Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) 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.
University of Maryland - University College tops our Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) 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 15 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $6,880 to $50,547 (in-state from $6,880 to $50,547). Acceptance rates range from 17.2% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 970 to 1,460 and average salaries of graduates range from $61,000 to $96,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||University of Maryland - University College||Adelphi, Maryland||$7,176 / $12,336|
|2||American Public University System||Charles Town, West Virginia||$6,880|
|3||Georgetown University||Washington, District of Columbia||$50,547|
|4||George Washington University||Washington, District of Columbia||$49,783|
|5||Strayer University - District of Columbia||Washington, District of Columbia||$14,235|
|6||George Mason University||Fairfax, Virginia||$11,300 / $32,582|
|7||Bowie State University||Bowie, Maryland||$7,879 / $18,415|
|8||Howard University||Washington, District of Columbia||$24,908|
|9||University of Maryland - College Park||College Park, Maryland||$10,181 / $32,045|
|10||Marymount University||Arlington, Virginia||$29,350|
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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