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RIVERSIDE (May 8, 2013)--California Baptist University (CBU) has earned the no. 10 spot in the 2013 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 

The rankings are the first by U.S. News to help veterans choose a quality online program. Ranked programs have taken steps to improve the higher education experience for veterans, and all are certified for the G.I. Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce college costs. The institutions have also pledged to consider granting academic credit for military training and offer flexibility for distance learners taking courses at several schools.

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university's Division of Online and Professional Studies. CBU now serves more than 2,500 students online throughout the United States and offers 29 online undergraduate majors, nine master's degrees and two certificate programs.

"We are all thrilled to be recognized again by U.S. News & World Report," said Dr. David Poole, vice president for CBU's Online and Professional Studies. "This news, coming on the heels of our 25th in the nation ranking for online undergraduate programs back in January confirms our dedication to delivering quality programs that serve the needs of  veterans is being recognized nationwide. We are committed to assisting active duty troops and our veterans complete their educational goals."

Also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2013 Military Friendly School, CBU offers accelerated degree completion programs, with classes accessible fully online or in a hybrid format (virtual and synchronous) at educational service centers near some of California's largest military bases.  Courses begin every eight weeks and faculty is committed to student academic, professional and spiritual success.  

More information on the U.S. News Top Online Programs for Veterans rankings is available at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.