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2021 Best Special Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

118 Colleges
8,866 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,378 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Special Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Special Education Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 8,866 people earned their bachelor's in special education, making the major the #55 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Special Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking analyzed 118 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in special ed. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality special education programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the special education program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Special Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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

Top 15% Best Special Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University has taken the #1 spot in this year's special education ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Union, Kean is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 6.9% of Kean students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 826 students at Kean that take at least one class online. 3,382 students are part time. Kean does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Illinois State has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education ranking.

About 3.9% of Illinois State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Illinois State. There are roughly 2,428 part time students in attendance at Illinois State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Towson University

Towson, MD

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Towson University. Towson is a fairly large public school located in the city of Towson. Towson did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Special Education list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Towson. About 4,538 of the students at Towson are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

The student loan default rate at WGU is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. All 121,437 students take classes exclusively online at WGU. WGU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. WCUPA is a fairly 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 #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education ranking.

The student loan default rate at WCUPA is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,140 students take at least one class online at WCUPA. About 3,448 of the students at WCUPA are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best special education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. UIUC also made our Best Colleges for Special Education list, coming in at #3.

About 1.9% of UIUC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. 6,389 of UIUC students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Northern Colorado comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Greeley, University of Northern Colorado is a public college with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. Approximately 2,209 students take at least one class online at University of Northern Colorado. About 4,334 of the students at University of Northern Colorado are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, SRU also did well on our Best Colleges for Special Education list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at SRU is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,777 students take at least one class online at SRU. 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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#9

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ashland University. Located in the fringe town of Ashland, Ashland is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. 2,415 students at Ashland are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,103 part time students in attendance at Ashland. Ashland does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best special 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. 1,960 of Millersville students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Indiana University - Bloomington earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, IU Bloomington has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education ranking.

The student loan default rate at IU Bloomington is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,026 students take at least one class online at IU Bloomington. About 5,192 of the students at IU Bloomington are attending part time. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida Atlantic University. Located in the city of Boca Raton, FAU is a public school with a very large student population.

The student loan default rate at FAU is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,807 students take at least one class online at FAU. About 11,210 of the students at FAU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Bloomsburg is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Bloomsburg.

The student loan default rate at Bloomsburg is lower than is typical, just 7.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,215 students take at least one class online at Bloomsburg. About 1,073 of the students at Bloomsburg are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#14

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

Our rankings recognize Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the rural area of Saint Mary of the Woods, SMWC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 5.2% of SMWC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 248 of SMWC students are exclusively distance learners. 356 students are part time.

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#15

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Gonzaga is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Spokane. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Gonzaga has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education ranking.

About 1.5% of Gonzaga students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. About 1,719 of the students at Gonzaga are attending part time. Gonzaga does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#16

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ball State University. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Ball State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Special Education list.

About 5.3% of Ball State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 5,037 of Ball State students are exclusively distance learners. About 5,958 of the students at Ball State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#17

Utah State University

Logan, UT

Utah State University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best special education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Logan, USU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. Approximately 8,947 students take at least one class online at USU. 9,442 of USU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Special Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
18 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
19 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
20 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
21 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
22 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
23 University of Georgia Athens, GA

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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).
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