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UMO: Recognized for Excellence in NC & Nationwide

The University of Mount Olive is proud to list the variety of awards and recognitions we received for 2016/2017.  At UMO, every single member of our faculty and staff strives to deliver an outstanding educational experience to every student.  The following awards are a badge of honor, reflecting all the hard work we’ve put in, as well as a goal, and a promise -- we will continue to deliver the outstanding university experience our students have come to know while striving to be the best at what we do.

We’d like to thank all of our students, faculty, andstaff for working together to help us achieve the following commendations.

2016-17 College of Distinction

UMO was named a College of Distinction to honor excellence and dedication to student-focused higher education.  UMO was found to excel in all four Distinctions (engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes). 

Military Friendly School

Victory Media designated UMO as a leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.  This designation is reserved for the top 15% of colleges and universities that embrace military students.

Top 20 Ranking in 2018 US News & World Report Regional Colleges

US News and World Report has ranked UMO as the 19th best regional college.  The schools included in the ranking offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and offer mainly undergraduate degrees.

US News & World Report 2018 Best Colleges for Veterans

UMO was ranked as the 8th Best College for Veterans in the south by US News & World Report.  Institutions included in the rankings are certified to offer the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, must have enrolled a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members in the previous academic year, and must be in the top half of its US News ranking category.  

#6 Best Bang for the Buck 

UMO earned a ranking of sixth in the Southeast colleges division of Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” 2017 list.  The list recognizes institutions “in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” according to the magazine’s editors.

Top 25 “Best Colleges in NC”

UMO was listed as one of the 25 best colleges in North Carolina by Niche in 2017.

Best Colleges in North Carolina

UMO was ranked in the top 20 in the Best Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 by Best Colleges.com for both our seated and online programs.

Safest Colleges in NC

UMO was cited as one of the safest colleges in North Carolina by BackgroundChecks.org in its annual "Safest Colleges in North Carolina" report for 2016.  UMO was ranked 6th among 38 colleges in the state with the safest campuses.

Top 20 in Educate to Career Ranking

UMO was named 19th in the top 20 ETC ranking.  What’s more, UMO was the only private institution in NC to receive such an honor.

Top 10 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina for 2016-17

The online programs at the University of Mount Olive have been ranked in the top 10 by affordablecollegesonline.org based on qualtity, programs offered, price, accreditation, and flexibility.  To learn more about this ranking, click here.

2016-17 Best Online Criminal Justice Degrees

The University of Mount Olive was recently listed in the 2016-17 Best Online Criminal Justice Degrees rankings.  Affordable Colleges Online spent months collecting and analyzing data from government sources and hundreds of colleges and universities to identify top online degree programs in various major fields.  UMO ranked 18th nationally, among public and private institutions of higher education. To view the list, please click here.

2016 Best Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

The University of Mount Olive's online bachelor's in Criminal Justice program has been recognized by OnlineColleges.net as one of the best in the country.  According to Dr. Melissa Venable, education editor, "The University of Mount Olive has clearly put great emphasis on creating a program that prepares students for success, and that played a major role in our ranking.  To evaluate each online program, we used a complex methodology that compares academics, student experience, financial aid, and enrollment in the online bachelor's in criminal justice program, resulting in a clear picture of the best offerings in the country."  The complete University of Mount Olive profile can be found here.

Transfer Friendly

The University of Mount Olive was recognized in US News and World Report's College of Tomorrow article for our transfer friendly programs.  Click here to read more.

Top 20 in Sports Management Degree Guide

Sports Management Degree Guide recently published an article that highlights “50 Most Affordable Selective Colleges for Sports Management 2015.” The University of Mount Olive was ranked among the top schools. Capturing the 20th spot on the list, UMO was recognized for its acceptance rates, tuition costs, and retention rate. The sport management program at UMO is offered by the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The article highlights how UMO students in the program benefit from a balance of hands on activities, classroom study, and a 480-600 hour internship during their final semester of study.

50 Most Innovative Small College Business Departments 2015

Business Research Guide has named the University of Mount Olive in its 2015 list of the 50 Most Innovative Small College Business Departments.

UMO Psychology Ranked in Nation’s Top 50

The University of Mount Olive has been named as one of the top 50 small colleges for a bachelor’s degree in psychology in a recent ranking.  Editors selected the 50 top small colleges based on the presence of a master’s and doctoral program, research and distance learning opportunities, study abroad opportunities, internship and scholarship opportunities, affiliated centers and institutes, and student organizations and societies.  The University of Mount Olive was noted for its recent addition of a state-of-the-art research laboratory  which includes a testing room, and observation room, a conference area, and a student computer lab.The full article can be found here.

Top 20 Ranking for Exceptional Online Education

The University of Mount Olive has been named as one of the top 20 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina by Accredited Schools Online for 2017.  The organization recently analyzed data from hundreds of colleges across the nation with online degrees at the bachelor's level  The list showcases those colleges and universities that offer the most notable balance of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning.  To view the list, click here.

Top 10 for Top Online School for 2016-17

The University of Mount Olive is leading the way in offering online programs in North Carolina, rising to meet the deman for convenient and flexible programs for adult students, and has been  recognized by affordablecolelgesonline.org as a top 10 online college. This ranking is based on quality, programs offered, price, accreditation, and flexibility.  To view the list, click here.