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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana

21 Colleges
$30,105 Avg Salary*
39% Avg Grad Rate*

Fortunately, colleges have stepped up their offerings to non-traditional students. However, that can mean decision-fatigue for the typical busy student. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make a wise decision.

We analyzed 21 colleges and universities across Montana to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include degree completion, post-graduate earnings, and distance-learning options, among other things.

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 Montana

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#1

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana

University of Providence tops this year’s ranking as the best school for non-traditional students in Montana. Located in Great Falls, Montana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 286 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $838 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $32,500 a year.

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One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Montana State University - Northern. The school came in at #2 in Montana in this year’s ranking. This small public school is located in Havre, Montana, and it awarded 141 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $289 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University - Northern is $37,100 during the early years of their career.

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Out of the 21 schools in Montana that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, Montana State University - Billings landed the #3 spot on the list. Montana State University - Billings is located in Billings, Montana and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 439 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $187. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University - Billings go into careers with an average salary of $34,600 during the early years of their career.

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One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Montana Tech of the University of Montana. The school came in at #4 in Montana in this year’s ranking. Located in Butte, Montana, the small public school handed out 453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $319. During the early years of their career, graduates from Montana Tech make an average of $41,700 a year.

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#5

Miles Community College

Miles City, Montana

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Miles Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Montana.

The school charges $135 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Miles Community College go into careers with an average salary of $36,600 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana

With a ranking of #6, Montana State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana list. Located in Bozeman, Montana, the fairly large public school handed out 2,551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $353 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from MSU Bozeman go into careers with an average salary of $43,200 during the early years of their career.

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#7

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

The University of Montana ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana list. UM is located in Missoula, Montana and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,614 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The school charges $223 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UM is $35,500 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Carroll College

Helena, Montana

Carroll College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking. Helena, Montana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 363 students in 2018-2019.

The low student loan default rate of 2.3% 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 per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,472. During the early years of their career, graduates from Carroll Montana make an average of $45,900 a year.

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The University of Montana - Western came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking. Dillon, Montana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 264 students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $189 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $30,400 a year.

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Great Falls College Montana State University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $204. During the early years of their career, graduates from Great Falls College Montana State University make an average of $31,100 a year.

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#11

Rocky Mountain College

Billings, Montana

Rocky Mountain College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking, coming in at #11. Rocky is a private not-for-profit institution located in Billings, Montana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 245 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The low student loan default rate of 4.8% 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 $1,207 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Rocky make an average of $38,800 a year.

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With a ranking of #12, Helena College University of Montana did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana list.

The school charges $87 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Helena College make an average of $36,900 a year.

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#13

Dawson Community College

Glendive, Montana

With a ranking of #13, Dawson Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $124. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from DCC make an average of $29,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#14

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, Montana

Flathead Valley Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking, coming in at #14.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $224 per credit hour. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Flathead Valley Community College make an average of $28,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Salish Kootenai College

Pablo, Montana

Salish Kootenai College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking. Located in Pablo, Montana, the small public school awarded 49 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

With a part-time student retention rate of 100%, the school does an excellent job retaining part-time students who often have lower retention rates. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $141 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from SKC go into careers with an average salary of $25,400 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Stone Child College

Box Elder, Montana

Stone Child College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking. This small public school is located in Box Elder, Montana, and it awarded 2 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $65 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from SCC go into careers with an average salary of $16,100 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana

Blackfeet Community College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking.

The school charges $110 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from BCC make an average of $15,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#18

Aaniiih Nakoda College

Harlem, Montana

With a ranking of #18, Aaniiih Nakoda College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana list.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $70 per credit hour. During the early years of their career, graduates from Aaniiih Nakoda College make an average of $20,300 a year.

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#19

Little Big Horn College

Crow Agency, Montana

Little Big Horn College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking.

The school charges $110 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Little Big Horn College make an average of $18,900 a year.

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#20

Chief Dull Knife College

Lame Deer, Montana

Chief Dull Knife College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana ranking, coming in at #20.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $90. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Chief Dull Knife College make an average of $17,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#21

Fort Peck Community College

Poplar, Montana

Fort Peck Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Montana list.

The school charges $70 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Fort Peck Community College go into careers with an average salary of $16,500 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 21 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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