North Carolina A&T State University has the best undergraduate online programs among the nation's historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), according to the 2014 U.S. News Best Online Education Program rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. 

“We are excited about being named the No.1 HBCU in the nation for our online education programs,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.

The new ranking bolsters the university’s commitment to expand e-learning opportunities – a university priority Martin announced at the start of the academic year. 

“We will continue to move the university’s agenda to connect students all over the world to the exemplary teaching and learning opportunities offered here at North Carolina A&T,” Martin said.

The university was previously ranked No. 8 overall among HBCUs in the nation (No. 1 in the state) by U.S. News & World Report 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges. 

The U.S. News & World Report places N.C. A&T – a public, 1890 land-grant, doctoral-research university –in the top five among The University of North Carolina system schools mentioned for online bachelor’s programs.

A&T also received high marks for its online graduate level programs. Rated No. 15, the online Master of Science in Information Technology at A&T is also ranked higher than any other HBCU in the nation according to the report.  The program moved from being ranked 18th overall last year to take the No. 15 place this year.

The university is also mentioned among only six UNC schools ranked for online graduate education programs.

To view the complete list of 2014 U.S. News Best Online Education Programs, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.