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Our Methodology:

The Best Value School Award is not based on a ranking system. There is no pecking order of schools on a list. Rather, schools honored with the Best Value School Award belong to an elite “club” of high quality, affordable higher learning institutions. Best Value Schools have been selected because they meet the criteria important to students looking for universities, colleges or career schools.

There is no limit to how many schools can be part of the program; however, the selection process is challenging and the criteria must be met annually.

We don’t just look at statistics from the Department of Education database. Ours is NOT a metrics-based list. Our experienced researchers gather data by not only scouring the internet and tapping publically accessible databases, but also through one-on-one interviews. We have access to benchmarking databases and resources which allow us to make fair decisions about such things as affordability. We talk with students, faculty and administrators to find answers to important questions about what makes a school great.

 



LEARN HOW OUR SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

Learn how our selection process works

WHO WE EXCLUDE AND WHY?

  • There are some 8,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. Of those, a few hundred regularly and very visibly make the traditional rankings and lists.
  • The Best Value School Award does not target those schools (although they may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party). And we do not seek nominations from state colleges and universities.
  • The objective of this award program is to honor the often overlooked schools—those small- to medium-sized colleges, universities and career schools that are struggling to attract the attention of potential students.

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SELECTION CRITERIA

 

  • Cost. Is your school affordable and in-line with similar schools?
  • Do students like, support and recommend your school?
  • What’s unique about your institution? 
  • Do you overload students with debt?
  • What’s their default rate?
  • How long does it take students to graduate?
  • What percentage of your enrollees get a degree or credential?
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