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

19 Colleges
3,496 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,279 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 TexasLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #13 most popular major in Texas with 3,496 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 7.7% 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 Texas ranking looked at 19 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 Texas

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

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 remote town of Plainview, Wayland Baptist University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.0%. 1,400 of Wayland Baptist University students are exclusively distance learners. 3,490 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Texas Woman's University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. TWU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton. TWU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas list.

The student loan default rate at TWU is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,206 students at TWU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,517 part time students in attendance at TWU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Southern Methodist University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. SMU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas rankings.

The student loan default rate at SMU is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 603 students at SMU that take at least one class online. 2,754 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UT Austin, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.6%. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. 3,290 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Waxahachie, Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

1,098 of Southwestern Assemblies of God University students are exclusively distance learners. About 630 of the students at Southwestern Assemblies of God University are attending part time. Southwestern Assemblies of God University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Texas landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. UNT is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Denton. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNT, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.4%. There are approximately 13,820 students at UNT that take at least one class online. There are roughly 9,800 part time students in attendance at UNT. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public school with a fairly large student population. UT Arlington also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.8%. 18,425 students at UT Arlington are exclusively online. 24,029 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Marcos. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Texas State has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. Approximately 9,406 students take at least one class online at Texas State. There are roughly 8,060 part time students in attendance at Texas State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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West Texas A&M University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the fringe town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at West Texas A&M University is lower than is typical, just 8.1% of students default in three years. 3,382 students at West Texas A&M University are exclusively online. There are roughly 3,916 part time students in attendance at West Texas A&M University. West Texas A&M University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a very large student population.

The student loan default rate at SHSU is lower than is typical, just 5.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 7,776 students take at least one class online at SHSU. There are roughly 5,468 part time students in attendance at SHSU. 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 Southwest Region

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

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

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 53,250

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 7,369
English Language & Literature 3,740
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,387
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,673
Philosophy & Religious Studies 717

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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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