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January 18, 2013 (Jackson) - Belhaven University Online was ranked 32nd for its bachelor degree programs among 214 national colleges and universities in the Best Online Education Programs rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Belhaven University has achieved national distinction for its on-ground programs in the arts, science, and education. And that same commitment to quality is the top priority of Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, “When we designed our online program, we would not launch them until we were positive we could do it right. Belhaven Online must have the same level of quality and integrity as our on-ground programs, while still allowing students the flexibility to balance the many demands of life. We hit the mark - and I'm thrilled that our aiming high has paid off with national recognition."

Belhaven University's Online program provides a unique blend of personal and professional attention within the convenience of a flexible online classroom. All of Belhaven's thirteen online degree programs are grounded in the Christian worldview curriculum and are taught by experienced faculty who are committed to the success of each student. Belhaven offers associate, bachelors, and graduate degrees in subjects including business, education, health administration, sports administration, public administration, and leadership.

Factors used to compute the rankings this year include retention rates, graduation rates, and the indebtedness of students upon graduation. Online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

People with a bachelor's degree earn 84 percent more than those with only a high school diploma over the span of their lifetime.The flexibility of online education is an increasingly popular choice for working adults that seek to balance their work, family, and educational goals. Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. There is no distinction between the two in the rankings.

Dr. Parrott appeared on the WLBT Midday Mississippi show to talk about Belhaven's recent accolade.

Belhaven University stands among select Christian colleges and universities and has been repeatedly named one of “America's 100 Best College Buys." The University offers 30 academic majors across a full spectrum of disciplines as well as a variety of graduate programs. In addition, Belhaven has achieved the distinction of being among only 30 universities nationally accredited in each of the major arts - music, theatre, visual art and dance. All programs are taught from a Christian worldview perspective and are guided by the mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Belhaven University serves over 3,700 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on its residential campus, an online degree program, and graduate and adult degree programs in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.