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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Delaware

5 Colleges
$41,900 Avg Salary*
42% Avg Grad Rate*

Fortunately, colleges have stepped up their offerings to non-traditional students. However, that can mean decision-fatigue for the typical busy student. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make an informed education decision by providing the critical data you need.

We analyzed 5 colleges and universities across Delaware to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include degree completion, post-graduate earnings, and distance-learning options, among other things.

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 Delaware

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#1

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware

Wilmington University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for non-traditional students in Delaware. Located in New Castle, Delaware, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,843 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $381 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $42,500 a year.

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#2

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend University of Delaware. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Delaware list. Newark, Delaware is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,849 students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students are likely to stick around. About 100% of part-time students return for their second year. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $530 per credit hour. During the early years of their career, graduates from UD make an average of $57,000 a year.

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One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Delaware Technical Community College - Terry. The school came in at #3 in Delaware in this year’s ranking. Delaware Tech is a fairly large public school situated in Dover, Delaware. It awarded 43 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $153 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Delaware Tech is $31,300 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students in Delaware list means Delaware State University is a great place for adult learners and/or non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. Del State is a small public school situated in Dover, Delaware. It awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $293 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Del State make an average of $35,800 a year.

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#5

Wesley College

Dover, Delaware

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Wesley College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Delaware. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Dover, Delaware, and it awarded 209 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $1,100 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Wesley College make an average of $42,900 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 5 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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