SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AffordableSchools.net (http://www.affordableschools.net), an independent college search and rankings site that centers on unique and affordable offerings within higher education, has released a ranking of 15 of the Most Affordable Bachelor's Degrees in Counseling.
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California) leads the list, with Hobe Sound Bible College (Hobe Sound, Florida) and Baptist College of Florida (Graceville, Florida) placing second and third, respectively. The full list of colleges and universities, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
* Baptist College of Florida (Graceville, Florida)
* California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
* City Vision University (Kansas City, Missouri)
* Eastern Washington University (Cheney, Washington)
* Hobe Sound Bible College (Hobe Sound, Florida)
* Minot State University (Minot, North Dakota)
* Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, Louisiana)
* Our Lady of Holy Cross College (New Orleans, Louisiana)
* Rhode Island College (Providence, Rhode Island)
* Southern University at New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)
* Trinity Baptist College (Jacksonville, Florida)
* University of Central Arkansas (Conway, Arkansas)
* Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska)
* Western New Mexico University (Silver City, New Mexico)
* Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio)
According to Raj Dash, lead researcher on the piece, "Job opportunities in Counseling have a growth expectation between 2012 and 2022 of nearly 2-3 times the national average in the USA, depending on the specific type of counseling work desired. This ranking list should help potential students find an affordable range of bachelor's degree programs in counseling studies." Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), opportunities for Rehabilitation Counselors is expected to grow by 20%, and by 31% for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, for example. This is compared to the 11% average rate for all occupations in the USA in the same duration.
Rankings for this list were compiled using college data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), a bureau of the Dept. of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/). Using NCES's College Navigator online service, we queried for all institutions of higher education in the United States that offer a bachelor's degree in Counseling (including Minors) or similar -- that may require extra certification but lead to Counseling careers. AffordableSchools.net then sorted by NCES' listed "yearly net average price," filtered out defunct/ soon-to-be defunct colleges, schools with no net price, schools with no actual program (bad data), and verified programs. This list is part of an ongoing series about affordable bachelor's degrees.
AffordableSchools.net (http://www.affordableschools.net) is a college search and rankings site with a focus on affordable colleges and programs within higher education. It publishes a number of rankings series focusing on affordable bachelor's degrees (various topics), affordable bachelor's degree colleges by state, affordable online degree programs, resource lists and much more. The site is designed to make your college search easier.
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