MT. PLEASANT — U.S. News & World Report has ranked Central Michigan University among the nation’s top universities in its inaugural ranking of the Best Online Programs for Veterans.

CMU’s online graduate business and education programs both placed No. 2 on the list.
These new rankings are designed to help veterans and people in the armed forces find programs that best suit their needs.
“These high rankings, in addition to earlier high marks on U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Top Online Education Programs for CMU’s online graduate business and education programs, reflect CMU’s continued commitment to making high-quality education accessible to all,” said Merodie Hancock, vice president of CMU’s Global Campus.
To be ranked, online degree-offering programs are required to participate in four key programs offering educational benefits to people with military service. Institutions have to be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, be members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and offer at least one credit-granting bachelor’s level course listed in the Defense Activities for Non-traditional Educational Support Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs.
In addition, schools in this ranking must be listed on the overall 2013 U.S. News Best Online Education Programs ranking. CMU’s online graduate business programs rank No. 6, and the online graduate education programs place No. 12 on this list.
CMU currently enrolls more than 10,000 students in online classes during the year. CMU has been a pioneer and an innovator in distance learning since 1971 with more than 50 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, including 20-plus military bases.
CMU also has recently been named to Military Advanced Education’s 2013 list of “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.” This is the sixth consecutive year CMU has received this designation.

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