Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Alabama 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.
Athens State University tops our Alabama list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Athens State University charges tuition and fees of $12,210 ($6,480 for Alabama residents) . The average salary for recent graduates is $52,000.
The total ranking includes 19 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $12,210 to $29,402 (in-state from $6,480 to $29,402). Acceptance rates range from 53.6% to 93.3%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,030 to 1,270 and average salaries of graduates range from $52,000 to $72,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Athens State University||Athens, Alabama||$6,480 / $12,210|
|2||University of Alabama at Birmingham||Birmingham, Alabama||$8,040 / $18,368|
|3||Troy University||Troy, Alabama||$8,260 / $15,484|
|4||The University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama||$10,470 / $26,950|
|5||University of South Alabama||Mobile, Alabama||$7,548 / $14,796|
|6||University of Alabama at Huntsville||Huntsville, Alabama||$9,842 / $20,612|
|7||Faulkner University||Montgomery, Alabama||$20,130|
|8||University of North Alabama||Florence, Alabama||$8,114 / $14,450|
|9||Samford University||Birmingham, Alabama||$29,402|
|10||Auburn University||Auburn, Alabama||$10,696 / $28,840|
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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