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2021 Best Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

334 Colleges
44,258 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,512 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsMarketing is the #12th most popular major in the country with 44,258 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 334 colleges that offer a bachelor's in marketing. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent marketing 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 marketing program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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 Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying marketing.

Top 25 Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University has taken the #1 spot in this year's marketing ranking for non-traditional students. St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, St. Joe's has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Marketing ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. 2,074 of St. Joe’s students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,816 of the students at St. Joe’s are attending part time. St. Joe’s does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Marketing list, coming in at #4.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. About 4,418 of the students at UW - Madison are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Marketing ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. There are approximately 12,503 students at UIUC that take at least one class online. 6,389 of UIUC students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Our rankings recognize The University of Alabama as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UA is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa. UA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.1%. There are approximately 11,148 students at UA that take at least one class online. About 5,352 of the students at UA are attending part time. UA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Michigan State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 3.4% of Michigan State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 of Michigan State students are attending part time.

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#6

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best marketing schools for non-traditional students. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova. Villanova also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.4%. 1,576 students at Villanova are exclusively online. 3,154 students are part time.

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#7

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Drexel also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at Drexel. 6,322 of Drexel students are attending part time. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Southern Methodist University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, SMU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Marketing ranking.

About 2.7% of SMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 603 students take at least one class online at SMU. 2,754 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Siena College

Loudonville, NY

Siena College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Siena is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Loudonville. Siena excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

About 2.2% of Siena students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 226 students at Siena that take at least one class online. 125 of Siena students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Boston College did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

About 1.5% of Boston College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 316 students take at least one class online at Boston College. About 1,555 of the students at Boston College are attending part time. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#11

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 best marketing schools for non-traditional students. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Georgetown is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.2%. 2,151 students at Georgetown are exclusively online. 4,463 of Georgetown students are attending part time. Georgetown does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Xavier University. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Xavier also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Marketing ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.2%. There are approximately 1,284 students at Xavier that take at least one class online. About 1,735 of the students at Xavier are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Suffolk University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Suffolk is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Suffolk also did well on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 3.9% of Suffolk students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 444 students at Suffolk that take at least one class online. 1,211 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Texas A&M College Station is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

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. There are roughly 9,459 part time students in attendance at Texas A&M College Station. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Marketing ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. 10,971 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#16

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 best marketing schools for non-traditional students. DePaul is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, DePaul is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,606 students take at least one class online at DePaul. About 4,252 of the students at DePaul are attending part time. DePaul does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#17

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Emerson College as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Boston, Emerson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Emerson is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.8%. 85 students at Emerson are exclusively online. There are roughly 166 part time students in attendance at Emerson. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#18

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our rankings recognize Western Governors University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at WGU is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 121,437 students at WGU and they are all exclusively distance learners. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Miami University - Oxford as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Miami University - Oxford is a large public school located in the fringe town of Oxford. Miami University - Oxford also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 7.4% of Miami University - Oxford students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,132 students take at least one class online at Miami University - Oxford. 2,222 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, UC is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UC also did well on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 6.9% of UC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,520 students at UC that take at least one class online. 9,231 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#21

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Our rankings recognize Santa Clara University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, SCU also did well on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.7%. 1,073 students are part time.

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#22

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 best marketing schools for non-traditional students. Creighton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Omaha. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Creighton also did well on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.2% of Creighton students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,035 of Creighton students are exclusively distance learners. 1,791 of Creighton students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida International University. Located in the large suburb of Miami, FIU is a public school with a very large student population.

The student loan default rate at FIU is lower than is typical, just 3.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 25,978 students at FIU that take at least one class online. 23,256 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Brigham Young University - Provo earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, BYU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Marketing list.

The student loan default rate at BYU is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,522 students at BYU that take at least one class online. 4,337 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#25

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Our rankings recognize Marquette University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Marquette also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Marketing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. There are approximately 1,234 students at Marquette that take at least one class online. 1,215 students are 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 Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#27

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#28

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#30

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

#33

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

#37

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#38

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#39

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#40

University of Denver

Denver, CO

#42

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

#46

Lakeland University

Plymouth, WI
#47

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#48

George Washington University

Washington, DC

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 Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
51 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
52 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
53 Illinois State University Normal, IL
54 Pace University - New York New York, NY
55 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
56 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
57 Washington State University Pullman, WA
58 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
59 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
60 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
61 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
62 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
63 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
64 Clemson University Clemson, SC
65 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
66 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

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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 Nick Youngson.

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