English Language & Literature

2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia

14 Colleges
1,750 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,750 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in VirginiaIn 2018-2019, 1,750 bachelor's degrees were awarded to English language and literature students who went to a Virginia college or university. This makes it the #13 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 42,686 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 4.1% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia ranking analyzed 14 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value English Language & Literature Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in Virginia

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

#1

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

Hollins University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Hollins is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Roanoke. Hollins also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia list, coming in at #4.

At Hollins, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,936. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Hollins is $101,490. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Regent is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,913. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Regent be around $100,588. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. GMU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at GMU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,365. This means that the average student pays around $172,812 to get a bachelor’s degree from GMU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Our rankings recognize Christopher Newport University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. CNU is a small public school located in the midsize city of Newport News. As a testament to the quality of education offered at CNU, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at CNU to complete their degree, and it costs about $34,379 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the CNU is $142,673. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Virginia - Main Campus. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia list.

The average student at University of Virginia graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $41,266 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia be around $167,540. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a very large student population. JMU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia list.

It takes the average student at JMU about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,972. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from JMU is about $146,419. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg. William & Mary not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia list.

The average student at William & Mary graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,796. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary is $157,900. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Radford University

Radford, VA

Our rankings recognize Radford University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Radford is a large public school located in the small suburb of Radford.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Radford to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,611. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Radford is about $107,058. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. UMW is a small public school located in the suburb of Fredericksburg.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UMW to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,879. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMW be around $143,701. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Virginia list.

It takes the average student at Virginia Tech about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,298. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Tech is $142,182. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 260
Florida 2,145
Georgia 1,015
North Carolina 1,191
Alabama 546
Tennessee 759
West Virginia 285
South Carolina 597
Louisiana 460
Kentucky 461
Arkansas 334

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 1,230
Writing Studies 516
English Literature (Other) 4

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 2,601
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 2,251
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,153
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 738
Theology & Religious Vocations 211

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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