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2021 Most Popular General Education Schools

823 Colleges
$47,138 Avg Salary
$29,674 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Education 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular General Education Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 823 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.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular General Education Colleges.

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our 2021 rankings named Walden University the most popular school in the United States for general education students. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Walden University take out is $68,043. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $781.

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#2

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Northcentral University is a great place for general education students. Northcentral University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Harvard University is a great place for general education students. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

Education majors at Harvard take out an average of $30,750 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $358, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

The excellent programs at Johns Hopkins University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general education schools in the United States. Located in the 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.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Azusa Pacific University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Azusa Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the 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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#6

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school 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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#7

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Located in the city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, education majors at Ashford University accumulate an average of around $37,688 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $418.

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#8

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college 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.

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#9

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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 came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. UC Irvine is a fairly 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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#11

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #11 on the list. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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With a ranking of #12, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Teachers College of San Joaquin landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Teachers College of San Joaquin is a fairly small public school located in the city of Stockton.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the 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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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant 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.

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#16

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Jose.

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California State University - Fullerton 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. Cal State Fullerton is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fullerton.

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Grand Valley State University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

After completing their degree, education graduates from GVSU carry an average student debt load of $21,518. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $232.

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With a ranking of #18, Concordia University, Texas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Concordia University, Texas is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Lakeway.

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#20

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. JMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg.

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California Baptist University ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Cal Baptist is a 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.

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University of California - Los Angeles ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large 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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With a ranking of #23, California State University - Fresno did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Located in the city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, education majors at Fresno State accumulate an average of around $18,485 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $215.

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#24

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

With a ranking of #24, Ivy Tech Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Ivy Tech Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large 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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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

After completing their degree, education graduates from UIUC carry an average student debt load of $21,502. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $251.

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#27

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#28

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#29

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#30

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#31

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#34

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#37

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#38

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#39

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT
#41

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN
#47

Connors State College

Warner, OK

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular General Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 823 different United States general education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
52 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
53 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
54 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
55 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
55 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
55 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
58 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
59 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
60 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
61 Stanford University Stanford, CA
62 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
63 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
64 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
65 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
66 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
67 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
68 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
69 Cabrini University Radnor, PA
69 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
71 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
72 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
73 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
73 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
73 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
76 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
77 Goucher College Baltimore, MD
78 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
78 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
80 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
80 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
82 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
83 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
84 Clemson University Clemson, SC
85 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
85 University of Portland Portland, OR
85 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
88 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
89 Edgewood College Madison, WI
89 The University of Findlay Findlay, OH
89 Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO
89 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
89 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
94 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
95 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
96 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
96 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
98 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
99 Trident University International Cypress, CA
100 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
100 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
100 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
103 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
103 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
103 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
106 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
106 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
108 Union University Jackson, TN
109 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
109 Lesley University Cambridge, MA
111 Marshall University Huntington, WV
112 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
112 Towson University Towson, MD
114 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
114 Northwest University Kirkland, WA
116 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
116 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
116 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
116 College of Micronesia-FSM Pohnpei, FM
120 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
120 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
122 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
123 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO

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 Chapman University Orange, CA
124 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
126 Post University Waterbury, CT
127 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
127 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
129 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
130 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
131 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
131 University of Mississippi University, MS
133 Western Colorado University Gunnison, CO
133 The University of Montana - Western Dillon, MT
135 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
135 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
135 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
135 Biola University La Mirada, CA
139 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
139 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
139 Midland University Fremont, NE
139 Longwood University Farmville, VA
143 Cambridge College Boston, MA
143 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
143 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
143 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
147 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
147 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
147 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
147 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
151 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
151 University of North Texas Denton, TX
151 Mills College Oakland, CA
154 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
154 Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
154 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
157 Antioch University - Seattle Seattle, WA
157 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
157 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
160 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
160 Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV
160 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
160 Highland Community College Highland, KS
164 Simmons University Boston, MA
164 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA

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 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.

  • 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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