SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AffordableSchools.net (http://www.affordableschools.net), an independent college search and rankings site that centers on unique and affordable offerings within higher education, announced today that it had released its newest college rankings list, featuring the Top 25 Private, Nonprofit, High-Admission Bachelor's Colleges by Graduation Rate.
At No.1 on this AffordableSchools.net's rankings list is Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Bethel is followed closely by Independence University (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas), in second and third places respectively. The complete list of all 25 U.S. colleges and universities, in alphabetical order, comprises:
* Benedictine College (Atchison, Kansas)
* Bethel University (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
* Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg, Idaho)
* Columbia College (Missouri) (Columbia, Missouri)
* Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa)
* Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas)
* Independence University (Salt Lake City, Utah)
* Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, Indiana)
* Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, Kentucky)
* National University (La Jolla, California)
* New England College (Henniker, New Hampshire)
* New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, Rhode Island)
* Nyack College (Nyack, New York)
* Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, Florida)
* Regis University (Denver, Colorado)
* Saint Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa)
* Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee)
* Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, Oklahoma)
* Trinity International University-Illinois (Deerfield, Illinois)
* University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima, Ohio)
* University of Pikeville (Pikeville, Kentucky)
* University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande, Ohio)
* University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
* Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah)
* Wilmington University (New Castle, Delaware)
"College search is hard work," said Raj Dash, the article's lead researcher. "Students sometimes overlook the many niches of the 2,750+ bachelor's colleges in the U.S. that might suit them better. We've started a new series of niche college rankings, starting with this one that covers colleges that improve a student's chances of being accepted.
"Colleges listed in this ranking are private, nonprofits with more than 2,000 students. This set of colleges has the same tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students, and have either a stated open-admissions policy or a recent undergrad admissions rate of at least 95%. As well, we've factored in the highest graduation rates of this niche as part of the ranking. Additional data points, including (average yearly) net price, stated tuition, financial aid support rate, are included for each ranked college. There's a handy table that summarizes the statistics for the set of 25 ranked colleges.
"To help college students more easily select schools from this list that suit their needs, we've started adding interactive charting features. For this list, there is a line/bar combination chart comparing net price vs. tuition at each school. The chart has a sub-chart for zoom capability, and tooltip popups, making it easier for students and parents to explore the NCES data for this set of ranked colleges. Finally, a custom Google Maps map pinpoints the approximate locations of each school as per their official address in the NCES database."
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 private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in the United States offering Bachelor's degrees, filtered for schools with over 2,000 students (undergrad and grad), filtered again for open admission schools or those with 95% or higher in the last reported academic year, and then sorted for the top graduation rates in this niche, to arrive at the top 25 colleges referenced in this rankings list. Schools with no (or no functional) Web site were eliminated, since the part of the objective is to ease the college search process. The resulting list is one in a new series of "top 25" bachelor's colleges that focuses on various niche categories in order to help students with specific requirements. Similar niche rankings will be published at AffordableSchools on a regular basis.