Northern Arizona University has been ranked among the nation’s best universities for online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The same publication also ranked NAU’s online graduate program in education among the top 25 in the United States.

“The recognition by U.S. News & World Report is well deserved and does not come as a surprise to me,” said Andrew Griffin, director of NAU’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs. “For several years now, NAU has placed an emphasis toward quality online academic programs for the military and veterans.”

Griffin credited NAU’s “team effort” for its success with veterans’ education but specifically cited the staff within Extended Campuses for its support.

The rankings, now in their second year, were designed to help veterans identify high-quality online degree programs that suit their educational needs.

To be ranked, an online degree program had to report participation in four key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service. The rankings methodology requires programs to belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill; they must also belong to schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program or public institutions that charge in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans.