Best College Reviews Ranking Methodology

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Best College Reviews (BCR) publishes educational rankings with the goal of providing students with the resources they need to choose the best program for them. Although BCR releases rankings on every type of college degree, we prioritize the evaluation of available online degrees.

Degree information is collected from data sources such as the National Center for Education Statists’ College Navigator, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Labor. 

During the process of ranking accredited universities and colleges, BCR uses weighted categories focused on the factors that we believe affect student satisfaction and degree value the most.

Undergraduate Programs

In evaluating undergraduate degree programs, BCR prioritizes three categories. We believe that these three overarching categories represent some of the qualities students value most, such as student satisfaction, academic quality, and financial value.

Retention 25%

    • Transfer Out Rate
    • Graduation Rate

Appeal 50%

    • Number of Online Programs
    • Enrollment Rate 
    • Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    • Diversity

Finances 25%

    • Average Net Price
    • Tuition Changes Over Time
    • Proportion of Students Receiving Financial Aid
    • Total Scholarships and  Fellowships

Graduate Programs

Our graduate program rankings use weighted statistical categories as well. While the overall process is similar, we use data specific to graduate programs for our evaluations.

Commitment to Graduate Education 50%

    • Ratio of Master’s Programs to Total Number of Programs
    • Ratio of Master’s Degree Programs Offered via Distance Education to Total Number of Master’s Programs
    • Proportion of Graduate Students to Overall Student Population
    • Graduate Students Enrolled in Distance Education

Community 25%

    • Diversity

Affordability 25%

    • Graduate Tuition and Graduate Fees
    • Tuition Changes Over Time

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