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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Virginia

8 Colleges
1,712 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,219 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in VirginiaEducation is the #14 most popular major in Virginia with 1,712 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.9% of all the education bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Virginia ranking looked at 8 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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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 Virginia

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

Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University tops the 2021 list of our schools in Virginia that are best for non-traditional education students. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, GMU has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. About 11,606 of the students at GMU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Virginia Commonwealth University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Richmond. VCU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia list.

About 4.1% of VCU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 8,072 students at VCU that take at least one class online. About 5,396 of the students at VCU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg. Liberty University also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia rankings.

64,006 students at Liberty University are exclusively online. About 37,343 of the students at Liberty University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#4

Radford University

Radford, VA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Radford University. Radford is a large public school located in the small suburb of Radford. Radford also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia rankings.

About 5.6% of Radford students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,440 students take at least one class online at Radford. 1,245 of Radford students are attending part time. Radford does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Old Dominion is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk. Old Dominion not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia list.

The student loan default rate at Old Dominion is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,385 students at Old Dominion that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,571 part time students in attendance at Old Dominion. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Regent, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. 7,682 of Regent students are exclusively distance learners. 6,261 of Regent students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Our rankings recognize Shenandoah University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Shenandoah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Winchester. Shenandoah also made our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia list, coming in at #7.

About 4.1% of Shenandoah students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 633 students at Shenandoah that take at least one class online. 908 of Shenandoah students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#8

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Virginia State is a small public school located in the large suburb of Petersburg. Virginia State also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Virginia rankings.

About 310 of the students at Virginia State are attending part time. Virginia State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,213
Florida 4,383
Georgia 2,694
North Carolina 2,584
Alabama 2,026
Tennessee 1,699
West Virginia 586
South Carolina 1,665
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,440
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,303
General Education 999
Curriculum & Instruction 947
Special Education 895

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 7,701
Psychology 5,646
Communication & Journalism 2,286
History 1,414
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1,114

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 8 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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