California Baptist University (CBU) earned the no. 10 spot in the 2013 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies. CBU now serves more than 2,500 students online throughout the United States and offers 145 majors and 35 master’s degree programs.

To help veterans choose a quality online program, U.S. News has launched its first rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans. These programs have taken steps to improve the higher education experience for veterans and all of the ranked Best Online Programs for Veterans belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school. The institutions have also pledged to consider granting academic credit for military training and offer flexibility for distance learners taking courses at several schools, according to their website.
Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU said, “We are all thrilled to be recognized again by U.S. News & World Report, just a few short months after our first ranking announcement. This news, coming on the heels of our 25th in the nation ranking for online undergraduate programs back in January confirms our dedication to delivering quality programs that serve the needs of veterans is being recognized nationwide. We are committed to assisting active duty troops and our veterans complete their educational goals.”

Finishing a degree can be a challenge for veterans and service members. Active-duty troops often move from base to base, making it difficult to complete an academic program at one location. CBU Online & Professional Studies gives veterans the freedom to choose a degree online without compromising quality. Also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2013 Military Friendly School, CBU offers accelerated degree completion programs, with classes accessible fully online or in a hybrid format (virtual and synchronous) at educational service centers near some of California’s largest military bases. Courses begin every eight weeks and faculty is committed to student academic, professional and spiritual success. As a military-friendly yellow ribbon school — veterans, their spouses and dependents are all invited to further explore the positive and personalized online education experience offered by California Baptist University.

Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. Fall 2012 enrollment at CBU totaled 6,031 students, studying 145 majors and 35 master’s degree programs. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education.

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