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2021 Best History Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

267 Colleges
25,943 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,651 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best History Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best History Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 25,943 people earned their bachelor's in history, making the major the #19 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best History Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 267 colleges that offer a bachelor's in history. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality history 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 history program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

Check out the history programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 25 History Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of Virginia - Main Campus tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional history students. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, University of Virginia has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for History ranking.

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

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Columbia not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for History list.

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

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#3

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. William & Mary also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 1.4% of William & Mary students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 376 of William & Mary students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 831 part time students in attendance at William & Mary. William & Mary does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

New York University

New York, NY

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to New York University. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, NYU also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at NYU is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,264 students take at least one class online at NYU. 8,707 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. About 4,791 of the students at UNC Chapel Hill are attending part time. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Madison is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. About 4,418 of the students at UW - Madison are attending part time. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full History at University of Wisconsin - Madison Report

#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a fairly large student population. GMU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

The student loan default rate at GMU is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. 11,606 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full History at George Mason University Report

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. UCLA excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

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

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Boston College excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

About 1.5% of Boston College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 316 students at Boston College that take at least one class online. About 1,555 of the students at Boston College are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GWU also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

About 1.9% of GWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 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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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to American Public University System. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

There are approximately 46,088 students at American Military University and they are all exclusively distance learners. About 43,358 of the students at American Military University are attending part time. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Fordham U also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.6%. 946 students at Fordham U are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,779 part time students in attendance at Fordham U. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern New Hampshire University. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

96,912 of SNHU students are exclusively distance learners. 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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University of North Texas landed the #14 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a very large student population.

About 7.4% of UNT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,820 students at UNT that take at least one class online. There are roughly 9,800 part time students in attendance at UNT. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rutgers New Brunswick also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

About 3.8% of Rutgers New Brunswick students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,368 students at Rutgers New Brunswick that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,501 part time students in attendance at Rutgers New Brunswick. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Texas at Arlington landed the #16 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. UT Arlington is a very large public school located in the city of Arlington.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.8%. 18,425 students at UT Arlington are exclusively online. 24,029 of UT Arlington students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#17

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Marquette also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

About 2.0% of Marquette students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,234 students at Marquette that take at least one class online. 1,215 of Marquette students are attending part time. Marquette does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#18

American University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize American University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, The American University also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.8% of The American University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 549 students take at least one class online at The American University. About 2,876 of the students at The American University are attending part time.

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#19

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #19 school in this year's rankings. UF is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UF also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. There are roughly 8,083 part time students in attendance at UF. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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California State University - Fullerton earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal State Fullerton is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fullerton.

The student loan default rate at Cal State Fullerton is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,133 students take at least one class online at Cal State Fullerton. 9,948 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University - Bloomington as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, IU Bloomington is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

About 3.6% of IU Bloomington students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,026 students at IU Bloomington that take at least one class online. 5,192 students are part time. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

About 3.0% of UMass Amherst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,250 of the students at UMass Amherst are attending part time. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #23 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Texas A&M College Station also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. Approximately 4,608 students take at least one class online at Texas A&M College Station. 9,459 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on History at Texas A&M University - College Station

#24

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #24 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Florida State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. Approximately 14,515 students take at least one class online at Florida State. About 6,270 of the students at Florida State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#25

University at Albany

Albany, NY

University at Albany landed the #25 spot in our 2021 best history schools for non-traditional students. UAlbany is a large public school located in the small city of Albany. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UAlbany also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

The student loan default rate at UAlbany is lower than is typical, just 4.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,015 students at UAlbany that take at least one class online. 2,888 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full History at University at Albany Report

Rest of the Top Schools for Best History Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#31

Towson University

Towson, MD

#33

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

#34

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#38

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying History that almost earned our Best History Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
41 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
42 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
43 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
44 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
45 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
46 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
47 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
48 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
49 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
50 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
51 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
52 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
53 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC

History by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

History Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
History 32,643

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Majors Similar to History

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 Abraham Ortelius.

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