University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND one of top 54 affordable online degrees

UND has been ranked in the most recent “AC Online: Most Affordable Online College Degree Programs” list.

The editors at AC Online (Affordable Colleges Online) analyzed several thousand American colleges and ranked the top 54 colleges with the most affordable online programs with graduates that are successful finding high paying careers post-graduation. UND ranked 35 on the list.

The schools were ranked based on:

  • Net tuition prices (provided by IPEDS/NCES)
  • Colleges whose graduates earned more than $31,000 average starting salary or more (Provided by Payscale)
  • Colleges that are fully accredited, 4-year not-for-profit institutions (Provided by the Carnegie Foundation)
  • Colleges with at least one online or distance learning degree program during the 2012-2013 school year

Online degree programs are quickly gaining popularity across America's top universities, and many administrations are heavily investing more resources in expanding their online offerings, according to the AC Online editors.

Find more details about the selection methodology at

About Affordable Colleges Online:

Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options.  The website provides financial aid videos, expert advice, and cost savings ideas. ACO is a trusted resource for college stats and rankings. Most recently the site launched a feature that provides students with a categorized directory of free online introductory, or "101", classes from several top named U.S. universities such as MIT, Michigan and U.C. Berkeley.

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University and Public Affairs, 777.5529,

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