Best Colleges For Returning Adults
- California -

Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s California 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 - California -

Ashford University tops our California list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Ashford University charges tuition and fees of $11,032. The college has an acceptance rate of 100.0%. The average salary for recent graduates is $43,000.

The total ranking includes 60 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $9,000 to $47,940 (in-state from $6,564 to $47,940). Acceptance rates range from 5.0% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,030 to 1,560 and average salaries of graduates range from $43,000 to $106,000.

RankUniversity/CollegeLocationTuition & Fees
1Ashford UniversitySan Diego, California$11,032
2National UniversityLa Jolla, California$13,016
3Trident University InternationalCypress, California$9,000
4Stanford UniversityStanford, California$47,940
5California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, California$47,577
6California State University - SacramentoSacramento, California$6,900 / $18,060
7University of California - Los AngelesLos Angeles, California$12,920 / $39,602
8California State University - East BayHayward, California$6,564 / $17,724
9Loma Linda UniversityLoma Linda, California$33,392
10University of California - BerkeleyBerkeley, California$13,509 / $40,191
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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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