The University of North Georgia (UNG) has been ranked as one of the most affordable colleges in the state by Affordable Colleges Online on several of their "Best Online Colleges in Georgia" lists for 2016-2017.
Comparing more than a dozen statistics on affordability and program variety, UNG is ranked as the No. 1 online college offering associate degrees; No. 6 online college for nursing degrees; and No. 13 best online college among all four year colleges in the state.
"Among large urban areas, Atlanta is 7th in the nation in college enrollment," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "More students are seeking the flexibility that online colleges in Georgia offer. This list highlights the schools offering the best combination of quality and value when it comes to online education."
There are specific qualifications schools must meet to make the "Best Online Colleges in Georgia" list. Only colleges and universities that are accredited are considered, and each must hold public or private not-for-profit standing. Cost and affordability minimums are also set; in-state tuition must be less than $5,000 annually for two-year institutions and less than $25,000 annually for four-year institutions to qualify. Scoring for each school is determined by analysis of a variety of statistics, including financial aid availability, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates and breadth of online program options.
Affordable Colleges Online comprises researchers and higher education experts who analyze data from every accredited postsecondary institution in the United States to identify the colleges with the lowest out-of-pocket costs that score high on academic rigor and support.
A complete list of the full rankings for Georgia can be found at http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/georgia/.