For the third year in a row, Washington Monthly has highlighted Granite State College on its list of the Best Four-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.
Nearly half of all college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, according to Washington Monthly, yet most ranking systems are geared towards institutions that serve traditional-aged 18 to 22-year-old students. In 2016, the publication set out to publish the very first rankings of colleges that are best suited to serve the adult learner population. Since then, Granite State College has held a top position, achieving a #8 ranking nationwide this year, improving upon it’s #13 ranking in 2017. Among the New England-based institutions that appear on this listing, Granite State College holds the #1 position.
“More than 45 years ago, this College was founded to serve working adult students. We provide undergraduate majors and graduate programs that are relevant to the workforce, flexible online course formats, and a level of service that puts adult students’ needs first,” shared Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College. “For us, the Washington Monthly recognition serves as a validation of our commitment to our students and the support we provide to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.”
According to the editors, eight metrics are analyzed to develop the Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+), graduation rates for part-time students, mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students.
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