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eULM ranks number 17 in nation

Published November 2, 2015

GraduatePrograms.com—an online resource for students searching for top-ranked graduate schools—released its annual “Best Online Schools and Graduate Programs” list. Based on rankings and reviews by over 25,000 students in over 600 programs nationwide, the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s online graduate school (eULM) ranked at number 17 in the nation for best overall graduate school.


“I am very pleased that the quality of ULM’s graduate programs has resulted in a high national ranking, and that the university continues to garner recognition,” said Dr. Eric Pani, vice president for academic affairs.

Students were asked to rate programs based on academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, quality of network, and more.

“Our faculty work hard to offer quality courses, and they and our staff put a lot of effort into providing the support needed for students to have a positive experience,” continued Pani. “I think those efforts are reflected in this ranking since students are supplying the data. eULM is succeeding in producing opportunities for people anywhere to earn advanced degrees that increase their job qualifications and earning potential.” 

ULM’s online graduate school received a score of 8.84, and was the only program in the state to make the list. The number one ranked school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a score of 9.55.


“eULM is committed to breaking down the barriers for adult learners who want to continue their education,” said Paula Thornhill, director of eULM. “We are proud to offer many of ULM’s graduate degrees in an online format so that adult learners can earn degrees and achieve their professional and personal goals. Earning this recognition is affirmation that eULM continues to successfully meet the needs and make a difference in the lives of its students.”

ULM was ranked among some of the nation’s most respected universities, including: the University of Oklahoma, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, Duke University, and Georgetown University.

According to the site, for a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on 15 ranking categories. The scores are then compared across all ranked schools and are translated into a final ranking. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

To view the complete list, visit graduateprograms.com/top-online-programs/.