Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Nationwide Ranking of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students was designed to specifically address the unique concerns of students who fall outside the "norm" of first-time, full-time degree seekers under the age of 24.
James Madison University tops our Nationwide list of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students. JMU charges tuition and fees of $27,230 ($10,830 for Virginia residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 75.2%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,250. The average salary for recent graduates is $80,000.
The total ranking includes 1291 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $9,240 to $51,284 (in-state from $5,009 to $51,284). Acceptance rates range from 36.0% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,250 to 1,430 and average salaries of graduates range from $52,000 to $92,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||James Madison University||Harrisonburg, Virginia||$10,830 / $27,230|
|2||Excelsior College||Albany, New York||$12,240|
|3||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$14,417 / $26,603|
|4||Trident University International||Cypress, California||$9,240|
|5||Creighton University||Omaha, Nebraska||$38,750|
|6||University of Florida||Gainesville, Florida||$6,381 / $28,659|
|7||Texas A&M University - College Station||College Station, Texas||$10,294 / $35,860|
|8||Fort Hays State University||Hays, Kansas||$5,009 / $14,832|
|9||Villanova University||Villanova, Pennsylvania||$51,284|
|10||George Mason University||Fairfax, Virginia||$11,924 / $34,370|
A non-traditional student could be a working adult going back to school, a parent, or another student who needs to take part-time classes due to other responsibilities. Our rankings for non-traditional students were developed based on the premise that these students are looking for flexible learning options, as well as high-quality outcomes for graduates. Thus our rankings emphasize colleges that offer the ability to take online courses and other factors that are important to older students. Within the mix, you’ll find traditional schools that offer online programs, as well as accredited online colleges that provide the best outcomes for students. Read our full Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students Methodology for more information.
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