The University of New Mexico is being hailed one of the top 40 institutions in the U.S. for online courses.

The 100 Best Online Colleges for 2017” ranked UNM number 34 on the list, which is formulated using factors such as academic excellence, scholarly strength of faculty, online teaching methods, tuition costs, reputation, awards, regional accreditation, financial aid and range of degree programs offered.

“Our Extended Learning department has put tremendous effort behind boosting our distance learning programs and national recognition like this validates their work,” said Acting Provost Craig White. “We already have several programs available fully online and are actively working to increase that number.”

UNM has been developing online learning since 1997 and now offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree and certificate programs. With technological advances, UNM is now able to deliver high quality online programs across the state and around the world. Several programs are available largely or exclusively online. Others may be completed through a combination of online classes and classes taken face-to-face at UNM Main Campus or one of its branches.

Online courses offer a flexible, interactive way to take courses in a wide range of programs and subject areas. By using a computer, students can take classes taught by regular UNM faculty on a standard semester basis. UNM offers both synchronous online courses (which have a fixed meeting time) and asynchronous online courses (which have no required meeting time).

For more information or to apply for an online class, visit the UNM Extended Learning website.