Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s New York, Newark, Jersey City (NY,NJ,PA) 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.
Columbia University in the City of New York tops our New York, Newark, Jersey City (NY,NJ,PA) list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Columbia charges tuition and fees of $49,973. The college has an acceptance rate of 6.6%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,510. The average salary for recent graduates is $101,000.
The total ranking includes 63 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $13,799 to $49,973 (in-state from $6,689 to $49,973). Acceptance rates range from 6.6% to 86.7%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 950 to 1,510 and average salaries of graduates range from $64,000 to $101,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Columbia University in the City of New York||New York, New York||$49,973|
|2||Rutgers University - New Brunswick||New Brunswick, New Jersey||$14,372 / $30,023|
|3||New York University||New York, New York||$49,062|
|4||New Jersey City University||Jersey City, New Jersey||$11,430 / $20,458|
|5||Pace University - New York||New York, New York||$42,772|
|6||William Paterson University of New Jersey||Wayne, New Jersey||$12,574 / $20,466|
|7||Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||$8,999 / $26,239|
|8||Marist College||Poughkeepsie, New York||$35,110|
|9||Seton Hall University||South Orange, New Jersey||$39,258|
|10||CUNY City College||New York, New York||$6,689 / $13,799|
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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