Guide to Online Schools Releases 2012 Top Non-Profit Online Colleges Rankings

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Guide to Online Schools, a leading education site, announces its selection of the Top 30 Online Colleges available to students in 2012. More than 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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By focusing on the criteria that matter to students, we've uncovered a lot of schools that offer exceptional value for their cost.

SR Education Group's flagship site, Guide to Online Schools, has released its annual list of the top online non-profit universities. As one of a handful of 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 are acknowledged as not-for-profit schools operated by local community or state organizations.

Other metrics used to determine rankings include 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.

The top ranking went to University of Wisconsin, followed by University of Minnesota, State University of New York, Iowa State University Online, and Chadron State College. Other schools that were featured, but did not make the top five were North Carolina State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

With growing economic concerns in the United States, many individuals are looking to attend online programs to obtain higher degrees, as the classes offer a more flexible schedule and no commuting time. In spite of its growing popularity, however, distance learning still carries negative stigmas and many people are wary of enrolling. 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 focusing on the criteria that matter to students, we've uncovered a lot of schools that offer exceptional value for their cost."

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 Non-Profit Online 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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