UMO’s criminology program top in nation


The University of Mount Olive has been recognized as one of the 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminology programs in the nation by BestColleges, a leading provider of independent college rankings, college planning resources, and higher education research. The annual ranking highlights accredited, nonprofit institutions who have developed quality online criminology programs that focus on student outcomes.

In particular, UMO’s online undergraduate criminology program was ranked one of the best for student outcomes and affordability, according to a release from UMO.

The BestColleges ranking methodology focuses on academics and learner support, affordability and online programming with schools evaluated on several data points gathered from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Additionally, BestColleges compiled institutional and program-level question responses from a proprietary survey circulated to schools offering online Bachelor’s programs. From these responses, six additional ranking factors were incorporated into this year’s ranking methodology. These updated ranking factors are meant to further emphasize schools which strongly support its students while also offering a return on investment.  

“After researching many criminology programs around the country, BestColleges identified 25 schools who rank among the best colleges to offer a Bachelor’s in Criminology degree,” said Stephanie Snider, director of BestColleges. “We believe these programs reflect the best academic opportunities for students wishing to further their career goals in this field. We’re thrilled to have the University of Mount Olive be a part of this list, and we commend them for establishing this exceptional online program that focuses on academic success while remaining affordable and flexible.”     

UMO Department Chair Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Sociology Dr. Aaron M. Carver said, “Our programming is successful because of the hard work of our faculty and the support of our administrators. Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Sociology faculty are never satisfied with mediocrity. While we are in the top 20, we will not stop until we take No. 1; not for our pride, but for our professionalism. Our courses are designed to maximize our student’s potential as learners. We don’t just say we change lives, we do it!” 


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