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 Non-Traditional Students 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.
Texas A&M University - College Station tops our Southwest list of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students. Texas A&M charges tuition and fees of $35,860 ($10,294 for Texas residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 67.2%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,260.
The total ranking includes 106 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $15,782 to $36,744 (in-state from $6,162 to $29,990). Acceptance rates range from 40.4% to 91.9%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 980 to 1,340 and average salaries of graduates range from $51,000 to $82,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Texas A&M University - College Station||College Station, Texas||$10,294 / $35,860|
|2||University of Oklahoma Norman Campus||Norman, Oklahoma||$9,063 / $24,444|
|3||University of Houston - Clear Lake||Houston, Texas||$6,718 / $19,270|
|4||Texas A&M University - Texarkana||Texarkana, Texas||$6,963 / $18,375|
|5||Sam Houston State University||Huntsville, Texas||$8,062 / $18,022|
|6||The University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington, Texas||$9,952 / $25,152|
|7||Texas State University - San Marcos||San Marcos, Texas||$9,985 / $21,605|
|8||The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, Texas||$10,398 / $36,744|
|9||University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio, Texas||$29,990|
|10||University of Houston - Downtown||Houston, Texas||$6,162 / $15,782|
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 non-traditional students 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 Non-Traditional Students Methodology for more information.
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