Most Students Over Age 25

Not all students set out for college immediately after high school graduation. Some enlist in the military, spend time in the work force or take time off to travel the world. For those who choose to go to college later in life, having classmates who reflect their age, interests and experiences can help ease the transition from the "real world" to the world of an undergraduate student. Of the colleges and universities that are part of the current U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, the schools on this list had the highest percentage of undergraduate students over the age of 25 in the 2012-2013 academic year.

School Students 25 and older
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, CO

45%
Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI

45%
Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, NC

44%
Bluefield College

Bluefield, VA

44%
Gwynedd-​Mercy College

Gwynedd Valley, PA

44%
Madonna University

Livonia, MI

44%
Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL

44%
Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, OH

44%
William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

44%
Cameron University

Lawton, OK

43%
Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

43%
University of Illinois—​Springfield

Springfield, IL

43%
Utah Valley University

Orem, UT

43%
Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

42%
Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV

42%
Weber State University

Ogden, UT

42%
Clayton State University

Morrow, GA

41%
New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

41%
Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

41%
University of Rio Grande

Rio Grande, OH

41%
Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA

40%
Maryville University of St. Louis

St Louis, MO

40%
Prescott College

Prescott, AZ

40%
University of Michigan—​Flint

Flint, MI

40%
University of Missouri—​St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

40%
Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

39%
California State University—​Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA

39%
Concordia University—​St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

39%
Indiana University—​Kokomo

Kokomo, IN

39%
Naropa University

Boulder, CO

39%
Northwood University

Midland, MI

39%
Rochester College

Rochester Hills, MI

39%
Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

39%
Warner University

Lake Wales, FL

39%
Texas Woman's University

Denton, TX

39%
Bethel College

Mishawaka, IN

38%
Dallas Baptist University

Dallas, TX

38%
Indiana University Northwest

Gary, IN

38%
Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

38%
Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL

38%
Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, CA

38%
University of Alaska—​Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

38%
Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

37%
Central Baptist College

Conway, AR

37%
Felician College

Lodi, NJ

37%
Northwest Christian University

Eugene, OR

37%
University of Minnesota—​Crookston

Crookston, MN

37%
University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

37%
University of Virginia—​Wise

Wise, VA

37%
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Montgomery, WV

37%

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