By Lori Dresner, Managing Editor/News Editor


The University of Missouri–St. Louis was recently ranked fifth among the 50 best value colleges for adult education by Great Value Colleges.

UMSL earned its fifth-place ranking for its 25 majors available at the graduate level, eight of which can be earned totally online, as well as the flexibility of its online courses, among other things.

Using a point system, Great Value Colleges ranked the colleges according to several criteria, including affordability, bachelor’s degree programs, online degree programs, graduate study availability, additional programs and services beneficial to nontraditional students, student-faculty ratio, student retention, and academic awards and recognition.

UMSL earned 13 points. The university that ranked first place, University of Alaska Fairbanks, earned 16 points.

Great Value Colleges gathered information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database, U.S. News & World Report, Wikipedia, the individual universities’ and colleges’ websites, and other websites to rank the colleges on the list.

According to Great Value Colleges, “Adult education offerings for those nontraditional students looking to start or continue their academic careers include online courses, an active veterans office, night classes, accelerated programs, and more.”

SmartAsset also recently ranked UMSL fourth among Best Value Colleges in Missouri. The Missouri University of Science and Technology, Washington University, and the University of Missouri–Columbia ranked ahead of UMSL.