Our Ranking Methodology
The school rankings on our site are created from data collected by IPEDS and College Navigator, sources managed by the National Center for Education Statistics. These nationally recognized, reputable sites maintain the most up-to-date, accurate school information available, so you can be confident our rankings are both current and reliable.
We use the following data points within our methodology to create unique program rankings. To be included, a school must report at least four out of the six following metrics. All of these indicators are weighted equally in order to produce as fair and accurate a list as possible.
- This is calculated as the number of admitted students divided by the number of total applicants.
- More competitive programs tend to have lower acceptance rates due to a higher number of applicants. This is often a sign of a highly desirable program.
- A lower acceptance rate improves a school or program's ranking.
- The enrollment rate refers to the percentage of accepted applicants who choose to attend the school.
- If a high number of accepted applicants enroll, it shows the program was a first choice for many people ― not a last resort.
- A higher enrollment rate improves a school or program's ranking.
- The retention rate measures the percentage of students who finish their first year and continue on to their second.
- When students continue their studies at a school, it demonstrates they were satisfied with the program and did not want to transfer.
- A higher retention rate improves a school or program's ranking.
- This metric reports the percentage of full-time students who graduate within six years.
- When a school has a high graduation rate, it shows they provide excellent student services and support, as well as an engaging program. The school has the structures in place to ensure that once students enter the program, they leave with a degree.
- A higher graduation rate improves a school or program's ranking.
- The student-to-faculty ratio is the number of students enrolled divided by the number of faculty members employed by the institution. For example, a student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1 means that there are five students for every one faculty member.
- Schools with lower student-to-faculty ratios tend to spend more one-on-one time with students, increasing the student's ability for success.
- A lower ratio improves a school or program's ranking.
Average Loan Default Rate
- Average loan default rate is the percentage of students who have been unable to make an on-time repayment of their loans for nine consecutive months.
- Low default rates can often indicate that a school has a relatively affordable program, and that students are able to find lucrative careers after graduation.
- A lower default rate improves a school or program's ranking.
We know that finding the best program possible to fit your needs is an essential first step in your accounting career, and we do everything we can to ensure that the data we provide is relevant and precise. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.