USF Makes U.S. News’ 2019 “Best Online Programs” List

January 15, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Online Programs list today, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that five of its online programs were recognized from a pool of over 1,540 programs across the nation– 55 more than last year’s pool. This is U.S. News & World Report’s eighth year of ranking distance education programs.

USF’s top-ranked programs included:

  • Online Graduate Business Program (excluding MBA)
    Top private school program in Illinois (tie).
  • Online Graduate Education Program
    Top private school program in Illinois.
  • Online MBA Program
    Top private school program in Illinois.

Other USF programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report, among others offered by private Illinois schools, included USF’s online bachelor’s program (top 22% nationally) and USF’s online nursing program (top 36% nationally).

“As an early entrant in the online education field, the University of St. Francis was a true pioneer. The university has continued to expand its comprehensive online programs and is now recognized for offering many of the state’s top private, online programs. We largely credit this to a faculty committed to high-quality teaching via all delivery methods, which enables the university to provide highly-valued degrees to busy students who appreciate the flexibility that online education offers them,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

According to, “Indicators specific to the Best Online Programs rankings focus on graduate indebtedness, course delivery and academic and career support made available to students remotely. Ultimately, the Best Online Programs rankings measure whether online degree programs have academic standards commensurate with quality brick-and-mortar programs, properly adapted toward the unique pedagogy of distance education.”

Click here for more information on USF’s online programs or click here for more about U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs rankings.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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