Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Louisiana 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.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana tops our Louisiana list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Northwestern State University of Louisiana charges tuition and fees of $18,408 ($7,620 for Louisiana residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 84.0%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,070.
The total ranking includes 14 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $16,394 to $51,010 (in-state from $7,309 to $51,010). Acceptance rates range from 30.5% to 90.2%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 960 to 1,390 and average salaries of graduates range from $52,000 to $77,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Northwestern State University of Louisiana||Natchitoches, Louisiana||$7,620 / $18,408|
|2||University of New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||$8,484 / $22,301|
|3||McNeese State University||Lake Charles, Louisiana||$7,309 / $18,384|
|4||Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||$10,814 / $27,491|
|5||Tulane University of Louisiana||New Orleans, Louisiana||$51,010|
|6||Louisiana Tech University||Ruston, Louisiana||$9,117 / $25,851|
|7||Grambling State University||Grambling, Louisiana||$7,371 / $16,394|
|8||Nicholls State University||Thibodaux, Louisiana||$7,641 / $18,572|
|9||University of Louisiana - Monroe||Monroe, Louisiana||$8,284 / $20,384|
|10||University of Louisiana - Lafayette||Lafayette, Louisiana||$9,450 / $23,178|
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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