BELLEVUE, Neb., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) ranked Bellevue University as one of the nation's most affordable institutions offering online degree programs. The University earned a top five ranking in ACO's official ranking released earlier this week. The ranking criteria include:
- Fully accredited U.S. Institution
- Four-year, degree-granting institution
- Non-profit college
- Maximum net cost of tuition and fees
- Students with starting salaries of at least $31,000 upon graduation
- Institutions offering at least one course online
"Our strategy centers on providing the most cost-effective and relevant degree programs to our students," said Bellevue University President Dr. Mary B. Hawkins. "As an early entrant into online learning, we believed the flexibility and affordability of online learning would be embraced by an ever-mobile and increasingly busy populace."
Bellevue University's award-winning online classroom offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a seamless learning environment where students have the opportunity to earn an accredited degree in a flexible and supportive environment.
"Affordability is only part of the equation," continued Dr. Hawkins. "Our course content is dynamic, and our faculty members are trained to engage online students in a way that is energetic and effective."
ACO founder Dan Schuessler said the ranking pulled from the most complete and comprehensive data sources. Those data sources include the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDs), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), PayScale.com's 2013 College Earnings Report and The Carnegie Foundation.
The University's commitment to affordable, online excellence has been widely recognized. Earlier this year, Bellevue University ranked third in the inaugural U.S. News Best Online Programs for Veterans Rankings in the category of best bachelor's programs.
Bellevue University is a recognized national leader in providing post-secondary education opportunities for working adults. A private, non-profit institution, Bellevue University serves students at learning sites in three states, as well as worldwide through its award-winning online learning platform. Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit www.bellevue.edu.
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