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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Jersey

11 Colleges
1,301 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,960 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New JerseyEducation is the #12 most popular major in New Jersey with 1,301 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.5% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Jersey ranking, we looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality education programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the education program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in New Jersey

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

The College of New Jersey has taken the #1 spot in this year's education ranking for non-traditional students. TCNJ is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Ewing. TCNJ also made our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list, coming in at #1.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. 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

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kean is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Union. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Kean has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. There are approximately 826 students at Kean that take at least one class online. About 3,382 of the students at Kean are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lawrenceville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Rider, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

The student loan default rate at Rider is lower than is typical, just 4.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 813 students at Rider that take at least one class online. 986 of Rider students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to William Paterson University of New Jersey. Located in the large suburb of Wayne, William Paterson University is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at William Paterson University, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

The student loan default rate at William Paterson University is lower than is typical, just 7.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,328 students take at least one class online at William Paterson University. There are roughly 2,600 part time students in attendance at William Paterson University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Glassboro, Rowan is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Rowan, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

The student loan default rate at Rowan is lower than is typical, just 5.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,688 students at Rowan that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,804 part time students in attendance at Rowan. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Monmouth University. Located in the suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Monmouth not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list.

About 3.8% of Monmouth students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 588 students take at least one class online at Monmouth. There are roughly 1,061 part time students in attendance at Monmouth. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Seton Hall University. Located in the suburb of South Orange, Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Seton Hall not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list.

The student loan default rate at Seton Hall is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,377 students at Seton Hall that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,573 part time students in attendance at Seton Hall.

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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Montclair State is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Montclair. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Montclair State has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. There are approximately 4,951 students at Montclair State that take at least one class online. 4,568 of Montclair State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ

Centenary University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Hackettstown, Centenary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 7.5% of Centenary students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 201 students at Centenary are exclusively online. About 684 of the students at Centenary are attending part time. Centenary does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Caldwell University

Caldwell, NJ

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Caldwell University. Located in the suburb of Caldwell, Caldwell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 6.8% of Caldwell students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 283 students take at least one class online at Caldwell. 525 students are part time. Caldwell does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Explore all the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,263
Teacher Education Subject Specific 858
Educational Administration 848
General Education 717
Special Education 691

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 4,160
Social Sciences 3,677
Communication & Journalism 2,336
History 858
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 532

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 11 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 Horadrim.

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