Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s Great Plains 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.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities tops our Great Plains list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. UMN Twin Cities charges tuition and fees of $23,806 ($14,142 for Minnesota residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 44.6%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,370. The average salary for recent graduates is $72,000.
The total ranking includes 128 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $7,365 to $35,326 (in-state from $4,884 to $35,326). Acceptance rates range from 44.6% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 950 to 1,370 and average salaries of graduates range from $52,000 to $74,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$14,142 / $23,806|
|2||Bellevue University||Bellevue, Nebraska||$7,365|
|3||Bethel University Minnesota||Saint Paul, Minnesota||$35,160|
|4||Metropolitan State University||Saint Paul, Minnesota||$7,566 / $14,394|
|5||North Dakota State University - Main Campus||Fargo, North Dakota||$8,207 / $19,771|
|6||The College of Saint Scholastica||Duluth, Minnesota||$35,326|
|7||Fort Hays State University||Hays, Kansas||$4,884 / $14,426|
|8||Concordia University - Saint Paul||Saint Paul, Minnesota||$21,250|
|9||Winona State University||Winona, Minnesota||$9,075 / $14,772|
|10||University of Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||$8,575 / $28,813|
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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