Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Massachusetts 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.
Westfield State University tops our Massachusetts list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Westfield charges tuition and fees of $15,355 ($9,275 for Massachusetts residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 79.6%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,080. The average salary for recent graduates is $56,000.
The total ranking includes 28 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $15,355 to $50,240 (in-state from $9,275 to $50,240). Acceptance rates range from 28.5% to 79.6%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,050 to 1,480 and average salaries of graduates range from $56,000 to $84,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Westfield State University||Westfield, Massachusetts||$9,275 / $15,355|
|2||University of Massachusetts Amherst||Amherst, Massachusetts||$14,971 / $32,204|
|3||College of Our Lady of the Elms||Chicopee, Massachusetts||$33,412|
|4||Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||$50,240|
|5||Bay Path College||Longmeadow, Massachusetts||$32,739|
|6||Simmons College||Boston, Massachusetts||$38,590|
|7||Wentworth Institute of Technology||Boston, Massachusetts||$33,724|
|8||Fitchburg State University||Fitchburg, Massachusetts||$10,135 / $16,215|
|9||Framingham State University||Framingham, Massachusetts||$9,340 / $15,420|
|10||Northeastern University||Boston, Massachusetts||$47,653|
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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