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

9 Colleges
1,001 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,910 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 PennsylvaniaIn 2018-2019, 1,001 bachelor's degrees were awarded to liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who went to a Pennsylvania college or university. This makes it the #20 most popular major in the state. This means that 2.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania ranking analyzed 9 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 Pennsylvania

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

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

#1

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. St. Joe's also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

The student loan default rate at St. Joe’s is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. 2,074 students at St. Joe’s are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,816 part time students in attendance at St. Joe’s. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Neumann is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Aston. Neumann also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

Approximately 384 students take at least one class online at Neumann. 1,011 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Villanova University. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Villanova also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

The student loan default rate at Villanova is lower than is typical, just 1.4% of students default in three years. 1,576 students at Villanova are exclusively online. There are roughly 3,154 part time students in attendance at Villanova.

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#4

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Drexel also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #3.

About 3.1% of Drexel students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at Drexel. About 6,322 of the students at Drexel are attending part time. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California University of Pennsylvania comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of California, Cal U is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Cal U also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #7.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.4%. 2,965 of Cal U students are exclusively distance learners. 2,311 students are part time. Cal U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Clarion University of Pennsylvania landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Clarion, Clarion University is a public college with a small student population. Clarion University also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

The student loan default rate at Clarion University is lower than is typical, just 8.5% of students default in three years. 1,503 students at Clarion University are exclusively online. About 1,455 of the students at Clarion University are attending part time. Clarion University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. WCUPA is a large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester. WCUPA also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 2,140 students at WCUPA that take at least one class online. About 3,448 of the students at WCUPA are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

Lock Haven University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. LHU is a small public school located in the town of Lock Haven. LHU also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

The student loan default rate at LHU is lower than is typical, just 7.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,127 students at LHU that take at least one class online. 398 students are part time. LHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Edinboro, Edinboro is a public school with a small student population.

949 of Edinboro students are exclusively distance learners. About 994 of the students at Edinboro are attending part time. Edinboro does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 4,039
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 4,457

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 5,591
English Language & Literature 2,817
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,313
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,047
Philosophy & Religious Studies 996

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 9 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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