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2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California

34 Colleges
4,276 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,029 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, 4,276 bachelor's degrees were awarded to English language and literature students who went to a California college or university. This makes it the #16 most popular major in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 10.0% of all the English language and literature bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California ranking, we looked at 34 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English language and literature. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent English language and literature programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the English language and literature 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 English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying English language and literature.

Top 10 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in California that are best for non-traditional English language and literature students. SFSU is a very large public school located in the large city of San Francisco.

About 5.3% of SFSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,593 students take at least one class online at SFSU. 5,592 of SFSU students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in California rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. Approximately 930 students take at least one class online at UC Berkeley. 3,108 students are part time.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCLA has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in California ranking.

The student loan default rate at UCLA is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,288 students at UCLA that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,642 part time students in attendance at UCLA.

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#4

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Our rankings recognize Santa Clara University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara. SCU also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in California list, coming in at #3.

About 0.7% of SCU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,073 students are part time.

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#5

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. Loyola Marymount also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in California list, coming in at #4.

About 1.8% of Loyola Marymount students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 532 students at Loyola Marymount that take at least one class online. 1,088 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Long Beach as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Long Beach, CSULB is a public college with a very large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. There are approximately 10,391 students at CSULB that take at least one class online. 6,387 students are part time. CSULB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Riverside. Located in the large city of Riverside, UCR is a public college with a very large student population. UCR also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in California rankings.

The student loan default rate at UCR is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,274 students at UCR that take at least one class online. 620 of UCR students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Mills College

Oakland, CA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Mills College. Mills is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Oakland. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mills, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in California ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. There are roughly 185 part time students in attendance at Mills.

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San Jose State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. 8,139 of San Jose State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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California State University - Stanislaus landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Turlock, Stan State is a public school with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.4%. Approximately 3,964 students take at least one class online at Stan State. There are roughly 1,840 part time students in attendance at Stan State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students English Language & Literature Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 809
Hawaii 113
Oregon 500
Alaska 46
Nevada 188

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 6,512
Writing Studies 686
English Literature (Other) 278
Literature 31

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 55,431
Visual & Performing Arts 21,916
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 5,209
Philosophy & Religious Studies 2,183
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,088

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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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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