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2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

26 Colleges
4,024 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,234 Avg Cost*

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

Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, English language and literature was ranked #15 in the country. In fact 42,686 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 4,024 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

For this year's Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region ranking, we looked at 26 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English language and literature. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality English language and literature programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the English language and literature program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

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

Southern New Hampshire University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the New England Region that are best for non-traditional English language and literature students. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

96,912 students at SNHU are exclusively online. About 74,621 of the students at SNHU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the New England Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 316 students take at least one class online at Boston College. There are roughly 1,555 part time students in attendance at Boston College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts Amherst as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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. There are roughly 6,250 part time students in attendance at UMass Amherst. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Rhode Island as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Kingston, URI is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 4.4% of URI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,055 students take at least one class online at URI. There are roughly 3,456 part time students in attendance at URI. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Salem State University. Salem State is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Salem.

The student loan default rate at Salem State is lower than is typical, just 7.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,924 students take at least one class online at Salem State. About 2,356 of the students at Salem State are attending part time. Salem State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of North Adams, MCLA is a public school with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at MCLA is lower than is typical, just 7.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 244 students at MCLA that take at least one class online. 331 of MCLA students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. 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 #8 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the New England Region list.

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

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#8

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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. There are roughly 1,207 part time students in attendance at Westfield. Westfield does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bridgewater State University. Bridgewater State is a large public school located in the large suburb of Bridgewater.

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

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. There are approximately 1,838 students at Northeastern that take at least one class online. 842 students are part time.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students English Language & Literature Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students English language and literature schools for a specific state in the New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 223
Maine 224
Rhode Island 330
Massachusetts 1,786
New Hampshire 777
Connecticut 678

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 4,027
Writing Studies 1,288
English Literature (Other) 123
Literature 48

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 11,567
Visual & Performing Arts 9,927
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,343
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,150
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,136

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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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