Despite rankings being somewhat subjective, our goal is to provide a helpful list of schools for people wishing to pursue a health administration degree. We use statistical methodology and data from reputable sources to provide a list grounded in as much objectivity as possible.
For this purpose, we use unbiased facts like graduation rates, cost to attend, and online course curriculum offerings to build our ranking. We also look at each school’s accreditation as it pertains to federal student aid like loans and grants and private internal and external scholarships.
We designed our ranking system to help narrow your school choices. We hope you can use the ranking list to find the details that matter to you. Our list includes information students appreciate, like attendance numbers, course offerings, career paths, and career placement. We also share data about the teaching staff’s educational levels and internship offerings.
We consistently evaluate data as schools and government data-collection sites update their numbers. As it takes time to build and share data, we recognize that even the most reliable sites often share information at a slow pace. The data we use is often at least a year old because that is how long it takes for reliable sites to compile and post it.
Some government websites, like the Bureau of Labor Statistics or state-run websites, share data at different intervals throughout the year. Others, like the US Census Bureau, only share data once per decade. If other websites claim to have more recent data, check their sources to see that they are reliable government sources before trusting what they say.
We build our ranking lists based on reliable information from websites like these:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
The BLS website offers a comprehensive collection of statistics about careers, salary, educational needs, employment growth, and more. The information is collected and analyzed by the United States Department of Labor.
- College Navigator
College Navigator is a government site that analyzes data from the US Department of Education. It offers side-by-side comparisons that include research and statistics about colleges all over the United States.
Payscale shares real-time salary information from surveys conducted all over the country. The site offers information about salaries, job requirements, required education, and current openings, as well as city-specific salary numbers from places across the United States.
CHEA shares information about accreditation at college, university, and other post-secondary institutions. The Council for Higher Education does not accredit schools. However, it reports on them after gathering information from the agencies that do.
Ranking Factors We Use
To keep our rankings as objective as possible, we use a large variety of essential ranking factors.
- Acceptance Rate:
This percentage shows how many students applied and were accepted. If the acceptance rate is low, then prospective students must have outstanding applications. Schools with high acceptance rates take most applicants.
- Average-Net Cost & Affordability
Affordability is estimated after subtracting money rewards, like scholarships and grants, from the cost of tuition. Student loans are not factored into the average net cost.
- Diplomas Awarded
This number might not match perfectly with its graduation rate, especially if it takes in transfer students, but if a student is looking to earn a certain degree the school claims to offer, it’s good to know if the school actually awards any degrees in that field.
- Graduation Rate
At the post-secondary level, students graduate in four or six years. Therefore, this percentage is broken down into two numbers. By sharing data about four- and six-year graduation rates, prospective students can get a complete picture.
- Loan Default Rate
Loan default rates increase when graduates cannot find well-paying jobs. So, this number helps reflect the quality of a school’s job-placement program and the popularity of the school’s graduates among employers.
- Number of Programs Offered
We share data about the course catalog as well as specialized offerings. Prospective students need to choose a school that offers the degree they want.
- Online Programs Offered
Not all students can enroll in brick-and-mortar schools, especially if they live far away from campus, so it’s good to know what online options a college or university offers before considering other factors.
- Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid
Since many students hope to receive financial aid, knowing this number helps their decision-making.
The popularity can affect the chance of students receiving internships and attracting employers. Popularity may show the quality of the school and the programs they offer, but it also lets you know more about how people think of the school, which can have just as large an effect on your employability after graduation.
- Retention Rate
This number includes what percentage of first-year students returning to the same school to become sophomores. It may be taken as an indication of a high-quality school if they can retain a majority of their first-time freshmen into a second year.
- Return on Investment (ROI)
After paying for school, the ROI is how long it takes to see a return on the cost. We usually include the average annual starting salary for recent graduates to factor the ROI.