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Rankings and Recognitions

Respected organizations have repeatedly been impressed by our academic programs, our supportive environment, our cutting-edge facilities and technology, our investment in emerging media, and our commitment to sustainability. Here is a sample:

  • Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for 12 years.
  • Designated a doctoral university: higher research activity by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Carnegie FoundationEarned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to public service, civic involvement, and community partnerships.
  • Received a 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity for exemplary initiatives focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

  • Ranked in the top 25 in the country for three graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 “Best Online Programs”: education was 11th, MBA was 12th, and nursing was 23rd. U.S. News also ranked our online bachelor’s programs 34th.
  • Recognized as the first higher education institution in the country to earn Quality Matters’ Learner Support Program Certification. Quality Matters, known as QM, provides a nationally recognized standard of best practices for online and blended learning.
  • Recognized by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association in 2014, with our Division of Online and Distance Education as a corecipient of the UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award.
  • Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” at No. 7 in graduate education, No. 14 in MBA, No. 22 in graduate nursing, and No. 29 in bachelor’s programs.
  • Named a Military Friendly School for eight years by Victory Media. In 2016, Victory Media also ranked our online programs No. 8 in the country.

Our academic programs have gotten noticed, too. Check out the recognitions and points of distinction for: