Eureka College Ranked No. 25 on EdSmart's 2021-2022 Best Online Colleges & Universities
November 02, 2021
EUREKA – For the third year in a row, Eureka College has been ranked in the top 25 in EdSmart's rankings of Best Online Colleges & Universities.
EdSmart’s Best Online Colleges ranking is based on four main data points in four categories: affordability (average net price), student satisfaction (retention rate), academic quality (four-year graduation rate) and student outcome (20-year return on investment per Payscale.com. Each data point is ranked with equal weight. Schools received a weighted overall ranking score for each individual point mentioned above–100 being the highest score possible.
Here's what the EdSmart had to say about EC's unique online offerings:
Average Net Price: $21,334
Retention Rate: 60%
Graduation Rate: 58%
"Located in Eureka, Illinois, Eureka is a private, Christian college that has less than 6oo students and admits 62 percent of its applicants. U.S. News ranked them 25th in the Midwest region. EC emphasizes a liberal arts education, even in its professional program offerings. Niche.com ranks them as a B- and The Higher Learning Commission has granted EC accreditation.
Although they do not offer online degrees, Eureka College has a unique means of helping struggling on-campus students. Students can take approved courses online at other institutions to make up for failed classes. Eureka pays for the tuition differential that a more expensive course might cost at another institution. The idea has caught on, and now Eureka students who would like to accelerate their programs or add more credits in minors or other concentrations are also taking coursework at other online institutions that Eureka has pre-approved."
Located in Eureka, Illinois, and chartered in 1855, Eureka College cultivates excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and custom educational opportunities.
Originally founded by abolitionist members of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College holds the unique distinction of being the first college in Illinois and only the third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis. The College, which is located on nearly 70 wooded acres in central Illinois, is the smallest of only 24 colleges and universities to ever award a bachelor’s degree to a future President of the United States.