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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Nevada

8 Colleges
$37,443 Avg Salary*
31% Avg Grad Rate*

As a non-traditional student, we know you have a lot on your plate, and choosing which college to attend to advance your career is incredibly important. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can to make the best decision possible for you.

We analyzed 8 colleges and universities across Nevada to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. Our ranking is based on over 20 objective factors, including post-graduate earnings, degree completion, distance and flexible learning options. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

Non-traditional students make up the bulk of today's college students and includes anyone who is attending college part-time, a returning or transfer student, or an adult learner (over the age of 24).

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Nevada

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University of Nevada - Reno tops this year’s ranking as the best school for non-traditional students in Nevada. University of Nevada - Reno is a large public school located in Reno, Nevada that handed out 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $247. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $47,000 a year.

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#2

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend University of Nevada - Las Vegas. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Nevada list. UNLV is a large public school situated in Las Vegas, Nevada. It awarded 4,307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $233. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $45,000 a year.

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A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students in Nevada list means Truckee Meadows Community College is a great place for adult learners and/or non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Reno, Nevada, the fairly large public school awarded 6 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $103 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Truckee Meadows Community College make an average of $33,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

Great Basin College

Elko, Nevada

One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Great Basin College. The school came in at #4 in Nevada in this year’s ranking. Great Basin College is located in Elko, Nevada and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 91 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $103. During the early years of their career, graduates from Great Basin College make an average of $31,300 a year.

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#5

Nevada State College

Henderson, Nevada

Out of the 8 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, Nevada State College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Henderson, Nevada, the medium-sized public school handed out 614 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $179 per credit hour.

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#6

Western Nevada College

Carson City, Nevada

With a ranking of #6, Western Nevada College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Nevada list. Western Nevada College is a small public school located in Carson City, Nevada that handed out 6 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $103 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $30,500 a year.

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College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

College of Southern Nevada came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Nevada ranking. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, the large public school handed out 37 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $120. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from CSN go into careers with an average salary of $32,300 during the early years of their career.

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Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, Nevada

Sierra Nevada College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Nevada list. SNC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Incline Village, Nevada. The school has a small population, and it awarded 91 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,460. During the early years of their career, graduates from SNC make an average of $42,100 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 8 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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