2020 Top Colleges for Trades and Personal Services Methodology

The 2020 Top Colleges for Trades and Personal Services ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Multiple Sources 30.0%
Percent Majoring in Trades and Personal Services Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Trades and Personal Services. U.S. Dept. of Education 17.5%
Trades and Personal Services Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Trades and Personal Services program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 15.0%
Acceptance Rate Percent of applicants accepted. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Student-Faculty Ratio Total full-time undergraduate students per full-time undergraduate faculty. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Trades and Personal Services Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Trades and Personal Services. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Percent of U.S. Trades and Personal Services Graduates Percent of total annual Trades and Personal Services graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%

To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s or associate’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s or associate’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the colleges.

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