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We rank for-profit schools according to the highest-earning median students, according to College Scorecard.

For more information on our ranking system, visit our methodology page.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in For Profit Schools

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $10,368

Payback: 1.1 Years

Earnings: $74,398

Vs. state average: + $31,035

Economic score: 0.62

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#3 in For Profit Schools

West Coast University-Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $27,473

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $97,371

Vs. state average: + $52,424

Economic score: 0.89

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#6 in For Profit Schools

West Coast University-Ontario

Ontario, California

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $38,169

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $97,371

Vs. state average: + $46,692

Economic score: 1.40

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#8 in For Profit Schools

West Coast University-Los Angeles

North Hollywood, California

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $38,740

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $97,371

Vs. state average: + $46,692

Economic score: 1.42

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#9 in For Profit Schools

West Coast University-Orange County

Anaheim, California

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $39,100

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $97,371

Vs. state average: + $46,692

Economic score: 1.43

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#7 in For Profit Schools

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Redmond, Washington

Admission rate: 39%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $39,022

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $89,916

Vs. state average: + $44,957

Economic score: 1.40

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#4 in For Profit Schools

Neumont College of Computer Science

Salt Lake City, Utah

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $28,863

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $89,164

Vs. state average: + $46,938

Economic score: 1.10

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#5 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $25,774

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $32,791

Economic score: 1.38

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#10 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Illinois

Addison, Illinois

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $25,598

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $32,675

Economic score: 1.43

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#11 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $25,285

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $29,113

Economic score: 1.48

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#12 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Texas

Houston, Texas

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $28,938

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $32,565

Economic score: 1.61

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#13 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Admission rate: 36%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $32,322

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $35,619

Economic score: 1.63

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#14 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $29,658

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $30,192

Economic score: 1.74

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#16 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Virginia

Vienna, Virginia

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $33,982

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $34,528

Economic score: 1.83

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#18 in For Profit Schools

Chamberlain University-Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Admission rate: 63%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $36,767

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $77,512

Vs. state average: + $32,794

Economic score: 2.03

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#19 in For Profit Schools

American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, California

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 96%

Net cost: $21,706

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $62,137

Vs. state average: + $11,458

Economic score: 2.42

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#21 in For Profit Schools

Platt College-Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Admission rate: 46%

Grad rate: 83%

Net cost: $37,134

Payback: 6.2 Years

Earnings: $57,243

Vs. state average: + $11,322

Economic score: 5.01

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#20 in For Profit Schools

LIM College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $34,761

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $56,202

Vs. state average: + $512

Economic score: 4.79

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#25 in For Profit Schools

Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, California

Admission rate: 97%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $37,409

Payback: 6.6 Years

Earnings: $53,574

Vs. state average: + $2,895

Economic score: 6.28

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#30 in For Profit Schools

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $44,616

Payback: 7.2 Years

Earnings: $50,066

Vs. state average: - $5,624

Economic score: 7.99

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