Veterans looking to earn an online degree can’t do much better than the University of Oklahoma. The university was ranked #2 among the best online programs for veterans in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 assessment of schools and universities, and it is the top-ranked public institution included on the list. The publication considered 80 schools in their evaluation of U.S. higher education options for nontraditional learners.
Since veterans and active-duty service members often rely on federal benefits that make their course credits less costly, programs included in the veterans-focused rankings must belong to an institution certified for the GI Bill. They also must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or charge in-state tuition, which can be fully covered by the GI Bill, for all veterans applying from out of state.
Programs also must have enrolled a critical mass of students with military backgrounds in order to be considered. Undergraduate rankings require a total of 25 veterans and active duty service members, while graduate programs require only 10.
“Veterans and active-duty service members gain the most from distance education that’s affordable, accessible and reputable,” U.S. News & World Report states. “The 2017 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings measure these factors, as well as financial benefits available specifically to people with military experience.”
All schools included in the Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings first have to be ranked among the top half of schools in the publication’s Best Online Programs rankings. The University of Oklahoma was ranked #3 among best online programs.