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

80 Colleges
11,728 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,272 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 Southeast 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, 11,728 went to students in the Southeast region of the United States.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region ranking looked at 80 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Top 15% Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Southeast Region that are best for non-traditional liberal arts / sciences and humanities students. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. GMU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at GMU is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. About 11,606 of the students at GMU are attending part time. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a small public school located in the small suburb of Parkersburg.

There are approximately 786 students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg that take at least one class online. 996 of West Virginia University at Parkersburg students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Longwood University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Longwood is a small public school located in the remote town of Farmville. Longwood did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. 303 of Longwood students are exclusively distance learners. 982 students are part time. Longwood does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population. USF Tampa not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at USF Tampa is lower than is typical, just 1.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 18,317 students at USF Tampa that take at least one class online. There are roughly 12,300 part time students in attendance at USF Tampa. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Belmont has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at Belmont is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,856 students take at least one class online at Belmont. 739 of Belmont students are attending part time. Belmont does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Middle Tennessee State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Middle Tennessee State University also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region ranking.

Approximately 5,857 students take at least one class online at Middle Tennessee State University. 5,400 of Middle Tennessee State 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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Our rankings recognize Florida International University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Miami. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, FIU also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. Approximately 25,978 students take at least one class online at FIU. 23,256 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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William Peace University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Raleigh, WPU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

87 of WPU students are exclusively distance learners. 78 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Barry University

Miami, FL

Barry University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Miami, Barry University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. There are approximately 556 students at Barry University that take at least one class online. About 2,060 of the students at Barry University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMW is a small public school located in the suburb of Fredericksburg. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UMW also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at UMW is lower than is typical, just 3.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 376 students take at least one class online at UMW. 733 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Tennessee Technological University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Tennessee Tech University is a fairly large public school located in the town of Cookeville.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.0%. Approximately 6,322 students take at least one class online at Tennessee Tech University. There are roughly 1,896 part time students in attendance at Tennessee Tech University. Tennessee Tech University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

Eastern Mennonite University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Eastern Mennonite is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

The student loan default rate at Eastern Mennonite is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. 246 of Eastern Mennonite students are exclusively distance learners. 469 of Eastern Mennonite students are attending part time.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
13 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
14 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
15 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
16 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA

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 Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 926
Florida 1,256
Virginia 2,248
Georgia 596
North Carolina 929
Alabama 322
Tennessee 1,084
West Virginia 1,154
South Carolina 437
Louisiana 1,139
Kentucky 1,015
Arkansas 572

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 142,884

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 27,015
English Language & Literature 11,781
Theology & Religious Vocations 8,124
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 5,467
Philosophy & Religious Studies 4,058

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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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