SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AffordableSchools.net (http://affordableschools.net) -- a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs -- announced the release of its newest college rankings list, featuring 20 Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration.
The top three schools on this AffordableSchools.net's rankings list are: (1) Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, Florida); (2) Baptist College of Florida (Graceville, Florida); (3) Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, North Carolina). The complete list of all 20 ranked U.S. colleges and universities, in alphabetical order, comprises:
* Baptist College of Florida (Graceville, Florida)
* Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg, Idaho)
* Cleary University (Howell, Michigan)
* Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
* Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Florida)
* Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, Florida)
* Jones College-Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Florida)
* National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota)
* St Petersburg College (Clearwater, Florida)
* Texas A & M University-Commerce (Commerce, Texas)
* University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks, Alaska)
* University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau, Alaska)
* University of Hawaii-West Oahu (Kapolei, Hawaii)
* University of Houston-Downtown (Houston, Texas)
* University of Illinois at Springfield (Springfield, Illinois)
* University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, Louisiana)
* University of Maine at Augusta (Augusta, Maine)
* University of Tennessee-Martin (Martin, Tennessee)
* University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas)
* Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, Utah)
"Given how entrepreneurial Americans are, on the whole, it's maybe not surprising that business studies, in general, is the most popular college major for undergraduates," said the article's lead researcher Raj Dash. "In fact, according to NCES data for the 2012-13 Academic Year (AY), nearly 20% of bachelor's degrees awarded were collectively in various business topics. Second place was health-related programs at nearly 10% -- about half that of the number of business graduates, but which has gained slightly since then.
"Business has been fairly consistently at #1-3 for at least the past 40+ years, increasing steadily in bachelor's degrees awarded since the 1970-71 AY. It overtook the number of undergrad Education degrees awarded sometime between 1970-71 AY and 1980-81 AY. Business also overtook another formerly more popular topic, Social Sciences / History, sometime between 1970-71 AY and 1975-76 AY.
"This article covers online offerings in bachelor's of business administration and management degrees. These are programs that are either fully or partly online."
Rankings for this list were compiled with data from NCES, a bureau of the Dept. of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/). We queried for institutions that grant bachelor's degrees in "Business Administration and Management, General," on a distance education basis, then applied our standard data filters. This includes sorting data by increasing average annual net price, and manually selecting the 20 most affordable colleges with active online degree programs (BA, BBA, BS, etc.) in this topic. Similar topical rankings are published at AffordableSchools (http://affordableschools.net) -- a college search and rankings site with a focus on affordable colleges and programs -- on a regular basis.