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2021 Best General Education Associate's Degree Schools

20 Colleges
$23,778 Avg Salary
$10,481 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Education Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 31,066 people earned a degree or certificate in general education, making the major the #40 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best General Education Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 20 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best General Education Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the education associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best General Education Associate's Degree Schools

#1

Connors State College

Warner, OK

Our 2021 rankings named Connors State College the best school in the United States for general education students working on their associate’s degree. CSC is a small public school located in the rural area of Warner.

After completing their Associate's Degree, education graduates from CSC carry an average student debtload of $10,592. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $83.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Middlesex County College is a great place for general education students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of Edison, Middlesex County College is a public college with a large student population.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Highland Community College is a great place for general education students working on their associate’s degree. Highland Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Highland.

While working on their Associate's Degree, education majors at Highland Community College accumulate an average of around $11,859 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $124.

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#4

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Campbell University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general education schools in the United States. Campbell is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Buies Creek.

Education majors at Campbell take out an average of $15,089 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $117.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best General Education Associate’s Degree Schools list. Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Waxahachie.

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#6

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general education students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Ivy Tech Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

While working on their Associate's Degree, education majors at Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of around $12,525 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $121.

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The University of Montana - Western ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Education Associate’s Degree Schools list. The University of Montana - Western is a small public school located in the remote town of Dillon.

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Santa Fe Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Education Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small suburb of Santa Fe, SFCC is a public school with a small student population.

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#9

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA

With a ranking of #9, Heritage University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the rural area of Toppenish, Heritage University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #10, Weber State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the small city of Ogden, WSU is a public school with a very large student population.

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the area of study, general education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 20 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to KOKUYO.

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