Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s North Carolina 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.
Duke University tops our North Carolina list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Duke charges tuition and fees of $51,265. The college has an acceptance rate of 11.4%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,500. The average salary for recent graduates is $97,000.
The total ranking includes 31 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $15,915 to $51,265 (in-state from $5,085 to $51,265). Acceptance rates range from 11.4% to 66.4%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 940 to 1,500 and average salaries of graduates range from $56,000 to $97,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Duke University||Durham, North Carolina||$51,265|
|2||Fayetteville State University||Fayetteville, North Carolina||$5,085 / $16,693|
|3||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||$8,834 / $33,916|
|4||Wake Forest University||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||$49,308|
|5||North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Raleigh, North Carolina||$8,880 / $26,399|
|6||North Carolina Central University||Durham, North Carolina||$6,132 / $18,590|
|7||Appalachian State University||Boone, North Carolina||$7,136 / $21,652|
|8||Western Carolina University||Cullowhee, North Carolina||$6,737 / $17,130|
|9||Winston - Salem State University||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||$5,804 / $15,915|
|10||University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Charlotte, North Carolina||$6,763 / $19,934|
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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