WAXAHACHIE — Academic Excellence: two puissant words that all schools and university aim for and contend to be the best. Out of 47 private colleges in Texas that offer online courses, Southwestern Assemblies of God University has ranked in the top five of online colleges in Texas by Affordable Colleges Online for the 2016-2017 school year.

According to AffordableCollegesOnline.org, “Texas is second in the nation in the number of institutions offering online degree programs. In Texas, online degree programs are designed to provide the same academic quality and rigor as their campus-based equivalents, but with the flexibility and convenience of 24/7 remote access. There are notable schools in the Lone Star State that merit recognition.”

With an overall high score of 98.71 for it’s 53 online programs, 16:1 student-teacher ratio, and 73 percent financial aid assistance, SAGU ranked No. 4 in the poll and stood out amongst larger schools that include Dallas Baptist University, University of Houston-Victoria, and Wayland Baptist University.

As stated by the website, "The colleges that made the list of the Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2016—17 have a demonstrated a record of excellence in delivering online programs and support to students at the post-secondary level."

Affordable Colleges Online ranked the best online colleges in the state with information gathered by researchers and postsecondary experts. The organization's goal is to find colleges that offer a balance of academics, student support, and affordability concerning online education.

Factors considered in the ranking process included in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students, the percentage of students receiving scholarships or grants from the college, and availability of job placement services for students and graduates.

Within SAGU’s online programs, the school offers both bachelor and master's degrees in Education, Theology, and Psychology, continuing to grow in other areas of interest. Many of these programs are also available in fast-track formats, allowing students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate studies in a fraction of the time.

For 25 years, SAGU has been committed to offering quality, Christian-based, distance education programs. Also, with their distance education options, students can conveniently attain degrees or vocational training from anywhere in the world, eliminating many unwanted financial stresses.

Whether it is a stay-at-home mom wanting to complete her degree or a missionary on the field, students can continue their education while overseas or working from the kitchen table. Online students may also enrich their academic journeys with an all-access pass to the services offered at the SAGU campus.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas—Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

To see the complete ranking list, visit affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/texas/#4.

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Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer

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