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How Are Online Schools Ranked and Why Are Rankings Important?

By Edited Jul 19, 2015 0 0

The main two criteria which enable the accurate ranking of online schools and colleges are the overall and the standardized rankings. The first criterion refers to certain scores each online school has received in terms of tuition, repayment or retention rates, while standardized rankings include factors such as accreditation or student feedback and other more detail-oriented details.

If we were to carefully analyze each of these rankings, we should view them in relation to their importance within the lives of the actual students. The reputation, experience and solid background behind every online college should be reason enough for some students to pick a college and refuse to attend another one, while other are more finance-oriented and are keeping a closer eye on the tuition and costs with books, software or pieces of equipment.

These ranking are especially important because they enable thorough comparisons between several colleges that seem to be offering similar degree programs, flexible schedules, and low tuition. A student might find it difficult to select the best college when he needs to face the wide array of colleges that are very likely displaying in front of him, so these rankings and their constant studying will definitely do students a lot of good.

By comparing the aspects that define every traditional on-campus college and university with those colleges and universities that are functioning on an online basis, students should be able to better discern between two or more options. Checking out other students’ reviews and evaluations in regards to a certain online institution can also help others a lot. This is why it is very important to constantly check out the updates of these rankings, which can vary year after year, given the rise in the number and development of these online schools.    

In terms of accreditation, you need to only select those online colleges that are the most prestigious and that have received their accreditation, so you can ensure that credit transferring will not be unreachable. Of course many students will be more interested in the actual cost of books and the fearful tuition, but if you choose a cheaper online college that does not have all the necessary accreditation papers, you will most likely end up not getting the job of your dreams because of this huge impediment.

There are also rankings that are either for-profit or nonprofit, and opting for an online school that is nonprofit should probably be a better idea, as the fees will more likely be smaller. As for retention and graduation rates, the bigger they are, the better. Repayment rates are also an essential criterion according to which many rankings are centered around, and going to a college where this rate is low means the students that graduated there were not very lucky as to land some well-paid jobs.

In conclusion, there are plenty of rankings that should help you gain a better view on one online college or the other, and you should be able to make your top choice should you consider these rankings before sending an application.online school

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