Recognized Among the Best Providers of Online Programs

Penn State World Campus is the second largest campus in the Penn State system with more than 20,000 students located around the world who share the goals of advancing their careers or finally earning their degrees. The majority of our students are adult learners who seek the convenience and flexibility of earning their degrees while also maintaining a balance of work and family responsibilities. In addition, nearly 20% of our students are active duty service members, veterans, or military families who may be eligible for additional financial assistance to help them achieve their educational goals. Offering a large and diverse portfolio of programs online, we continue to provide our students access to a quality Penn State education and the opportunity to become a part of the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.

With more than 125 years of experience in distance education and more than 20 years of online experience, Penn State is consistently recognized among the best providers of online programs in the country.

Top-Ranked Online Programs

For the fifth straight year, Penn State World Campus is the most recognized among hundreds of colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s top online degree programs. In 2021, Penn State World Campus was ranked in the top 10 of six categories, the most of any institution in the country. 

U.S. News Best Online Programs 2021 - Grad Engineering
#4 – graduate engineering
U.S. News Best Online Programs 2021 - Bachelor's
#10 – bachelor’s programs
U.S. News Best Online Programs 2021 - Grad Computer IT
#8 – graduate computer IT
U.S. News Best Online Programs 2021 - Grad Business
#10 – graduate business
U.S. News Best Online Programs 2021 - MBA Programs
#7 – MBA programs
U.S. News Best Online Programs 2021 - Grad Education
#7 – graduate education

Top-Ranked Online Programs for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report also ranked Penn State World Campus in the top ten of six categories of its Best Online Programs for Veterans list. Those rankings are based on program quality while also assessing an institution’s ability to make college more affordable through the GI Bill® or other grant-in-aid programs designed for military students.

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