Guide to Online Schools Releases 2012 Top Online Military-Friendly Colleges Rankings

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Guide to Online Schools, a leading education portal, reveals its pick of the Top 30 Online Colleges available to students in 2012. Over 200 accredited online schools were evaluated using a number of standardized school metrics from the U.S. Department of Education and internal data.

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...distance learning still carries with it certain negative stigmas...SR Education Group hopes to alleviate these fears by making the online schooling process more transparent.

SR Education Group's flagship site, Guide to Online Schools, has released its annual list of the top online military-friendly universities. As one of the few education portals to actively calculate the rankings of online schools, the data presented in their list is significant to many institutions and students. All schools offer online programs and include special tuition discounts, military training credit, and other advantages for military students and/or their dependents. These schools also participate in the "Yellow ribbon" program and offer GI bill support to help students with tuition and fees.

Other metrics used to determine rankings include whether or not the school was a for-profit or non-profit university, cost of tuition, loan repayment rates, average rate of retention, student reviews of schools, and whether or not the school was regionally accredited (only regionally accredited schools were included in the rankings). A number of statistics were gathered from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the U.S. Department of Education.

Number one on the list was University of Wisconsin, followed by Iowa Central College Online, University of North Dakota Online, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and University of Alaska. Other schools that were featured, but just below the top five were Washington State University, Texas A&M University - Grad, and Virginia Tech.

Given the country's present economic condition, many individuals are looking to attend online programs to obtain higher degrees, as the classes offer a more flexibility and no commuting time. Despite its growing popularity, however, distance learning still carries with it certain negative stigmas and many people are hesitant to enroll. SR Education Group hopes to alleviate these fears by making the online schooling process more transparent. Jimmy Lin, SR Education Group spokesperson, says of the rankings, "By including factors students consider important, we were able to identify some great-value schools serving the military population."

Guide to Online Schools is one of the top education portals on the Web, offering extensive information on distance learning, careers, reviews written by actual online students, and pages where students can directly contact schools to get more information. To see the full list of rankings, visit Guide to Online School's 2012 Top Online Military-Friendly College Rankings.

SR Education Group is based in Kirkland, Washington. For more information, please contact Alan Handford, 425-605-8898 or email alan(at)sreducationgroup(dot)org.

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