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2022 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools

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$23,773 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree School for You

In 2019-2020, 559,661 degrees and certificates were awarded to liberal arts general studies students, making the major the most popular in the country.

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 934 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2022 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for an Associate in Liberal Arts General Studies

Our 2022 rankings named American Public University System the best school in the United States for liberal arts general studies students working on their associate degree. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

On average, liberal arts graduates from American Military University take out $9,425 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at American Public University System Report

#2

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Out of the 934 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brandman University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Brandman take out $18,556 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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#3

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Out of the 934 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Excelsior College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Excelsior College take out while working on their Associate Degree is $11,965.

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#4

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Columbia Southern University is a great place for liberal arts general studies students working on their associate degree. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Columbia Southern University take out $20,293 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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#5

National University

La Jolla, CA

The excellent associate degree programs at National University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts general studies schools in the United States. National University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of La Jolla.

On average, liberal arts graduates from National University take out $12,921 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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#6

William Penn University

Oskaloosa, IA

William Penn University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. William Penn University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Oskaloosa.

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#7

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools list. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

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#8

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA

Mount Saint Mary’s University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. MSMU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Maryland Global Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts general studies students to get a associate degree. It came in at #9 on the list. UMGC is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

After completing their Associate Degree, liberal arts graduates from UMGC carry an average student debtload of $13,816.

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With a ranking of #10, Northern Virginia Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their associate degree. Located in the large suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their Associate Degree, liberal arts graduates from Northern Virginia Community College carry an average student debtload of $15,816.

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Northland Community and Technical College landed the #11 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the remote town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

After completing their Associate Degree, liberal arts graduates from Northland Community and Technical College carry an average student debtload of $21,210.

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#12

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#13

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, CT

Albertus Magnus College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. Albertus Magnus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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Southern New Hampshire University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

After completing their Associate Degree, liberal arts graduates from SNHU carry an average student debtload of $19,968.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at Southern New Hampshire University Report

#15

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts general studies students to get a associate degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Columbia College Missouri take out while working on their Associate Degree is $23,220.

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With a ranking of #16, Fort Hays State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their associate degree. Located in the town of Hays, FHSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at FHSU take out while working on their Associate Degree is $25,977.

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Des Moines Area Community College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools list. DMACC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Ankeny.

After completing their Associate Degree, liberal arts graduates from DMACC carry an average student debtload of $14,451. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $72, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at Des Moines Area Community College Report

#18

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. Xavier is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

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William Rainey Harper College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Palatine, Harper College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Harper College take out while working on their Associate Degree is $10,611.

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#20

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#21

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, MN

Normandale Community College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Bloomington, Normandale Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Liberal Arts majors at Normandale Community College take out an average of $16,825 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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Rochester Institute of Technology came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#23

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX

With a ranking of #23, Wayland Baptist University did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their associate degree. Located in the town of Plainview, Wayland Baptist University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Bunker Hill Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Boston, BHCC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from BHCC take out $12,268 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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#25

Maria College of Albany

Albany, NY

Maria College of Albany landed the #25 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree liberal arts general studies programs. Maria College of Albany is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools

#26

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#28

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#29

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
#32

St. Francis College

Brooklyn Heights, NY
#35

Florida Gateway College

Lake City, FL
#37

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT
#38

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND
#41

Blinn College

Brenham, TX
#42

Delta College

University Center, MI
#43

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills, MA
#44

Phoenix College

Phoenix, AZ
#45

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#47

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#49

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 934 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
52 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
53 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
54 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
55 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
56 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
57 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
58 Union University Jackson, TN
59 South Texas College McAllen, TX
60 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
61 Winona State University Winona, MN
62 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
63 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
64 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
65 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
66 Baltimore City Community College Baltimore, MD
67 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
68 Shorter University Rome, GA
69 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
70 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
71 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
72 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
73 Thomas More University Crestview Hills, KY
74 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
75 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
76 Ohio State University - Marion Campus Marion, OH
77 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
78 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
79 Ohio State University - Mansfield Campus Mansfield, OH
80 Randolph Community College Asheboro, NC
81 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
82 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
83 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
84 Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills, CA
85 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
86 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
87 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
88 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
89 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
90 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
91 Midland College Midland, TX
92 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
93 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
94 University of Mount Olive Mount Olive, NC
95 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
96 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
97 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
98 Miles Community College Miles City, MT
99 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
100 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
101 Ranger College Ranger, TX
102 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
103 Mid-Plains Community College North Platte, NE
104 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH
105 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
106 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
107 Ball State University Muncie, IN
108 Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ
109 Marion Technical College Marion, OH
110 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
111 Ohio State University - Lima Campus Lima, OH
112 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
113 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
114 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
115 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
116 Troy University Troy, AL
117 Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown, IA
118 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls, MN
119 Weber State University Ogden, UT
120 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
121 Highline College Des Moines, WA
122 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
123 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
124 El Centro College Dallas, TX
125 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
126 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
127 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
128 Great Bay Community College Portsmouth, NH
129 South Florida State College Avon Park, FL
130 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
131 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
132 Chabot College Hayward, CA
133 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
134 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
135 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
136 Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
137 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
138 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
139 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC
140 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI

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 Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
141 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
142 Ellsworth Community College Iowa Falls, IA
143 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
144 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
145 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI
146 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
147 Adirondack Community College Queensbury, NY
148 Lake Region State College Devils Lake, ND
149 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
150 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
151 Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL
152 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
153 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
154 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
155 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
156 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
157 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
158 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
159 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
160 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
161 Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC
162 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
162 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
164 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
165 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
166 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
167 Carroll Community College Westminster, MD
168 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK
169 Valencia College Orlando, FL
170 Cleveland Community College Shelby, NC
171 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
172 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
173 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
174 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
175 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
176 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
177 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI
178 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
179 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
180 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
181 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
182 Chesapeake College Wye Mills, MD
183 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
184 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
185 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
186 Dixie State University Saint George, UT

Liberal Arts General Studies by Region

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

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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