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2022 Most Popular General Education Schools

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Finding the Best General Education School for You

General Education is the #40 most popular major in the country with 29,936 degrees and certificates awarded in 2019-2020.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. This report analyzed 816 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Education program at each school on the list.

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#2

National University

La Jolla, CA

The excellent programs at National University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general education schools in the United States. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, education majors at National University accumulate an average of around $31,075 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $362.

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#3

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

The excellent programs at Northcentral University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general education schools in the United States. Northcentral University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Johns Hopkins University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, education graduates from Johns Hopkins take out $20,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

Full General Education at Johns Hopkins University Report

#5

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Grand Canyon University is a great place for general education students. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Grand Canyon University take out is $21,390. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full General Education at Grand Canyon University Report

#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

Education majors at Harvard take out an average of $30,750 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $359.

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The University of Arizona Global Campus came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Located in the large city of San Diego, UAGC is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, education graduates from UAGC take out $37,688 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $418.

Full General Education at The University of Arizona Global Campus Report

#8

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University landed the #8 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at NUS Florida take out is $130,325. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,519.

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University of California - Irvine did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #9 on the list. UC Irvine is a very large public school located in the city of Irvine.

After completing their degree, education graduates from UC Irvine carry an average student debt load of $18,726. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $194, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Teachers College of San Joaquin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #10 on the list. Teachers College of San Joaquin is a small public school located in the city of Stockton.

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With a ranking of #11, Azusa Pacific University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Azusa Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Azusa.

While working on their degree, education majors at Azusa Pacific accumulate an average of around $67,432 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $786.

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#12

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#14

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University landed the #14 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general education programs. JMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #15 on the list. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

While working on their degree, education majors at Ohio State accumulate an average of around $31,919 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $366.

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California State University - Fullerton came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Cal State Fullerton is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fullerton.

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Grand Valley State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #17 on the list. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at GVSU take out is $21,519. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $233.

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Concordia University, Texas came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Concordia University, Texas is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lakeway.

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University of California - Santa Barbara landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general education programs. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara.

While working on their degree, education majors at UCSB accumulate an average of around $32,897 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $384, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #20, California Baptist University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Cal Baptist is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverside.

After completing their degree, education graduates from Cal Baptist carry an average student debt load of $28,526. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $332.

Full General Education at California Baptist University Report

#21

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #21 on the list. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose.

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University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #22 on the list. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles.

Education majors at UCLA take out an average of $33,687 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $393, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Located in the city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #24 on the list. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona.

Education majors at SMU MN take out an average of $15,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $181.

Full General Education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Report

#25

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

On average, education graduates from Ivy Tech Community College take out $11,620 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $121.

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#26

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
#29

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#36

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#37

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#37

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#39

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#40

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#41

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#42

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#44

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT
#46

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
#48

La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA
#49

Connors State College

Warner, OK

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular General Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 816 different United States general education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
52 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
53 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
54 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
54 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
56 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
57 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
58 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
58 Goucher College Baltimore, MD
60 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
60 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
62 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
63 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
64 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
65 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
66 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
66 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
68 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
69 Stanford University Stanford, CA
70 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
70 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
70 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
70 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
70 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
75 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
76 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
77 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
78 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
79 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
79 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
81 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
81 Tusculum University Greeneville, TN
83 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
84 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
85 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
86 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
86 The University of Findlay Findlay, OH
86 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
89 Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO
89 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
91 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
92 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
92 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
94 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
94 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
96 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
97 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
98 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
99 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
100 University of Portland Portland, OR
101 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
101 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
103 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
104 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
104 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
106 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
106 Cabrini University Radnor, PA
108 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
108 Salem State University Salem, MA
110 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
111 Western Colorado University Gunnison, CO
112 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
113 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
114 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
114 Gratz College Melrose Park, PA
114 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
114 Lesley University Cambridge, MA
118 Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus Sewell, NJ
118 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
120 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
121 Longwood University Farmville, VA
121 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
121 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for General Education students that almost earned our Most Popular General Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
124 Edgewood College Madison, WI
125 Radford University Radford, VA
125 Marshall University Huntington, WV
125 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
128 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
128 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, ME
130 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
131 Northwest University Kirkland, WA
132 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
133 Biola University La Mirada, CA
133 Post University Waterbury, CT
133 Sul Ross State University Alpine, TX
136 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
136 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
138 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
138 University of North Texas Denton, TX
138 Highland Community College Highland, KS
141 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
141 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
141 Chapman University Orange, CA
141 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
141 Towson University Towson, MD
146 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
146 Maranatha Baptist University Watertown, WI
146 University of the District of Columbia Washington, DC
149 Cambridge College Boston, MA
149 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
149 Midland University Fremont, NE
149 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
149 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
149 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
155 Auburn University Auburn, AL
155 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
155 Wilson College Chambersburg, PA
158 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
158 Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV
158 University of Georgia Athens, GA
158 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
158 Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN
163 Corban University Salem, OR
163 George Mason University Fairfax, VA

General Education by Region

View the Most Popular General Education 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 102,079
Educational Administration 45,664
Teacher Education Subject Specific 42,436
Special Education 33,249
Curriculum & Instruction 18,195

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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