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2021 Best Human Services Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

40 Colleges
6,503 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,186 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Human Services Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Human Services Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 6,503 people earned their bachelor's in human services, making the major the #69 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Human Services Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 40 colleges that offer a bachelor's in human services. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great human services 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 human services program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Human Services Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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

Check out the human services programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best Human Services Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University has taken the #1 spot in this year's human services ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

About 6.9% of Walden University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. All 50,360 students take classes exclusively online at Walden University. 29,283 of Walden University students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA

Chestnut Hill College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, CHC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. CHC also made our Best Colleges for Human Services list, coming in at #8.

There are approximately 60 students at CHC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 546 part time students in attendance at CHC. CHC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

University of Bridgeport comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UBridgeport is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Bridgeport.

The student loan default rate at UBridgeport is lower than is typical, just 8.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,016 students take at least one class online at UBridgeport. About 2,081 of the students at UBridgeport are attending part time.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Monterey Bay. CSUMB is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Seaside. CSUMB also made our Best Colleges for Human Services list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. Approximately 2,205 students take at least one class online at CSUMB. About 1,083 of the students at CSUMB are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Cambridge College

Boston, MA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cambridge College. Located in the city of Boston, Cambridge College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at Cambridge College is lower than is typical, just 8.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 288 students at Cambridge College that take at least one class online. About 1,360 of the students at Cambridge College are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Metropolitan State University. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Metro State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 6.0% of Metro State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,235 students take at least one class online at Metro State. About 4,679 of the students at Metro State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#7

Bluefield College

Bluefield, VA

Our rankings recognize Bluefield College as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Bluefield, Bluefield College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

494 students at Bluefield College are exclusively online. There are roughly 148 part time students in attendance at Bluefield College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lindsey Wilson College. Located in the town of Columbia, Lindsey Wilson College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There are approximately 688 students at Lindsey Wilson College that take at least one class online. 325 of Lindsey Wilson College students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Our rankings recognize Fitchburg State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Fitchburg. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Fitchburg State has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Human Services ranking.

The student loan default rate at Fitchburg State is lower than is typical, just 6.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,784 students take at least one class online at Fitchburg State. About 3,504 of the students at Fitchburg State are attending part time. Fitchburg State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA

Upper Iowa University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote area of Fayette.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.1%. 2,056 of UIU students are exclusively distance learners. 1,983 of UIU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Human Services by Region

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

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New England
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Human Services is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 56,271
Public Administration 16,342
Public Policy 5,762
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,611
Other Public Administration 720

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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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to University of the Fraser Valley.

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