Student services and technology rank especially high

    U.S.News and World Report has ranked the University of Minnesota Crookston among colleges and universities offering the nation’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” for 2014. The U of M Crookston was, again, ranked in the top quartile at #69 out of the 283 higher education respondents in this year’s survey. U.S.News & World Report published rankings of institutions offering online degrees for the first time in 2012, and the U of M Crookston has ranked in the top quartile in each of the three listings.    

    Rankings were based on factors such as graduation rates, faculty credentials, and academic and career support services offered to students, among others. The Crookston campus ranked especially high in the sub-category “Student Services and Technology,” coming in at #25.   

    The U of M Crookston was one of only two Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 100, the other being Concordia University – St. Paul. The U of M Twin Cities campus came in at #160. Other regional campuses listed in the ranking included the University of North Dakota at #131, Valley City State University at #138, and Bemidji State University at #194. The full listing is available online at   

    The U of M, Crookston currently offers 13 degree programs entirely online. (These degrees are also offered more traditionally on-campus as well.) They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Entrepreneurship (B.S.), Finance (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), Quality Management (B.M.M. Q.M.), and Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.).  The online programs are delivered via three academic departments: Business; Liberal Arts and Education; and Math, Science, and Technology. UMC’s Center for Adult Learning provides support to these online-only degree-seeking students, of whom the total number enrolled recently surpassed 800.   

    Data was collected from accredited for-profit, private, and public schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, go to   

    For more information about the University of Minnesota, Crookston and its online degrees visit, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail