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2020 Best Colleges for General English Literature

Approximately 43,370 general English literature degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General English Literature ranking analyzed 621 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general English literature. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 schools for General English Literature students.

Choosing a Great General English Literature School

Best Colleges for General English Literature Your choice of general English literature school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 13% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 93 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

General English Literature graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general English literature bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $27,025, graduates of colleges on this list average $30,822.

Starting Salary  ( 24911 to 36688 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General English Literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general English literature students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general English literature related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for General English Literature students.

Best Schools to Study General English Literature in United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general English literature majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 621 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best English Colleges

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
11.1% Growth in Graduates

University of Pennsylvania is a great choice for individuals pursuing a General English Literature major. Located in the large city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

UPenn offers general English literature degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. After graduating, English students usually earn around $29,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#2

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
$40,700 Median Starting Salary

Any student pursuing a degree in general English literature has to check out Georgetown University. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. This school ranks 42nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are about 109 general English literature undergraduates studying this degree at Georgetown. Students from the general English literature major at Georgetown University get $9,878 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
$31,000 Median Starting Salary

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is a wonderful option for students interested in a General English Literature major. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. This school ranks 84th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are roughly 139 general English literature undergrads enrolled in this degree at UW Seattle. Graduates of the English program make an average of $31,000 in their early career salary.

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#4

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT

Any student who is interested in general English literature has to take a look at Yale University. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven. A Best Colleges rank of 4 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Yale also offers 3 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA
11.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the midsize city Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Harvard also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. General English Literature majors from Harvard University receive an earnings boost of approximately $6,478 above the typical earnings of general English literature graduates.

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#6

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
9th Most Popular In MA
$40,200 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Holy Cross is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for general English literature undergrads, there are approximately 58 students studying this degree at Holy Cross. Students from the general English literature degree program at College of the Holy Cross get $9,378 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
5.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great school overall.

There are approximately 221 general English literature undergrads enrolled in this program at University of Virginia. Grads of the English program report average early career income of $31,100.

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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In NJ
7.2% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great school overall.

A popular major for general English literature undergraduates, there are approximately 69 individuals enrolled in this program at Princeton.

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#9

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In FL
$25,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 66th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

For those interested in something more advanced, U Miami also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After getting their bachelor's degree, English students usually make an average of $25,900 in their early careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
9.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 49th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCLA also offers 3 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates of the English program make about $26,900 in the first couple years of working.

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#11

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In LA
$25,600 Median Starting Salary

Tulane is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New Orleans. This college ranks 94th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Louisiana.

There are roughly 88 general English literature undergrads studying this program at Tulane. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, English students typically earn an average of $25,600 in their early careers.

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#12

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
28th Most Popular In CA
17.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Stanford also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this program report average early career income of $24,200.

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#13

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In IL
$30,700 Median Starting Salary

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 8 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great college overall.

There are roughly 84 general English literature undergraduates enrolled in this program at UChicago. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $30,700.

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#14

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
14.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 11 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great school overall.

There are approximately 71 general English literature undergrads enrolled in this degree at Brown. General English Literature majors from Brown University receive an earnings boost of around $3,878 over the average earnings of general English literature majors.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
2.5% Growth in Graduates

UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park. This college ranks 103rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are approximately 199 general English literature undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UMCP. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, English students typically earn about $29,200 in their early careers.

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#16

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
$28,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized suburb Vestal, Binghamton University is a public school with a large student population. This school ranks 133rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, Binghamton University also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $28,000.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CA
$25,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 125th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A popular major for general English literature undergrads, there are roughly 159 students enrolled in this program at UCSB. Graduates of the English program state that they receive average early career income of $25,400.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
16.9% Growth in Graduates

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Columbia also offers 3 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Columbia University in the City of New York general English literature majors receive $10,678 more than the typical English graduate.

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#19

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In NY
$32,500 Median Starting Salary

Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx. This college ranks 225th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, Fordham U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the English program report average early career earnings of $32,500.

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#20

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In IL
$32,700 Median Starting Salary

Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of 10 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

Northwestern University is one of the most popular college to study English in United States exceeding 64 graduates last year. Graduates of the English program report average early career income of $32,700.

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#21

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In NY
18.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the distant town Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 34th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Colgate University is a fairly popular school to study English in United States with more than 53 graduations last year. Graduates from the general English literature degree program at Colgate University make $5,078 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA
$26,400 Median Starting Salary

UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis. This college ranks 74th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 187 undergrads, University of California - Davis is one of most popular colleges to study English in United States. Graduates of the English program report average early career earnings of $26,400.

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#23

Reed College

Portland, OR
8th Most Popular In OR
$16,700 Median Starting Salary

Reed is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland. This college ranks 187th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

A preferred major for general English literature undergrads, there are about 21 individuals studying this program at Reed. Graduates of the English program earn around $16,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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#24

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In NY
8.6% Growth in Graduates

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

A preferred major for general English literature undergrads, there are about 81 learners enrolled in this degree at Cornell. After getting their bachelor's degree, English students typically make about $32,200 in the first five years of their career.

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#25

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In MA
$30,800 Median Starting Salary

Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford. This school ranks 52nd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Tufts University is one of the most popular school to study English in United States exceeding 62 graduates last year. Students who complete this degree report average early career earnings of $30,800.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for General English Literature

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for General English Literature badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 621 different United States general English literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
52 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
53 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
54 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
55 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
56 Boston University Boston, MA
57 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
58 University of Denver Denver, CO
59 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
60 Trinity College Hartford, CT
61 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
62 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
63 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
64 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
65 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
66 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
67 Bates College Lewiston, ME
68 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
69 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
70 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
71 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
72 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
73 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
74 Duke University Durham, NC
75 Barnard College New York, NY
76 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
77 Villanova University Villanova, PA
78 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
79 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
80 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
81 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
82 Davidson College Davidson, NC
83 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
84 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
85 DePaul University Chicago, IL
86 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
87 Rice University Houston, TX
88 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
89 Northeastern University Boston, MA
90 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
91 University of Delaware Newark, DE
92 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
93 Pomona College Claremont, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for General English Literature award.

Rank College Location
94 University of Georgia Athens, GA
95 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
96 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
97 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
98 Providence College Providence, RI
99 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
100 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
101 University at Albany Albany, NY
102 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
103 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
104 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
105 Stonehill College Easton, MA
106 Drew University Madison, NJ
107 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
108 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
109 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
110 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
111 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
112 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
113 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
114 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
115 Willamette University Salem, OR
116 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
117 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
118 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
119 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
120 Illinois State University Normal, IL
121 Carleton College Northfield, MN
122 Lafayette College Easton, PA
123 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
124 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX

General English Literature by Region

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

One of 3 majors within the English Language & Literature area of study, General English Literature has other similar majors worth exploring.

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Pancoast, Henry Spackman.

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