Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s New England 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.
Charter Oak State College tops our New England list of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students. Charter Oak State College charges tuition and fees of $10,437 ($7,983 for Connecticut residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 100.0%. The average salary for recent graduates is $60,000.
The total ranking includes 70 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $10,437 to $52,082 (in-state from $7,983 to $52,082). Acceptance rates range from 29.4% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,030 to 1,380 and average salaries of graduates range from $56,000 to $84,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Charter Oak State College||New Britain, Connecticut||$7,983 / $10,437|
|2||Westfield State University||Westfield, Massachusetts||$9,715 / $15,795|
|3||Wentworth Institute of Technology||Boston, Massachusetts||$34,977|
|4||Southern New Hampshire University||Manchester, New Hampshire||$31,136|
|5||Albertus Magnus College||New Haven, Connecticut||$31,140|
|6||University of Massachusetts Amherst||Amherst, Massachusetts||$15,411 / $33,477|
|7||Saint Joseph College||West Hartford, Connecticut||$38,033|
|8||Vermont Technical College||Randolph, Vermont||$14,690 / $27,002|
|9||College of Our Lady of the Elms||Chicopee, Massachusetts||$34,578|
|10||Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||$52,082|
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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