Ohio State’s Online Undergrad Programs Ranked Top 3

U.S. News and World Report continues to place The Ohio State University among the best for online undergraduate education. Ohio State’s online bachelor’s programs ranked #3(link is external) for 2019.

U.S. News’ rankings indicators include Engagement, Services and Technologies, Faculty Credentials and Training, and Expert Opinion. Learn more about the rankings methodology(link is external) on the U.S. News website.

Ohio State’s programs are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus—online learners don’t get a second-string experience. The courses have a small student-to-instructor ratio, and each faculty member works with an instructional designer; an expert in taking the best parts of an instructor’s teaching and reshaping them for a technology-rich modality. Ohio State works hard to reduce the cost to degree for every student, replacing expensive textbooks with customized learning content that’s free or close to it. Online learners at Ohio State have robust technology support, academic resources and community building opportunities.

Ohio State’s current undergraduate portfolio is small—a sign of commitment to quality over quantity. With three undergraduate degrees programs(link is external) so far, Ohio State’s online offerings are growing at a steady but thoughtful pace.

Our faculty are the core of the quality of learning that takes place online at Ohio State. See what they have to say:

Ready to join them in a top-ranked program? Explore all of Ohio State’s online offerings(link is external).

Privacy Matters: Consent, Privacy and the Ethical Use of Data

Join us for a panel discussion on Jan. 28

How private is your electronic data? Privacy is in the headlines – from data misuse claims levied at Facebook, Netflix and Spotify to the release of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in mid-2018. Data Privacy Day, recognized annually on Jan. 28, is a great opportunity to discuss the natural and ongoing tension between personal privacy and the forces that threaten it.

Join the Center for Ethics and Human Values and the Office of the Chief Information Officer for a panel focusing on ethics, privacy and technology entitled, Privacy Matters: Consent, Privacy and the Ethical Use of Data. Chief Information Security Officer Helen Patton will moderate a panel of Ohio State experts, including: Holly Drake, Chief Privacy Officer; Marcia Ham, Distance Education Professional Development Manager & Doctoral Candidate in Education Policy, with a focus on ethics in student data analytics; and Don Hubin, Director, Center for Ethics and Human Values.

Monday, Jan. 28

Noon -1:30 p.m.            Panel Discussion
1:30 – 2 p.m.                 Networking Reception with light refreshments

Join us in the Senate Chamber at The Ohio Union

Please RSVP(link is external) by January 23 if you plan to attend!

Data Privacy Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of privacy and data protection and to unite privacy professionals worldwide. It also celebrates the date when several countries signed the first legally binding international treaty dealing with the protection of personal data, Convention 108, on Jan. 28, 1981. The United States, Canada and 27 countries in the EU observe Data Privacy Day, also known as Data Protection Day in Europe.

Registration is not required, but please RSVP(link is external) by Wednesday, Jan. 23 to allow us to plan appropriately for refreshments at the networking reception!


In October 2018, Ohio State made huge strides in the development of an Ohio State Privacy Program within the the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Chief Privacy Officer Holly Drake collaborates with teams across the university to ensure that we are following values such as transparency, ownership and creativity. We expect privacy activities to expand dramatically in 2019. Learn more by reading about how Ohio State is working to build a more robust privacy program(link is external).

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