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Undergraduate Certificates in Liberal Arts General Studies

78,686 Yearly Graduations
$24,300 Median Salary
$10,464 Median Debt
An undergraduate certificate in liberal arts is offered at 300 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 55% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.9% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 78,686 students earned their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in liberal arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 411,234
Undergraduate Certificate 78,686
Bachelor’s Degree 45,514
Basic Certificate 9,669
Master’s Degree 2,109
Graduate Certificate 218
Doctor’s Degree 109

Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts is $24,300. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $20,000 to a high of $28,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts is $10,464. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $13,719 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $8,312.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $108.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. About 60.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 30,841
Women 47,845
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificates in Liberal Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7,030
Black or African American 5,237
Hispanic or Latino 26,911
White 31,424
International Students 2,295
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,789
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Certificate Students

There are 300 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
5,016 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Monica College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate. Each year, around 27,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Santa Monica College awarded 5,016 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#2

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
4,191 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in liberal arts. Each year, around 72,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4,191 undergraduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Ivy Tech Community College. Of these students, 63% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, California
2,362 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Golden West College. Each year, around 12,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Golden West College awarded 2,362 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 57% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California
2,230 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saddleback College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in liberal arts. Roughly 19,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,230 people received their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts from Saddleback College. About 55% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
2,034 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central New Mexico Community College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in liberal arts. Roughly 23,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,034 undergraduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at CNM. About 68% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, California
1,933 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Cuesta College. Roughly 11,200 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Cuesta College awarded 1,933 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#7

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, Michigan
1,791 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Washtenaw Community College. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,791 people received their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts from Washtenaw Community College. About 58% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California
1,749 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Orange Coast College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in liberal arts. Each year, around 20,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Orange Coast College awarded 1,749 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 54% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Irvine Valley College

Irvine, California
1,436 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Irvine Valley College. Each year, around 12,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,436 undergraduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Irvine Valley College. Of these students, 55% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
1,409 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Northern Virginia Community College. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,409 people received their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts from Northern Virginia Community College. Of these students, 50% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
1,400 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. Roughly 36,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,400 undergraduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at East Los Angeles College. Of these students, 64% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
1,390 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Bakersfield College. Roughly 26,300 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Bakersfield College awarded 1,390 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 62% of this group were women, and 80% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona
1,358 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pima Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. Each year, around 19,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,358 people received their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts from Pima County Community College District. Around 56% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

1,308 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City. Roughly 15,700 attend the school each year. The liberal arts program at Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City awarded 1,308 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 63% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
1,259 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Long Beach City College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in liberal arts. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,259 people received their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts from Long Beach City College. Of these students, 59% were women and 84% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
1,259 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moorpark College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. Roughly 14,200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,259 undergraduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Moorpark College. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#17

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, California
1,253 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Los Angeles Pierce College. Each year, around 18,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,253 undergraduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Pierce College. Of these students, 62% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Palomar College

San Marcos, California
1,183 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Palomar College. Each year, around 23,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Palomar College awarded 1,183 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, Louisiana
1,160 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Delgado Community College. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Delgado Community College awarded 1,160 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 77% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, California
1,144 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Santa Barbara City College. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The liberal arts program at Santa Barbara City College awarded 1,144 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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