Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) 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.
George Mason University tops our Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) list of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students. GMU charges tuition and fees of $34,370 ($11,924 for Virginia residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 81.0%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,230. The average salary for recent graduates is $79,000.
The total ranking includes 17 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $6,880 to $52,300 (in-state from $6,880 to $52,300). Acceptance rates range from 16.8% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,050 to 1,470 and average salaries of graduates range from $62,000 to $96,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||George Mason University||Fairfax, Virginia||$11,924 / $34,370|
|2||Georgetown University||Washington, District of Columbia||$52,300|
|3||George Washington University||Washington, District of Columbia||$51,346|
|4||Marymount University||Arlington, Virginia||$30,426|
|5||University of Maryland - College Park||College Park, Maryland||$10,399 / $33,606|
|6||University of Mary Washington||Fredericksburg, Virginia||$12,188 / $27,434|
|7||American University||Washington, District of Columbia||$46,615|
|8||University of Maryland - University College||Adelphi, Maryland||$7,296 / $12,336|
|9||Hood College||Frederick, Maryland||$37,960|
|10||American Public University System||Charles Town, West Virginia||$6,880|
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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