master of Arts in Education program for veterans also earned a No. 1 ranking, up from second place the previous year.
“CMU has established a national reputation for its unwavering commitment to military education and student attainment of their educational and professional goals,” said Pete Ross, CMU’s Global Campus vice president, in a statement. “Through initiatives such as our Veterans’ Resource Center and new academic programs such as our Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, CMU will continue its longstanding commitment to its military students.”
U.S. News ranks online programs for veterans in four areas: GI Bill-certified and a Yellow Ribbon program member, includes federal initiative to help veterans reduce the cost of school, a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium member and whether it offers a course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support catalog.
The CMU online bachelor’s program for veterans has 1,346 students enrolled, and tuition is $370 per credit hour.
CMU also has been on the Military Advanced Education’s list of “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities” for the past six years.
The university has off-campus locations at more than 20 military bases.
This isn’t the first time CMU has earned high rankings from the U.S. News and World Report. In January, U.S. News ranked CMU’s online undergraduate program top in the nation.