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2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate's Degree Schools

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In 2018-2019, 547,539 degrees and certificates were awarded to liberal arts general studies students, making the major the most popular in the country.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 Associate's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 646 schools in the United States to see which online associate's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online liberal arts associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

Our analysis found Valencia College to be the most popular school for liberal arts general studies students who want to pursue an online associate’s degree in the United States. Valencia College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Orlando.

Women make up 59% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Valencia College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $10,611. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $84.

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#2

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

The in-demand online associate’s degree programs at Lone Star College System helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts general studies schools in the United States. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a very large student population.

About 63% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 37% are male.

After completing their Associate's Degree, liberal arts graduates from North Harris Montgomery carry an average student debtload of $11,933. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $93.

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The in-demand online associate’s degree programs at Houston Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts general studies schools in the United States. Located in the city of Houston, Houston Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 65% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

After completing their Associate's Degree, liberal arts graduates from Houston Community College carry an average student debtload of $14,263. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $117.

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Out of the 646 online programs at schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Florida State College at Jacksonville landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 2,591 students majoring in liberal arts at FSCJ, 38% are male and 62% are female.

On average, liberal arts graduates from FSCJ take out $13,859 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $120.

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#5

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Central Texas College is a great place for liberal arts general studies students working on their online associate’s degree. Located in the midsize suburb of Killeen, Central Texas College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 42% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 58% are male.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Central Texas College take out $9,137 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $50, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Seminole State College of Florida landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the city of Sanford, Seminole State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 2,323 students majoring in liberal arts at Seminole State, 42% are male and 58% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, liberal arts graduates from Seminole State carry an average student debtload of $12,066. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $98, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Eastern Florida State College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. EFSC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Cocoa.

About 61% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 39% are male.

While working on their Associate's Degree, liberal arts majors at EFSC accumulate an average of around $12,047 in student debt. 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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#8

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

Santa Fe College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Santa Fe College is a large public school located in the suburb of Gainesville.

Of the 2,228 students majoring in liberal arts at Santa Fe College, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Liberal Arts majors at Santa Fe College take out an average of $11,013 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $94.

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#9

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Community College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Tallahassee Community College is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.

About 54% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 46% are male.

While working on their Associate's Degree, liberal arts majors at Tallahassee Community College accumulate an average of around $10,860 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $90, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

Indian River State College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Indian River State College is a large public school located in the suburb of Fort Pierce.

About 66% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 34% are male.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Indian River State College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $8,492. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $65, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Georgia State University-Perimeter College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia State University-Perimeter College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 2,083 students majoring in liberal arts at Georgia State University-Perimeter College, 33% are male and 67% are female.

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With a ranking of #12, Florida SouthWestern State College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their online associate’s degree. FSW is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fort Myers.

About 65% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 35% are male.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at FSW take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $10,342. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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Cuyahoga Community College District ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College District is a public college with a very large student population.

About 65% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 35% are male.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Cuyahoga Community College District take out $11,065 in student loans while working on their Associate's 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.

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#14

Bergen Community College

Paramus, NJ

Bergen Community College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Paramus, Bergen Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 1,736 students majoring in liberal arts at Bergen Community College, 46% are male and 54% are female.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Bergen Community College take out $11,403 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $109.

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University of Maryland Global Campus landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

About 42% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 58% are male.

While working on their Associate's Degree, liberal arts majors at UMGC accumulate an average of around $14,485 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona State College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Daytona Beach, Daytona State College is a public college with a large student population.

About 64% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 36% are male.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Daytona State College take out $10,281 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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Northern Virginia Community College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 61% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Northern Virginia Community College take out $14,655 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Portland Community College

Portland, OR

Portland Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts general studies students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Portland, Portland Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 60% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

Liberal Arts majors at Portland Community College take out an average of $18,107 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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#19

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 65% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Ivy Tech Community College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $13,035. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbus State Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts general studies students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Columbus State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus.

About 49% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 51% are male.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Columbus State take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $12,052. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $112, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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El Paso Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools list. El Paso Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of El Paso.

About 64% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 36% are male.

On average, liberal arts graduates from El Paso Community College take out $9,053 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $54, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Wake Technical Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 1,484 students majoring in liberal arts at Wake Technical Community College, 45% are male and 55% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, liberal arts graduates from Wake Technical Community College carry an average student debtload of $17,194. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $148.

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#23

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts general studies students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. JCCC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Overland Park.

About 59% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 41% are male.

After completing their Associate's Degree, liberal arts graduates from JCCC carry an average student debtload of $9,929. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $79.

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#24

Pasco-Hernando State College

New Port Richey, FL

Pasco-Hernando State College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online associate’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. PHSC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of New Port Richey.

Of the 1,342 students majoring in liberal arts at PHSC, 37% are male and 63% are female.

On average, liberal arts graduates from PHSC take out $9,584 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $79.

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Austin Community College District ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools list. Austin Community College District is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin.

Women make up 63% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, liberal arts majors at Austin Community College District accumulate an average of around $9,310 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $73.

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#27

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, MO
#30

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO
#31

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI
#34

Polk State College

Winter Haven, FL
#36

Clark College

Vancouver, WA
#38

Lane Community College

Eugene, OR
#41

Ocean County College

Toms River, NJ
#44

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD
#45

Hinds Community College

Raymond, MS
#47

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 646 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
52 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
53 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
54 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
55 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
56 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
57 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
58 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
59 Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR
60 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
61 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
62 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
63 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
64 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
65 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
66 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
67 Columbia College Columbia, MO
68 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
69 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
70 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
71 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
72 Dixie State University Saint George, UT
72 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
74 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
75 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
76 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
77 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
78 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
79 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
80 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
81 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
82 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
83 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
83 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
85 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
86 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
87 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
88 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
89 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
90 St Clair County Community College Port Huron, MI
91 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
92 Union County College Cranford, NJ
93 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
94 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
95 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN
96 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Liberal Arts General Studies students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
97 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
97 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
99 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
100 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA
101 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
102 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
103 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
104 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
105 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
106 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
107 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
108 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
109 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
109 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
111 Heartland Community College Normal, IL
112 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA
113 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
114 Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL
115 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
116 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
117 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
118 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS
118 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA
120 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
121 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
122 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
122 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
124 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
125 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
126 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
127 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
128 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
129 Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA

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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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