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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region

79 Colleges
11,281 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,842 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region In 2018-2019, 88,927 education students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #10 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 11,281 went to undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking analyzed 79 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great education programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the education program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

Top 15% Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

The College of New Jersey tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that are best for non-traditional education students. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Ewing. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, TCNJ has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at TCNJ is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 306 students take at least one class online at TCNJ. 693 students are part time. TCNJ does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Towson, Towson is a public school with a very large student population. Towson also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Towson is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Towson. About 4,538 of the students at Towson are attending part time. Towson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a very large student population. Penn State University Park not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

About 4.9% of Penn State University Park students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,255 students at Penn State University Park that take at least one class online. 1,670 students are part time. Penn State University Park does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Kean University

Union, NJ

Our rankings recognize Kean University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Kean is a large public school located in the large suburb of Union.

The student loan default rate at Kean is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 826 students at Kean that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,382 part time students in attendance at Kean. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville. Rider also made our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region list, coming in at #6.

About 4.3% of Rider students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 813 students take at least one class online at Rider. 986 students are part time. Rider does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Cortland. Located in the distant town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, SUNY Cortland has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

About 3.5% of SUNY Cortland students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 599 students take at least one class online at SUNY Cortland. 467 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Geneseo. SUNY Geneseo also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Geneseo is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 707 students at SUNY Geneseo that take at least one class online. 189 of SUNY Geneseo students are attending part time.

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University of Delaware earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UD is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Newark. UD also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UD is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,306 students at UD that take at least one class online. About 2,422 of the students at UD are attending part time.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Wayne, William Paterson University is a public college with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.6%. Approximately 2,328 students take at least one class online at William Paterson University. About 2,600 of the students at William Paterson University are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population. UMCP also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

About 2.3% of UMCP students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,138 students take at least one class online at UMCP. 4,597 of UMCP students are attending part time. UMCP does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Salisbury is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Salisbury. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Salisbury also did well on our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.3%. There are approximately 1,259 students at Salisbury that take at least one class online. 970 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
12 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
13 New York University New York, NY
14 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
15 The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY

Best for Non-Traditional Students Education Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students education colleges for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 3,877
New York 4,512
New Jersey 1,301
Maryland 1,036
Delaware 478
District of Columbia 77

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11,906
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7,946
Special Education 6,510
Educational Administration 4,650
General Education 3,725

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 40,188
Psychology 29,493
Communication & Journalism 21,225
History 5,681
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,372

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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.
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