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Online learning offers a flexible option for those who want to juggle work and family responsibilities with an undergraduate education.
But students in some online programs are more likely than others to earn their degree within six years, according to U.S. News data.
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Among the 102 schools that submitted these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the University of Missouri—St. Louis was the only online bachelor’s program where all students who entered in the 2008-2009 school year completed the program in that time frame.
A majority of the 10 online bachelor’s programs with the highest rates – seven – werepublic universities; the remaining three were private schools.
In contrast with those online programs, St. Louis University is an example of a school falling on the opposite end of the spectrum, with just 9.1 percent of enrolled students finishing in six years.
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Below are the 10 online bachelor’s programs with the highest percentages of students starting in 2008-2009 who graduated in six years or less. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.