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2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

826 Colleges
$26,786 Avg Salary
$16,538 Avg Student Debt

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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 826 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

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

Our 2021 rankings named Valencia College the most popular online school in the United States for liberal arts general studies students. Valencia College is a very large public school located in the large city of Orlando.

Liberal Arts majors at Valencia College take out an average of $8,087 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 $84.

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#2

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

The excellent online 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 city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ivy Tech Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from Ivy Tech Community College carry an average student debtload of $11,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 826 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Houston Community College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Houston, Houston Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Florida State College at Jacksonville. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the large city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public school with a very 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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Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Kansas City, MCC is a public school 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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#7

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

Central Texas College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Killeen, Central Texas College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Seminole State College of Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the small city of Sanford, Seminole State is a public school 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.

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Eastern Florida State College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. 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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#10

Pima Community College

Tucson, AZ

Pima Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. 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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#11

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

Santa Fe College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #11 on the list. Santa Fe College is a large public school located in the suburb of Gainesville.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Santa Fe College take out $9,050 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 $94.

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#12

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Community College ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Tallahassee Community College is a large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Tallahassee Community College take out $8,709 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $90, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

Indian River State College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Indian River State College is a 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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#14

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at Excelsior College accumulate an average of around $7,456 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $78.

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Georgia State University-Perimeter College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia State University-Perimeter College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #16, 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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Cuyahoga Community College District landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College District is a public college with a very large student population.

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.

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University of Maryland Global Campus came in at #18 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 large 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.

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#19

Bergen Community College

Paramus, NJ

Bergen Community College landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the suburb of Paramus, Bergen Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Bergen Community College take out is $10,500. 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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#20

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 #20 on the list. Located in the city of Daytona Beach, Daytona State College is a public college with a fairly 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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Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #21 on the list. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from SNHU carry an average student debtload of $13,406. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $140.

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With a ranking of #22, Northern Virginia Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the large suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

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#23

Portland Community College

Portland, OR

Portland Community College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Portland, Portland Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at Portland Community College accumulate an average of around $16,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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Central New Mexico Community College ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at CNM take out is $9,288. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $96, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN

Vincennes University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Vincennes University is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Vincennes.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Vincennes University take out is $14,403. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $150, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#29

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
#32

Pasco-Hernando State College

New Port Richey, FL
#34

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, MO
#35

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO
#36

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI
#37

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, CA
#40

Polk State College

Winter Haven, FL
#42

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#44

Clark College

Vancouver, WA
#46

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA
#47

Lane Community College

Eugene, OR

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools 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 826 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
52 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
53 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
54 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
55 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
56 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
57 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
58 Dixie State University Saint George, UT
59 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
60 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
61 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
62 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
63 Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
64 College of Central Florida Ocala, FL
65 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
66 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA
67 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
68 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
69 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
70 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
71 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
72 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
73 Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR
74 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
75 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
76 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
77 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
78 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
79 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
80 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
81 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
82 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
83 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
84 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
84 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA
86 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
86 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene, ID
88 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA
89 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
90 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
91 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
92 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
93 University of North Texas Denton, TX
94 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
95 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
96 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
97 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
98 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
99 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR
100 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
101 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
102 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
103 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
104 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
105 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
106 St Clair County Community College Port Huron, MI
107 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
108 Union County College Cranford, NJ
109 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
110 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
111 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN
112 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
113 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
113 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
113 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
116 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
117 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA
118 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
119 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
120 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
121 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
122 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
123 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, 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 Schools award.

Rank College Location
124 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
125 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
126 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
126 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
128 Heartland Community College Normal, IL
129 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
130 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
131 Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL
132 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
133 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
134 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
135 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS
136 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
137 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
138 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
139 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
139 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
141 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
142 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
143 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
144 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
145 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
146 Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA
147 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
148 Delta College University Center, MI
149 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
150 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
151 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
152 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR
153 Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX
154 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
155 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
156 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY
157 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
158 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
159 Coconino Community College Flagstaff, AZ
160 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
161 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
162 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
163 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
164 Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff, MO
165 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA

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

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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