Daytona State College Rises to No. 29 in U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

DSC is ranked among the nation’s best universities and colleges for the eighth year in a row

graphic image showing DSC's ranking as No.29 for best online bachelor's degreeDAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Jan. 14, 2020) – Daytona State College has moved up four spots to No. 29 in the new ’U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs announced Tuesday, January 14. It’s the eighth year in a row DSC has earned a spot among the nation’s best in this category.

“This is a reflection of the College’s dedication to continuous quality improvement and is satisfying knowing that our recognition by U.S. News & World Report means our students are getting an exceptional learning experience,” said Dr. Tom LoBasso, DSC President.

Daytona State is the highest ranked school among Florida’s 28 state colleges, and the only one in U.S. News & World Report’s top-50 that is not a state or private university. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence that include four general categories: engagement (35 percent), services and technologies (25 percent), faculty credentials and training (20 percent) and expert opinion (20 percent). The expert opinion category surveys high-ranking academic officials to help account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics alone.

Daytona State College began offering bachelor’s degrees in 2006 with the Bachelor’s in Applied Science in Supervision and Management. Since then, the College has added bachelor’s programs in Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Elementary Education, Secondary Education (with specializations) and Nursing. The BS in Accounting is scheduled to begin Fall 2020, bringing the total number to 12. The BAS in Supervision and Management, BSET, BSIT, and BS in Nursing can be completed entirely online.

The recognition from U.S. News & World Report adds to a list of top rankings already achieved by Daytona State during the current academic year. The online RN-BSN program was ranked as the nation’s most affordable nursing degree of its kind according to Best Health Degrees and the BSET earned the No. 1 ranking for affordability according to Bachelor’s Degree Center. Overall, Daytona State College was also recently listed among Florida’s Top Online Colleges and Schools by


MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more. 

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.

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