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2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools

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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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 285 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online bachelor's degree programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online liberal arts / sciences and humanities bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Excelsior College the most popular online school in the United States for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their bachelor’s degree. Excelsior College is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

About 49% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 51% are male.

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Out of the 285 online programs at schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern New Hampshire University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 53% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of North Texas. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 697 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at UNT, 46% are male and 54% are female.

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The in-demand online bachelor’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Idaho 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. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg.

Women make up 79% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northern Arizona University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 546 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at NAU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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Thomas Edison State University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. TESU is a large public school located in the city of Trenton.

About 59% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 41% are male.

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#7

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. Columbia College Missouri is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

About 42% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 58% are male.

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Middle Tennessee State University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Middle Tennessee State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro.

Women make up 59% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #9, California State University - Northridge did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Northridge, CSUN is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 78% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 22% are male.

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The University of Texas at Arlington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. UT Arlington is a very large public school located in the large city of Arlington.

About 61% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 39% are male.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. FDU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Teaneck.

Of the 349 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at FDU, 61% are male and 39% are female.

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

Of the 311 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at ASU - Skysong, 37% are male and 63% are female.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha.

Women make up 54% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online 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 midsize city of Lafayette, UL Lafayette is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 63% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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Fort Hays State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. FHSU is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Hays.

Women make up 68% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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#16

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #16, DePaul University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their online bachelor’s degree. DePaul is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

About 52% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 48% are male.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. OSU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater.

Of the 254 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at OSU, 51% are male and 49% are female.

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#18

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

With a ranking of #18, Charter Oak State College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of New Britain, Charter Oak State College is a public school with a small student population.

About 74% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 26% are male.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. IUPUI is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

Of the 248 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at IUPUI, 32% are male and 68% are female.

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#20

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Bowling Green, WKU is a public college with a large student population.

Women make up 60% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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#21

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

Women make up 86% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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#22

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Greenville, ECU is a public college with a very large student population.

About 68% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 32% are male.

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Eastern Kentucky University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Eastern is a large public school located in the town of Richmond.

Of the 234 students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at Eastern, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs. OHIO Athens is a very large public school located in the town of Athens.

About 49% of the students majoring in liberal arts / sciences and humanities at the school are women while 51% are male.

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#25

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Brandman is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

Women make up 71% of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors at the school.

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#27

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
#28

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
#29

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#31

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#32

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#40

Morehead State University

Morehead, KY
#42

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
43 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, ME
44 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
45 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
46 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
47 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
48 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
49 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
50 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
50 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
52 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
53 Washington State University Pullman, WA
54 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
55 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA
55 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
55 Governors State University University Park, IL
55 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND

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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 26 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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