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

13 Colleges
1,452 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,955 Avg Cost*

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

Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in CaliforniaPhilosophy & Religious Studies is the #25 most popular major in California with 1,452 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 11.7% of all the philosophy and religious studies bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California ranking analyzed 13 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality philosophy and religious studies programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the philosophy and religious studies program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying philosophy and religious studies.

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

University of California - Los Angeles tops the 2021 list of our schools in California that are best for non-traditional philosophy and religious studies students. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in California list.

The student loan default rate at UCLA is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,288 students at UCLA that take at least one class online. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

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University of California - Santa Barbara earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCSB has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious 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. There are roughly 656 part time students in attendance at UCSB. UCSB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. USC also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in California list, coming in at #4.

The student loan default rate at USC is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. 6,707 students at USC are exclusively online. There are roughly 6,358 part time students in attendance at USC. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly 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 Philosophy & Religious Studies in California ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. There are approximately 1,528 students at UC Davis that take at least one class online. 1,248 students are part time.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize San Francisco State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. SFSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Francisco.

The student loan default rate at SFSU is lower than is typical, just 5.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 10,593 students at SFSU that take at least one class online. 5,592 students are part time. SFSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California State University - Northridge earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. CSUN is a fairly large public school located in the city of Northridge.

About 3.7% of CSUN students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 19,451 students at CSUN that take at least one class online. 8,688 of CSUN students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Fullerton as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cal State Fullerton, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in California ranking.

The student loan default rate at Cal State Fullerton is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,133 students take at least one class online at Cal State Fullerton. About 9,948 of the students at Cal State Fullerton are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Long Beach. Located in the large city of Long Beach, CSULB is a public school with a very large student population. CSULB did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in California list.

About 2.3% of CSULB students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,391 students take at least one class online at CSULB. 6,387 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz is a fairly large public school located in the city of Santa Cruz. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UC Santa Cruz has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in California ranking.

About 3.7% of UC Santa Cruz students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 853 students at UC Santa Cruz that take at least one class online. There are roughly 607 part time students in attendance at UC Santa Cruz.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Sacramento. 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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Best for Non-Traditional Students Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 295
Hawaii 30
Oregon 197
Alaska 5
Nevada 35

Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 1,659
Religious Studies 407
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 105
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 12

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Majors Similar to Philosophy & Religious Studies

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 55,431
Visual & Performing Arts 21,916
English Language & Literature 7,507
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 5,209
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,088

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 13 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.

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