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2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Massachusetts

26 Colleges
1,786 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,387 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in MassachusettsIn 2018-2019, 1,786 bachelor's degrees were awarded to English language and literature students who went to a Massachusetts college or university. This makes it the #11 most popular major in the state. This means that 4.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Massachusetts ranking analyzed 26 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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.

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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 Massachusetts

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

Top 10 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of North Adams, MCLA is a public school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at MCLA to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,170 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from MCLA is about $114,657. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

Our rankings recognize Gordon College as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Gordon College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wenham.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Gordon College to complete their degree, and it costs about $31,764 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College is about $133,409. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

At Westfield, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $24,805 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Westfield is about $103,933. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Salem State University. Salem State is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Salem.

At Salem State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,804. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Salem State be around $118,474. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Assumption University

Worcester, MA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Assumption University. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Assumption is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Assumption graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,688. 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 Assumption is $148,953. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts Amherst as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a very large student population. UMass Amherst not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Massachusetts list.

The average student at UMass Amherst graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,714. This means that the average student pays around $151,996 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bridgewater State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Bridgewater.

The average student at Bridgewater State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,167. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State is $117,228. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Worcester State is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

The average student at Worcester State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,921. This means that the average student pays around $109,403 to get a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Our rankings recognize Williams College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamstown. Williams did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Massachusetts list.

The average student at Williams graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,757. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Williams is $109,169. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester. In addition to being on our best value list, Holy Cross has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Massachusetts ranking.

At Holy Cross, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $33,952 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross is about $137,506. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 223
Maine 224
Rhode Island 330
New Hampshire 777
Connecticut 678

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 1,519
Writing Studies 227
English Literature (Other) 35
Literature 5

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,413
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,034
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 904
Philosophy & Religious Studies 494
Theology & Religious Vocations 109

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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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