Chico State receives solid national rankings for online degree programs

Jan 10, 2014 12:06 PM

The California State University, Chico has jumped into the top-15 percentile of all online bachelor degree programs in the country, according to a survey published by the U.S. News & World Report.

According to the university’s statement released today, Chico State placed 41st among the 283 national universities offering bachelor degrees online and were evaluated by the magazine, a jump from their 75th place in last year’s assessment. Almost 1,000 distance education programs submitted a questionnaire issued by the magazine which considered only accredited, degree-granting institutions offering courses that are entirely online.

“This is the third year U.S. News has assessed university online programs, and this is the third year CSU, Chico has received positive national rankings for our online degree completion programs,” said Debra Barger, dean of the Center for Regional and Continuing Education. “This news recognizes the University’s leadership in distance education and the 39 years of dedicated service to our students through the delivery of high-quality academic programs.”

Chico State currently offers online bachelor degree programs in sociology, social science, liberal studies, and nursing. The university stated 206 students strived to earn their degree online during the 2012-2013 academic year with 36 faculty members heading those courses.

The website and rankings can be found at

For more information about CSU, Chico online degree completion programs, visit the Continuing Education website,, or call 530-898-6105.


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