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2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor'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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 285 schools in the United States to see which online bachelor'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 bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Our analysis found Excelsior College to be the most popular school for liberal arts general studies students who want to pursue an online bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 1,756 students majoring in liberal arts at Excelsior College, 51% are male and 49% are female.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Excelsior College take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $10,991. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $91.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Southern New Hampshire University is a great place for liberal arts general studies students working on their online bachelor’s degree. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

Women make up 53% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts majors at SNHU accumulate an average of around $14,613 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 $130.

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The in-demand online bachelor’s degree programs at University of North Texas helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts general studies schools in the United States. UNT is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

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

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts majors at UNT accumulate an average of around $22,191 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Brigham Young University - Idaho is a great place for liberal arts general studies students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the distant town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

About 79% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 21% are male.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from BYU - I carry an average student debtload of $15,015. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The in-demand online bachelor’s degree programs at Northern Arizona 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. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

About 62% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 38% are male.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at NAU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $17,420. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $161.

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Thomas Edison State University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Trenton, TESU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 501 students majoring in liberal arts at TESU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at TESU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $12,867. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $102.

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#7

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from Columbia College Missouri carry an average student debtload of $23,614. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $208.

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Middle Tennessee State University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 372 students majoring in liberal arts at Middle Tennessee State University, 41% are male and 59% are female.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from Middle Tennessee State University carry an average student debtload of $24,702. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Northridge came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. CSUN is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Northridge.

Women make up 78% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

On average, liberal arts graduates from CSUN take out $16,397 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $145, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #10, The University of Texas at Arlington did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 345 students majoring in liberal arts at UT Arlington, 39% are male and 61% are female.

On average, liberal arts graduates from UT Arlington take out $21,737 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $204, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #11, Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Teaneck, FDU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 39% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

Liberal Arts majors at FDU take out an average of $26,171 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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

Liberal Arts majors at ASU - Skysong take out an average of $23,738 in student loans while working on their Bachelor'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 $245.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a large student population.

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

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts majors at UNOMAHA accumulate an average of around $21,528 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $206.

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. UL Lafayette is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Lafayette.

Of the 303 students majoring in liberal arts at UL Lafayette, 37% are male and 63% are female.

On average, liberal arts graduates from UL Lafayette take out $23,322 in student loans while working on their Bachelor'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 $237.

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Fort Hays State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts general studies students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the remote town of Hays, FHSU is a public college with a large student population.

About 68% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 32% are male.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from FHSU carry an average student debtload of $23,149. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $236, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 280 students majoring in liberal arts at DePaul, 48% are male and 52% are female.

On average, liberal arts graduates from DePaul take out $32,748 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $346.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the distant town of Stillwater, OSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 49% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from OSU carry an average student debtload of $25,692. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Charter Oak State College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Charter Oak State College is a small public school located in the suburb of New Britain.

About 74% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 26% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts majors at Charter Oak State College accumulate an average of around $18,685 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $174, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts general studies students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 68% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from IUPUI carry an average student debtload of $26,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $255.

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#20

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts general studies programs. WKU is a large public school located in the small city of Bowling Green.

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

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts graduates from WKU carry an average student debtload of $28,371. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $288, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

With a ranking of #21, James Madison University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 86% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

On average, liberal arts graduates from JMU take out $19,807 in student loans while working on their Bachelor'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 $202.

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#22

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. ECU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenville.

Women make up 68% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

Liberal Arts majors at ECU take out an average of $25,934 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #23, Eastern Kentucky University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the town of Richmond, Eastern is a public school with a large student population.

Women make up 62% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts majors at Eastern accumulate an average of around $24,643 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $233, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 49% of the liberal arts majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, liberal arts majors at OHIO Athens accumulate an average of around $23,962 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $233, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

About 71% of the students majoring in liberal arts at the school are women while 29% are male.

Liberal Arts majors at Brandman take out an average of $26,200 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#27

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
#28

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
#29

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#31

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#32

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#40

Morehead State University

Morehead, KY
#42

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

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 Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
43 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, ME
44 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
45 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
46 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
47 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
48 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
49 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
50 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
50 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
52 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
53 Washington State University Pullman, WA
54 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
55 Governors State University University Park, IL
55 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
55 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
55 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 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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