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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree School for You

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 547,539 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 770 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the liberal arts / sciences and humanities associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for an Associate's in Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Our 2021 rankings named American Public University System the best school in the United States for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Central Texas College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Central Texas College is a large public school located in the suburb of Killeen.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Northern Virginia Community College is a great place for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Northern Virginia Community College is a very large public school located in the suburb of Annandale.

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#4

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Columbia Southern University is a great place for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Orange Beach.

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#5

Sheridan College

Sheridan, WY

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Sheridan College is a great place for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Northern Wyoming Community College District is a small public school located in the remote town of Sheridan.

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#6

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Excelsior College is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

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University of Maryland - University College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. University of Maryland - University College is a very large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

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Lincoln Land Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. LLCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Springfield.

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#9

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. BSC is a small public school located in the small city of Bismarck.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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South Dakota State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a small student population.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. St Cloud Technical and Community College is a small public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud.

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#14

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Columbia College Missouri is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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#15

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Austin Community College District ranked #16 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public college with a very large student population.

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Weber State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Ogden, WSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Kent State University at Stark came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Kent State University at Stark is a small public school located in the large suburb of Canton.

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Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global ranked #21 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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#22

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN

Vincennes University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. Located in the town of Vincennes, Vincennes University is a public school with a large student population.

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#23

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova.

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#24

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #25, Northland Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Northland Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the remote town of Thief River Falls.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools

#27

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#28

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT
#29

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND
#32

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL
#33

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#34

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills, MA
#35

New York University

New York, NY
#37

Lake Superior College

Duluth, MN
#39

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, MN
#41

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#42

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 770 different United States liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto Mont Alto, PA
52 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
53 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
54 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
55 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
56 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
57 Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Dunmore, PA
58 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
59 Pennsylvania State University - York York, PA
60 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
61 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
62 Lewis - Clark State College Lewiston, ID
63 Houston Community College Houston, TX
64 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
65 Shorter University Rome, GA
66 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Altoona, PA
67 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
68 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
69 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
70 Union University Jackson, TN
71 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
72 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
73 Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley Center Valley, PA
74 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
75 Ohio State University - Newark Campus Newark, OH
76 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
77 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
78 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
79 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
80 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
81 Kent State University at Geauga Burton, OH
82 University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee Sarasota, FL
83 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
84 BridgeValley Community & Technical College South Charleston, WV
85 Delta College University Center, MI
86 Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Media, PA
87 Valencia College Orlando, FL
88 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
89 Kent State University at Trumbull Warren, OH
90 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
91 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
92 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
93 Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington, PA
94 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
95 Kent State University at Ashtabula Ashtabula, OH
96 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
97 Kent State University at Salem Salem, OH
98 Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX
99 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
100 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
101 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
102 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
103 Troy University Troy, AL
104 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
105 Ranger College Ranger, TX
106 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
107 Ohio State University - Marion Campus Marion, OH
108 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
109 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
110 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
111 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
112 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
113 Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, TX
114 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
115 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
116 Ohio State University - Mansfield Campus Mansfield, OH
117 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
118 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
119 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
120 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
121 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
122 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
123 Ohio State University - Lima Campus Lima, OH
123 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
125 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
126 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
127 Cecil College North East, MD
128 Marion Technical College Marion, OH
129 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
130 Highline College Des Moines, WA
131 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
132 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
133 North Lake College Irving, TX
134 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
135 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
136 Midland College Midland, TX
136 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
138 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
139 Portland Community College Portland, OR
140 Kent State University at East Liverpool East Liverpool, OH
141 Metropolitan Community College Area Omaha, NE
142 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
143 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
143 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
145 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
146 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
147 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
148 Neumann University Aston, PA
149 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
150 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
151 Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown, IA
152 College of the Mainland Texas City, TX
153 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
154 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Atlanta, GA

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities by Region

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

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 547,539

Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 153,295
English Language & Literature 59,299
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Theology & Religious Vocations 32,172
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,252

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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