FHSU recognized for affordability, safety in October rankings

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HAYS, Kan. -- Several online programs offered through Fort Hays State University's Virtual College have recently been ranked by various agencies as among the best, safest and most affordable online programs offered by U.S. colleges.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org recognized Fort Hays State University's Virtual College as one of the best and most affordable schools in the country. FHSU was ranked based on its tuition cost, percentage of students who receive financial aid, number of online programs, student teacher ratio and graduation rate.
No. 1, Best Online Colleges 2016-2017
The Virtual College earned the top spot on AffordableCollegesOnline's list of best online colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year.

FHSU was recognized for its range of more than 40 degree options, low tuition cost and use of instructional technology, including MyMajors.com, TigerTracks and Blackboard. Virtual students also have access to career and major exploration resources.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2fMkgWk.

No. 2, Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2016-2017
FHSU is consistently recognized for its affordable tuition, so it's no surprise that it placed second on the list of most affordable online colleges for 2016-2017.

In addition to affordability, AffordableCollegesOnline recognized FHSU for the user-friendliness of its virtual college and the accessibility of resources to virtual students.

"The school's Virtual College is designed to be user friendly, with easy access to academic advisors and frequent communications with professors," said AffordableCollegesOnline.org.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/1OYfaRr.

No. 1, 2017 Most Affordable Online colleges for Sociology Degrees
OnlineU.org named Fort Hays State University the most affordable out of 25 online colleges for sociology degrees.

Through its Virtual College, FHSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in sociology as well as six certificates: community development, cultural anthropology and globalization, grant proposal writing and program evaluation, life stages and transitions, sociology of medicine and aging, and women's and gender studies.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2ewClFU.

No. 3, Online Programming Degree: 10 Best Deals
After reviewing around 60 accredited schools, GreatCollegeDeals placed FHSU at No. 3 in the top 10 best deals for online programming degrees for its Bachelor of Science in computer science. Emphases are available in business, geographic applications, mathematics, networking, physics and technology studies.

The curriculum combines computer science, programming and information systems engineering to create a comprehensive programming degree. GreatCollegeDeals also recognized FHSU for its 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Fort Hays State "offers one of the most highly ranked online bachelor's degree programs in the country," said GreatCollegeDeals.net.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2eP7mCU.

No. 10, 50 Most Affordable Online Colleges
AffordableColleges praised FHSU for its innovation, entrepreneurship and affordability, noting that FHSU ranks among the most affordable 2 percent of U.S. universities.

FHSU was also recognized for its diverse degree options and resources available to online students. The Virtual College offers accommodations specifically for military veterans and active duty personnel.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2ePapLn.

BestColleges ranked both FHSU's online psychology program and nursing program as among the most affordable in the country. The website used College Navigator, a database provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, to rank FHSU based on tuition cost and financial aid availability.

No. 12, Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology
BestColleges ranked FHSU among the top 25 online psychology degree programs.

FHSU offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Students in the B.S. track are required to take 20 credit hours of natural sciences and students in the B.A. track must take foreign language credits and classes outside the major.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2eGejse.

No. 18, Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs
FHSU's Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was recognized for its affordability and accessibility.

The 120-credit-hour program is available entirely online through the fall, spring and summer semesters. Thirty credit hours must be taken directly through FHSU and students holding associate degrees must have a minimum of 45 transferable credits.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2faw4Av.


No. 41, Top Ultrasound Technician Programs: 2016-2017
AccreditedSchoolsOnline studied FHSU's tuition cost, financial aid availability and student-to-faculty ratio to place it among the top 50 ultrasound technician programs in the nation.

FHSU's program includes 22 clinical hours and 33 hours of didactic study. Courses focus on computed tomography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging and bone densitometry.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2eGpwsw.

No. 50, Safest College Campuses in the U.S.
LendEDU used the newest data on crime in the U.S. from the Federal Bureau of Investigations to create a list of the 100 safest colleges in America.

"FHSU is committed to prevent, deter and respond to acts of violence to ensure the safety and security of the entire university community," said fhsu.edu.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2fwizLT.

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