English Language & Literature

2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans in the United States

423 Colleges
42,686 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,479 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best English Language & Literature Schools for Vets

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

For this year's Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 423 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English language and literature. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality English language and literature programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the English language and literature program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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 English Language & Literature Schools for Veterans.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly English Language & Literature Schools

Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Columbia also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Of the 31,077 students enrolled at Columbia, 797 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. In addition to receiving other benefits, 361 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Read More…

Request Information

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. UW Seattle did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UW Seattle supports 47,400 students, and 1,278 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 780 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at University of Washington - Seattle Campus Report

Request Information
#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Georgetown also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States rankings.

Among the 19,204 students enrolled at Georgetown, 870 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,728. On top of their other funding sources, 254 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read More…

Request Information

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. UT Austin also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin were GI Bill® students, of which 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read More…

Request Information
#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. GMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. During this same period, 44 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at George Mason University Report

Request Information

Our rankings recognize Weber State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. WSU is a very large public school located in the small city of Ogden.

Among the 28,247 students enrolled at WSU, 841 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 531 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,539. WSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on veterans at Weber State University

Request Information

#7

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. U Miami is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, U Miami also did well on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, U Miami supports 17,331 students, and 398 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 303 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,282. During this same period, 180 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at University of Miami Report

Request Information

Miami University - Oxford earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Oxford, Miami of Ohio is a public school with a large student population. Miami of Ohio also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Miami of Ohio supports 19,934 students, and 455 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 290 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,286. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Miami of Ohio does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

The University of Texas at Arlington landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 47,899 students enrolled at UT Arlington, 2,100 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,897. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information
#10

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Binghamton University. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the suburb of Vestal. Binghamton University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 17,768 students enrolled at Binghamton University, 104 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,647. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at Binghamton University

Request Information

Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #11 school in this year's rankings. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 46,716 students enrolled at U of Michigan, 509 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,841. U of Michigan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

University of North Texas landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. UNT is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Denton. UNT excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,839 of the 38,241 students enrolled at UNT were GI Bill® students, of which 1,135 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,180. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at University of North Texas

Request Information
#13

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. SFSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Francisco.

According to our most recent data, SFSU supports 29,778 students, and 876 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 561 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,459. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at San Francisco State University Report

Request Information
#14

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Brown has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Brown supports 10,257 students, and 96 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 62 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,273. During this same period, 58 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Read full report on veterans at Brown University

Request Information

University of California - Berkeley landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

Of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Read More…

Request Information

#16

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Tech University. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Texas Tech also did well on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,148 of the 38,209 students enrolled at Texas Tech were GI Bill® students, of which 662 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,852. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

#17

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Duke has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Duke supports 16,606 students, and 288 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 248 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,322. On top of their other funding sources, 115 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Read full report on veterans at Duke University

Request Information
#18

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of U is a fairly large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City. U of U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 33,023 students enrolled at U of U, 988 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 723 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,580. In addition to receiving other benefits, 39 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at University of Utah

Request Information
#19

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Chicago. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UChicago has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 181 of the 17,002 students enrolled at UChicago were GI Bill® students, of which 107 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,167. In addition to receiving other benefits, 54 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Read More…

Request Information

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

According to our most recent data, SNHU supports 104,068 students, and 10,271 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,316. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Report

Request Information

#22

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College, 164 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. On top of their other funding sources, 74 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at Boston College

Request Information
#23

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UPenn is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list.

Of the 25,860 students enrolled at UPenn, 272 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. During this same period, 106 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Full Veterans at University of Pennsylvania Report

Request Information
#24

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Notre Dame also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 361 of the 12,607 students enrolled at Notre Dame were GI Bill® students, of which 303 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,306. On top of their other funding sources, 78 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Full Veterans at University of Notre Dame Report

Request Information
#25

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Fordham University. Located in the city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Fordham U also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 401 of the 16,515 students enrolled at Fordham U were GI Bill® students, of which 341 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,889. During this same period, 159 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at Fordham University

Request Information

Rest of the Top Schools for Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#27

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#28

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#30

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#32

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

#33

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

#35

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#37

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#40

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
#41

Boston University

Boston, MA

#42

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

#44

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#46

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#48

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 423 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
52 Baylor University Waco, TX
53 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
54 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
55 Illinois State University Normal, IL
56 University of Houston Houston, TX
57 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
58 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
59 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
60 Emory University Atlanta, GA
61 Portland State University Portland, OR
62 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
63 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX

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 English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
64 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
65 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
66 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
67 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
68 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
69 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
70 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
71 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
72 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
73 Rice University Houston, TX
74 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
75 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
76 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
77 Hollins University Roanoke, VA
78 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
79 Northeastern University Boston, MA
80 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
81 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
82 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
83 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
84 Drake University Des Moines, IA

English Language & Literature by Region

View the best for vets English Language & Literature schools in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
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

View All English Language & Literature Related Majors >

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

View All English Language & Literature Related Majors >

Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Find Schools Near You