National University Ranked in Top 20 of Accredited Online Education Programs

OEDb’s Third Annual Online College Rankings Released

San Diego, Calif. – National University ranks 13th out of 44 accredited colleges and universities which offer online programs, according to the 2009 rankings published by Online Education Database. This year marks OEDb’s third annual rankings.

OEDb, a database of accredited online education programs, ranks the most significant degree-granting undergraduate colleges that operate nationally based on the following metrics: acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, peer web citations, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited.

National University’s placement among the rankings demonstrates its commitment to quality academic programs, both online and at its more than 28 campuses throughout California and one in Henderson, Nevada.

OEDb recognizes the growing popularity of online education due to its flexible and affordable nature. To foster transparency and the overall reputation of online education, OEDb’s rankings aim to compare schools objectively and quantifiably and identify the top accredited online colleges.

OEDb spokesperson Ashley Merusi said, “OEDb’s annual Online College Rankings are a valuable asset to students considering online education. During these challenging financial times, it is more important than ever that students make sure they are getting a valuable education for their tuition dollar. We recognize the top twenty schools as the leading degree-granting institutions offering online programs in the U.S.”

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California with 22,000 full-time students and 230,000 alumni. The flagship institution of the National University System, National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging and relevant to a diverse population of students. One college and five schools – the College of Letters and Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, the School of Engineering and Technology, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Media and Communication – offer 75 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at 28 campuses throughout California and in Henderson, Nevada. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 50 degrees and programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California.

About Online Education Database
OEDb is an independent for-profit organization located in Houston, Texas. OEDb is dedicated to providing comprehensive reviews of online colleges and universities and the programs they offer. For more information and a complete list of OEDb’s rankings, visit

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