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

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Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor'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.

The Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 375 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences 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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Our analysis found Excelsior College to be the best school for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

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#2

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Out of the 375 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Bentley University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waltham.

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#3

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Out of the 375 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Saint Joseph’s University landed the # 3 spot on the list. St. Joe's is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at American Public University System helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools in the United States. 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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#5

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Out of the 375 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, DePaul University landed the # 5 spot on the list. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#7

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #7, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their bachelor’s degree. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

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#8

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Charter Oak State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the large suburb of New Britain, Charter Oak State College is a public college with a small student population.

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Southern New Hampshire University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#10

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa ranked #10 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#11

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

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#13

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#14

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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South Dakota State University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

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#16

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#17

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

William Jewell College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. William Jewell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Liberty.

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Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges ranked #19 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Geneva, The Colleges is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Thomas Edison State University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. TESU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Trenton.

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#21

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA

Grand View University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Grand View University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Des Moines.

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#22

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Union College New York came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Union College Schenectady is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Schenectady.

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#23

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

With a ranking of #23, Columbia College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their bachelor’s degree. Columbia College Missouri is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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#24

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#25

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Belmont is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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

#28

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#35

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#38

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#40

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT
#43

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#45

Longwood University

Farmville, VA
#46

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT
#48

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#49

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 375 different United States liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
52 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
53 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
54 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
55 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
56 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ

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 Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
57 William Peace University Raleigh, NC
58 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
59 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
60 Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA
61 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
62 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
63 University of North Texas Denton, TX
64 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
65 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
66 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
67 Simpson College Indianola, IA
68 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
69 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
70 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
71 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
72 The King’s College New York, NY
73 Washington State University Pullman, WA
74 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
75 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

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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