North Carolina A&T State University has been ranked among the top in three online degree programs by the U.S. News & World Report. The news magazine released its 2013 Best Online Education Program rankings on Jan. 15 and ranked N.C. A&T Nos. 18, 85 and 106 in graduate computer information technology, graduate education programs and bachelor’s degree programs.

The university offers online bachelor’s degrees in agricultural education, business education, electronics technology, geomatics and occupational safety and health. A&T also offers online graduate programs in agricultural education, instructional technology, technology management and computer information technology.

A&T is the only historically black college or university (HBCU) to be ranked in these three categories and ranked highest of North Carolina universities in the best online bachelor’s programs.

The magazine sent surveys to colleges and universities that have online programs. Numerical rankings were determined by sorting the university or college’s statistical information gathered from the surveys. All programs were ranked based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training as well as student services and technology. The graduate education program carried the additional criteria of admissions selectivity.

U.S. News & World Report college rankings are intended as a resource guide for families looking to get the best academic value for their money.

For additional information on the ranking criteria and weights, visit U.S. News & World Report.