Philosophy & Religious Studies

2021 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

40 Colleges
12,372 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,742 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 12,372 people earned their bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies, making the major the #25 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 40 colleges that offer a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great philosophy and religious studies programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the philosophy and religious studies program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 10 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA

Cairn University has taken the #1 spot in this year's philosophy and religious studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Langhorne, Cairn is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.5%. There are approximately 190 students at Cairn that take at least one class online. 332 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. UCLA also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies list, coming in at #3.

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. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UT Austin has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies ranking.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. About 3,290 of the students at UT Austin are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.0%. There are approximately 12,701 students at University of Arizona that take at least one class online. 7,884 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Santa Barbara earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. UCSB also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies list, coming in at #5.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 365 students at UCSB that take at least one class online. 656 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston College. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies list, coming in at #6.

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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Florida State has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies ranking.

The student loan default rate at Florida State is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 14,515 students take at least one class online at Florida State. There are roughly 6,270 part time students in attendance at Florida State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Southern California earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. 6,707 of USC students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 6,358 part time students in attendance at USC. USC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population. UW - Madison also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies rankings.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Liberty University. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

64,006 students at Liberty University are exclusively online. 37,343 students are part time. Liberty University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

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Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 9,732
Religious Studies 5,786
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 310
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 165

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 458,966
Visual & Performing Arts 133,923
English Language & Literature 55,609
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 31,173
Theology & Religious Vocations 29,245

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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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