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

30 Colleges
6,349 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,609 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 Southwest RegionLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #14 most popular major in the country with 45,514 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 6,349 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

For this year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region ranking, we looked at 30 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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

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.

Top 10 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX

Wayland Baptist University has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Plainview, Wayland Baptist University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at Wayland Baptist University is lower than is typical, just 7.0% of students default in three years. 1,400 of Wayland Baptist University students are exclusively distance learners. 3,490 of Wayland Baptist University students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM

Our rankings recognize St. John's College as the #2 school in this year's rankings. St. John's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Fe. St. John's did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region list.

The student loan default rate at St. John’s is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. There are roughly 21 part time students in attendance at St. John’s.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Norman. University of Oklahoma also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. Approximately 6,868 students take at least one class online at University of Oklahoma. 6,505 of University of Oklahoma students are attending part time. University of Oklahoma does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas Woman's University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. TWU is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

The student loan default rate at TWU is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,206 students take at least one class online at TWU. About 6,517 of the students at TWU are attending part time. TWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. SMU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at SMU is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 603 students take at least one class online at SMU. There are roughly 2,754 part time students in attendance at SMU. SMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region list.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,546 students take at least one class online at UT Austin. There are roughly 3,290 part time students in attendance at UT Austin. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Northern Arizona University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. NAU is a very large public school located in the small city of Flagstaff.

The student loan default rate at NAU is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 7,024 students at NAU that take at least one class online. 7,213 of NAU students are attending part time. NAU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Waxahachie, Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

1,098 students at Southwestern Assemblies of God University are exclusively online. About 630 of the students at Southwestern Assemblies of God University are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Texas as the #9 school in this year's rankings. UNT is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

About 7.4% of UNT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,820 students take at least one class online at UNT. 9,800 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Portales, ENMU - Main Campus is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

2,672 students at ENMU - Main Campus are exclusively online. 3,202 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 by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 966
Texas 3,478
Oklahoma 1,259
New Mexico 628

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 71,760

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 11,365
English Language & Literature 5,730
Theology & Religious Vocations 3,230
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,718
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,063

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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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