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SHSU Earns High Ranking in Affordable Colleges Survey

AffordableCollegesOnline, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing students and their parents with the information they need to choose the most affordable options for obtaining a degree, announced its “54 Most Affordable Online Colleges” rankings on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Sam Houston State University earned a stellar #4 ranking in the country in the organization’s list.

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AffordableCollegesOnline analyzed several thousand colleges, ranking the top 54 with the most affordable online programs with graduates who are successful in finding high-paying jobs after 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 the rankings, AffordableCollegesOnline made use of authoritative datasets from NCES (, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education; IPEDS (, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.; the Carnegie Classification (, a framework widely used in the study of higher education; and, the premier salary data collection organization.

SHSU now offers a total of 24 online degree programs, including 21 online graduate degree programs and three undergraduate programs. In the past Spring 2013 semester, 1,940 SHSU students from 38 states 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!