Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New York

14 Colleges
4,039 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,751 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 New YorkLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #12 most popular major in New York with 4,039 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 45,514 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 8.9% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New York ranking, we looked at 14 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 New York

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

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 4.3% of Excelsior College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 30,008 students at Excelsior College and they are all exclusively distance learners. All students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

The King's College

New York, NY

The King's College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. TKC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. TKC did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in New York list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. There are approximately 56 students at TKC that take at least one class online. 19 of TKC students are attending part time.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, NYU has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in New York ranking.

About 2.2% of NYU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,264 students take at least one class online at NYU. 8,707 students are part time.

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Rochester Institute of Technology comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. RIT not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in New York list.

About 3.1% of RIT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,247 students take at least one class online at RIT. 1,596 of RIT students are attending part time. RIT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

The New School

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize The New School as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, New School University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. New School University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in New York list.

The student loan default rate at New School University is lower than is typical, just 5.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 899 students at New School University that take at least one class online. 1,304 of New School University 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 St. Joseph's College - New York. Located in the large city of Brooklyn, SJC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. SJC also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in New York rankings.

The student loan default rate at SJC is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 297 students take at least one class online at SJC. 314 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Purchase College

Purchase, NY

Purchase College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Purchase College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Purchase.

The student loan default rate at Purchase College is lower than is typical, just 6.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 47 students take at least one class online at Purchase College. About 376 of the students at Purchase College are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Pace University - New York landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Pace University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

The student loan default rate at Pace University is lower than is typical, just 5.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,827 students at Pace University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,039 part time students in attendance at Pace University. Pace University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The City College of New York earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. CCNY is a fairly large public school located in the large city of New York. CCNY also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in New York rankings.

The student loan default rate at CCNY is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 103 students take at least one class online at CCNY. 5,055 of CCNY students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Cortland. SUNY Cortland is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Cortland.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Cortland is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 599 students at SUNY Cortland that take at least one class online. 467 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 1,001
New Jersey 1,519
Maryland 442
Delaware 95
District of Columbia 54

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 22,316

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 17,613
English Language & Literature 4,927
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,829
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,348
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,769

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 14 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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