Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students
- 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 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.

Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students - 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 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.

RankUniversity/CollegeLocationTuition & Fees
1George Mason UniversityFairfax, Virginia$11,924 / $34,370
2Georgetown UniversityWashington, District of Columbia$52,300
3George Washington UniversityWashington, District of Columbia$51,346
4Marymount UniversityArlington, Virginia$30,426
5University of Maryland - College ParkCollege Park, Maryland$10,399 / $33,606
6University of Mary WashingtonFredericksburg, Virginia$12,188 / $27,434
7American UniversityWashington, District of Columbia$46,615
8University of Maryland - University CollegeAdelphi, Maryland$7,296 / $12,336
9Hood CollegeFrederick, Maryland$37,960
10American Public University SystemCharles Town, West Virginia$6,880
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Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students 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 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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