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Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts General Studies

45,514 Yearly Graduations
$30,200 Median Salary
$23,644 Median Debt
There are 1,078 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, 2.4% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 45,514 earned their bachelor's degree in liberal arts. This makes it the 11th most popular bachelor'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 411,234
Undergraduate Certificate 78,686
Bachelor’s Degree 45,514
Basic Certificate 9,669
Master’s Degree 2,109
Graduate Certificate 218
Doctor’s Degree 109

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.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $26,400 and the high is $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 school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

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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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $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 16,289
Women 29,225
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 1,650
Black or African American 6,298
Hispanic or Latino 6,962
White 25,462
International Students 1,083
Other Races/Ethnicities 4,059
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,078 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
1,756 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Excelsior College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 34,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,756 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#2

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
1,006 Yearly Graduations
62% 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. Each year, around 24,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,006 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at University of Virginia. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#3

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
773 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Roughly 90,900 attend the school each year. 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.

The liberal arts program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 773 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#4

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington
719 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Evergreen State College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,005 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,760 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 719 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Evergreen. About 63% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
697 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Texas comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 38,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of North Texas awarded 697 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 54% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

647 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Brigham Young University - Idaho. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 647 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at BYU - I. About 79% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

New York University

New York, New York
552 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The liberal arts program at New York University awarded 552 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#8

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
546 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 31,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 546 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at NAU. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#9

Thomas Edison State University

Trenton, New Jersey
501 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
25% 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. Each year, around 11,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,926 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,024 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 501 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from TESU. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#10

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
444 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 13,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,912 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,602 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 444 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Columbia College Missouri. Of these students, 42% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
429 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Mississippi comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 23,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,718 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,718 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 429 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Ole Miss. Of these students, 53% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

424 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fresno comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. 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 2018-2019 academic year, 424 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Fresno State. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
372 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Middle Tennessee State University. Roughly 21,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,946 per year.

The liberal arts program at Middle Tennessee State University awarded 372 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
361 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Northridge. Roughly 41,300 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 361 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from California State University - Northridge. About 78% of this group were women, and 72% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

356 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
31% 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. Roughly 28,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 356 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at University of Oklahoma. Of these students, 57% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 7,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,154 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,186 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 349 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from FDU. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

345 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Arlington. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 345 bachelor's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at UT Arlington. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#18

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
329 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
45% 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. Each year, around 35,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The liberal arts program at George Mason University awarded 329 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

327 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 56,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

The liberal arts program at Florida International University awarded 327 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 91% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#20

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
311 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Skysong is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 31,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,867 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,384 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 311 people received their bachelor's degree in liberal arts from ASU - Skysong. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

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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