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2021 Best General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

137 Colleges
$31,873 Avg Salary
$25,102 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Education Bachelor'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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 137 schools in the United States to see which bachelor'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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for education majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 15% Best General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

#1

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Our analysis found Monmouth University to be the best school for general education students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Education majors at Monmouth take out an average of $27,503 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $287.

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#2

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Out of the 137 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Texas Christian University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#3

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Stonehill College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from Stonehill carry an average student debtload of $24,746. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#4

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Gustavus Adolphus College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI

Out of the 137 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brown University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Brown take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $14,825.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, education graduates from Michigan State take out $24,465 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $262, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Louis, SLU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Education majors at SLU take out an average of $24,724 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $272.

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#8

New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

With a ranking of #9, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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With a ranking of #10, Concordia College at Moorhead did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead.

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Catholic University of America ranked #11 on this year’s Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. CUA is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#12

Midland University

Fremont, NE

With a ranking of #12, Midland University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Midland U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Fremont.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Midland U take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $26,164. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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#14

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Ellensburg, CWU is a public school with a large student population.

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#15

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general education students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#16

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. K - State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Manhattan.

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With a ranking of #17, City University of Seattle did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Seattle, CityU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from CityU carry an average student debtload of $22,792. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $258.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from Boston U carry an average student debtload of $25,406. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Green Bay, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay carry an average student debtload of $21,115. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $232.

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#20

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general education programs. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
21 Tufts University Medford, MA
22 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
23 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
24 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
25 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
26 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
27 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

General Education by Region

View the Best General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
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 25 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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