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 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.
Thomas Jefferson University tops our Pennsylvania list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Thomas Jefferson University charges tuition and fees of $34,413.
The total ranking includes 81 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $14,472 to $52,310 (in-state from $10,339 to $52,310). Acceptance rates range from 10.2% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,000 to 1,510 and average salaries of graduates range from $57,000 to $102,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Thomas Jefferson University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$34,413|
|2||University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$51,464|
|3||Peirce College||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$14,472|
|4||Drexel University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$51,030|
|5||California University of Pennsylvania||California, Pennsylvania||$10,339 / $14,673|
|6||Saint Joseph's University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$43,020|
|7||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||$52,310|
|8||Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||University Park, Pennsylvania||$17,900 / $32,382|
|9||Clarion University of Pennsylvania||Clarion, Pennsylvania||$10,471 / $15,070|
|10||Robert Morris University||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||$28,250|
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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