Best Colleges For Returning Adults
- Nationwide -

Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Nationwide Ranking of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults was designed to specifically address the unique concerns of students who fall outside the "norm" of first-time, full-time degree seekers under the age of 24.

Best Colleges For Returning Adults - Nationwide -

University of Maryland - University College tops our Nationwide list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. University of Maryland - University College charges tuition and fees of $12,336 ($7,176 for Maryland residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 100.0%. The average salary for recent graduates is $70,000.

The total ranking includes 988 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $6,880 to $47,074 (in-state from $6,350 to $47,074). Acceptance rates range from 5.6% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,130 to 1,530 and average salaries of graduates range from $43,000 to $113,000.

RankUniversity/CollegeLocationTuition & Fees
1University of Maryland - University CollegeAdelphi, Maryland$7,176 / $12,336
2Excelsior CollegeAlbany, New York$12,240
3Harvard UniversityCambridge, Massachusetts$47,074
4American Public University SystemCharles Town, West Virginia$6,880
5Capella UniversityMinneapolis, Minnesota$13,998
6Ashford UniversitySan Diego, California$11,032
7Bellevue UniversityBellevue, Nebraska$7,365
8Thomas Edison State UniversityTrenton, New Jersey$6,350 / $9,352
9Charter Oak State CollegeNew Britain, Connecticut$7,671 / $10,029
10Regis UniversityDenver, Colorado$34,450
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Best Colleges For Returning Adults Methodology Overview

A non-traditional student could be a working adult going back to school, a parent, or another student who needs to take part-time classes due to other responsibilities. Our Rankings for Returning Adults were developed based on the premise that these students are looking for flexible learning options, as well as high-quality outcomes for graduates. Thus our rankings emphasize colleges that offer the ability to take online courses and other factors that are important to older students. Within the mix, you’ll find traditional schools that offer online programs, as well as accredited online colleges that provide the best outcomes for students. Read our full Best Colleges For Returning Adults Methodology for more information.

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