Rankings & Designations

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2021 Award




U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2021

"Regional Universities - South"

University Recognition

  • Tied for No. 38 among Top Public Schools in the South by US News & World Report (2022)
  • Tied for No. 77 among Best Regional Universities in the South by US News & World Report (2022)
  • Ranked No. 91 in the South among Top Performers on Social Mobility by US News & World Report (2022)
  • Ranked No. 8 among “Best Colleges in Alabama” by Niche.com for (2022)
  • Ranked No. 10 in "Best Colleges in Alabama" Out of All Public and Private Colleges and Universities by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 21 in "Most Affordable Master's Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 50 in "Best Master's Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 62 in the "Best Regional Universities" by US News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 27 in the "Top Public Schools Among Regional Universities in the South" by US News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 80 in the "Top Performers on Social Mobility Among Regional Universities in the South" by US News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 7 in the "Best Online Colleges in Alabama" by ValueColleges.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 107 in the "Best Colleges for Veterans" by College Consensus (2019)
  • Ranked No. 6 in the "Best Online Colleges in Alabama" by College Consensus (2019)
  • Ranked No. 172 in the "Best Public Colleges and Universities" by College Consensus (2019)
  • Ranked No. 62 in the "Best Regional Universities: South" by College Consensus (2019)
  • Ranked No. 13 in the "Best Colleges and Universities in Alabama" by College Consensus (2019)
  • Ranked No. 14 in the "Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees" by OnlineU.org (2019)
  • Ranked No. 25 in the "Most Affordable Online Graduate Programs" by GreatValueColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 7 in the "Top Public Universities in Alabama" by Niche.com (2019)
  • Named in the "Best Value Schools in Alabama" by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 15 in the "Most Affordable Bachelor's Degrees in Alabama" by AffordableSchools.net (2019)
  • Named in the "Best Southern Universities" by College Choice (2018)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Best 4-Year Colleges in Alabama" by Schools.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Alabama's Top Affordable Online Colleges" by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (2018)

Academic School Rankings

  • Ranked No. 5 in the "19 Most Affordable Online Master’s in English" by GetEducated (2020)
  • Ranked No. 6 in the "16 Most Affordable Online Master’s in History" by GetEducated (2020)
  • Ranked No. 5 in the "17 Most Affordable Master of Liberal Arts Online" by GetEducated (2020)
  • Ranked No. 10 in the "Best Online Bachelor's in Liberal Studies" by GuidetoOnlineSchools.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the "The Top Ten Most Underrated College Theatre Programs for 2017 - South East Region" by Onstage Blog (2017)

  • Ranked No. 1 in "Best Master's in Educational Technology" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 2 in "Best Child Development Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 2 in "Best Master's in Elementary Education Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked. No. 4 in "Best Master's in Special Education Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 7 in "Best Master's in Early Childhood Education" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 44 in the "Best Online Master's in Special Education" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 44 in the "Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 23 in the "Best Child Development Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 21 in the "Best Online Master's in Elementary Education" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 23 in "Best Online Master’s in Educational and Instructional Technology” by Online Schools Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 22 in "2020 Most Affordable Child Development Degrees Online” by OnlineU (2020)
  • Ranked No. 11 in the "Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education" by College Choice (2018)
  • Ranked No. 49 in the "Affordable Online Master's in Education Technology" by BestValueSchools.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 3 in the "Most Affordable Online Master's in Teaching" by GradSchoolHub.com (2018)

  • Tied for No. 332 in the nation among Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs by US News & World Report (2022)
  • Ranked No. 10 in "Best Online Master’s in Sports Management Programs" by BestColleges.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 1 in "Best Public Health Nurse Programs" by RegisteredNursing.org (2021)
  • Ranked No. 4 in "Best Master's in Coaching Degree Programs" for Sport Management by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 4 in "Best Master's in Sport Management Degree Program" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 4 in "Best Respiratory Therapy Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 6 in "Best Homeland Security Degree Programs" for Emergency Management by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 15 in "Best Nursing Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Named a Best Online Nursing School Master's Program" by The Princeton Review (2021)
  • Ranked No. 3 in the "Best Online Master's in Sport Management" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 13 in the "Best Online Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 2 in the "Best Alabama RN to BSN Programs" by RegisteredNursing.org (2020)
  • Ranked No. 1 in the "Best MSN Public Health Nurse Programs" by RegisteredNursing.org (2019)
  • Ranked No. 18 in the "Best Online Master's in Coaching" in the by GradSchoolHub.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 23 in the "Best Online Master's in Sport Management" by BestColleges.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 6 in the "Most Affordable Online Master's in Coaching" by BestColleges.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 9 in the "Best Online Master's in Sport Management" by OnlineMasters.com (2018)

  • Ranked No. 6 in "Best Master's in Internet Security Degree Programs" for Computer Systems and Software Design by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 9 in "Best Cyber Security Degree Programs" for Computer Systems and Software Design by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 10 in "Best Master's in Security Degree Programs" for Computer Systems and Software Design by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 12 in the "Most Affordable Online Master's in Cyber Security" by ValueColleges.com (2019)
  • Named in the "Best Online Master's in Cyber Security" by CyberSecurityMastersDegree.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 6 in the "Most Affordable Online Master's in Cyber Security" by CyberSecurityMastersDegree.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 48 in the "Best Online Master's in Computer Science & IT Programs" by SuperScholar.org (2017)

  • Ranked No. 46 in the nation for Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs by US News & World Report (2022)
  • Tied for No. 218 in the nation among Best Public Affairs Programs by US News & World Report (2022)
  • Ranked No. 1 in "Best Master's in Emergency Management Degree Program" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 3 in "Best Emergency Management Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)
  • Ranked No. 16 in the "Best Online Master's in Emergency Management" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the "Best Master's Degrees in Emergency Management" by College Rank.net (2020)
  • Ranked No. 43 in the "Best Online Emergency Management Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2020)
  • Ranked No. 216 in the "Best Public Affairs Programs" by US News & World Report (2019)
  • Ranked No. 39 in the "Best Online Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice" by US News & World Report (2019)
  • Ranked No. 27 in the "Best Online Master's in Emergency Management" by OnlineMasters.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 1 in the "Best Online Master's in Emergency Management" by CollegeRank.net (2019)
  • Ranked No. 24 in the "Best Homeland Security Degrees" by College Choice (2018)
  • Ranked No. 1 in the "Most Affordable Doctorate in Emergency Management" by BestValueSchools.com (2018)
  • Named in the "Top Program, Top Online Program, Most Affordable" by BestColleges.com
  • Ranked No. 4 in the "Best Online Master's in Emergency Management" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 6 in the "Most Affordable Online Master's in Emergency Management" by GradSchoolHub.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 10 in the "Best Online Master's in Emergency Management" by MastersProgramGuide.com (2018)