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2021 Best Anthropology Schools

358 Colleges
$24,661 Avg Salary
$23,289 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Anthropology School for You

Anthropology is the #92 most popular major in the country with 11,703 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Anthropology Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 358 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Anthropology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Anthropology Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Anthropology

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our analysis found Dartmouth College to be the best school for anthropology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

After completing their degree, anthropology graduates from Dartmouth carry an average student debtload of $16,030. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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#2

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

The excellent programs at Pomona College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best anthropology schools in the United States. Pomona is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Stanford University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Anthropology Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Claremont McKenna College is a great place for anthropology students. Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Claremont McKenna is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#5

Duke University

Durham, NC

Out of the 358 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Duke University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#7

Yale University

New Haven, CT

With a ranking of #7, Yale University did quite well on this year’s best schools for anthropology students. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#9

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

With a ranking of #9, Princeton University did quite well on this year’s best schools for anthropology students. Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#10

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Anthropology Schools list. Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Anthropology Schools ranking. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hamilton.

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#12

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Anthropology Schools ranking. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Brunswick.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Anthropology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, anthropology majors at Northwestern U accumulate an average of around $18,510 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $192, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

With a ranking of #14, Cornell University did quite well on this year’s best schools for anthropology students. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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#15

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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#16

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #16, University of Chicago did quite well on this year’s best schools for anthropology students. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Anthropology Schools list. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. Located in the suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#19

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Anthropology Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#20

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Anthropology Schools ranking. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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#21

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for anthropology students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the distant town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#22

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Hamilton College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Anthropology Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Clinton, Hamilton is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#23

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population.

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#24

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#25

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best anthropology programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Anthropology Schools

#27

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#28

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#29

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#30

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#31

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#32

Barnard College

New York, NY
#33

New York University

New York, NY
#34

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#35

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#36

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#37

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#38

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#39

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#40

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#42

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#44

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#46

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#49

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#50

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Anthropology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 358 different United States anthropology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 George Washington University Washington, DC
52 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
53 University of Florida Gainesville, FL

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 Anthropology Schools award.

Rank College Location
54 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
55 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
56 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
57 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
58 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
59 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
60 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
61 Connecticut College New London, CT
62 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
63 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
64 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
65 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
66 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
67 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
68 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
69 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
70 Boston University Boston, MA
71 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI

Anthropology by Region

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

One of 13 majors within the area of study, anthropology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Anthropology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
General Social Sciences 19,694
International Relations & National Security 15,207

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).
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