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2021 Best General Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

29 Colleges
4,523 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,711 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best General Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best General Education Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 4,523 people earned their bachelor's in general education, making the major the #84 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best General Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 29 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent general education 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 general education program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best General Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 10 Best General Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional general education students. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Monmouth has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.8%. There are approximately 588 students at Monmouth that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,061 part time students in attendance at Monmouth. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Hawaii - West Oahu. Located in the large suburb of Kapolei, UH West Oahu is a public school with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.8%. There are approximately 1,281 students at UH West Oahu that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,417 part time students in attendance at UH West Oahu. UH West Oahu does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best general education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Michigan State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for General Education list.

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. About 6,488 of the students at Michigan State are attending part time.

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#4

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best general education schools for non-traditional students. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the small city of Corvallis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Oregon State, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. Approximately 6,917 students take at least one class online at Oregon State. About 8,853 of the students at Oregon State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMass Amherst, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education ranking.

About 3.0% of UMass Amherst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. 6,250 of UMass Amherst students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Located in the midsize city of Green Bay, UW - Green Bay is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Approximately 2,689 students take at least one class online at UW - Green Bay. 3,605 students are part time. UW - Green Bay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Webster is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. 3,147 of Webster students are exclusively distance learners. 7,332 of Webster students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Corban University

Salem, OR

Our rankings recognize Corban University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Corban is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Salem.

The student loan default rate at Corban is lower than is typical, just 4.0% of students default in three years. 139 students at Corban are exclusively online. There are roughly 234 part time students in attendance at Corban. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wilmington University. Located in the large suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 8.1% of Wilmington University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 7,750 students at Wilmington University are exclusively online. About 9,802 of the students at Wilmington University are attending part time.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. As a testament to the quality of education offered at GVSU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education ranking.

About 3.8% of GVSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,115 students at GVSU that take at least one class online. 4,024 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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.
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