School Data Methodology

Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the online school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually as soon as it becomes available. NCES does not release data into downloadable formats until it has been approved, so the most currently available data will not be for the most recent academic year.

We hope that the following information will enable potential students to better judge the schools they are considering and make a more educated decision in the end.

  • Annual Tuition: For most prospective students, the cost of a higher education is a huge factor influencing their decision. In an attempt to help students ensure their money is well spent, our listings include annual graduate tuition rates. Please keep in mind that that the total cost of your degree or certificate program will depend on the number of years it takes to complete.

  • Recommend Rate: GraduatePrograms.com has access to a wealth of student feedback offered by thousands of students who have shared reviews and ratings of their school experience on our site. Because student satisfaction is an important indicator of a school's success, we make it a priority to publish student review data in our listings.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.