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

9 Colleges
904 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,060 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 MassachusettsLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #18 most popular major in Massachusetts with 904 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.0% of all the liberal arts / sciences and humanities bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts ranking analyzed 9 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts

Check out the liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

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

#1

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Bay Path University has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Bay Path is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Longmeadow. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Bay Path, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts ranking.

About 4.8% of Bay Path students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,501 students at Bay Path are exclusively online. There are roughly 1,489 part time students in attendance at Bay Path.

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#2

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Our rankings recognize Westfield State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Westfield has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts ranking.

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. There are roughly 1,207 part time students in attendance at Westfield. Westfield does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Lesley University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Lesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Lesley has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts ranking.

About 3.0% of Lesley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 510 students at Lesley are exclusively online. About 2,469 of the students at Lesley are attending part time.

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#4

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Endicott College. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beverly. Endicott also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts rankings.

About 2.3% of Endicott students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,106 students at Endicott are exclusively online. 1,405 of Endicott students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Framingham State University

Framingham, MA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Framingham State University. Located in the city of Framingham, Framingham State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Framingham State, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.4%. 670 students at Framingham State are exclusively online. There are roughly 1,985 part time students in attendance at Framingham State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. 3,607 students at UMass Amherst are exclusively online. 6,250 students are part time. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. UMass Dartmouth is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of North Dartmouth. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMass Dartmouth, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts ranking.

About 6.8% of UMass Dartmouth students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,059 students at UMass Dartmouth are exclusively online. About 1,982 of the students at UMass Dartmouth are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Lowell. UMass Lowell did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Massachusetts list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.2%. 4,103 students at UMass Lowell are exclusively online. 6,329 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

Curry College

Milton, MA

Curry College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Curry is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Milton.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. There are approximately 158 students at Curry that take at least one class online. 535 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 New England Region

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

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

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 4,168

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 5,586
English Language & Literature 2,179
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,243
Theology & Religious Vocations 898
Philosophy & Religious Studies 605

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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.
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