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2021 Best Literature Schools

22 Colleges
$23,970 Avg Salary
$29,434 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Literature School for You

Literature is the #264 most popular major in the country with 841 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. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Literature Schools ranking. This report analyzed 22 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Literature Schools in the United States

Check out the literature programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Literature Schools

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school in the United States for literature students. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is a great place for literature students. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, literature graduates from Pitt carry an average student debtload of $25,375. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $263, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best literature schools in the United States. Located in the small suburb of Johnstown, University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown is a public college with a small student population.

Literature majors at University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown take out an average of $23,750 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $246, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Literature Schools list. Located in the suburb of Greensburg, Pitt - Greensburg is a public school with a small student population.

On average, literature graduates from Pitt - Greensburg take out $25,375 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $263, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Out of the 22 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Grand Canyon University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Phoenix.

On average, literature graduates from Grand Canyon University take out $28,445 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 $295.

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#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

With a ranking of #6, George Mason University did quite well on this year’s best schools for literature students. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

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University of California - Los Angeles came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Literature Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, literature graduates from UCLA carry an average student debtload of $14,934. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $155, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Indiana University - Bloomington ranked #8 on this year’s Best Literature Schools list. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for literature students. It came in at #9 on the list. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

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#10

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best literature programs. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

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Literature by Region

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

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

Majors Similar to Literature

Related Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 42,666
Writing Studies 14,629
English Literature (Other) 1,163

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 22 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).

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