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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.

This year's Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 423 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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.

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

Check out the English language and literature programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

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 fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

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. During this same period, 361 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 large 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

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

Our most recent data shows that 870 of the 19,204 students enrolled at Georgetown were GI Bill® students, of which 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,728. To help with additional expenses, 254 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UT Austin, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UT Austin supports 51,832 students, and 1,201 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 843 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. GMU is a fairly 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. During this same period, 44 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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.

According to our most recent data, WSU supports 28,247 students, and 841 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 531 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,539. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#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 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.

Our most recent data shows that 398 of the 17,331 students enrolled at U Miami were GI Bill® students, of which 303 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,282. To help with additional expenses, 180 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly 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. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 large city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 2,100 of the 47,899 students enrolled at UT Arlington were GI Bill® students, of which 1,506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,897. UT Arlington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#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 midsize 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.

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

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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #11 school in this year's rankings. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized 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.

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

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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.

According to our most recent data, UNT supports 38,241 students, and 1,839 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,135 are 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.

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#13

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

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

Of the 29,778 students enrolled at SFSU, 876 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 561 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,459. SFSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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.

Our most recent data shows that 96 of the 10,257 students enrolled at Brown were GI Bill® students, of which 62 were 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.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list, coming in at #9.

Among the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,465. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 college with a fairly 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.

Among the 38,209 students enrolled at Texas Tech, 1,148 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 662 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,852. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 school with a fairly 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.

Our most recent data shows that 288 of the 16,606 students enrolled at Duke were GI Bill® students, of which 248 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,322. In addition to receiving other benefits, 115 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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.

According to our most recent data, U of U supports 33,023 students, and 988 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 723 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,580. During this same period, 39 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Chicago. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. UChicago not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the United States list.

Of the 17,002 students enrolled at UChicago, 181 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 107 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,167. During this same period, 54 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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.

Our most recent data shows that 10,271 of the 104,068 students enrolled at SNHU were GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,316. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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.

Among the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 are 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.

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#22

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 74 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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.

According to our most recent data, UPenn supports 25,860 students, and 272 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 153 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. On top of their other funding sources, 106 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,306. To help with additional expenses, 78 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 school with a 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. On top of their other funding sources, 159 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 colleges 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

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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

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.

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