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

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$4,805 Avg Tuition & Fees*
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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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 770 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors pursuing a associate's degree.

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

Our 2021 rankings named New Mexico Junior College the best value school in the United States for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. New Mexico Junior College is a small public school located in the remote town of Hobbs.

New Mexico Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $1,968 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southeast Community College Area. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Community College are $3,096 a year.

Southeast Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Out of the 770 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, McLennan Community College landed the # 3 spot on the list. MCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Waco.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $3,990 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, MCC also is in the top 20% of our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools in the United States. ENMU - Ruidoso Campus is a fairly small public school located in the remote town of Ruidoso.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ENMU - Ruidoso Campus are $2,500 per year.

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#5

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Lake Region State College is a great value for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the remote town of Devils Lake, Lake Region State College is a public college with a small student population.

Lake Region State College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,655 in tuition and fees each year.

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#6

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Columbia Southern University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach.

Columbia Southern University undergraduate students pay an average of $5,655 in tuition and fees each year.

Columbia Southern University not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #5 on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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#7

College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX

College of the Mainland landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. COM is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Texas City.

COM undergraduate students pay an average of $3,873 in tuition and fees each year.

COM excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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American Public University System ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

American Military University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. St Cloud Technical and Community College is a small public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at St Cloud Technical and Community College are $5,538 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, St Cloud Technical and Community College also did well on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Community College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. Hutchinson Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Hutchinson.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Hutchinson Community College are $4,350 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Hutchinson Community College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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#11

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN

Anoka-Ramsey 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 #11 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $5,207 in tuition and fees each year.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus also claimed a spot on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#12

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

With a ranking of #12, North Hennepin Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. North Hennepin Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Hennepin Community College are $4,566 per year.

North Hennepin Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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#13

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State 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. BSC is a small public school located in the small city of Bismarck.

BSC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,820 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, BSC also is in the top 1% of our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#14

Lake Superior College

Duluth, MN

Lake Superior College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. LSC is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Duluth.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at LSC are $5,334 a year.

LSC also claimed a spot on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, NE

Mid-Plains 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 #15 on the list. Mid-Plains Community College is a small public school located in the remote town of North Platte.

Mid-Plains Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,140 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

Highline College

Des Moines, WA

With a ranking of #16, Highline College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate’s degree. Highline is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Des Moines.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Highline are $4,576 per year.

Highline also claimed a spot on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Cloud County Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Concordia, Cloud County Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Cloud County Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,570 in tuition and fees each year.

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Metropolitan Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Omaha, MCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $4,545 a year.

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Northland Community and Technical College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Northland Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the remote town of Thief River Falls.

Northland Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,716 in tuition and fees each year.

Northland Community and Technical College also claimed a spot on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#20

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX

Brazosport College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Lake Jackson, BC is a public school with a small student population.

BC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,727 in tuition and fees each year.

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#21

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

Central Texas College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Central Texas College is a large public school located in the suburb of Killeen.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Central Texas College are $7,050 a year.

Central Texas College also claimed a spot on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Inver Hills Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Inver Grove Heights, IHCC is a public college with a small student population.

IHCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,485 in tuition and fees each year.

IHCC also claimed a spot on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Central Lakes College - Brainerd ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list. Central Lakes College is a small public school located in the town of Brainerd.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Lakes College are $5,611 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Central Lakes College is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Houston Community College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. Houston Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Houston Community College are $5,268 per year.

Houston Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. M State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Fergus Falls.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at M State are $5,560 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, M State also is in the top 10% of our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

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

#26

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX
#27

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#28

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
#30

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, MN
#31

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, MI
#32

Brookhaven College

Farmers Branch, TX
#33

Pierce College-Puyallup

Puyallup, WA
#36

North Lake College

Irving, TX
#39

Ridgewater College

Willmar, MN
#41

Seattle Central College

Seattle, WA
#43

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#44

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, IA
#47

Midland College

Midland, TX
#49

South Central College

North Mankato, MN
#50

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value 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 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
52 Crowder College Neosho, MO
53 Ranger College Ranger, TX
54 Labette Community College Parsons, KS
55 Mountain View College Dallas, TX
56 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
57 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
58 Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott, KS
59 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
60 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
61 South Plains College Levelland, TX
62 Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville, KS
63 New Mexico State University - Grants Grants, NM
64 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
65 East Arkansas Community College Forrest City, AR
66 Richland College Dallas, TX
67 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
67 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
69 Hill College Hillsboro, TX
70 Ellsworth Community College Iowa Falls, IA
71 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
72 Clarendon College Clarendon, TX
73 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
74 Cedar Valley College Lancaster, TX
75 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
76 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
77 Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, TX
78 Neosho County Community College Chanute, KS
79 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
80 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
81 Northern Wyoming Community College District Sheridan, WY
82 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR
83 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
84 Odessa College Odessa, TX
85 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
85 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
87 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
88 El Centro College Dallas, TX
89 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
90 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
91 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
91 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
93 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
94 Cowley County Community College Arkansas City, KS
95 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
96 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
97 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
98 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
99 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
100 Marion Technical College Marion, OH
101 Howard College Big Spring, TX
102 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
103 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
104 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
105 Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA
106 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
107 New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM
107 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
107 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
110 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
111 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
112 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
113 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
114 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
115 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS

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 Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
116 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
117 Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME
118 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
119 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
120 University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Hope, AR
121 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA
121 Northeastern Junior College Sterling, CO
123 Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
124 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
125 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
126 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
127 East Central College Union, MO
128 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
128 Columbia College Columbia, MO
130 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
131 Hibbing Community College Hibbing, MN
132 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
133 Southwestern Community College Creston, IA
134 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
134 New Mexico State University - Alamogordo Alamogordo, NM
136 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
137 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
138 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
139 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA
140 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
141 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA
141 El Camino College Torrance, CA
141 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
144 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
145 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
145 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
147 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
148 Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC
149 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
149 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
149 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
152 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
153 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
154 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO

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.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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