Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Pennsylvania Ranking of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students 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.
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus tops our Pennsylvania list of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students. Penn State charges tuition and fees of $32,382 ($17,900 for Pennsylvania residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 51.3%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,270. The average salary for recent graduates is $76,000.
The total ranking includes 46 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $14,673 to $51,030 (in-state from $9,720 to $51,030). Acceptance rates range from 51.3% to 95.5%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,000 to 1,270 and average salaries of graduates range from $57,000 to $79,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||University Park, Pennsylvania||$17,900 / $32,382|
|2||Duquesne University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||$35,062|
|3||Misericordia University||Dallas, Pennsylvania||$30,740|
|4||Drexel University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$51,030|
|5||California University of Pennsylvania||California, Pennsylvania||$10,339 / $14,673|
|6||Robert Morris University||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||$28,250|
|7||Temple University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$16,274 / $27,266|
|8||West Chester University of Pennsylvania||West Chester, Pennsylvania||$9,720 / $20,812|
|9||La Roche College||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||$27,000|
|10||Immaculata University||Immaculata, Pennsylvania||$33,408|
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 non-traditional students 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 Non-Traditional Students Methodology for more information.
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