English Language & Literature

2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature

416 Colleges
42,686 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,588 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & LiteratureEnglish Language & Literature is the #15 most popular major in the country with 42,686 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature ranking looked at 416 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English language and literature. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those English language and literature schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The English language and literature school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value English Language & Literature Schools.

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2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for English language and literature majors.

Top 25 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools

#1

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Mills College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Mills is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Oakland. In addition to its great value ranking, Mills is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

At Mills, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,260. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mills is $64,702. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

Hollins University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Hollins is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Roanoke. In addition to its great value ranking, Hollins is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

At Hollins, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $24,936 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 Hollins is $101,490. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Kirksville, Truman State is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Truman State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,927. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State is about $80,250. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,132. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. Florida State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is about $115,196. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population. Texas Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Texas Tech about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Grand Valley State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GVSU also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature ranking.

The average student at GVSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,233. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNK is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Kearney.

The average student at UNK graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,217 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNK is about $91,987. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Florida - Main Campus. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at USF Tampa graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,309 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of North Texas earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNT is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Denton. UNT also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The average student at UNT graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,179. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNT be around $109,773. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of Wyoming is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Laramie.

The average student at U of Wyoming graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,323. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Wyoming is $94,299. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Illinois State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#13

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for 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.

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#14

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At UNI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $107,439 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#15

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Saint Peter.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Gustavus Adolphus to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,332. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Gustavus Adolphus is $125,955. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of North Adams, MCLA is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MCLA is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,170. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MCLA is $114,657. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

At SRU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,713. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU is $93,149. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - La Crosse is a large public school located in the city of La Crosse.

The average student at UW - La Crosse graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,185. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is about $85,373. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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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. Located in the city of San Antonio, St. Mary's is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Mary’s is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,177. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s is about $107,002. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#20

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Grand Forks, UND is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At UND, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,788. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UND be around $109,187. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#21

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Our rankings recognize Binghamton University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the midsize suburb of Vestal. In addition to its great value ranking, Binghamton University is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

The average student at Binghamton University graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,957. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University is about $131,982. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the #22 school in this year's rankings. SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

It takes the average student at SIUE about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,498. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SIUE is $79,091. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#23

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

College of Saint Benedict earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. CSB is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Joseph.

The average student at CSB graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,173. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSB be around $132,231. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#24

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. SUNY Oneonta is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Oneonta.

The average student at SUNY Oneonta graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,162. 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 Oneonta is $100,997. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#25

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Houston, U of H is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of H is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H is about $116,503. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature

#26

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
#29

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#30

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY
#32

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

#35

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#36

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#37

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#39

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#41

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

#42

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

#44

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY
#45

Hendrix College

Conway, AR
#47

University of Dallas

Irving, TX
#48

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 416 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
52 Weber State University Ogden, UT
53 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
54 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
55 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
56 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
57 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
58 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
59 Corban University Salem, OR
60 Howard University Washington, DC
61 Iowa State University Ames, IA
62 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN

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 Value Colleges for English Language & Literature award.

Rank College Location
63 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
64 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
65 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
66 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
67 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
68 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
69 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
70 Drake University Des Moines, IA
71 Salem State University Salem, MA
72 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
73 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
74 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
75 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
76 Assumption University Worcester, MA
77 University of Georgia Athens, GA
78 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
79 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
80 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
81 University at Albany Albany, NY
82 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
83 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA

English Language & Literature by Region

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

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 34,070
Writing Studies 7,462
English Literature (Other) 580
Literature 574

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 45,514
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
Philosophy & Religious Studies 12,372
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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