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

19 Colleges
2,956 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,367 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 New England 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, 2,956 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region ranking analyzed 19 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 New England 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

#1

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Charter Oak State College has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Charter Oak State College is a small public school located in the large suburb of New Britain.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.5%. There are approximately 1,641 students at Charter Oak State College and they are all exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,338 part time students in attendance at Charter Oak State College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

University of Bridgeport landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. UBridgeport is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bridgeport.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.3%. Approximately 1,016 students take at least one class online at UBridgeport. There are roughly 2,081 part time students in attendance at UBridgeport.

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Southern New Hampshire University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

96,912 of SNHU students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 74,621 part time students in attendance at SNHU. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Goddard College

Plainfield, VT

Goddard College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Goddard College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Plainfield.

The student loan default rate at Goddard College is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. 40 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Our rankings recognize Bay Path University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Longmeadow, Bay Path is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. 1,501 students at Bay Path are exclusively online. 1,489 students are part time.

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#6

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Westfield also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region rankings.

About 4.9% of Westfield students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,923 students at Westfield that take at least one class online. About 1,207 of the students at Westfield are attending part time. Westfield does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maine at Augusta as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Augusta, UMA is a public school with a small student population.

2,103 of UMA students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,722 of the students at UMA are attending part time. UMA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Johnson State College

Johnson, VT

Johnson State College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Johnson State College is a small public school located in the rural area of Johnson.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.7%. 414 of Johnson State College students are exclusively distance learners. 873 students are part time. Johnson State College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Lesley University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Lesley is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Lesley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. 510 of Lesley students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,469 part time students in attendance at Lesley.

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Eastern Connecticut State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. ECSU is a small public school located in the fringe town of Willimantic. ECSU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region list.

The student loan default rate at ECSU is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 404 students at ECSU that take at least one class online. About 877 of the students at ECSU are attending 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 by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 184
Maine 244
Rhode Island 50
Massachusetts 904
New Hampshire 829
Connecticut 744

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 11,567

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 9,927
English Language & Literature 5,486
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,343
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,150
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,136

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 19 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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