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

12 Colleges
7,218 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,069 Avg Cost*

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

Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, multi / interdisciplinary studies students earned 7,218 bachelor's degrees from a California school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 12.7% of all the multi / interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California ranking looked at 12 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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.

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2021 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in California

Check out the multi / interdisciplinary studies programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 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. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Seaside, CSUMB is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. CSUMB also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. Approximately 2,205 students take at least one class online at CSUMB. 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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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list.

About 2.0% of UC Berkeley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 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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Our rankings recognize University of California - San Diego as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a fairly large student population. 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 in California ranking.

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

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University of California - Davis landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best multi / interdisciplinary studies schools for non-traditional students. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis. UC Davis also made our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list, coming in at #3.

About 1.6% of UC Davis students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 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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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCLA has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

The student loan default rate at UCLA is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. 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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Our rankings recognize California State University - Sacramento as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Sacramento, Sac State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. Approximately 12,655 students take at least one class online at Sac State. There are roughly 6,435 part time students in attendance at Sac State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Irvine earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Irvine is a fairly large public school located in the city of Irvine. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Irvine, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

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. 832 students are part time.

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University of California - Merced comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the rural area of Merced, UC Merced is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UC Merced has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.9%. There are approximately 178 students at UC Merced that take at least one class online. About 72 of the students at UC Merced are attending part time.

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#9

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Our rankings recognize Pepperdine University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Pepperdine is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Malibu. Pepperdine not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.4%. 2,316 of Pepperdine students are attending part time.

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University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCSB, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. Approximately 365 students take at least one class online at UCSB. 656 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 1,176
Hawaii 204
Oregon 935
Alaska 127
Nevada 170

Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Physical Science 18,969
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2,714
International Studies 1,548
Cognitive Science 1,364
Nutrition Science 1,076

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 12 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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