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

8 Colleges
2,251 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,654 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 VirginiaOut of the majors we analyze each year, liberal arts / sciences and humanities was ranked 10th in Virginia. In fact, 2,251 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 45,514 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 4.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Virginia ranking analyzed 8 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 Virginia

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

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, GMU has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 11,606 part time students in attendance at GMU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Longwood University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Farmville, Longwood is a public college with a small student population. Longwood also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia rankings.

The student loan default rate at Longwood is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. 303 students at Longwood are exclusively online. 982 of Longwood students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Fredericksburg, UMW is a public college with a small student population. UMW also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list, coming in at #4.

About 3.7% of UMW students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 376 students take at least one class online at UMW. 733 students are part time. UMW does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

Eastern Mennonite University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, Eastern Mennonite is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Eastern Mennonite also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.8%. 246 of Eastern Mennonite students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 469 part time students in attendance at Eastern Mennonite.

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#5

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. JMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg. As a testament to the quality of education offered at JMU, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

The student loan default rate at JMU is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,087 students take at least one class online at JMU. About 1,837 of the students at JMU are attending part time. JMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Liberty University, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

64,006 students at Liberty University are exclusively online. 37,343 of Liberty University students are attending part time. Liberty University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, VA

Southern Virginia University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. SVU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Buena Vista. SVU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list, coming in at #7.

The student loan default rate at SVU is lower than is typical, just 7.9% of students default in three years. About 88 of the students at SVU are attending part time. SVU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Petersburg, Virginia State is a public school with a small student population. Virginia State also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list, coming in at #9.

About 310 of the students at Virginia State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 926
Florida 1,256
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 9,145

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 3,352
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,113
English Language & Literature 2,010
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,303
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 806

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 8 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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