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.
Excelsior College tops our Nationwide list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Excelsior College charges tuition and fees of $11,760. The college has an acceptance rate of 100.0%. The average salary for recent graduates is $77,000.
The total ranking includes 989 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $6,880 to $46,704 (in-state from $6,135 to $46,704). Acceptance rates range from 6.0% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,140 to 1,540 and average salaries of graduates range from $60,000 to $113,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Excelsior College||Albany, New York||$11,760|
|2||American Public University System||Charles Town, West Virginia||$6,880|
|3||Thomas Edison State College||Trenton, New Jersey||$6,135 / $9,036|
|4||Harvard University||Cambridge, Massachusetts||$45,278|
|5||Charter Oak State College||New Britain, Connecticut||$7,359|
|6||University of Maryland - University College||Adelphi, Maryland||$7,056 / $12,336|
|7||Bellevue University||Bellevue, Nebraska||$7,050|
|8||Regis University||Denver, Colorado||$33,710|
|9||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, Massachusetts||$46,704|
|10||Trident University International||Cypress, California||$9,000|
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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