Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Washington 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.
Washington State University tops our Washington list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Wazzu charges tuition and fees of $25,673 ($11,041 for Washington residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 79.6%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,110. The average salary for recent graduates is $73,000.
The total ranking includes 14 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $21,522 to $47,862 (in-state from $6,951 to $47,862). Acceptance rates range from 42.7% to 97.9%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,050 to 1,370 and average salaries of graduates range from $47,000 to $89,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Washington State University||Pullman, Washington||$11,041 / $25,673|
|2||University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle, Washington||$10,753 / $34,791|
|3||Central Washington University||Ellensburg, Washington||$7,719 / $21,522|
|4||The Evergreen State College||Olympia, Washington||$7,398 / $23,871|
|5||Pacific Lutheran University||Tacoma, Washington||$39,450|
|6||Seattle University||Seattle, Washington||$41,265|
|7||Eastern Washington University||Cheney, Washington||$6,951 / $23,343|
|8||Gonzaga University||Spokane, Washington||$39,730|
|9||Western Washington University||Bellingham, Washington||$7,653 / $21,567|
|10||Whitman College||Walla Walla, Washington||$47,862|
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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