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2021 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

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

Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies School for You

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 2,239 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Liberal Arts General Studies program at each school on the list.

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

#1

Miami Dade College

Miami, FL

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

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from MDC carry an average student debt load of $9,500. 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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#2

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Valencia College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Valencia College is a very large public school located in the large city of Orlando.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from Valencia College carry an average student debt load of $8,087. 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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#3

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA

The excellent programs at Golden West 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 suburb of Huntington Beach, Golden West College is a public school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from Golden West College carry an average student debt load of $5,250. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $54, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Santa Monica College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. SMC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Santa Monica.

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#5

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Out of the 2,239 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lone Star College System landed the # 5 spot on the list. 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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#6

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of around $11,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Fort Lauderdale, BC is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from BC carry an average student debt load of $5,712. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $59.

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Tarrant County College District ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public college with a very large student population.

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Central New Mexico Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from CNM take out $9,288 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $96, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL

Palm Beach State College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the suburb of Lake Worth, Palm Beach State College is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Palm Beach State College take out $5,750 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $60.

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#11

Santiago Canyon College

Orange, CA

With a ranking of #11, Santiago Canyon College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the city of Orange, SCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#12

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

With a ranking of #12, Saddleback College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Saddleback College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Mission Viejo.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Saddleback College take out is $6,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $67.

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Houston Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Houston, Houston Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Hillsborough Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #14 on the list. HCC is a fairly 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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Northern Virginia Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular liberal arts general studies programs. 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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#16

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, CA

With a ranking of #16, Los Angeles Pierce College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Pierce College is a large public school located in the city of Woodland Hills.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Pierce College take out is $12,125. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $126, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

With a ranking of #17, St Petersburg College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. SPC is a very large public school located in the city of Clearwater.

Liberal Arts majors at SPC take out an average of $13,437 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $139.

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#18

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, CA

With a ranking of #18, Santa Ana College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the city of Santa Ana, SAC is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from SAC take out $13,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $140.

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#19

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the city of Bakersfield, Bakersfield College is a public school with a very large student population.

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#20

Portland Community College

Portland, OR

Portland Community College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Portland, Portland Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Portland Community College take out $16,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Located in the city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at FSCJ accumulate an average of around $11,562 in student debt. 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 did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Kansas City, MCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at MCC take out is $8,250. 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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#23

Pima Community College

Tucson, AZ

Pima Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the city of Tucson, Pima County Community College District is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from Pima County Community College District take out $7,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $73.

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#24

Irvine Valley College

Irvine, CA

Irvine Valley College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Irvine Valley College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Irvine.

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#25

Moorpark College

Moorpark, CA

With a ranking of #25, Moorpark College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Moorpark College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorpark.

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#26

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA
#27

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
#30

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA
#31

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL
#31

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA
#33

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, FL
#34

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
#34

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, CA
#36

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, TX
#37

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA
#38

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL
#40

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI
#41

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#44

El Camino College

Torrance, CA
#45

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#47

Ventura College

Ventura, CA
#49

Grossmont College

El Cajon, CA
#50

San Antonio College

San Antonio, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 2239 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
52 Richland College Dallas, TX
52 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
54 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
55 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
56 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
57 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
58 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA
59 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
60 Hartnell College Salinas, CA
61 MiraCosta College Oceanside, CA
62 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
63 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
64 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
65 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
66 South Texas College McAllen, TX
67 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
68 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
69 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
70 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
71 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
72 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
73 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
74 Weber State University Ogden, UT
75 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
76 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
77 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
78 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
79 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
80 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
81 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
82 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
83 Citrus College Glendora, CA
84 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
85 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
86 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
87 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
88 Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA
89 Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
90 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
91 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
92 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
93 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
94 Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA
95 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
96 Columbia College Columbia, MO
97 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
98 Clark College Vancouver, WA
99 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
100 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
101 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
102 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
103 Lane Community College Eugene, OR
104 Cypress College Cypress, CA
105 Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA
106 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
107 North Lake College Irving, TX
108 West Los Angeles College Culver City, CA
109 Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, CA
110 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
111 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
112 Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA
113 Utah State University Logan, UT
114 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
115 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
116 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
117 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
118 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
119 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
120 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
121 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
122 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
123 Mountain View College Dallas, TX
124 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
125 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
126 Dixie State University Saint George, UT
127 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
128 Mt. San Jacinto College San Jacinto, CA
129 Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN
129 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
131 Palo Alto College San Antonio, TX
132 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
133 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
134 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
135 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
136 Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
137 College of Central Florida Ocala, FL
138 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
138 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
140 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA
141 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
142 Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA
143 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
144 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
145 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
146 Everett Community College Everett, WA
147 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
148 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
149 Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
150 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
151 Green River College Auburn, WA
152 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
152 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
154 Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR
155 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
156 American River College Sacramento, CA
157 Norco College Norco, CA
158 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
159 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
160 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
161 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
162 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
163 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
163 Clovis Community College Fresno, CA
165 Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA
165 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
167 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
168 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
169 Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg, FL
170 Chabot College Hayward, CA
171 Folsom Lake College Folsom, CA
172 Oxnard College Oxnard, CA
173 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
174 Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, TX
175 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
176 Merced College Merced, CA
177 Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL
178 Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville, VA
178 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
180 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
181 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
182 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA
182 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
182 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN
185 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
186 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
187 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
187 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene, ID
189 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA
190 South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA
191 The Evergreen State College Olympia, WA
192 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
193 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA
194 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
195 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
196 Highline College Des Moines, WA
197 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA
198 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ
199 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
200 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
201 University of North Texas Denton, TX
202 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
203 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
204 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
205 Walters State Community College Morristown, TN
206 Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, CA
207 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
208 New York University New York, NY
209 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
210 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
211 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
212 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
213 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
214 SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla, NY
215 Central Virginia Community College Lynchburg, VA
216 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR
217 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
218 Bronx Community College Bronx, NY
219 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
220 Mott Community College Flint, MI
220 Cabrillo College Aptos, CA
222 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
223 Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Martinsburg, WV
224 Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
225 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
225 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
227 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA
228 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
229 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
230 Snow College Ephraim, UT
231 St Clair County Community College Port Huron, MI
232 Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
233 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
234 Union County College Cranford, NJ
235 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
236 University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton Morrilton, AR
237 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
238 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
239 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
240 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
241 St Philip’s College San Antonio, TX
242 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN
243 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
244 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN
245 Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee, WA
245 Blinn College Brenham, TX
247 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
247 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
247 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
247 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
247 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
252 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
253 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA
253 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
253 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
256 Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA
256 Roane State Community College Harriman, TN
258 Ohio State University - Newark Campus Newark, OH
259 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
260 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
261 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
262 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
263 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
264 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
265 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
266 Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ
267 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
268 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
269 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
270 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
271 Solano Community College Fairfield, CA
271 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
273 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
274 Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN
274 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
274 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
277 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
278 Heartland Community College Normal, IL
278 Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave, VA
280 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
281 Shasta College Redding, CA
282 Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL
283 Cochise County Community College District Sierra Vista, AZ
284 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
284 Cleveland State Community College Cleveland, TN
286 Rappahannock Community College Glenns, VA
287 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
288 Gavilan College Gilroy, CA
289 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
289 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
291 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
292 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS
293 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
294 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
294 Yavapai College Prescott, AZ
296 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
296 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
298 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
299 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
299 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
299 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
302 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
302 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
304 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
305 Central Oregon Community College Bend, OR
305 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
307 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
308 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
309 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
309 Berkeley City College Berkeley, CA
311 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
311 Oxford College of Emory University Oxford, GA
311 Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA
314 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
315 Patrick Henry Community College Martinsville, VA
315 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
317 Cedar Valley College Lancaster, TX
318 Delta College University Center, MI
319 West Hills College-Coalinga Coalinga, CA
320 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
321 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
321 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
321 Wallace Community College, Dothan Dothan, AL
324 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC
325 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
325 Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
327 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR
328 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
329 College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA
329 River Parishes Community College Gonzales, LA
331 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
332 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY
333 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
334 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
334 University of Mississippi University, MS

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Liberal Arts General Studies students that almost earned our Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
336 El Centro College Dallas, TX
337 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
338 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
339 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
339 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
339 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
342 Coconino Community College Flagstaff, AZ
343 Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette, AL
344 Rockland Community College Suffern, NY
345 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
346 Panola College Carthage, TX
347 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
348 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
349 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
349 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
349 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
352 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
353 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
354 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
355 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
356 Triton College River Grove, IL
357 Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff, MO
357 South Mountain Community College Phoenix, AZ
359 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA
359 Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY
359 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
359 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
363 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
363 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
365 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC
365 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
367 Florida International University Miami, FL
368 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC
368 Catawba Valley Community College Hickory, NC
368 College of Alameda Alameda, CA
371 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY
372 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC
372 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO
372 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
375 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
376 Mission College Santa Clara, CA
377 Western Nevada College Carson City, NV
378 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
378 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
380 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
380 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
380 Jackson State Community College Jackson, TN
383 Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay, OR
384 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
385 Cisco College Cisco, TX
386 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
387 Vernon College Vernon, TX
388 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
389 Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX
390 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
390 Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
392 Las Positas College Livermore, CA
393 Cuyamaca College El Cajon, CA
394 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
395 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
395 Crowder College Neosho, MO
395 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA
398 Muskegon Community College Muskegon, MI
399 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
400 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
401 Orange County Community College Middletown, NY
402 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
403 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
404 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
404 Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC
406 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
406 Gaston College Dallas, NC
406 SUNY Broome Binghamton, NY
409 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
410 East Central Community College Decatur, MS
411 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
411 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
411 Cowley County Community College Arkansas City, KS
411 San Jose City College San Jose, CA
411 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
416 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
417 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
418 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
418 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
420 Snead State Community College Boaz, AL
421 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
422 San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino, CA
423 Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, CA
424 Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, TX
424 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA
426 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA
426 Southern Union State Community College Wadley, AL
428 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
428 Central Lakes College - Brainerd Brainerd, MN
430 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
431 Temple College Temple, TX
431 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
433 University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, AR
433 Hudson County Community College Jersey City, NJ
435 Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville, AL
435 Charter Oak State College New Britain, CT
435 Carl Sandburg College Galesburg, IL
438 Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest, CA
439 Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA
439 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
441 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
441 Mineral Area College Park Hills, MO
443 Alamance Community College Graham, NC
444 Rend Lake College Ina, IL
445 Wytheville Community College Wytheville, VA
446 DePaul University Chicago, IL
447 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY

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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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