Best Colleges For Returning Adults
- New York, Newark, Jersey City (NY,NJ,PA) -

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.

Best Colleges For Returning Adults - New York, Newark, Jersey City (NY,NJ,PA) -

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.

RankUniversity/CollegeLocationTuition & Fees
1Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew York, New York$49,973
2Rutgers University - New BrunswickNew Brunswick, New Jersey$14,372 / $30,023
3New York UniversityNew York, New York$49,062
4New Jersey City UniversityJersey City, New Jersey$11,430 / $20,458
5Pace University - New YorkNew York, New York$42,772
6William Paterson University of New JerseyWayne, New Jersey$12,574 / $20,466
7Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, New York$8,999 / $26,239
8Marist CollegePoughkeepsie, New York$35,110
9Seton Hall UniversitySouth Orange, New Jersey$39,258
10CUNY City CollegeNew York, New York$6,689 / $13,799
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Best Colleges For Returning Adults Methodology Overview

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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