USM online learning gets No. 1 rank for affordability

iv_onlinelearningHATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi has been named No. 1 in the nation for affordability of its online offerings. Affordable Colleges Online ranked Southern Miss as the most affordable online college in the U.S.

Tom Hutchinson, interim director of the Office of Online Learning, tells The Hattiesburg American Affordable Colleges Online includes researchers and higher education experts who analyze data from every college and university in the country to identify those with the lowest out-of-pocket costs that also score high on academic rigor and student support. He says the ranking includes student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates and number and breadth of online programs available.

The university offers 11 undergraduate, 22 graduate and eight certificate programs through online learning courses.

Online students at Southern Miss have doubled in one year.

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