U.S. News & World Report today named University of Bridgeport (UB) online programs among the best in the nation in its 2018 “Best Online Programs,” an annual ranking that compares the academic quality of more than 1,200 U.S.-based distance-degree programs.

UB’s online bachelor’s degree programs ranked 60th in the nation. Its online MBA program is ranked 116.

Rankings were based on a variety of factors ranging from student engagement to technology and student services, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. Programs with fewer than 10 students were not ranked.

This is the seventh year that U.S. News & World Report has ranked distance-learning programs and the sixth consecutive year that UB has been recognized for its online education.

The University of Bridgeport was the first university in Connecticut to offer online classes when in 1997 it launched distance-learning courses in human nutrition. Today, the University offers more than 250 online undergraduate and graduate degree courses in business, computer science, the health sciences and nursing, and more.

“As a pioneer in online education, UB is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its continued leadership in distance learning,” said Deputy Provost Aaron Perkus. “Our online students consistently report high levels of engagement with UB faculty who are deeply committed to their personal academic success. Personalized attention to our distance-learners has also been invaluable as the University enhances the online curriculum with classes and professional degrees that students are looking for, such as the online MBA program. Since its launch in 2016, it has rapidly risen in U.S. News rankings to number 60.”


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu