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Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts General Studies

45,739 Yearly Graduations
$30,200 Median Salary
$23,644 Median Debt
There are 1,073 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in liberal arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 37% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.2% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

In 2017-2018, 45,739 earned their bachelor's degree in liberal arts. This earns it the #11 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation. 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 Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in liberal arts is $30,200. 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 $26,400 to a high of $33,900.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in liberal arts is $23,644. 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, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,137.

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The median monthly payment of a liberal arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $245.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in liberal arts. About 64.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 16,386
Women 29,353
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,559
Black or African American 6,694
Hispanic or Latino 6,562
White 25,702
International Students 1,023
Other Races/Ethnicities 4,199
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,073 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
1,424 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for liberal arts students seekinga bachelor's degree is Excelsior College. Each year, around 34,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Excelsior College awarded 1,424 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#2

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
954 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 24,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,509 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,018 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 954 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 64% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington
772 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Evergreen State College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 3,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,810 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,418 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 772 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Evergreen. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#4

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
762 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Texas is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 38,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,103 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,450 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 762 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at UNT. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
711 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Each year, around 90,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 711 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at SNHU. About 52% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

New York University

New York, New York
587 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is New York University. Each year, around 51,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,888 per year.

The liberal arts program at New York University awarded 587 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 68% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

574 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Brigham Young University - Idaho. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 574 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at BYU - I. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#7

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
574 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 31,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,738 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,795 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 574 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from NAU. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#9

Thomas Edison State University

Trenton, New Jersey
502 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thomas Edison State University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,519 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,024 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 502 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at TESU. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#10

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
465 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Middle Tennessee State University. Each year, around 21,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,032 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,496 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 465 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Middle Tennessee State University. About 64% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
434 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Columbia College. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,190 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,874 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 434 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Columbia College Missouri. Of these students, 51% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

411 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 7,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,686 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,896 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 411 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from FDU. Of these students, 36% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

370 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fresno is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The liberal arts program at California State University - Fresno awarded 370 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 84% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

361 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,898 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 361 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at UT Arlington. About 62% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

360 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 28,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,683 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 360 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at University of Oklahoma. Of these students, 56% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

329 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska at Omaha is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 15,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,082 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,053 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Nebraska at Omaha awarded 329 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, New York
310 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sarah Lawrence College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $28,224 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 310 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Sarah Lawrence. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#18

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
307 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 35,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,736 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 307 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at GMU. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#19

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
302 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is DePaul University. Each year, around 22,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,369 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,032 per year.

The liberal arts program at DePaul University awarded 302 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 62% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
301 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 41,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 301 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at California State University - Northridge. About 76% of this group were women, and 67% 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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