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Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts General Studies

398,527 Yearly Graduations
$23,200 Median Salary
$10,283 Median Debt
There are 1,486 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in liberal arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 44% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.5% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 398,527 students earned their associate's degree in liberal arts. This makes it the 1st most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in liberal arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 398,527
Undergraduate Certificate 65,701
Bachelor’s Degree 45,739
Basic Certificate 3,883
Master’s Degree 2,484
Graduate Certificate 327
Doctor’s Degree 93

Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in liberal arts is $23,200. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $20,500 to a high of $26,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in liberal arts is $10,283. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $13,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $8,000.

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The median monthly payment of a liberal arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $107.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in liberal arts. About 62.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 151,252
Women 247,275
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17,929
Black or African American 48,295
Hispanic or Latino 89,956
White 201,263
International Students 9,771
Other Races/Ethnicities 31,313
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,486 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in liberal arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
8,222 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 56,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Miami Dade College awarded 8,222 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 61% of this group were women, and 85% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
6,562 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Valencia College. Each year, around 44,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 6,562 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from Valencia College. About 60% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
5,664 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Lone Star College System. Roughly 72,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 5,664 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from North Harris Montgomery. Of these students, 63% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
5,261 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Broward College. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Broward College awarded 5,261 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 73% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Tarrant County College District

Fort Worth, Texas
4,084 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tarrant County College District. Roughly 52,900 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 4,084 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from Tarrant County College. About 65% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
3,790 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Houston Community College. Roughly 57,100 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 3,790 associate's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Houston Community College. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#7

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
3,627 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Petersburg College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 3,627 associate's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at SPC. Of these students, 64% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, Florida
3,566 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Palm Beach State College. Each year, around 30,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 3,566 associate's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Palm Beach State College. Of these students, 62% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

3,091 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Hillsborough Community College. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Hillsborough Community College awarded 3,091 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 59% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
2,620 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland Community College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,620 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from Portland Community College. About 59% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

San Antonio College

San Antonio, Texas
2,618 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Antonio College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 19,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,618 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from San Antonio College. About 64% of this group were women, and 70% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
2,474 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central New Mexico Community College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 24,400 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Central New Mexico Community College awarded 2,474 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

#13

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, Florida
2,431 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tallahassee Community College. Each year, around 11,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,431 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from Tallahassee Community College. About 51% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
2,402 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State College at Jacksonville comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 21,000 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,402 associate's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at FSCJ. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#15

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, Florida
2,288 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Santa Fe College. Roughly 14,500 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Santa Fe College awarded 2,288 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#16

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, Florida
2,230 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indian River State College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 17,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,230 associate's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Indian River State College. About 64% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Eastern Florida State College

Cocoa, Florida
2,129 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Florida State College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 15,700 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Eastern Florida State College awarded 2,129 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#18

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
2,108 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Santa Monica College. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Santa Monica College awarded 2,108 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 60% were women and 54% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

2,095 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Seminole State College of Florida. Each year, around 17,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,095 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from Seminole State. About 59% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Central Texas College

Killeen, Texas
2,065 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Central Texas College. Each year, around 15,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,065 people received their associate's degree in liberal arts from Central Texas College. About 39% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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