SHSU Ranked Fourth in National “Most Affordable Online Colleges” Report

elliott cochran —  July 11, 2013 — 1 Comment

Sam Houston State University has been ranked fourth in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online’s “54 Most Affordable Online Colleges” report.affordable-online-colleges

According to their site, Affordable Colleges Online set out to rank the top 54 colleges who provided students the most affordable online programs combined with successful placement at high-paying jobs upon graduation. Colleges were ranked on their net price, the number of graduates who earned more than $31,000 as their average starting salary, their status as fully accredited, four-year not-for-profit institutions, and their provision of at least one online or distance learning degree program in the 2012-2013 academic year.

To determine their rankings, Affordable Colleges Online analyzed current and comprehensive national data sets from the most reputable sources. These sources include:

  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing post-secondary data. NCES focuses on academic, demographic, financial, classification, and other key data areas.
  • Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The most comprehensive source of datasets on colleges, universities, technical schools, vocational schools, and more.
  • The Carnegie Foundation. Provides detailed classifications of colleges based on degrees offered, financial status, and other institutional differences. The Carnegie Foundation also conducts numerous studies to ensure accurate representation of students and faculty in its datasets.
  • A leading provider of career-related data on a national, state, local, and individual basis. PayScale’s team of statisticians continually refines data collection methods to maximize accuracy and integrity.

SHSU offers 24 online degree programs, including 21 graduate degree programs and three undergraduate programs. In the Spring 2013 semester, 1,940 SHSU students from 38 states across the nation opted to take 100 percent of their courses online.

SHSU Online, which supports the work of the university’s faculty in bringing their students the highest-quality online education possible, is proud to celebrate SHSU’s outstanding performance in AffordableCollegesOnline’s rankings list!

For more information on any of SHSU’s online programs, visit

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