Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies

2021 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

121 Colleges
56,873 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,669 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 56,873 people earned their bachelor's in multi / interdisciplinary studies, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking analyzed 121 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in multi / interdisciplinary studies. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great multi / interdisciplinary studies 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 multi / interdisciplinary studies program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 15% Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

California State University - Monterey Bay has taken the #1 spot in this year's multi / interdisciplinary studies ranking for non-traditional students. CSUMB is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Seaside. CSUMB not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list.

About 5.6% of CSUMB students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,205 students at CSUMB that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,083 part time students in attendance at CSUMB. CSUMB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies rankings.

The student loan default rate at UC Berkeley is lower than is typical, just 2.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 930 students take at least one class online at UC Berkeley. 3,108 of UC Berkeley students are attending part time.

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University of California - San Diego earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCSD is a very large public school located in the city of La Jolla. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCSD, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. 1,297 of UCSD students are attending part time.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best multi / interdisciplinary studies schools for non-traditional students. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. GMU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list.

The student loan default rate at GMU is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. 11,606 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Mary Washington. UMW is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fredericksburg. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMW, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. Approximately 376 students take at least one class online at UMW. 733 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 California - Davis landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best multi / interdisciplinary studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UC Davis has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at UC Davis. There are roughly 1,248 part time students in attendance at UC Davis.

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Our rankings recognize American Public University System as the #7 school in this year's rankings. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

There are approximately 46,088 students at American Military University and they are all exclusively distance learners. 43,358 of American Military University students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Thomas Edison State University. Located in the small city of Trenton, TESU is a public school with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.1%. 10,836 of TESU students are exclusively distance learners. 10,836 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCLA also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies rankings.

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

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Sacramento as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Sac State is a very large public school located in the city of Sacramento.

About 4.7% of Sac State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,655 students take at least one class online at Sac State. 6,435 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Texas A&M College Station also did well on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Irvine as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Irvine excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list.

The student loan default rate at UC Irvine is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,852 students take at least one class online at UC Irvine. There are roughly 832 part time students in attendance at UC Irvine.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is lower than is typical, just 1.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,138 students take at least one class online at Columbia. About 5,005 of the students at Columbia are attending part time.

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Texas Woman's University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 best multi / interdisciplinary studies schools for non-traditional students. TWU is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. Approximately 5,206 students take at least one class online at TWU. 6,517 students are part time. TWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bowling Green State University - Main Campus. BGSU is a fairly large public school located in the fringe town of Bowling Green.

The student loan default rate at BGSU is lower than is typical, just 8.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,273 students at BGSU that take at least one class online. About 3,217 of the students at BGSU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UMN Twin Cities also did well on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best multi / interdisciplinary studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at UNC Chapel Hill. About 4,791 of the students at UNC Chapel Hill are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#18

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 best multi / interdisciplinary studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, WWU also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The student loan default rate at WWU is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 692 students take at least one class online at WWU. There are roughly 1,502 part time students in attendance at WWU. WWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
19 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
20 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
21 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
22 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
23 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
24 George Fox University Newberg, OR

Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies by Region

View the best for non-traditional students Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies colleges in a specific region near you.

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

Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 34,024
Biological & Physical Science 28,954
International Studies 7,627
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,368
Nutrition Science 4,688

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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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