Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, for-profit educator Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Bridgepoint's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Bridgepoint facts

Headquarters (founded) San Diego (1999)
Market Cap $515.8 million
Industry Education services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $954.4 million
Management Co-Founder/CEO Andrew Clark
CFO Daniel Devine
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 60.0%
Cash/Debt $326.7 million / $0
Competitors Apollo Group
Corinthian Colleges

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 512 members who have rated Bridgepoint believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last week, one of those bulls, neozyklon, tapped the recent accreditation uncertainty surrounding Bridgepoint's Ashford University as a tempting bargain opportunity:

I come to the conclusion that it won't be difficult or expensive to comply with [Higher Learning Commission's] requests. They don't want to put Ashford out of business, they just want them to shape up a bit. Ashford may contribute a little less to [Bridgepoint's] profits but at this point [Bridgepoint] is trading at a PE of less than 4 with NO debt and $327 million in cash! With 50 million shares outstanding, [Bridgepoint] has a cash position equal to $6.25 per share. Remember too that they have a share repurchase program in place and are likely repurchasing shares as we speak. If they get a feeling that HLC will continue their accreditation, expect this share repurchase program to be accelerated.

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