Biological & Biomedical Sciences

2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

535 Colleges
126,493 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,875 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsWith 126,493 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, biological and biomedical sciences is the #5 most popular major in the United States.

For this year's Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 535 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent biological and biomedical sciences programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the biological and biomedical sciences program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

More Ways to Rank Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

Check out the biological and biomedical sciences programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 25 Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of California - Davis tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional biological and biomedical sciences students. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. UC Davis not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at UC Davis. About 1,248 of the students at UC Davis are attending part time.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at University of California - Davis

Request Information

University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. UW - Madison also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information
#3

Unity College

Unity, ME

Unity College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote area of Unity, Unity is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Unity also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

About 5.9% of Unity students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. About 44 of the students at Unity are attending part time. Unity does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. ESF is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse. ESF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

The student loan default rate at ESF is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 55 students take at least one class online at ESF. About 213 of the students at ESF are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Report

Request Information

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - San Diego. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a very large student population. UCSD not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. About 1,297 of the students at UCSD are attending part time.

Read More…

Request Information

#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Michigan State also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,488 part time students in attendance at Michigan State.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Michigan State University

Request Information

#7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our rankings recognize Johns Hopkins University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Johns Hopkins, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

The student loan default rate at Johns Hopkins is lower than is typical, just 1.1% of students default in three years. 8,722 students at Johns Hopkins are exclusively online. 11,552 students are part time.

Read More…

Request Information

Texas A&M University - College Station earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas A&M College Station also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

The student loan default rate at Texas A&M College Station is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. 9,459 of Texas A&M College Station students are attending part time. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University - College Station Report

Request Information

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Colorado State is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

About 3.1% of Colorado State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,779 students take at least one class online at Colorado State. There are roughly 7,877 part time students in attendance at Colorado State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Request Information

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCLA has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. There are approximately 2,288 students at UCLA that take at least one class online. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at University of California - Los Angeles

Request Information

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population. Rutgers New Brunswick also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Rutgers New Brunswick is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 10,368 students at Rutgers New Brunswick that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,501 part time students in attendance at Rutgers New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Request Information

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UMN Twin Cities also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read More…

Request Information

Our rankings recognize Ohio University - Athens Campus as the #13 school in this year's rankings. OHIO Athens is a very large public school located in the distant town of Athens. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, OHIO Athens is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

The student loan default rate at OHIO Athens is lower than is typical, just 7.5% of students default in three years. 7,975 of OHIO Athens students are exclusively distance learners. 8,296 of OHIO Athens students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read More…

Request Information

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 3.2% of Iowa State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,215 students take at least one class online at Iowa State. There are roughly 3,779 part time students in attendance at Iowa State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Iowa State University Report

Request Information

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, NC State also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

About 2.8% of NC State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 11,555 students take at least one class online at NC State. There are roughly 7,111 part time students in attendance at NC State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University

Request Information

University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW Seattle also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. Approximately 3,490 students take at least one class online at UW Seattle. 5,528 of UW Seattle students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at University of Washington - Seattle Campus Report

Request Information

North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. North Dakota State University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.6%. There are approximately 5,518 students at North Dakota State University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,527 part time students in attendance at North Dakota State University. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at North Dakota State University - Main Campus Report

Request Information

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. There are roughly 8,041 part time students in attendance at Ohio State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Ohio State University - Main Campus Report

Request Information

Washington State University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. Wazzu excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

About 4.1% of Wazzu students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,345 of Wazzu students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 4,795 part time students in attendance at Wazzu. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Washington State University Report

Request Information
#20

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern University. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northeastern also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. Approximately 1,838 students take at least one class online at Northeastern. 842 of Northeastern students are attending part time.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Northeastern University Report

Request Information

California State University - East Bay earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Hayward, Cal State East Bay is a public school with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.4%. There are approximately 6,927 students at Cal State East Bay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,742 part time students in attendance at Cal State East Bay. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at California State University - East Bay Report

Request Information

#22

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College landed the #22 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Canisius is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Buffalo. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Canisius also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. There are approximately 640 students at Canisius that take at least one class online. 604 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Canisius College

Request Information

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Oklahoma Norman Campus. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking.

The student loan default rate at University of Oklahoma is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,868 students at University of Oklahoma that take at least one class online. 6,505 of University of Oklahoma students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on Biological & Biomedical Sciences at University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Request Information
#24

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of the Pacific. Located in the large city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Pacific also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 2.1% of Pacific students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 805 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information
#25

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. UF is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UF is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences list.

About 1.5% of UF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. 8,083 of UF students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Biological & Biomedical Sciences at University of Florida Report

Request Information

Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
#32

Boston University

Boston, MA

#34

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#36

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#40

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#41

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

#42

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

#43

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#44

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#49

Lees - McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 535 different United States biological and biomedical sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
52 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
53 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
54 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
55 Clemson University Clemson, SC
56 University of Delaware Newark, DE
57 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
58 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
59 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
60 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
61 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
62 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
63 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
64 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
65 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
66 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
67 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
68 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
69 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
70 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
71 George Washington University Washington, DC
72 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
73 Georgetown University Washington, DC
74 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
75 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
76 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
77 Emory University Atlanta, GA
78 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
79 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
80 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
81 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
82 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
83 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
84 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
85 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
86 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
87 Salem State University Salem, MA
88 University of North Texas Denton, TX
89 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
90 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
91 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
92 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
93 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
94 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
95 Winona State University Winona, MN
96 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
97 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
98 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
99 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
100 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
101 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
102 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
103 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
104 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
105 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
106 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
107 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA

Biological & Biomedical Sciences by Region

View the best for non-traditional students Biological & Biomedical Sciences schools in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 97,804
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 13,799
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9,408
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 7,840
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,811

View All Biological & Biomedical Sciences Related Majors >

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 196,678
Computer & Information Sciences 173,112
Physical Sciences 53,214
Engineering Technologies 52,780
Mathematics & Statistics 49,071

View All Biological & Biomedical Sciences Related Majors >

Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Find Schools Near You