2021 Best Music Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region

29 Colleges
3,821 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,475 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Music Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Music Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, music was ranked #34 in the country. In fact 15,747 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,821 went to students in the Southeast region of the United States.

For this year's Best Music Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region ranking, we looked at 29 colleges that offer a bachelor's in music. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great music programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the music program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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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 Music Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Music Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying music.

Top 10 Best Music Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University has taken the #1 spot in this year's music ranking for non-traditional students. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. GMU also made our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at GMU is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. There are roughly 11,606 part time students in attendance at GMU. 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 South Carolina - Columbia. UofSC is a very large public school located in the city of Columbia. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UofSC, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region ranking.

About 3.3% of UofSC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 8,099 students at UofSC that take at least one class online. 3,525 of UofSC students are attending part time. UofSC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to James Madison University. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, JMU has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region ranking.

About 2.3% of JMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,087 students at JMU that take at least one class online. 1,837 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Greensboro. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the large city of Greensboro. UNC Greensboro also made our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #7.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.4%. There are approximately 6,278 students at UNC Greensboro that take at least one class online. 4,267 of UNC Greensboro students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Florida State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. Florida State also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. There are approximately 14,515 students at Florida State that take at least one class online. About 6,270 of the students at Florida State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Louisiana State University, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region ranking.

About 4.0% of Louisiana State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,275 students take at least one class online at Louisiana State University. 4,121 of Louisiana State 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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Our rankings recognize Georgia State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Approximately 9,120 students take at least one class online at Georgia State. There are roughly 8,159 part time students in attendance at Georgia State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best music schools for non-traditional students. WVU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Morgantown.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.0%. Approximately 5,231 students take at least one class online at WVU. 3,018 students are part time.

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#9

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. U Miami is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables. U Miami also made our Best Colleges for Music in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #6.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. There are approximately 3,206 students at U Miami that take at least one class online. About 1,427 of the students at U Miami are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population.

The student loan default rate at WCU is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. 2,151 of WCU students are exclusively distance learners. 2,258 of WCU students are attending part time. WCU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Music Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students music colleges for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 320
Florida 826
Tennessee 530
North Carolina 422
Virginia 507
South Carolina 185
Alabama 277
Kentucky 231
Arkansas 133
Louisiana 214
Mississippi 101
West Virginia 75

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Music has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Music

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 6,293
Design & Applied Arts 5,726
Drama & Theater Arts 3,020
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 2,695
Arts & Media Management 1,850

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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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