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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts

11 Colleges
1,818 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,617 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in MassachusettsIn 2018-2019, education students earned 1,818 bachelor's degrees from a Massachusetts school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.0% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts ranking 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 Massachusetts

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

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in Massachusetts that are best for non-traditional education students. Bridgewater State is a large public school located in the large suburb of Bridgewater. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Bridgewater State, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts ranking.

About 5.7% of Bridgewater State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at Bridgewater State. 2,646 of Bridgewater State students are attending part time. Bridgewater State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Boston U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. 2,534 of Boston U students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,370 of the students at Boston U are attending part time.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Boston, UMass Boston is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMass Boston has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.8%. There are approximately 2,315 students at UMass Boston that take at least one class online. 4,896 of UMass Boston students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Westfield also made our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 1,923 students at Westfield that take at least one class online. 1,207 students are part time. Westfield does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMass Amherst also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts rankings.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is lower than is typical, just 3.0% of students default in three years. 3,607 students at UMass Amherst are exclusively online. 6,250 of UMass Amherst students are attending part time. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Salem State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Salem State is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Salem. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Salem State, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts ranking.

About 7.4% of Salem State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,924 students take at least one class online at Salem State. There are roughly 2,356 part time students in attendance at Salem State. Salem State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Our rankings recognize Fitchburg State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Fitchburg.

The student loan default rate at Fitchburg State is lower than is typical, just 6.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,784 students at Fitchburg State that take at least one class online. 3,504 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. There are approximately 316 students at Boston College that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,555 part time students in attendance at Boston College. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Located in the fringe town of North Adams, MCLA is a public college with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.1%. Approximately 244 students take at least one class online at MCLA. There are roughly 331 part time students in attendance at MCLA. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

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

About 4.8% of Bay Path students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,501 of Bay Path students are exclusively distance learners. 1,489 of Bay Path students are attending part time.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Education Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 235
Maine 397
Rhode Island 404
New Hampshire 431
Connecticut 562

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,525
General Education 1,811
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,225
Special Education 1,136
Other Education 543

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 8,985
Psychology 6,041
Communication & Journalism 3,668
History 1,465
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 817

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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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