Best College Reviews, a ranking service for American colleges and universities, recently released a list of the Top 50 Adult Education Schools. Data gathered from university websites regarding the percentage of undergraduates under 25, the acceptance rate, percentage involved in distance education were considered.  These factors, along with flexible options such as starting dates, accelerated options, online degrees, and transfer policies were used to create the ranking.

Adult students facing the challenge of a full-time job or family are becoming a fast-growing population of college students - including adults who wish to advance their careers, dropped out of or never attended college, single parents, military, and those looking to better their life are all choosing higher education.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, between 2000 and 2011 enrollment of students over the age of 25 rose over 41%.  

"As a person who completed a master's while working a full-time job, I can say how important options and flexibility are," stated Nick Plato, the list's author. "Since the time I completed my degree in the early 2000's, the increase of communication technology, and increasing need for higher education in our economy, it is amazing to see how universities and colleges have risen to the challenge." 

The schools, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

  • Bethel University – McKenzie, TX
  • Bluefield State College – Bluefield, WV
  • Brandman University – Irvine, CA
  • Brenau University – Gainesville, GA
  • Cameron University – Lawton, OK
  • Campbell University – Buies Creek, NC
  • Cedar Crest College – Allentown, PA
  • Charter Oak State College – New Britain, CT
  • Clayton State University – Morrow, GA
  • College of Southern Nevada – Las Vegas, NV
  • Davenport University – Grand Rapids, MI
  • DeVry University – Chicago, IL
  • Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies – Elizabethtown, PA
  • Empire State College – Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Excelsior College – Albany, NY
  • Fisher College – Boston, MA
  • Florida International University – Miami, FL
  • Fresno Pacific University – Fresno, CA
  • Granite State College – Concord, NH
  • Hawaii Pacific University – Honolulu, HI
  • Indiana Institute of Technology – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Keiser University – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • King University – Bristol, TN
  • Life University – Marietta, GA
  • Lourdes University – Sylvania, OH
  • Metropolitan College of New York – New York, NY
  • Monroe College – Bronx, NY
  • Northcentral University – Prescott Valley, AZ
  • Northeastern Illinois – Chicago, IL
  • Oregon Institute of Technology – Klamath Falls, OR
  • Peirce College – Philadelphia, PA
  • Post University – Waterbury, CT
  • Regis University – Denver, CO
  • Rivier University – Nashua, NH
  • Rochester College – Rochester Hills, MI
  • St. Mary of the Woods College – St. Mary of the Woods, IN
  • Texas A & M Commerce – Commerce, TX
  • Thomas Edison State College – Trenton, NJ
  • Troy University – Troy, AL
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock – Little Rock, AR
  • University of Great Falls – Great Falls, MT
  • University of Houston, Downtown – Houston, TX
  • University of Maine at Augusta – Augusta, ME
  • University of Maryland, University College – Aldelphi, MD
  • University of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Upper Iowa University – Fayette, IA
  • Ursuline College – Pepper Pike, OH
  • Walden University – Minneapolis, MN
  • Wayland Baptist University – Plainview, TX
  • Weber State University – Ogden, UT

For more information, head to Best College Review's site: here.