Fayetteville State University (FSU) has been recognized by Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF) as having one of the nation’s top online criminal justice programs and one of the best online psychology degree programs. The criminal justice program is ranked 16th and the psychology program is No. 20. The psychology program is the only North Carolina school in the Top 25.

ACF is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information. ACF used a proprietary scoring system to evaluate hundreds of colleges with the best online criminal justice and psychology program options. To create the list, ACF’s data analysts and higher education experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank these colleges using various cost and quality criteria and metrics, including:

• Must be not-for-profit institution
• Student-faculty ratio
• 6-year graduation rate
• Job placement for graduates
• AC Online Peer-Based Value (A proprietar metric that compares quality metrics of colleges with similar costs, and the costs of colleges with similar quality metrics)

“To find the best schools offering the highest quality online education for psychology students, we looked beyond the sheer number of programs available and the total cost of a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “Our data team spent months researching hundreds of available psychology degree programs to find out which schools truly make a difference with stand-out academics, resources and student support services.”

Schuessler also noted: “We wanted to highlight schools that are driving innovative learning and meeting the demands of students. These schools are not only offering excellent criminal justice degree programs, but they are expanding their program excellence to the much-desired online environment. The schools on our list actively help aspiring criminal justice majors move their education and career forward. They give students the ability to balance work, family commitments and education. That’s invaluable.”

Dr. Miriam DeLone, chair of the FSU Department of Criminal Justice, said she is pleased that the high quality of FSU’s online program has been recognized on a national level.

“Our faculty pride themselves on providing cutting-edge course delivery, within a relevant, yet demanding curriculum,” DeLone said. “Our graduates move into the workforce with outstanding communication and critical reasoning skills to address the pressing criminal justice and social justice issues of today.”

Psychology department chair Dr. Timothy Moore credits the personnel for its success. “FSU continues to achieve the status of excellence, and I am honored to lead the Department of Psychology into the top 20 of the BEST Online Psychology Degrees in the country,” he said. “The quality of our program is solely dependent on our top-rate professors, excellent support staff and student productivity in the workplace.”

To view the complete list of psychology programs, click here.

To view the complete list of criminal justice programs, click here.

About Fayetteville State University:

FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 5,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.