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Do you think for-profit education is set to grow with the increasing trend towards online education? If so, here's a list you might be interested in.

We ran a screen on US-traded education stocks (many of which are involved in online education) for those with bullish trends in shares shorted, with significant decreases in shares shorted month-over-month.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these companies are set to outperform? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Apollo Group Inc. (APOL): Provides educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Shares shorted have decreased from 12.26M to 8.16M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 3.91% of the company's float of 104.75M shares.

2. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (BPI): Provides postsecondary education services. Shares shorted have decreased from 10.65M to 10.02M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 3.86% of the company's float of 16.34M shares.

3. Corinthian Colleges Inc. (COCO): Operates as a post-secondary career education company in the United States and Canada. Shares shorted have decreased from 24.95M to 22.95M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 2.6% of the company's float of 76.98M shares.

4. DeVry Inc. (DV): Provides educational services worldwide. Shares shorted have decreased from 1.39M to 795.23K over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.% of the company's float of 59.41M shares.

5. ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI): Offers postsecondary-degree programs in the U.S. that provide diplomas as well as associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Shares shorted have decreased from 11.08M to 9.98M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 6.27% of the company's float of 17.54M shares.

6. School Specialty Inc. (SCHS): Provides supplemental educational products and equipment for the pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade market in the United States and Canada. Shares shorted have decreased from 2.60M to 2.19M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 2.51% of the company's float of 16.33M shares.

7. Strayer Education Inc. (STRA): Provides various academic programs through traditional classrooms and Internet. Shares shorted have decreased from 2.95M to 2.83M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.07% of the company's float of 11.25M shares.

*Short data sourced from Yahoo Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 7 Education Stocks With Bullish Short Trends