Close ranks UHV business degree eighth in nation for affordability

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration online bachelor’s degree recently was ranked first in Texas and No. 8 in the nation on a list of affordable online degrees compiled by

The UHV Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in health care, management and marketing were highlighted as “Best Buys” for students seeking a high quality, low-cost online business degree.

Cost often is a major factor for students choosing to get a higher education, UHV President Phil Castille said.

“UHV is able to reach a broad group of highly motivated students because we offer an affordable, accessible, accredited education that can be taken from anywhere in the world, although most of our online students are in southeast Texas,” he said. “For UHV to rank top among all of Texas’ 38 public universities shows UHV’s experience and quality in online degree programs. We’ve been doing 21st century higher education successfully at UHV for more than two decades now.”

Phil Castille

The Business Administration “Best Buy” ranking is based on a national survey of 76 regionally accredited colleges that offer 126 different online bachelor’s degrees in business administration.

The average cost of an online business bachelor’s degree is $47,472, according to A UHV BBA degree costs less than $25,000 for Texas residents, not including financial aid, which often reduces actual out-of-pocket expenses.

“It is a testament to the business school faculty and staff that one of our degree programs is once again nationally ranked,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “For the past 10 years, has seen the value in UHV offering an accredited education at an affordable price.”

Farhang Niroomand first recognized UHV in 2004. It currently ranks the business school’s Master of Business Administration program fourth in the U.S. and the Strategic MBA No. 25 as “Best Buys.”

The online BBA also was ranked earlier this month by U.S. News & World Report as being a quality online degree based on the business school’s student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admission selectivity. Overall, U.S. News ranked UHV second in Texas in top online undergraduate degree programs. In addition, the online BBA was ranked No. 8 nationally in 2013 as a Distance Education Best Buy by

The UHV School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is the highest level of accreditation available to business schools, and less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned it.

For more information about the BBA program, call 361-570-4231 or visit

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Katy Walterscheidt 361-570-4342