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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region

138 Colleges
29,899 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,265 Avg Cost*

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

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region In 2018-2019, 126,493 biological and biomedical sciences students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #5 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 29,899 went to undergraduates in the Southeast region of the United States.

This year's Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region ranking looked at 138 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.

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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region

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 15% Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

North Carolina State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's biological and biomedical sciences ranking for non-traditional students. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh. NC State also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at NC State is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UF is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. UF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. About 8,083 of the students at UF are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a very large student population. UGA also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,722 part time students in attendance at UGA.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region rankings.

About 1.7% of UNC Chapel Hill students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at UNC Chapel Hill. 4,791 of UNC Chapel Hill students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population. GMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. About 11,606 of the students at GMU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a fairly large student population. Auburn also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. Approximately 5,589 students take at least one class online at Auburn. There are roughly 4,634 part time students in attendance at Auburn. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Lees - McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lees - McRae College. Lees - McRae College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Banner Elk.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.1%. About 51 of the students at Lees - McRae College are attending part time.

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#8

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Clemson is a very large public school located in the suburb of Clemson. Clemson not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is lower than is typical, just 2.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,940 students take at least one class online at Clemson. There are roughly 3,011 part time students in attendance at Clemson. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, UofSC is a public college with a fairly large student population. UofSC not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list.

About 3.3% of UofSC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 8,099 students at UofSC that take at least one class online. 3,525 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Virginia Tech also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region ranking.

About 1.6% of Virginia Tech students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 8,844 students at Virginia Tech that take at least one class online. About 2,711 of the students at Virginia Tech are attending part time.

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#11

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Our rankings recognize Mississippi State University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Mississippi State, Mississippi State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Mississippi State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list.

About 7.6% of Mississippi State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,874 students at Mississippi State that take at least one class online. 3,265 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#12

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Emory University. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta. Emory 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 in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at Emory is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,099 students at Emory that take at least one class online. 1,556 of Emory students are attending part time.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Birmingham, UAB is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UAB also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. Approximately 6,935 students take at least one class online at UAB. 7,703 students are part time. UAB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. FAU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boca Raton.

The student loan default rate at FAU is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,807 students at FAU that take at least one class online. 11,210 students are part time. FAU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the city of Tampa. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.2%. There are approximately 18,317 students at USF Tampa that take at least one class online. 12,300 of USF Tampa students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Greenville, ECU is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, ECU also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 5.6% of ECU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 6,812 students at ECU are exclusively online. About 6,631 of the students at ECU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Central Florida comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCF also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region ranking.

About 2.4% of UCF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 29,001 students at UCF that take at least one class online. 21,900 of UCF students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#18

Barry University

Miami, FL

Barry University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Barry University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Miami.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. There are approximately 556 students at Barry University that take at least one class online. About 2,060 of the students at Barry University are attending part time. Barry University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#19

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. U Miami 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 in the Southeast Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. Approximately 3,206 students take at least one class online at U Miami. There are roughly 1,427 part time students in attendance at U Miami. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#20

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. NUS Florida excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Southeast Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. 6,497 students at NUS Florida are exclusively online. About 7,285 of the students at NUS Florida are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

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 in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
21 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
22 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
23 Florida International University Miami, FL
24 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
25 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
26 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
27 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC

Best for Non-Traditional Students Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students biological and biomedical sciences schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,083
Florida 6,957
Virginia 3,561
Georgia 3,742
North Carolina 4,042
Alabama 1,964
Tennessee 1,764
West Virginia 629
South Carolina 2,455
Louisiana 1,577
Kentucky 1,219
Arkansas 906

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 25,771
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 2,107
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,836
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1,475
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,354

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 38,834
Computer & Information Sciences 36,830
Engineering Technologies 13,097
Physical Sciences 9,964
Mathematics & Statistics 7,318

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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.

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