Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Great Lakes 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.
Franklin University tops our Great Lakes list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Franklin University charges tuition and fees of $11,881. The college has an acceptance rate of 100.0%.
The total ranking includes 161 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $11,881 to $37,626 (in-state from $7,878 to $37,626). Acceptance rates range from 57.6% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,090 to 1,360 and average salaries of graduates range from $48,000 to $77,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Franklin University||Columbus, Ohio||$11,881|
|2||National - Louis University||Chicago, Illinois||$12,846|
|3||University of Illinois at Springfield||Springfield, Illinois||$11,501 / $18,188|
|4||University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, Wisconsin||$10,488 / $32,738|
|5||University of Cincinnati - Main Campus||Cincinnati, Ohio||$11,000 / $26,334|
|6||DePaul University||Chicago, Illinois||$37,626|
|7||Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis||Indianapolis, Indiana||$9,205 / $29,791|
|8||Ohio University - Main Campus||Athens, Ohio||$11,298 / $20,429|
|9||University of Wisconsin - Stout||Menomonie, Wisconsin||$9,395 / $17,141|
|10||University of Wisconsin - Green Bay||Green Bay, Wisconsin||$7,878 / $15,451|
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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