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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania

32 Colleges
3,877 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,003 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in PennsylvaniaIn 2018-2019, education students earned 3,877 bachelor's degrees from a Pennsylvania school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that 4.4% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania ranking analyzed 32 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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The education school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania

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

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Pennsylvania State University - University Park tops the 2021 list of our schools in Pennsylvania that are best for non-traditional education students. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park. Penn State University Park also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Pennsylvania rankings.

About 4.9% of Penn State University Park students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,255 students take at least one class online at Penn State University Park. About 1,670 of the students at Penn State University Park are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Kutztown, Kutztown University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Kutztown University also made our Best Colleges for Education in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #7.

About 6.9% of Kutztown University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,293 students take at least one class online at Kutztown University. About 1,058 of the students at Kutztown University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Duquesne is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. Duquesne also made our Best Colleges for Education in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #4.

The student loan default rate at Duquesne is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,144 students at Duquesne that take at least one class online. 407 students are part time. Duquesne does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Temple University. Temple is a very large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Temple has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Pennsylvania ranking.

About 5.1% of Temple students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,543 students at Temple that take at least one class online. About 5,358 of the students at Temple are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Millersville, Millersville is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. Approximately 1,109 students take at least one class online at Millersville. There are roughly 1,960 part time students in attendance at Millersville. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. WCUPA is a large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, WCUPA has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Pennsylvania ranking.

The student loan default rate at WCUPA is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,140 students at WCUPA that take at least one class online. 3,448 students are part time. WCUPA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

Lock Haven University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. LHU is a small public school located in the town of Lock Haven.

About 7.9% of LHU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,127 students take at least one class online at LHU. 398 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of East Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at East Stroudsburg University is lower than is typical, just 8.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 819 students take at least one class online at East Stroudsburg University. About 862 of the students at East Stroudsburg University are attending part time. East Stroudsburg University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Bloomsburg is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Bloomsburg.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.0%. There are approximately 1,215 students at Bloomsburg that take at least one class online. 1,073 students are part time. Bloomsburg does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

About 4.9% of SRU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,777 students at SRU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,216 part time students in attendance at SRU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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
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 3,707
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,840
Special Education 1,649
Educational Administration 1,637
General Education 1,036

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 8,094
Psychology 7,254
Communication & Journalism 5,238
History 1,371
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 818

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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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