Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies

2021 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

31 Colleges
10,849 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,804 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsArea, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies is the #26th most popular major in the country with 10,849 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 31 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies 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 area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies.

Top 10 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

George Washington University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies students. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. GWU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. 5,374 of GWU students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 9,073 part time students in attendance at GWU.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list.

The student loan default rate at UC Berkeley is lower than is typical, just 2.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 930 students take at least one class online at UC Berkeley. About 3,108 of the students at UC Berkeley are attending part time.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools for non-traditional students. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at UNC Chapel Hill. There are roughly 4,791 part time students in attendance at UNC Chapel Hill. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at UW Seattle is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,490 students at UW Seattle that take at least one class online. There are roughly 5,528 part time students in attendance at UW Seattle. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools for non-traditional students. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta. Emory did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. There are approximately 1,099 students at Emory that take at least one class online. 1,556 students are part time.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UCLA also did well on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.3% of UCLA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,288 students take at least one class online at UCLA. There are roughly 1,642 part time students in attendance at UCLA.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Columbia did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is lower than is typical, just 1.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,138 students take at least one class online at Columbia. 5,005 of Columbia students are attending part time.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools for non-traditional students. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. Cornell also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies rankings.

The student loan default rate at Cornell is lower than is typical, just 1.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 309 students at Cornell that take at least one class online. About 101 of the students at Cornell are attending part time.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population.

The student loan default rate at University of Virginia is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. 2,130 of University of Virginia students are attending part time.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - College Park. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

The student loan default rate at UMCP is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,138 students at UMCP that take at least one class online. 4,597 of UMCP students are attending part time. UMCP does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 6,958
Area Studies 6,583

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 269,156
Social Sciences 199,377
Psychology 174,455
Communication & Journalism 116,237
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 37,407

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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 G. Mützel.

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