General English Literature

2022 Best General English Literature Schools

706 Colleges in the United States
41,282 English Degrees Awarded
$27,525 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you pursue a degree in general English literature, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #22 most popular program in the country. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 706 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best General English Literature Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 41,282 degrees in general English literature to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great General English Literature School

Best General English Literature Schools Your choice of general English literature school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall General English Literature School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

General English Literature Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best General English Literature Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for General English Literature in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the English degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in English

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT
99 English Degrees Awarded

Yale University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in general English literature. Yale is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 99 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NJ
59 English Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Princeton University if you wish to pursue a degree in general English literature. Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 59 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In CA
60 English Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a degree in general English literature. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 60 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
78 English Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in general English literature needs to look into Harvard University. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 78 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general English literature degree program at Harvard University get $9,775 above the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#5

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
60 English Degrees Awarded

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 60 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general English literature degree program at University of Notre Dame get $10,675 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
146th Most Popular In CA

Claremont Graduate University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Claremont. This university ranks 22nd out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 20 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Claremont Graduate University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
71 English Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 71 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from University of Chicago make $3,175 more than the standard English grad.

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#8

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 33 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Dartmouth College make $13,375 more than the typical English graduate.

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#9

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 English Degrees Awarded

Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 100 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general English literature program at Georgetown University earn $13,175 above the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#10

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 English Degrees Awarded

Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 54 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Duke University earn $11,175 more than the typical English graduate.

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#11

Barnard College

New York, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 English Degrees Awarded

Barnard is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New York. This college ranks 4th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 54 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Barnard in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Barnard College receive $11,975 more than the average English grad.

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#12

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
49 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 49 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Colgate University earn $8,375 more than the standard English graduate.

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#13

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
23rd Most Popular In PA
31 English Degrees Awarded

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lewisburg. This university ranks 5th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 31 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent data year.

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#14

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
170 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 8th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 170 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general English literature major at Boston College earn $10,925 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
85 English Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 85 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, English degree recipients typically earn an average of $29,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#16

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VT
77 English Degrees Awarded

Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit college located in the distant town of Middlebury. This college ranks 1st out of 13 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There were roughly 77 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent data year.

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#17

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 67 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general English literature major at College of the Holy Cross make $12,675 more than the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#18

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 English Degrees Awarded

Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Williamstown. This college ranks 3rd out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 47 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available. General English Literature degree recipients from Williams College earn a boost of around $11,375 over the average income of general English literature graduates.

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#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 72 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. General English Literature degree recipients from Northwestern University earn a boost of about $5,175 above the typical income of general English literature graduates.

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#20

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CT
34 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Hartford, Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 34 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
143 English Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 2nd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 143 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general English literature major at Columbia University in the City of New York make $13,975 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#22

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 54 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Wake Forest University earn $5,975 more than the standard English graduate.

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#23

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 68 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Cornell University make $4,675 more than the typical English grad.

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#24

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
27th Most Popular In VA

VMI is a small public school located in the town of Lexington. This school ranks 8th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 11 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at VMI in the most recent data year.

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#25

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
64 English Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 64 general English literature students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available. Those general English literature students who get their degree from Tufts University earn $3,275 more than the average English grad.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best General English Literature Schools

#25

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#27

Brown University

Providence, RI
#28

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#30

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#31

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

#32

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

#33

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#34

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#35

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#36

Rice University

Houston, TX

#41

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

#42

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#43

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#44

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#47

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
#48

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#49

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best General English Literature Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 706 different United States general English literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
51 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
52 Boston University Boston, MA
53 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
54 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
55 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
56 Stonehill College Easton, MA
57 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
58 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
59 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
60 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
61 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
62 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
63 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
64 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
65 New York University New York, NY
66 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
67 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
68 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
69 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
70 Haverford College Haverford, PA
71 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
72 George Washington University Washington, DC
73 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
74 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
75 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
76 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
77 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
78 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
79 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
80 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
81 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
82 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
83 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
84 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
85 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
86 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
87 Emory University Atlanta, GA
88 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
89 Providence College Providence, RI
90 Bates College Lewiston, ME
91 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
92 Assumption University Worcester, MA
93 Smith College Northampton, MA
94 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
95 University of Delaware Newark, DE
96 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
97 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
98 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
99 Connecticut College New London, CT
100 Baylor University Waco, TX
101 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
102 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
103 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
104 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
105 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for General English Literature students that almost earned our Best General English Literature Schools award.

Rank College Location
106 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
107 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
108 Loras College Dubuque, IA
109 University of Georgia Athens, GA
110 Creighton University Omaha, NE
111 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
112 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
113 Carleton College Northfield, MN
114 Drake University Des Moines, IA
115 Auburn University Auburn, AL
116 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
117 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
118 Clemson University Clemson, SC
119 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
120 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
121 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
122 University of Houston Houston, TX
123 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
124 Iowa State University Ames, IA
125 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
126 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
127 Yeshiva University New York, NY
128 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
129 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
130 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
131 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
132 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
133 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
134 Towson University Towson, MD
135 Fordham University Bronx, NY
136 Centre College Danville, KY
137 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN
138 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
139 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
140 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
141 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ

General English Literature by Region

View the Best General English Literature Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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General English Literature is one of 3 different types of English Language & Literature programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Writing Studies 11,297
English Literature (Other) 886
Literature 706

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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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