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U.S. News & World Report ranks Northwood among best online programs

February 8, 2024

Northwood University is once again among the best online programs in the nation, according to the latest rankings issued this week by U.S. News & World Report.

“These rankings are a testament to the significant momentum we are experiencing at America’s Free Enterprise University,” stated Northwood University President Dr. Kent MacDonald. “We are pleased to have risen through the ranks in several categories. This validates why Northwood is experiencing enrollment growth while many higher education institutions face enrollment challenges. Northwood University is poised to expand and grow, especially in the online environment.”

Following a review of more than 1,800 programs, Northwood was ranked as follows:

  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs – #98 – now in the top 100, climbing 41 places since 2023
  • Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) – #36 – gaining 57 places since 2023 and now in the top 50
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans – #77 – an increase from #93 in 2023
  • Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) – #89
  • Best Online MBA Programs – #175

U.S. News & World Report touts its online rankings as the most in-depth evaluation of U.S.-based degree-granting programs designed to be administered online. Northwood University is part of the story because of its outstanding performance in these categories.

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, provost and academic vice president, stated the rankings reflect the quality of educational experiences Northwood provides its students.

“Our faculty deliver a first-rate educational experience to our students and provide a caring and supportive environment. In our recent satisfaction survey, students highly rated faculty excellence and the quality education they receive at Northwood University,” Stehouwer noted. “In the past year, we have refreshed our branding for our online undergraduate programs to better meet the needs of prospective students as we launched Northwood Online.”

Northwood Online features a full range of the University’s online undergraduate programs to equip learners with the vital tools and necessary skills to excel in the ever-changing professional arena. For those looking to take their education a step further, the Devos Graduate School at Northwood University features online offerings that cater to those seeking advanced master’s and doctorate degrees with ample flexibility.

To view Northwood’s profile in the U.S. World & News Report Best Online Programs rankings, visit

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