2021 Best Mathematics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

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Finding the Best Mathematics Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Mathematics Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 21,856 people earned their bachelor's in mathematics, making the major the #25 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Mathematics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking analyzed 155 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in math. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent mathematics programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the mathematics program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The math school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Math Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Mathematics Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying math.

Top 15% Best Mathematics Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University has taken the #1 spot in this year's mathematics ranking for non-traditional students. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Johns Hopkins, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.1%. 8,722 students at Johns Hopkins are exclusively online. 11,552 of Johns Hopkins students are attending part time.

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#2

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Vanderbilt has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking.

About 1.5% of Vanderbilt students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 574 students take at least one class online at Vanderbilt. 960 of Vanderbilt students are attending part time.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population. UW - Madison not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Cornell also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Mathematics rankings.

About 1.0% of Cornell students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 309 students take at least one class online at Cornell. 101 of Cornell students are attending part time.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. 10,971 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, University of Virginia is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

About 1.5% of University of Virginia students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. 2,130 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UIUC also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. About 6,389 of the students at UIUC are attending part time. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Rutgers University - New Brunswick as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rutgers New Brunswick also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking.

About 3.8% of Rutgers New Brunswick students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,368 students at Rutgers New Brunswick that take at least one class online. 7,501 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U-M, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking.

About 1.1% of U-M students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 487 students at U-M that take at least one class online. About 2,376 of the students at U-M are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, NYU also did well on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. Approximately 2,264 students take at least one class online at NYU. About 8,707 of the students at NYU are attending part time.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Massachusetts Amherst. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMass Amherst excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. 3,607 students at UMass Amherst are exclusively online. About 6,250 of the students at UMass Amherst are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#12

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 1.5% of Boston College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 316 students at Boston College that take at least one class online. 1,555 students are part time. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UCLA also did well on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. Approximately 2,288 students take at least one class online at UCLA. There are roughly 1,642 part time students in attendance at UCLA.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. About 9,459 of the students at Texas A&M College Station are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#15

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Northeastern is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. There are approximately 1,838 students at Northeastern that take at least one class online. About 842 of the students at Northeastern are attending part time.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UT Austin is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

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 of UT Austin students are attending part time. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#17

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Binghamton University also did well on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. Approximately 769 students take at least one class online at Binghamton University. 2,020 of Binghamton University students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. UW Seattle excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

About 2.8% of UW Seattle students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,490 students take at least one class online at UW Seattle. About 5,528 of the students at UW Seattle are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University - Bloomington as the #19 school in this year's rankings. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

The student loan default rate at IU Bloomington is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,026 students at IU Bloomington that take at least one class online. About 5,192 of the students at IU Bloomington are attending part time. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #20 spot in our 2021 best mathematics schools for non-traditional students. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Penn State University Park is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list.

About 4.9% of Penn State University Park students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,255 students at Penn State University Park that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,670 part time students in attendance at Penn State University Park. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. 4,791 of UNC Chapel Hill students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#22

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Mathematics list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. 2,711 students are part time.

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#23

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Iowa is a very large public school located in the small city of Iowa City.

About 2.5% of Iowa students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,073 students at Iowa that take at least one class online. About 5,224 of the students at Iowa are attending part time. Iowa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Mathematics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

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 Mathematics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
24 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
25 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
26 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
27 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
28 University of Houston Houston, TX
29 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
30 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
31 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

Mathematics by Region

View the best for non-traditional students Mathematics schools in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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