Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Colorado 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.
Colorado State University - Fort Collins tops our Colorado list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Colorado State charges tuition and fees of $28,346 ($11,052 for Colorado residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 80.8%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,220.
The total ranking includes 19 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $11,267 to $46,422 (in-state from $6,930 to $46,422). Acceptance rates range from 65.2% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,080 to 1,290 and average salaries of graduates range from $62,000 to $81,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Colorado State University - Fort Collins||Fort Collins, Colorado||$11,052 / $28,346|
|2||University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||$46,422|
|3||Regis University||Denver, Colorado||$34,450|
|4||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs, Colorado||$8,042 / $18,770|
|5||University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colorado||$8,888 / $20,474|
|6||University of Colorado Denver||Denver, Colorado||$9,088 / $24,784|
|7||Colorado Christian University||Lakewood, Colorado||$22,860|
|8||University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, Colorado||$11,531 / $35,079|
|9||Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs, Colorado||$11,267|
|10||Metropolitan State University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||$6,930 / $20,096|
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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