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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut

27 Colleges
$42,424 Avg Salary*
55% Avg Grad Rate*

Non-traditional students have to weigh their education options carefully. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can to make the best decision possible for you.

We analyzed 27 colleges and universities across Connecticut to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as degree completion, loan default rate, post graduate earnings, as well as factors important to non-traditional students such as distance learning and flexible learning options.

If you fall into the category of non-traditional, you are a part-time student, a returning or transfer student, or older than 24. We designed this ranking to meet your unique needs.

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut

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#1

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut

Our analysis found Charter Oak State College to be the best school for non-traditional students in Connecticut in this year’s ranking. Charter Oak State College is a public institution located in New Britain, Connecticut. The school has a small population, and it awarded 470 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $319 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State College make an average of $38,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Quinnipiac University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Connecticut. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Hamden, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school boasts a 6-year graduation rate of 76%, which is excellent when compared to the national rate of 62%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,075. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac go into careers with an average salary of $63,300 during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, Connecticut

Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend University of Saint Joseph. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, and it awarded 202 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There are 1,381 adult students enrolled in the school, which is 59% of the student body. The school charges $687 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from USJ make an average of $52,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Connecticut helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Connecticut. UCONN is located in Storrs, Connecticut and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,052 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The 6-year grad rate at the school is 83%. That’s impressive when you compare it to the national rate of 62%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $575. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $58,400 a year.

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#5

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Bridgeport helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Connecticut. University of Bridgeport is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Bridgeport, Connecticut that handed out 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,065. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $43,100 a year.

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#6

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

With a ranking of #6, Sacred Heart University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list. Fairfield, Connecticut is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,411 students in 2018-2019.

There are 2,598 adult students enrolled in the school, which is 31% of the student body. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $625 per credit hour. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart make an average of $56,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, Connecticut

Albertus Magnus College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list. Albertus Magnus is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school has a small population, and it awarded 296 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $1,365 per credit hour. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus make an average of $51,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

University of New Haven landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking. Located in West Haven, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,189 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The low student loan default rate of 4.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. The school charges $1,300 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of New Haven is $52,100 during the early years of their career.

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#9

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

University of Hartford came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $570. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $47,800 a year.

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#10

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking. ECSU is located in Willimantic, Connecticut and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,108 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $556 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from ECSU is $46,400 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

With a ranking of #11, Central Connecticut State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list. This fairly large public school is located in New Britain, Connecticut, and it awarded 2,083 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $545. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from CCSU make an average of $47,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#12

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut

With a ranking of #12, Western Connecticut State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list. WestConn is a medium-sized public school situated in Danbury, Connecticut. It awarded 987 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $538. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from WestConn go into careers with an average salary of $45,200 during the early years of their career.

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Northwestern Connecticut Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #13.

The low student loan default rate of 2.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $166 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $33,900 a year.

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#14

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking. SCSU is a medium-sized public school situated in New Haven, Connecticut. It awarded 1,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $250 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SCSU is $45,300 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut

Post University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, the fairly large private for-profit school handed out 1,043 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $570 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Post University go into careers with an average salary of $40,900 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Manchester Community College

Manchester, Connecticut

Manchester Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $166. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from MCC go into careers with an average salary of $34,700 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Three Rivers Community College

Norwich, Connecticut

With a ranking of #17, Three Rivers Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list.

The school charges $166 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Three Rivers Community College make an average of $32,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#18

Capital Community College

Hartford, Connecticut

Capital Community College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $166 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Capital Community College is $32,300 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Waterbury, Connecticut

Naugatuck Valley Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #19.

The school charges $166 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Naugatuck Valley Community College make an average of $35,400 a year.

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#20

Gateway Community College

New Haven, Connecticut

Gateway Community College landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $166. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $32,800 a year.

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#21

Asnuntuck Community College

Enfield, Connecticut

Asnuntuck Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #21.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $166. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $36,300 a year.

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#22

Norwalk Community College

Norwalk, Connecticut

Norwalk Community College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $166. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NCC is $33,500 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Middlesex Community College

Middletown, Connecticut

With a ranking of #23, Middlesex Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $166. During the early years of their career, graduates from MxCC make an average of $35,300 a year.

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#24

Housatonic Community College

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Housatonic Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $166 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $29,900 a year.

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#25

Tunxis Community College

Farmington, Connecticut

With a ranking of #25, Tunxis Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut list.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $166 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $34,600 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 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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