Granite State College Earns Top Honors in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Best Online Colleges, Featuring student Brendan Burns

For the seventh consecutive year, Granite State College ranks in the top-100 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of online degree programs.

Nationwide, Granite State College ranks at #71 for its online bachelor’s programs and #87 for its graduate business programs (non-MBA).  More than 1,490 institutions were assessed, making 2018 a competitive, landmark year. This comes just five months after news of Granite State’s top-15 ranking in Washington Monthly’s Best College’s for Adult Learners.

“These recognitions affirm the things that Granite State College has strived for since 1972,” said Mark Rubinstein, president. “We are committed to providing our students with an outstanding educational experience from knowledgeable and inspiring faculty at a reasonable cost. We believe everyone should be able to afford a quality college education.”

The impact of a Granite State College education is visible in communities across New Hampshire where students and alumni live and work. Brendan Burns, a district chief for Manchester’s fire department, earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Granite State College.

“Police officers and firefighters earn a lot of certifications outside of the traditional classroom,” said Brendan. “Granite State College did a great job of translating those into college credit. So, somebody with 10 or 15 years of fire department experience wouldn’t have to sit through a basic management class.”

While many factors are weighed to determine the rankings, colleges that ranked in the U.S. News & World Report categories were notable for: student engagement, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. For graduate programs, admissions selectivity is also considered.

Granite State College has been a leader in online education in New Hampshire for nearly 20 years. Since the inception of U.S. News and World Report’s online rankings in 2012, Granite State College has consistently held a competitive, top-100 position. More than 3,200 students enroll at Granite State annually and nearly every student engages in online courses to complete a degree program.

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Brendan Burns ’15, M.S. Leadership 2017 earned his online bachelor’s and graduate business degree at Granite State College while serving as the district chief of the Manchester Fire Department.