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2021 Best Colleges for General English Literature

Approximately 42,053 general English literature degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General English Literature ranking analyzed 440 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general English literature. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of 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 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 6%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 84 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. schools results in an average starting salary of $27,025, graduates of colleges on this list average $35,772.

Starting Salary  ( 32894 to 41705 )
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$41,500

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 full 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 the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general English literature. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best English Colleges

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Every student who is interested in general English literature needs to take a look at Georgetown University. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. This school ranks 55th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Georgetown also offers a Master's Degree in general English literature. Georgetown University general English literature majors receive $4,928 more than the typical English graduate.

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It's difficult to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you wish to study general English literature. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. This college ranks 32nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 140 general English literature undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Columbia. Columbia University in the City of New York general English literature majors receive $5,728 more than the average English graduate.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus is a good decision 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 college ranks 97th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

For those interested in something more advanced, UW Seattle also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students who graduate from the English program earn about $31,000 for their early career.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania is a good decision for individuals interested in a General English Literature major. Located in the city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UPenn also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, English students usually make an average of $29,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Located in the midsize city Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 31 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Holy Cross is a great school overall.

With 67 undergrads, College of the Holy Cross is one of most popular schools to study English in United States. Students from the general English literature program at College of the Holy Cross earn $4,428 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Located in the city Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great college overall.

There are about 120 general English literature undergrads enrolled in this program at Harvard. Graduates of the English program make around $37,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Located in the fringe town Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Williams is a great school overall.

Williams College is a fairly popular school to study English in United States with over 60 graduates last year. Students from the general English literature major at Williams College get $3,128 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#8

Duke University

Durham, NC

Located in the large city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Duke also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the general English literature program at Duke University get $2,928 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#9

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Notre Dame also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students from the general English literature major at University of Notre Dame make $2,428 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Located in the city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 61st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in something more advanced, Boston College also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students from the general English literature degree program at Boston College get $3,028 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#11

Barnard College

New York, NY

Located in the city New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 77th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A preferred major for general English literature undergraduates, there are approximately 68 learners studying this program at Barnard. Barnard College general English literature majors make $3,728 more than the typical English grad.

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#12

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston. A Best Colleges rank of 11 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rice also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the general English literature major at Rice University earn $3,728 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the city Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 91st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Austin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduation, English students generally make an average of $33,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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#14

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Located in the suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

For those interested in something more advanced, University of Virginia also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career wages of $31,100.

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#15

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover. A Best Colleges rank of 15 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There are approximately 34 general English literature undergrads studying this program at Dartmouth. Graduates from the general English literature major at Dartmouth College earn $5,128 above the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#16

Brown University

Providence, RI

Located in the city Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Brown also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general English literature, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduation, English students usually earn about $34,700 in their early careers.

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#17

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great school overall.

There are roughly 86 general English literature undergraduates studying this degree at UChicago. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $30,700.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. This school ranks 49th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Boston University is a fairly popular college to study English in United States exceeding 78 graduations last year. After getting their bachelor's degree, English students typically make around $34,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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#19

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Located in the large city Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great school overall.

There are approximately 74 general English literature undergraduates studying this degree at Vanderbilt. Students who graduate from the English program earn around $33,200 for their early career.

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#20

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

U Miami is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables. This school ranks 103rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

University of Miami is a fairly popular school to study English in United States exceeding 38 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, English students generally earn about $25,900 in their early careers.

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Located in the midsize city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 69th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Berkeley 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 typically make an average of $32,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the suburb Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 114th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 24 undergrads, Southern Methodist University is one of most popular colleges to study English in United States. Students from the general English literature degree program at Southern Methodist University earn $2,528 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#23

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

With 81 students enrolled, Northwestern University is one of most popular colleges to study English in United States. Grads of the English program state that they receive average early career income of $32,700.

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#24

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Located in the medium-sized city Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 68th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

Santa Clara University is one of the most popular school to study English in United States exceeding 24 graduations last year. Santa Clara University general English literature students earn $5,628 more than the typical English grad.

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#25

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx. This school ranks 244th out of 1,715 schools 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 state that they receive average early career wages of $32,500.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for General English Literature

#26

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#27

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#28

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#29

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#30

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA
#31

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#32

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#33

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#34

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#35

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
#36

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#39

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#41

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#43

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#44

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#46

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#47

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#48

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#49

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for General English Literature badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 440 different United States general English literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
52 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
53 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
54 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
55 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
56 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
57 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
58 University of Denver Denver, CO
59 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
60 Illinois State University Normal, IL
61 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
62 Smith College Northampton, MA
63 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
64 Stanford University Stanford, CA
65 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
66 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, 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
67 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
68 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
69 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
70 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
71 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
72 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
73 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
74 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
75 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
76 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
77 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
78 Assumption University Worcester, MA
79 Lafayette College Easton, PA
80 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
81 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
82 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
83 Baylor University Waco, TX
84 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
85 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
86 Mills College Oakland, CA
87 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
88 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

General English Literature by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
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.

Majors Similar to English

Related Major Annual Graduates
Writing Studies 14,629
English Literature (Other) 1,163
Literature 841

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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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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