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

26 Colleges
4,512 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,303 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New YorkWith 4,512 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #11 most popular major in New York. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 5.1% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New York ranking, we looked at 26 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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

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

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

SUNY Cortland has taken the #1 spot in this year's education ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. SUNY Cortland not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in New York list.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Cortland is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 599 students take at least one class online at SUNY Cortland. 467 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Geneseo as the #2 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Geneseo is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Geneseo. SUNY Geneseo did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in New York list.

About 1.6% of SUNY Geneseo students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 707 students take at least one class online at SUNY Geneseo. 189 of SUNY Geneseo students are attending part time.

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#3

SUNY Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Potsdam as the #3 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Potsdam is a small public school located in the town of Potsdam. SUNY Potsdam also made our Best Colleges for Education in New York list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.2%. There are approximately 88 students at SUNY Potsdam that take at least one class online. There are roughly 131 part time students in attendance at SUNY Potsdam. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

New York University

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize New York University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. NYU also made our Best Colleges for Education in New York list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at NYU is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,264 students take at least one class online at NYU. There are roughly 8,707 part time students in attendance at NYU.

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The College of Saint Rose comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Saint Rose has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New York ranking.

The student loan default rate at Saint Rose is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 674 students take at least one class online at Saint Rose. 1,152 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Hempstead, Hofstra is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Hofstra also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in New York rankings.

About 2.4% of Hofstra students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 960 students at Hofstra that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,540 part time students in attendance at Hofstra. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Queens College

Queens, NY

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Queens College. QC is a large public school located in the city of Queens. QC also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in New York rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. There are approximately 506 students at QC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,115 part time students in attendance at QC. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#8

Hunter College

New York, NY

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hunter College. Hunter is a fairly large public school located in the large city of New York. Hunter also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in New York rankings.

The student loan default rate at Hunter is lower than is typical, just 3.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 976 students take at least one class online at Hunter. 8,567 of Hunter students are attending part time. Hunter does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Brooklyn, Brooklyn College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 5.5% of Brooklyn College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,426 students take at least one class online at Brooklyn College. There are roughly 6,424 part time students in attendance at Brooklyn College. Brooklyn College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

SUNY New Paltz earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at SUNY New Paltz is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 606 students take at least one class online at SUNY New Paltz. There are roughly 969 part time students in attendance at SUNY New Paltz. SUNY New Paltz 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 Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 4,941
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4,556
Special Education 3,627
Educational Administration 1,474
Teaching English or French 894

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 18,014
Psychology 14,303
Communication & Journalism 10,348
History 2,519
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1,371

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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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