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The Best College for Adult Learners in Every City

Not all college kids are, well, kids. In fact, 16% of all undergraduate students are over the age of 25, so if you’re thinking about going to college (or going back) a bit later in life, you’re certainly not alone.

So, if you’re more mature in years than the typical college student, what college might be best for you? More than likely it will be one that’s near where you already live, as you may have a job, children, own a home, or other have roots planted. It would also be nice if you knew there were other similarly-aged students on campus.

To help you in your search, we’ve picked out the best school in each city that’s especially good for adult learners. At these colleges, at least 10% of the student population is over 25 years old, and the school has an overall Niche grade of at least a B-.

Click on the college to find out more about it, and click your town’s name to see more colleges that are a good fit for grown-ups.

Remember, it’s never too late! Get that degree.

Metro Area State College Overall Niche Grade Percent of students over age 25 Net Price
Metro Area Albany
State New York
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 14.87%
Net Price $20,077
Metro Area Albuquerque
State New Mexico
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 12.95%
Net Price $11,230
Metro Area Allentown
State Pennsylvania
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 10.44%
Net Price $19,231
Metro Area Amarillo
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 11.48%
Net Price $12,022
Metro Area Anchorage
State Alaska
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 28.28%
Net Price $18,026
Metro Area Appleton
State Wisconsin
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 8.32%
Net Price $21,628
Metro Area Asheville
State North Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 6.19%
Net Price $11,571
Metro Area Atlanta
State Georgia
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 27.96%
Net Price $14,573
Metro Area Augusta
State Georgia
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 15.36%
Net Price $13,180
Metro Area Austin
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 5.22%
Net Price $12,647
Metro Area Bakersfield
State California
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 5.33%
Net Price $6,143
Metro Area Baltimore
State Maryland
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 4.89%
Net Price $15,597
Metro Area Baton Rouge
State Louisiana
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 4.9%
Net Price $12,552
Metro Area Beaumont
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 26.85%
Net Price $11,755
Metro Area Birmingham
State Alabama
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 15.73%
Net Price $16,092
Metro Area Boise
State Idaho
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 44.96%
Net Price $18,176
Metro Area Boston
State Massachusetts
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 15.6%
Net Price $18,348
Metro Area Brownsville
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 3.87%
Net Price $4,432
Metro Area Buffalo
State New York
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 18.69%
Net Price $15,987
Metro Area Cedar Rapids
State Iowa
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 10.54%
Net Price $20,112
Metro Area Charleston
State South Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 18.6%
Net Price $15,709
Metro Area Charlotte
State North Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 69.98%
Net Price $12,084
Metro Area Chattanooga
State Tennessee
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 10.3%
Net Price $16,431
Metro Area Chicago
State Illinois
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 12.43%
Net Price $25,847
Metro Area Cincinnati
State Ohio
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 9.79%
Net Price $19,978
Metro Area Cleveland
State Ohio
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 15.46%
Net Price $18,180
Metro Area Colorado Springs
State Colorado
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 15.32%
Net Price $15,248
Metro Area Columbia
State South Carolina
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 21.61%
Net Price $19,913
Metro Area Columbus
State Ohio
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 10.98%
Net Price $17,971
Metro Area Columbus
State Georgia
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 74.64%
Net Price $11,596
Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 11.79%
Net Price $10,254
Metro Area Dayton
State Ohio
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 13.95%
Net Price $20,057
Metro Area Denver
State Colorado
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 11.11%
Net Price $22,727
Metro Area Detroit
State Michigan
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 23.24%
Net Price $11,322
Metro Area Duluth
State Minnesota
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 19.49%
Net Price $23,111
Metro Area El Paso
State New Mexico
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 40.31%
Net Price $10,213
Metro Area Evansville
State Kentucky
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 14.03%
Net Price $12,181
Metro Area Fayetteville, AR
State Arkansas
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 12.41%
Net Price $19,687
Metro Area Fayetteville, NC
State North Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 12.74%
Net Price $5,787
Metro Area Flint
State Michigan
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 13.47%
Net Price $12,257
Metro Area Fort Wayne
State Indiana
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 17.98%
Net Price $17,031
Metro Area Fresno
State California
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 10.06%
Net Price $18,245
Metro Area Grand Rapids
State Michigan
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 10.53%
Net Price $19,900
Metro Area Greensboro
State North Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 33.33%
Net Price $10,403
Metro Area Greenville
State South Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 60.26%
Net Price $20,574
Metro Area Hartford
State Connecticut
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 37.47%
Net Price $14,852
Metro Area Honolulu
State Hawaii
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 26.84%
Net Price $13,520
Metro Area Houston
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 7.48%
Net Price $15,571
Metro Area Huntington
State West Virginia
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 11.21%
Net Price $9,037
Metro Area Huntsville
State Alabama
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 50.81%
Net Price $14,190
Metro Area Indianapolis
State Indiana
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 10.69%
Net Price $10,538
Metro Area Jackson
State Mississippi
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 10.38%
Net Price $18,486
Metro Area Jacksonville
State Florida
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 7.05%
Net Price $13,484
Metro Area Kalamazoo
State Michigan
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 23.64%
Net Price $15,489
Metro Area Kansas City
State Missouri
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 17.16%
Net Price $15,368
Metro Area Kingsport
State Tennessee
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 18.09%
Net Price $14,915
Metro Area Knoxville
State Tennessee
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 5.13%
Net Price $16,368
Metro Area Lancaster
State Pennsylvania
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 24.61%
Net Price $19,732
Metro Area Las Vegas
State Nevada
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 16.56%
Net Price $11,432
Metro Area Lexington
State Kentucky
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 8.27%
Net Price $23,750
Metro Area Lincoln
State Nebraska
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 15.75%
Net Price $22,249
Metro Area Little Rock
State Arkansas
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 30.72%
Net Price $13,897
Metro Area Los Angeles
State California
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 17.53%
Net Price $14,236
Metro Area Louisville
State Kentucky
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 7.11%
Net Price $16,249
Metro Area Lubbock
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 14.98%
Net Price $15,235
Metro Area Macon
State Georgia
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 21.82%
Net Price $20,692
Metro Area Madison
State Wisconsin
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 14.81%
Net Price $24,111
Metro Area Manchester
State New Hampshire
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 13.19%
Net Price $15,489
Metro Area Medford
State Oregon
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 5.5%
Net Price $8,939
Metro Area Memphis
State Tennessee
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 12.5%
Net Price $9,626
Metro Area Miami
State Florida
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 10.19%
Net Price $26,328
Metro Area Midland Odessa
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 10.64%
Net Price $9,109
Metro Area Milwaukee
State Wisconsin
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 9.4%
Net Price $23,998
State Minnesota
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 12.5%
Net Price $16,242
Metro Area Mobile
State Alabama
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 90.58%
Net Price $12,963
Metro Area Modesto
State California
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 9.64%
Net Price $7,557
Metro Area Montgomery
State Alabama
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 33.49%
Net Price $14,518
Metro Area Nashville
State Tennessee
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 11.46%
Net Price $18,708
Metro Area New Orleans
State Louisiana
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 27.96%
Net Price $13,212
Metro Area New York City
State New York
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 4.21%
Net Price $22,973
Metro Area Norfolk
State Virginia
College ECPI University
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 5.61%
Net Price $18,989
Metro Area Oklahoma City
State Oklahoma
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 27.77%
Net Price $17,966
Metro Area Omaha
State Nebraska
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 5.39%
Net Price $18,374
Metro Area Orlando
State Florida
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 10.33%
Net Price $15,533
Metro Area Pensacola
State Florida
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 7.18%
Net Price $11,175
Metro Area Peoria
State Illinois
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 15.91%
Net Price $30,794
Metro Area Philadelphia
State Pennsylvania
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 19.96%
Net Price $21,237
Metro Area Phoenix
State Arizona
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 6.43%
Net Price $13,007
Metro Area Pittsburgh
State Pennsylvania
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 15.45%
Net Price $26,393
Metro Area Portland
State Oregon
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 36.42%
Net Price $22,518
Metro Area Providence
State Rhode Island
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 11.27%
Net Price $9,145
Metro Area Raleigh
State North Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 11.01%
Net Price $25,709
Metro Area Redding
State California
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 17.29%
Net Price $20,574
Metro Area Reno
State Nevada
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 13.05%
Net Price $15,022
Metro Area Richmond
State Virginia
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 14.36%
Net Price $20,544
Metro Area Roanoke
State Virginia
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 4.17%
Net Price $23,949
Metro Area Rochester
State New York
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 10.56%
Net Price $14,267
Metro Area Rockford
State Illinois
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 25.11%
Net Price $23,289
Metro Area Sacramento
State California
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 12.23%
Net Price $16,039
Metro Area Saginaw
State Michigan
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 31.74%
Net Price $14,475
Metro Area Salt Lake City
State Utah
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 11.73%
Net Price $12,864
Metro Area San Antonio
State Texas
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 24.68%
Net Price N/A
Metro Area San Diego
State California
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 72.88%
Net Price $14,770
State California
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 12.56%
Net Price $17,160
Metro Area Savannah
State Georgia
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 11.35%
Net Price $22,149
Metro Area Scranton
State Pennsylvania
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 14.23%
Net Price $17,482
Metro Area Seattle
State Washington
Overall Niche Grade A+
Percent of students over age 25 7.37%
Net Price $10,068
Metro Area Shreveport
State Louisiana
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 8.9%
Net Price $20,808
Metro Area South Bend
State Indiana
College Goshen College
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 16.51%
Net Price $17,398
Metro Area Spokane
State Washington
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 11.16%
Net Price $12,397
Metro Area Springfield
State Illinois
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 12.73%
Net Price $11,444
Metro Area Springfield
State Massachusetts
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 9.72%
Net Price $22,012
Metro Area Springfield
State Missouri
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 72.92%
Net Price $14,862
Metro Area St. Louis
State Missouri
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 12.49%
Net Price $18,514
Metro Area Tampa
State Florida
Overall Niche Grade A
Percent of students over age 25 30.78%
Net Price $11,398
Metro Area Toledo
State Ohio
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 8.19%
Net Price $18,181
Metro Area Tucson
State Arizona
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 17.73%
Net Price $16,466
Metro Area Tulsa
State Oklahoma
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 5.69%
Net Price $21,595
Metro Area Washington, D.C.
State Virginia
Overall Niche Grade A-
Percent of students over age 25 10.67%
Net Price $18,032
Metro Area Wichita
State Kansas
Overall Niche Grade B
Percent of students over age 25 11.8%
Net Price $14,218
Metro Area Wilmington
State North Carolina
Overall Niche Grade B+
Percent of students over age 25 12.5%
Net Price $16,218
Metro Area Youngstown
State Pennsylvania
Overall Niche Grade B-
Percent of students over age 25 10.32%
Net Price $14,104
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche.