Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s New Jersey 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.
Rutgers University - New Brunswick tops our New Jersey list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Rutgers New Brunswick charges tuition and fees of $30,023 ($14,372 for New Jersey residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 58.4%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,300. The average salary for recent graduates is $85,000.
The total ranking includes 20 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $9,352 to $39,820 (in-state from $6,350 to $39,820). Acceptance rates range from 48.7% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 890 to 1,300 and average salaries of graduates range from $56,000 to $85,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Rutgers University - New Brunswick||New Brunswick, New Jersey||$14,372 / $30,023|
|2||Rowan University||Glassboro, New Jersey||$13,108 / $21,378|
|3||Thomas Edison State University||Trenton, New Jersey||$6,350 / $9,352|
|4||College of Saint Elizabeth||Morristown, New Jersey||$32,282|
|5||Ramapo College of New Jersey||Mahwah, New Jersey||$13,870 / $22,870|
|6||Rider University||Lawrenceville, New Jersey||$39,820|
|7||Kean University||Union, New Jersey||$11,870 / $18,637|
|8||Georgian Court University||Lakewood, New Jersey||$31,618|
|9||The College of New Jersey||Ewing, New Jersey||$15,794 / $26,971|
|10||Montclair State University||Montclair, New Jersey||$12,116 / $20,007|
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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