Study.com named South Dakota State University’s online bachelor’s degree programs 12th in the nation in its 2019 rankings.
According to Study.com, “all of this school’s distance-learning courses are taught by on-campus professors who are proficient in their fields. Online students are given access to a wide variety of helpful entities including technical support, access to their digital library and an academic advisor to guide them on the path to success.”
Study.com’s list of the 50 best schools provides high quality, affordable and accessible online bachelor’s degree programs. It focused on data provided by the U.S. Department of Education as well as school websites to uncover the best online undergrad school for students. All of the universities ranked are regionally or nationally accredited and provide online programs that stand out from the rest in terms of offered programs, student resources, financial aid and much more.
“We are seeing that online has become a preferred method of learning,” said Lindsey Hamlin, director of SDSU’s Office of Continuing and Distance Education. Approximately 65 percent of SDSU students take at least one online class. “It is something this generation has been exposed to already at a young age. Even during high school, many students are taking online classes and they are excelling in those courses.
“One key component to our success is the number of online degrees offered. We offer 45 online degrees and certificates, with additional online programs launching in the coming years,” said Hamlin. “The more online programs, the more online students. As long as we continue to add quality online programs that lead to in-demand careers, we are going to see growth.”
Study.com’s online degree rankings are unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability and quality of education, which were considered the most important attributes in the rankings.
Since 2004, Study.com has provided users with free college and career resources. Over 40 million visitors every month trust Study.com and use its articles to research schools, degrees and careers. Study.com’s mission is to make education accessible to all students. It knows each student has unique needs when it comes to choosing a college, so it created school rankings to help students make college decisions that are the right fit. The rankings only include accredited, nonprofit public and private schools. To rank schools, it uses a unique system combining current data points from the U.S. Department of Education with program and school-specific details.