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2022 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

2,223 Colleges
$26,786 Avg Salary
$16,538 Avg Student Debt

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.

The Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 2,223 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for liberal arts majors pursuing an online .

#1

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Our 2022 rankings named Lone Star College System the most popular online school in the United States for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a very large student population.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Utah Valley University is a great place for liberal arts general studies students pursuing an online degree. UVU is a very large public school located in the city of Orem.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Hillsborough Community College is a great place for liberal arts general studies students pursuing an online degree. HCC is a large public school located in the large city of Tampa.

Liberal Arts majors at HCC take out an average of $10,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $104.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Collin County Community College District. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public school with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Kansas City, MCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Liberal Arts majors at MCC take out an average of $8,250 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $86.

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Pima Community College landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the city of Tucson, Pima County Community College District is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Liberal Arts majors at Pima County Community College District take out an average of $7,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $73.

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Eastern Florida State College landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. EFSC is a large public school located in the suburb of Cocoa.

On average, liberal arts graduates from EFSC take out $9,500 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 $99.

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University of Maryland Global Campus came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at UMGC take out is $17,370. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $180, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at University of Maryland Global Campus Report

#9

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

With a ranking of #9, Indian River State College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Indian River State College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fort Pierce.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at Indian River State College accumulate an average of around $6,250 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $65, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the distant town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at BYU - I accumulate an average of around $9,943 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $103, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #11, Florida SouthWestern State College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. FSW is a large public school located in the suburb of Fort Myers.

On average, liberal arts graduates from FSW take out $8,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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Seminole State College of Florida ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the small city of Sanford, Seminole State is a public college with a large student population.

Liberal Arts majors at Seminole State take out an average of $9,437 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $98, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at Seminole State College of Florida Report

#13

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Daytona Beach, Daytona State College is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at Daytona State College accumulate an average of around $7,950 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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With a ranking of #14, Cuyahoga Community College District did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Cuyahoga Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cleveland.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Cuyahoga Community College District take out $8,317 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 $86.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at Cuyahoga Community College District Report

William Rainey Harper College ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Palatine, Harper College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#16

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Excelsior College take out $7,457 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $78.

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Northern Virginia Community College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#18

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #18 on the list. South Texas College is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of McAllen.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from FSCJ carry an average student debtload of $11,562. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $120.

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#20

Blinn College

Brenham, TX

Blinn College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the distant town of Brenham, Blinn College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at Blinn College Report

With a ranking of #21, Wake Technical Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the suburb of Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Wake Technical Community College take out is $12,875. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full Liberal Arts General Studies at Wake Technical Community College Report

El Paso Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. El Paso Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of El Paso.

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American Public University System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #23 on the list. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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#24

Pasco-Hernando State College

New Port Richey, FL

Pasco-Hernando State College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. PHSC is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of New Port Richey.

Liberal Arts majors at PHSC take out an average of $7,625 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $79.

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Weber State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. WSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ogden.

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#26

Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge, LA
#29

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
#35

Lane Community College

Eugene, OR
#36

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#37

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, CA
#38

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA
#39

Hinds Community College

Raymond, MS
#41

Delta College

University Center, MI
#42

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN
#49

University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA
#50

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 2223 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
52 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
53 Dixie State University Saint George, UT
54 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
55 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
56 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
57 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
58 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
58 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
60 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
61 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
62 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
63 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
64 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
65 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
66 Heartland Community College Normal, IL
67 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
68 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
68 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR
70 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
71 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
72 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA
73 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
74 Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA
75 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
76 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
77 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN
78 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
79 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
80 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
81 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
82 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
83 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
84 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
85 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
86 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
87 Cleveland State Community College Cleveland, TN

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 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
88 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
89 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
90 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
91 Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA
92 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA
93 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA
94 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
95 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS
96 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
97 Solano Community College Fairfield, CA
98 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
99 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR
100 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
101 Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff, MO
102 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
103 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS
104 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA
105 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
106 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY
107 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
108 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
109 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY
110 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
111 Southern Union State Community College Wadley, AL
112 Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay, OR
113 Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville, OH
114 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
115 Panola College Carthage, TX
116 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
116 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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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