Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward (CA) 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.
California State University - East Bay tops our San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward (CA) list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. California State University - East Bay charges tuition and fees of $17,724 ($6,564 for California residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 70.3%. The average salary for recent graduates is $69,000.
The total ranking includes 7 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $17,636 to $43,708 (in-state from $6,476 to $43,708). Acceptance rates range from 16.0% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,070 to 1,420 and average salaries of graduates range from $69,000 to $92,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||California State University - East Bay||Hayward, California||$6,564 / $17,724|
|2||Academy of Art University||San Francisco, California||$20,340|
|3||University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, California||$13,431 / $38,139|
|4||University of San Francisco||San Francisco, California||$42,634|
|5||San Francisco State University||San Francisco, California||$6,476 / $17,636|
|6||Saint Marys College of California||Moraga, California||$42,930|
|7||California College of the Arts||San Francisco, California||$43,708|
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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