Best Colleges For Returning Adults
- Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) -

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 Returning Adults 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.

Best Colleges For Returning Adults - Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) -

George Mason University tops our Washington, Arlington, Alexandria (DC,VA,MD,WV) list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. GMU charges tuition and fees of $32,582 ($11,300 for Virginia residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 68.9%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,220. 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 $50,547 (in-state from $6,880 to $50,547). Acceptance rates range from 17.2% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,080 to 1,460 and average salaries of graduates range from $62,000 to $96,000.

RankUniversity/CollegeLocationTuition & Fees
1George Mason UniversityFairfax, Virginia$11,300 / $32,582
2George Washington UniversityWashington, District of Columbia$49,783
3Georgetown UniversityWashington, District of Columbia$50,547
4Marymount UniversityArlington, Virginia$29,350
5American UniversityWashington, District of Columbia$44,853
6University of Maryland - College ParkCollege Park, Maryland$10,181 / $32,045
7University of Maryland - University CollegeAdelphi, Maryland$7,176 / $12,336
8University of Mary WashingtonFredericksburg, Virginia$11,630 / $26,220
9Hood CollegeFrederick, Maryland$36,540
10American Public University SystemCharles Town, West Virginia$6,880
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Best Colleges For Returning Adults Methodology Overview

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 Returning Adults 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 Returning Adults Methodology for more information.

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