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These DMV universities topped the annual ranking of online degree programs

U.S. News & World Report published its annual report assessing undergraduate and graduate programs at hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities.

MacGregor (left) and the LawIQ team. (Photo by Amanda Washington)

During a time when online schooling is becoming more of a norm, this recent ranking of accredited online programs may be more insightful this year than in the past.

A handful of local universities and colleges were ranked as the best online degree programs across the U.S. in the latest report published by media and analysis company U.S. News & World Report, based on data shared by the higher ed institutions.

Each online undergraduate and graduate degree program was assessed and scored across four categories, weighted like this:

  • Engagement — 35%
  • Services and tech — 25%
  • Faculty credentials and training — 20%
  • Expert opinions from surveys of high-ranking academic officials — 20%

Out of 357 institutions surveyed, here’s how schools from D.C., Maryland and Virginia ranked for best online bachelor’s degree programs:

  • George Washington University — #19
  • Regent University — #53
  • Old Dominion University — #86
  • Gallaudet University — #189

GW bumped up one spot compared to last year, while Gallaudet progressed by three. Notable nearby universities like Morgan State University and George Mason University went unranked on this year’s list.

Of the 105 schools ranked for best online engineering graduate degree programs, DMV institutions ranked as such:

  • Johns Hopkins University — #11
  • George Washington University — #14
  • University of Maryland – College Park — #15
  • Virginia Tech — #16
  • University of Virginia — #25
  • Old Dominion University — #45
  • George Mason University — #46

All of the institutions in this category improved on their rankings from last year besides Virginia Tech, which fell from the top 10.

Companies: Gallaudet University / George Washington University / Johns Hopkins University / University of Maryland College Park / George Mason University

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