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

9 Colleges
1,330 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,351 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 MissouriWith 1,330 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, liberal arts / sciences and humanities is the #11 most popular major in Missouri. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.9% 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 Missouri ranking looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Missouri

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

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College tops the 2021 list of our schools in Missouri that are best for non-traditional liberal arts / sciences and humanities students. Columbia College Missouri is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Columbia. Columbia College Missouri not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list.

7,023 of Columbia College Missouri students are exclusively distance learners. About 7,512 of the students at Columbia College Missouri are attending part time. Columbia College Missouri does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Kansas City as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Kansas City, UMKC is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMKC has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

The student loan default rate at UMKC is lower than is typical, just 7.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,095 students at UMKC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,849 part time students in attendance at UMKC. UMKC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

William Jewell College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. William Jewell is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Liberty. As a testament to the quality of education offered at William Jewell, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

About 6.4% of William Jewell students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 138 students at William Jewell that take at least one class online. There are roughly 29 part time students in attendance at William Jewell.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Central Missouri. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a large student population. UCM did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list.

The student loan default rate at UCM is lower than is typical, just 8.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,195 students at UCM that take at least one class online. About 3,478 of the students at UCM are attending part time. UCM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Missouri - Columbia. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Mizzou has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. There are approximately 6,407 students at Mizzou that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,578 part time students in attendance at Mizzou. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Missouri - St Louis landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. UMSL is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMSL has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

The student loan default rate at UMSL is lower than is typical, just 6.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,758 students take at least one class online at UMSL. 10,040 of UMSL students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri State University is a large public school located in the small city of Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missouri State University also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri rankings.

There are approximately 3,188 students at Southeast Missouri State University that take at least one class online. 3,394 of Southeast Missouri State University students are attending part time. Southeast Missouri State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Missouri Southern State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Joplin, Missouri Southern is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Missouri Southern also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri rankings.

There are approximately 1,740 students at Missouri Southern that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,805 part time students in attendance at Missouri Southern. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Lincoln University

Jefferson City, MO

Lincoln University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. LU Missouri is a small public school located in the small city of Jefferson City. LU Missouri not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list.

Approximately 755 students take at least one class online at LU Missouri. 748 of LU Missouri students are attending 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 Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 75
Kansas 678
South Dakota 140
Iowa 454
Nebraska 366
North Dakota 192

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 9,198

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 1,915
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,098
English Language & Literature 875
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 542
Philosophy & Religious Studies 229

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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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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