Best Colleges For Returning Adults
- Southwest -

Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Southwest 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 - Southwest -

The University of Texas at Arlington tops our Southwest list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. The University of Texas at Arlington charges tuition and fees of $19,104 ($9,208 for Texas residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 61.4%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,120. The average salary for recent graduates is $72,000.

The total ranking includes 68 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $10,633 to $27,745 (in-state from $4,858 to $9,837). Acceptance rates range from 47.8% to 85.3%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 970 to 1,270 and average salaries of graduates range from $58,000 to $81,000.

RankUniversity/CollegeLocationTuition & Fees
1The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, Texas$9,208 / $19,104
2University of Oklahoma Norman CampusNorman, Oklahoma$8,065 / $21,451
3University of Houston - DowntownHouston, Texas$5,826 / $15,051
4New Mexico State University - Main CampusLas Cruces, New Mexico$6,094 / $19,652
5Texas A&M University - College StationCollege Station, Texas$9,837 / $27,745
6Texas Woman's UniversityDenton, Texas$7,032 / $16,392
7Eastern New Mexico University - Main CampusPortales, New Mexico$4,858 / $10,633
8Lamar UniversityBeaumont, Texas$8,002 / $17,362
9Texas A&M University - CommerceCommerce, Texas$6,202 / $15,562
10The University of Texas at TylerTyler, Texas$7,312 / $19,236
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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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