U.S. News: Campbell again ranks highest among N.C. private schools for online education

For the second consecutive year, Campbell University’s online bachelor programs ranked higher than any private college or university in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report in its annual assessment of online degrees released this week.

Additionally, Campbell ranked 79th in the nation — among both private and public universities — in U.S. News’ list of best online bachelor programs for veterans. 

Adult & Online Education Dean Beth Rubin said she was happy with the rankings (Campbell cracked the list for the first time in 2019 after launching its first fully online degrees in 2014. 

“Campbell is dedicated to enhancing the quality and quantity of our online offerings,” Rubin said, “We believe strongly in extending the quality of Campbell’s programs and student support to adult learners who need to develop skills and advance their careers.”

Rubin said plans are in place for the addition of several new in-demand programs in the next year, such as an RN-to-BSN nursing program and the University’s first fully online doctoral program. Last fall, Campbell launched four new programs in communication studies, public relations, cybersecurity and special education. 

In its rankings, U.S. News chose factors that weigh how online programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. Engagement — the students’ ability to interact with instructors and classmates — carried the most weight, followed by services and technologies, faculty credentials and training and “expert opinion” (surveys of high-ranking academic officials). 

Campbell ranked 133rd nationally overall in online bachelor’s programs, the only private university in North Carolina ranked in the top 260.