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Following a review of online colleges and based on data gathered from the Institute of Education Sciences, a division of the U.S Department of Education, Liberty University Online was ranked third in the nation among online colleges by BestOnlineColleges.net. The results, which are calculated annually, were derived from graduation and retention rates of current students and the number of online degree programs offered.
LU Online scored significantly higher than major competitors in all categories to earn the No. 3 spot on the list. The study highlighted the strength of LU Online with a 71 percent retention rate and more than 40 degree programs and 90 specializations, deeming it a “rare find” in the online education community.
This ranking supports studies by the Online Education Database (OEDb), which has scored LU Online among the top 10 online universities for two years in a row, and more recently by “The Journal,” a technology education publication.
In an interview with FOX News on Saturday, March 27, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said Liberty University is currently serving more than 48,000 students online, making Liberty the world’s largest private, non-profit online educator.