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2021 Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Schools

2,484 Schools Ranked
$11,954 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$24,033 Avg Student Debt

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school or bootcamp that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 2,484 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
20,211 Total Awards
$6,670 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,715 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Western Governors University to be the most popular school for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 20,211 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at WGU is $6,670. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $19,715 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 72% were women.

WGU is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#2

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
14,087 Total Awards
$6,368 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,073 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Central Florida helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular schools in the United States. UCF is a public institution located in Orlando, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Florida who attend UCF full time pay an average of $6,368 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $22,467. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,073 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 58% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at UCF. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 59% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#3

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
13,198 Total Awards
$11,361 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,950 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas A&M University - College Station. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Texas A&M University - College Station is a large public school located in College Station, Texas that handed out 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $11,361 in tuition and fees if they attend Texas A&M College Station full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $37,470. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $18,950 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 51% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Texas A&M College Station. In fact, around 8% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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12,453 Total Awards
$9,552 Average Tuition & Fees
$38,796 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Phoenix - Arizona is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. This large private for-profit school is located in Tempe, Arizona, and it awarded 12,453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UOPX - Arizona does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $9,552. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UOPX - Arizona accumulate an average of $38,796 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 65% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at UOPX - Arizona. During the 2017-2018 year, about 99% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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12,352 Total Awards
$6,565 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,936 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Florida International University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular schools in the United States. FIU is a large public school situated in Miami, Florida. It awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $6,565 in tuition and fees if they attend FIU full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $18,963. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from FIU accumulate an average of $20,936 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since FIU does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 69% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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11,596 Total Awards
$11,084 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,706 Avg Student Debt

Ohio State University - Main Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. This large public school is located in Columbus, Ohio, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Ohio pay an average of $11,084 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Ohio State. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $32,061. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,706 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 50% were women.

Online courses are available at Ohio State, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 38% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#7

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
11,319 Total Awards
$17,176 Average Tuition & Fees
$27,383 Avg Student Debt

Grand Canyon University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree programs. This large private for-profit school is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and it awarded 11,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Grand Canyon University is $17,176. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $27,383 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 74% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Grand Canyon University. In 2017-2018 about 87% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#8

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
10,893 Total Awards
$31,136 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,113 Avg Student Debt

Southern New Hampshire University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 10,893 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at SNHU is $31,136. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $21,113 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 64% were women.

SNHU does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 94% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#8

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
10,893 Total Awards
$18,450 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,059 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Penn State University Park is a large public school situated in University Park, Pennsylvania. It awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Pennsylvania pay an average of $18,450 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Penn State University Park. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $35,514. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Penn State University Park accumulate an average of $25,059 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 48% were women.

Penn State University Park does offer online classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 32% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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10,401 Total Awards
$11,338 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,020 Avg Student Debt

Arizona State University - Tempe came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. ASU - Tempe is a large public school situated in Tempe, Arizona. It awarded 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Arizona pay an average of $11,338 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend ASU - Tempe. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $29,428. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $22,020 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 45% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at ASU - Tempe. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 54% took at least some of their classes online.

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10,098 Total Awards
$10,824 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,185 Avg Student Debt

The University of Texas at Austin ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Austin, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 10,098 students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Texas pay an average of $10,824 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend UT Austin. Out-of-state students pay an average of $38,326. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UT Austin accumulate an average of $21,185 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 54% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at UT Austin. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 30% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#12

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California
9,996 Total Awards
$6,924 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,176 Avg Student Debt

California State University - Fullerton came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Cal State Fullerton is a public institution located in Fullerton, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,996 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from California who attend Cal State Fullerton full time pay an average of $6,924 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $18,804. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $18,176 in student loans. Around 58% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Cal State Fullerton. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 35% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#13

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
9,688 Total Awards
$6,517 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,245 Avg Student Debt

Florida State University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Florida State is a large public school situated in Tallahassee, Florida. It awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Florida State is $6,517. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $21,683. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Florida State accumulate an average of $21,245 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 58% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that Florida State does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 46% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#14

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
9,663 Total Awards
$6,381 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,828 Avg Student Debt

University of Florida ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UF is $6,381. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $28,659. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,828 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 58% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at UF. During the 2017-2018 year, about 61% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#15

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
9,627 Total Awards
$14,253 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,911 Avg Student Debt

University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. UC Berkeley is a large public school situated in Berkeley, California. It awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UC Berkeley is $14,253. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $44,007. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,911 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 52% were women.

UC Berkeley does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 2% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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9,269 Total Awards
$11,465 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,409 Avg Student Debt

University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree programs. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school handed out 9,269 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UW Seattle is $11,465. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $38,166. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UW Seattle accumulate an average of $16,409 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 55% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UW Seattle does offer online classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 10% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#17

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
9,140 Total Awards
$16,118 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,318 Avg Student Debt

Liberty University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

The average tuition and fees at Liberty University is $16,118. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Liberty University accumulate an average of $26,318 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 57% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Liberty University. In 2017-2018 about 85% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#18

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
9,069 Total Awards
$13,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,823 Avg Student Debt

University of California - Los Angeles ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $13,240 in tuition and fees if they attend UCLA full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $42,994. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $16,823 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 59% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at UCLA. During the 2017-2018 year, about 7% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#19

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
9,062 Total Awards
$6,977 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,543 Avg Student Debt

California State University - Northridge did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. California State University - Northridge is a large public school located in Northridge, California that handed out 9,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at CSUN is $6,977. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $18,857. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,543 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 57% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since CSUN does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 55% took at least some of their classes online.

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#20

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
8,997 Total Awards
$15,555 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,848 Avg Student Debt

Michigan State University ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. This large public school is located in East Lansing, Michigan, and it awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Michigan who attend Michigan State full time pay an average of $15,555 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $40,384. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $24,848 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 53% of those degree recipients were women.

Online courses are available at Michigan State, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 23% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#21

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
8,988 Total Awards
$15,027 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,036 Avg Student Debt

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a large public school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $15,027 in tuition and fees if they attend UMN Twin Cities full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $33,325. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $20,036 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 54% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that UMN Twin Cities does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 35% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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8,983 Total Awards
$17,274 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,014 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #22, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UIUC is $17,274. Out-of-state students pay an average of $36,213. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,014 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 47% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at UIUC. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 35% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#23

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
8,950 Total Awards
$6,834 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,802 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #23, California State University - Long Beach did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their bachelor’s degree. California State University - Long Beach is a large public school located in Long Beach, California that handed out 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from California who attend CSULB full time pay an average of $6,834 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $18,714. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from CSULB accumulate an average of $17,802 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 59% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at CSULB. In 2017-2018 about 30% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#24

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
8,915 Total Awards
$10,725 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,303 Avg Student Debt

University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UW - Madison is a large public school situated in Madison, Wisconsin. It awarded 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $10,725 in tuition and fees if they attend UW - Madison full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $37,785. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $20,303 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 52% of those degree recipients were women.

UW - Madison does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 20% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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8,906 Total Awards
$11,040 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,886 Avg Student Debt

The University of Texas at Arlington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. UT Arlington is a public institution located in Arlington, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,906 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UT Arlington is $11,040. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $28,129. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UT Arlington accumulate an average of $20,886 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 66% were women.

One thing to take note of is that UT Arlington does offer online classes in some areas. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 49% took at least some of their classes online.

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Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
#27

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
#29

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
#30

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
#31

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#32

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
#33

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#34

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
#35

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#36

Chamberlain University - Illinois

Addison, Illinois
#37

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#38

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#39

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#40

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#41

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
#42

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
#43

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
#44

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
#46

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#48

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
#49

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
#50

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

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Rank School Location
51 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
52 New York University New York, NY
53 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
54 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
55 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
56 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
57 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
58 Ashford University San Diego, CA
59 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
60 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
61 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
62 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
63 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
64 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
65 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
66 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
67 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
68 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
69 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
70 Washington State University Pullman, WA
71 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
72 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
73 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
74 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
75 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
76 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
77 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
78 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
79 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
80 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
81 Auburn University Auburn, AL
82 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
83 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
84 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
85 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
86 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
87 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
88 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
89 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
90 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
91 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
91 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
93 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
94 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
95 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
96 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
97 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
98 Portland State University Portland, OR
99 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
100 University of Delaware Newark, DE
101 Illinois State University Normal, IL
102 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
103 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
104 Towson University Towson, MD
105 Boston University Boston, MA
106 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
107 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
108 Clemson University Clemson, SC
109 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
110 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
111 University of Mississippi University, MS
112 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
113 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
114 Utah State University Logan, UT
115 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
116 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
117 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
118 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
119 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
120 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
121 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
121 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
123 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
124 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
125 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
126 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
127 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
128 Northeastern University Boston, MA
129 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
129 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
131 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
132 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
133 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
134 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
135 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
136 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
137 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
138 Queens College Queens, NY
139 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
140 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
140 Baruch College New York, NY
142 Baylor University Waco, TX
143 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
144 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
145 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
146 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
147 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
148 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
149 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
150 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
151 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
152 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
153 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
154 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
155 Ball State University Muncie, IN
156 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
157 University at Albany Albany, NY
158 DePaul University Chicago, IL
159 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
160 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
161 Hunter College New York, NY
162 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
163 Excelsior College Albany, NY
164 Boise State University Boise, ID
165 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
166 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
167 George Washington University Washington, DC
168 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
169 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
170 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
171 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
172 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
173 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
174 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
175 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
176 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
177 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
178 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
179 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
180 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
181 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
182 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
183 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
184 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
185 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
186 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
187 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
188 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
189 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
190 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
191 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
192 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
193 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
194 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
195 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
196 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
197 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
198 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
199 Lehman College Bronx, NY
200 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
201 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
202 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
203 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
204 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
205 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
206 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
207 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
208 The City College of New York New York, NY
209 Emory University Atlanta, GA
210 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
211 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
212 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
213 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
214 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
215 Fordham University Bronx, NY
216 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
217 Kean University Union, NJ
217 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
219 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
220 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
221 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
222 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
223 Weber State University Ogden, UT
224 Troy University Troy, AL
225 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
226 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
226 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
228 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
229 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
230 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
231 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
232 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
233 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
234 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
235 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
236 Columbia College Columbia, MO
237 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
238 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
239 Duke University Durham, NC
240 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
241 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
242 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
243 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
244 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
245 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
246 Villanova University Villanova, PA
247 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
247 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
247 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
247 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
251 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
252 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
253 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
254 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
255 Georgetown University Washington, DC
256 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
257 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
258 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
259 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
260 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
261 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
262 Brown University Providence, RI
263 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
264 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
265 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
266 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
267 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
267 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
269 Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
270 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
271 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
271 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
273 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
274 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
275 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
276 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
277 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
278 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
278 University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan, PR
280 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
281 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
282 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
283 American University Washington, DC
284 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
284 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
286 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
287 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
288 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
289 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
290 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
290 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
292 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
293 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
294 Pace University - New York New York, NY
295 Radford University Radford, VA
296 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
297 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA
298 Stanford University Stanford, CA
299 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
300 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
301 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
301 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
303 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
304 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
304 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
306 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
306 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
308 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
309 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
310 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
311 Winona State University Winona, MN
311 Tufts University Medford, MA
313 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
314 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
315 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
316 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
317 Park University Parkville, MO
318 National University La Jolla, CA
319 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
319 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
321 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
322 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
322 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
324 Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA
325 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
326 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
326 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
328 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
329 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
330 Marshall University Huntington, WV
331 LIU Post Brookville, NY
331 University of Maine Orono, ME
333 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
334 Chapman University Orange, CA
335 Buffalo State Buffalo, NY
336 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
337 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
338 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
338 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
340 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
341 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
342 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
343 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
344 Salem State University Salem, MA
345 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
346 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
347 Elon University Elon, NC
348 Yale University New Haven, CT
349 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
350 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
351 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
352 Belmont University Nashville, TN
353 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
354 University of Denver Denver, CO
355 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
356 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
357 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
358 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
359 Murray State University Murray, KY
360 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
361 Johnson & Wales University - Providence Providence, RI
362 University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Mayaguez, PR
363 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
364 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
364 Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL
366 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
367 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
368 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
369 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
369 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
371 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
372 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
373 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular schools ranking:

Rank School Location
374 National University College Bayamon, PR
375 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA
376 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
376 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
378 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
379 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
379 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
381 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
382 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
383 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
384 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
385 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
386 Touro College New York, NY
387 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
388 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
389 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL
390 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
391 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
392 Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
392 Baker College Flint, MI
394 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
395 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
396 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
397 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
398 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
399 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
400 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
401 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
402 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
403 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
404 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
405 The New School New York, NY
406 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
407 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
408 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
409 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
410 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
411 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
412 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
413 Howard University Washington, DC
413 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
415 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
416 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
417 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
417 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
419 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
420 Seattle University Seattle, WA
421 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
422 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
423 Texas A&M University - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
424 Suffolk University Boston, MA
425 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
426 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
427 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
428 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
429 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
430 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
431 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
432 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
433 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
434 Morehead State University Morehead, KY
435 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
436 University of South Carolina - Upstate Spartanburg, SC
437 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA
437 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
439 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
440 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
441 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
442 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
443 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
444 Creighton University Omaha, NE
445 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
446 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
447 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
448 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
449 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
450 Rice University Houston, TX
451 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
452 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
453 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
454 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
455 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
456 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
457 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
458 Mercer University Macon, GA
459 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
460 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
461 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
462 Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
462 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
464 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
465 Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA
466 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN
467 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
468 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
468 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
470 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
471 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX
471 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
471 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
474 Aurora University Aurora, IL
474 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
476 York College Jamaica, NY
477 University of Southern Maine Portland, ME
477 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
479 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
480 Texas Southern University Houston, TX
481 Providence College Providence, RI
482 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
482 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
482 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
485 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
486 Bentley University Waltham, MA
487 High Point University High Point, NC
488 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
489 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
490 Franklin University Columbus, OH
490 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
492 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
492 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
494 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
495 Texas A&M University - Kingsville Kingsville, TX
496 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD
497 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
497 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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