Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Southwest 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.
Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus tops our Southwest list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus charges tuition and fees of $11,285 ($5,510 for New Mexico residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 49.8%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,010. The average salary for recent graduates is $58,000.
The total ranking includes 68 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $11,285 to $28,984 (in-state from $5,510 to $15,060). Acceptance rates range from 47.4% to 98.7%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 970 to 1,270 and average salaries of graduates range from $58,000 to $81,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus||Portales, New Mexico||$5,510 / $11,285|
|2||Lamar University||Beaumont, Texas||$8,146 / $17,938|
|3||University of Oklahoma Norman Campus||Norman, Oklahoma||$8,631 / $22,953|
|4||University of Houston - Downtown||Houston, Texas||$6,009 / $15,494|
|5||New Mexico State University - Main Campus||Las Cruces, New Mexico||$6,094 / $19,652|
|6||Texas A&M University - Commerce||Commerce, Texas||$7,750 / $19,990|
|7||Texas A&M University - College Station||College Station, Texas||$10,132 / $28,984|
|8||Wayland Baptist University||Plainview, Texas||$15,060|
|9||The University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington, Texas||$9,616 / $22,920|
|10||Oklahoma State University - Main Campus||Stillwater, Oklahoma||$8,321 / $22,443|
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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