English Language & Literature

2022 Best English Language & Literature Schools

745 Colleges in the United States
54,171 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded
$27,873 Avg Early-Career Salary
English Language & Literature isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #16 in popularity out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 745 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best English Language & Literature Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 54,171 degrees in English language and literature to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great English Language & Literature School

Best English Language & Literature Schools Your choice of English language and literature school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall English Language & Literature School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

English Language & Literature Rankings by Degree Level

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. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for English Language & Literature in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the English language and literature degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in English Language & Literature

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CT
99 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Yale University is a good choice for students pursuing a degree in English language and literature. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 99 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NJ
59 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in English language and literature has to check out Princeton University. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Princeton. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were about 59 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
28th Most Popular In CA
64 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in English language and literature has to take a look at Stanford University. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 64 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
90 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is a good choice for students interested in a degree in English language and literature. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 90 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature degree program at Harvard University earn $9,427 above the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#5

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
70 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 70 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Those English language and literature students who get their degree from University of Notre Dame receive $10,327 more than the standard English language and literature student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
153rd Most Popular In CA

Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Claremont Graduate University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 22nd out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 20 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Claremont Graduate University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were roughly 33 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature program at Dartmouth College get $13,027 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#8

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
96 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 96 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available. English Language & Literature degree recipients from University of Chicago earn a boost of around $2,827 over the typical earnings of English language and literature majors.

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#9

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 100 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature degree program at Georgetown University earn $12,827 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#10

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
64 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 64 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those English language and literature students who get their degree from Duke University receive $10,827 more than the typical English language and literature student.

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#11

Barnard College

New York, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 54 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Barnard in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature degree program at Barnard College make $11,627 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#12

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
49 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. This university ranks 3rd out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 49 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available. English Language & Literature degree recipients from Colgate University receive an earnings boost of about $8,027 above the average earnings of English language and literature majors.

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#13

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
19th Most Popular In PA
50 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 50 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VT
104 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1st out of 13 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There were roughly 104 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent data year.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
170 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 8th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 170 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. English Language & Literature degree recipients from Boston College get an earnings boost of about $10,577 over the average earnings of English language and literature graduates.

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#16

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
85 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 85 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the English language and literature program make an average of $29,300 in their early career salary.

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#17

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize city of Worcester. This college ranks 5th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 67 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent data year. English Language & Literature degree recipients from College of the Holy Cross receive an earnings boost of about $12,327 above the typical earnings of English language and literature majors.

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#18

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 47 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent data year. Those English language and literature students who get their degree from Williams College make $11,027 more than the typical English language and literature graduate.

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#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
78 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 78 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. English Language & Literature degree recipients from Northwestern University earn a boost of approximately $4,827 above the typical income of English language and literature majors.

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#20

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In CT
36 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Hartford. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 36 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
136 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were approximately 136 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature program at Johns Hopkins University make $3,427 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#22

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 54 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. English Language & Literature degree recipients from Wake Forest University get an earnings boost of approximately $5,627 above the typical earnings of English language and literature graduates.

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#23

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
222 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 222 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. English Language & Literature degree recipients from New York University get an earnings boost of approximately $5,977 above the typical earnings of English language and literature majors.

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#24

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
149 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 10 schools for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 149 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the English language and literature major at Brown University get $6,827 more than the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#25

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
31st Most Popular In NY
44 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Clinton. This college ranks 5th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 44 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Hamilton in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best English Language & Literature Schools

#25

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
#26

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#28

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
#29

Tufts University

Medford, MA

#32

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

#33

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#34

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#35

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#36

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#37

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#38

Rice University

Houston, TX
#39

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

#42

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#43

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#45

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#47

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#48

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
#49

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best English Language & Literature Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 745 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 American University Washington, DC
51 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
52 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
53 Boston University Boston, MA
54 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
55 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
56 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
57 Stonehill College Easton, MA
58 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
59 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
60 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
61 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
62 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
63 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
64 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
65 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
66 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
67 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
68 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
69 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
70 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
71 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
72 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
73 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
74 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
75 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN
76 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
77 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
78 Haverford College Haverford, PA
79 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
80 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
81 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
82 George Washington University Washington, DC
83 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
84 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
85 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
86 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
87 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
88 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
89 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
90 Bates College Lewiston, ME
91 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
92 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
93 Assumption University Worcester, MA
94 Smith College Northampton, MA
95 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
96 Yeshiva University New York, NY
97 Emory University Atlanta, GA
98 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
99 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
100 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
101 University of Delaware Newark, DE
102 Baylor University Waco, TX
103 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
104 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
105 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
106 Connecticut College New London, CT
107 Providence College Providence, RI
108 Clemson University Clemson, SC
109 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
110 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
111 Southern Methodist University Dallas, 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 Schools award.

Rank College Location
112 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
113 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
114 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
115 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
116 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
117 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
118 University of Georgia Athens, GA
119 Carleton College Northfield, MN
120 Drake University Des Moines, IA
121 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
122 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
123 Auburn University Auburn, AL
124 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
125 Denison University Granville, OH
126 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
127 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
128 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
129 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
130 Emerson College Boston, MA
131 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
132 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
133 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
134 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
135 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
136 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
137 Iowa State University Ames, IA
138 Fordham University Bronx, NY
139 University of Houston Houston, TX
140 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
141 Centre College Danville, KY
142 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
143 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
144 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
145 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
146 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
147 Loras College Dubuque, IA
148 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
149 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ

English Language & Literature by Region

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English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 41,282
Writing Studies 11,297
English Literature (Other) 886
Literature 706

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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