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2021 Best General English Literature Schools

496 Colleges
$27,525 Avg Salary
$23,628 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General English Literature School for You

General English Literature is the #30 most popular major in the country with 42,666 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best General English Literature Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 496 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best General English Literature Schools in the United States

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Top 25 Top Schools in English

#1

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Williams College the best school in the United States for general English literature students. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamstown.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Williams take out is $13,746. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $143.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

The excellent programs at Dartmouth College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general English literature schools in the United States. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Duke University is a great place for general English literature students. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, English graduates from Duke take out $9,434 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $98.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Notre Dame. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, English majors at Notre Dame accumulate an average of around $19,000 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 $197.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend College of the Holy Cross. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best General English Literature Schools list. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Holy Cross take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best General English Literature Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University ranked #7 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

After completing their degree, English graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debtload of $15,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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#8

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #8 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general English literature programs. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

After completing their degree, English graduates from Brown carry an average student debtload of $18,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $200, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College ranked #10 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Barnard is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Barnard take out is $16,250. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $169, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #11 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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#12

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general English literature students. It came in at #12 on the list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

English majors at Boston College take out an average of $22,404 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 $251.

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#13

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general English literature students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, English graduates from Colgate take out $17,125 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $178.

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CUNY Graduate School and University Center ranked #14 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Located in the city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, English majors at The Graduate Center accumulate an average of around $30,101 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $351, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best General English Literature Schools ranking. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara.

On average, English graduates from SCU take out $24,894 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $258.

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#16

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

With a ranking of #16, Gettysburg College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general English literature students. Gettysburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Gettysburg.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Gettysburg take out is $21,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $218, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #17, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general English literature students. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, English graduates from Villanova carry an average student debtload of $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#18

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general English literature students. It came in at #18 on the list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

After completing their degree, English graduates from Northwestern U carry an average student debtload of $15,062. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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University of California - San Diego ranked #19 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. UCSD is a fairly large public school located in the city of La Jolla.

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#20

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best General English Literature Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, English graduates from Cornell carry an average student debtload of $14,165. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $147.

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#21

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general English literature students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#22

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general English literature students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Fairfield U take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#23

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general English literature students. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, English majors at Wake Forest University accumulate an average of around $19,528 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 $203.

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#24

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #24, University of Chicago did quite well on this year’s best schools for general English literature students. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at UChicago take out is $13,750. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $143.

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Columbia University in the City of New York ranked #25 on this year’s Best General English Literature Schools list. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

On average, English graduates from Columbia take out $21,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $218, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best General English Literature Schools

#26

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#27

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#28

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
#30

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA
#31

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#34

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#35

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#36

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#37

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#38

National University

La Jolla, CA
#39

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#41

Boston University

Boston, MA
#42

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#43

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#45

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#46

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#47

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#49

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best General English Literature Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 496 different United States general English literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
52 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
53 Emory University Atlanta, GA
54 Northeastern University Boston, MA
55 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
56 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
57 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
58 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
59 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
60 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
61 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
62 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
63 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
64 Assumption University Worcester, MA
65 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
66 Stanford University Stanford, CA
67 Providence College Providence, RI
68 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
69 Clemson University Clemson, SC
70 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
71 Smith College Northampton, MA
72 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
73 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
74 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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 English Literature Schools award.

Rank College Location
75 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
76 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
77 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
78 Illinois State University Normal, IL
79 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
80 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
81 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
82 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
83 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
84 Drake University Des Moines, IA
85 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
86 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
86 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
88 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
89 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
90 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
91 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
92 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
93 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
94 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
95 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
96 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
97 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
98 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
99 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

General English Literature by Region

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

One of 3 majors within the area of study, general English literature has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Writing Studies 14,629
English Literature (Other) 1,163
Literature 841

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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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