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2021 Best Value Colleges for General English Literature

426 Colleges
34,070 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,239 Avg Cost*

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Best Value Colleges for General English LiteratureGeneral English Literature is the #17 most popular major in the country with 34,070 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General English Literature ranking analyzed 426 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in English. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on English schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value General English Literature Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General English Literature Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value English Schools

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. BYU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from BYU carry an average student debtload of $17,567. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $147, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Mills College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Oakland, Mills is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Mills also did well on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at Mills graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,260. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Mills is $64,702. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

English majors at Mills take out an average of $26,103 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Florida State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,233 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Florida State take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,269. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $215, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hollins University. Located in the suburb of Roanoke, Hollins is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Hollins graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,936. This means that the average student pays around $101,490 to get a bachelor’s degree from Hollins. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from Hollins carry an average student debtload of $27,529. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general English literature schools. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the large city of Tampa. USF Tampa excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USF Tampa is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,095. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USF Tampa is $99,308. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, English graduates from USF Tampa take out $20,250 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $195, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Illinois State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. Illinois State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

At Illinois State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is about $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, English graduates from Illinois State take out $22,711 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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#7

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general English literature schools. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at U of Wyoming about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,323. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming be around $94,299. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, English graduates from U of Wyoming take out $19,565 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $200.

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#8

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Truman State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Kirksville.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Truman State to complete their degree, and it costs about $18,927 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $80,250 to get a bachelor’s degree from Truman State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at Truman State accumulate an average of around $20,007 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general English literature schools. U of F is a very large public school located in the city of Gainesville. In addition to its great value ranking, U of F is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of F is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,230. This means that the average student pays around $120,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at U of F take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,289. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $187, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general English literature schools. UNI is a large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UNI to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,198. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNI is $107,439. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from UNI carry an average student debtload of $22,670. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $237.

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#11

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas Tech is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at Texas Tech accumulate an average of around $22,345 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $235.

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Our rankings recognize Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania as the #12 school in this year's rankings. SRU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Slippery Rock.

It takes the average student at SRU about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,713. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SRU be around $93,149. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, English graduates from SRU take out $25,044 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Our rankings recognize Gustavus Adolphus College as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gustavus Adolphus also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for General English Literature ranking.

At Gustavus Adolphus, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,332. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus be around $125,955. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Gustavus Adolphus take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,687. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. UND is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Grand Forks.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UND is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,788. This means that the average student pays around $109,187 to get a bachelor’s degree from UND. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

English majors at UND take out an average of $23,284 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $274, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Grand Valley State University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

The average student at GVSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,233. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at GVSU take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,280. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $293.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - La Crosse as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - La Crosse to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,185. This means that the average student pays around $85,373 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at UW - La Crosse accumulate an average of around $23,009 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,498. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SIUE is $79,091. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, English graduates from SIUE take out $23,119 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $231, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at U of H to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,217. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H be around $116,503. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, English graduates from U of H take out $22,750 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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#19

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, TX

Our rankings recognize St. Mary's University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. St. Mary's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Antonio.

The average student at St. Mary’s graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $25,177 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s is $107,002. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

English majors at St. Mary's take out an average of $26,384 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $262.

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#20

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general English literature schools. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At Augustana, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,480. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Augustana is $119,689. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

English majors at Augustana take out an average of $25,722 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#21

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

College of Saint Benedict earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Saint Joseph, CSB is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. CSB excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General English Literature list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at CSB to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,173. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSB is about $132,231. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, English graduates from CSB take out $24,364 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Geneseo. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Geneseo.

At SUNY Geneseo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,828. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo is $106,411. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, English graduates from SUNY Geneseo take out $19,795 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $215, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Illinois University landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general English literature schools. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU is about $92,181. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at NIU accumulate an average of around $21,085 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of North Florida as the #24 school in this year's rankings. UNF is a large public school located in the city of Jacksonville.

The average student at UNF graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,266. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNF is $105,395. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from UNF carry an average student debtload of $18,959. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $177.

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The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska at Kearney. Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at UNK about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,217. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNK is $91,987. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, English graduates from UNK take out $22,008 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for General English Literature

#27

Gordon College

Wenham, MA
#28

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#30

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#32

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY
#33

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY
#35

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#38

Ripon College

Ripon, WI
#40

Howard University

Washington, DC
#42

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#43

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
#45

Hendrix College

Conway, AR
#48

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#50

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for General English Literature badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 426 different United States general English literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Georgia Athens, GA
52 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
53 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
54 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
55 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
56 University of Dallas Irving, TX
57 University at Albany Albany, NY
58 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
59 Berea College Berea, KY
60 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
61 Corban University Salem, OR
62 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
63 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

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 Colleges for General English Literature award.

Rank College Location
64 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
65 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
66 Assumption University Worcester, MA
67 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
68 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
69 Winona State University Winona, MN
70 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
71 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
72 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
73 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
74 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
75 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
76 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
77 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
78 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
79 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
80 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
81 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
82 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
83 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
84 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
85 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY

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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).

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