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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

40 Colleges
7,614 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,628 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, liberal arts / sciences and humanities was ranked #14 in the country. In fact 45,514 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 7,614 went to students in the Far Western US region of the United States.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 40 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

The Evergreen State College tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Far Western US Region that are best for non-traditional liberal arts / sciences and humanities students. Evergreen is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Olympia. Evergreen also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #5.

354 students are part time. Evergreen does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 5.2% of Brandman students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 6,199 of Brandman students are exclusively distance learners. 5,521 students are part time. Brandman does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Mary's College of California. Located in the large suburb of Moraga, SMC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. SMC also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #3.

About 2.5% of SMC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are roughly 685 part time students in attendance at SMC. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - East Bay as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Cal State East Bay is a large public school located in the large suburb of Hayward.

About 5.4% of Cal State East Bay students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,927 students take at least one class online at Cal State East Bay. 3,742 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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California State University - Northridge earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. CSUN is a fairly large public school located in the city of Northridge.

The student loan default rate at CSUN is lower than is typical, just 3.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 19,451 students at CSUN that take at least one class online. 8,688 of CSUN students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Monterey Bay. CSUMB is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Seaside.

About 5.6% of CSUMB students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,205 students take at least one class online at CSUMB. 1,083 of CSUMB students are attending part time. CSUMB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Carson, CSUDH is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. There are approximately 5,467 students at CSUDH that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,549 part time students in attendance at CSUDH. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Francisco State University. SFSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Francisco.

The student loan default rate at SFSU is lower than is typical, just 5.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,593 students take at least one class online at SFSU. 5,592 of SFSU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Azusa Pacific University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Azusa Pacific also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Far Western US Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. 2,345 of Azusa Pacific students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,901 of the students at Azusa Pacific are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Rohnert Park, SSU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

About 3.5% of SSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,268 students at SSU that take at least one class online. 1,167 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 6,043
Washington 1,066
Hawaii 107
Oregon 317
Alaska 4
Nevada 76

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 86,809

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 26,163
English Language & Literature 9,584
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 6,928
Philosophy & Religious Studies 2,806
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,743

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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 Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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