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2021 Best Value Colleges for Area Studies

47 Colleges
5,042 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,340 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Area Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Area StudiesArea Studies is the #77 most popular major in the country with 5,042 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Area Studies ranking analyzed 47 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in area studies. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on area studies schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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The area studies 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 Area Studies Schools.

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2021 Best Value Area Studies Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Area Studies Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Area Studies Schools

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Chapel Hill is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,820. 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 UNC Chapel Hill is $109,694. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, area studies graduates from UNC Chapel Hill take out $15,165 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $153, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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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.

It takes the average student at UW Seattle about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $36,058 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW Seattle is $152,886. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, area studies graduates from UW Seattle carry an average student debtload of $16,811. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $177, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Yale has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Area Studies ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Yale to complete their degree, and it costs about $25,454 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $104,361 to get a bachelor’s degree from Yale. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, area studies majors at Yale accumulate an average of around $13,601 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. This means that the average student pays around $64,132 to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that area studies majors at BYU take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,414. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $104, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - College Park as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

At UMCP, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,990. This means that the average student pays around $164,148 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMCP. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, area studies graduates from UMCP take out $22,373 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $231.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at UIUC about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,679. 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 UIUC is $137,252. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, area studies graduates from UIUC carry an average student debtload of $17,985. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $188, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population.

At UT Austin, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $36,312 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $156,142 to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Area Studies majors at UT Austin take out an average of $22,001 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. UCLA excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Area Studies list.

The average student at UCLA graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,402. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCLA be around $164,306. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, area studies majors at UCLA accumulate an average of around $13,871 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $133.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Dartmouth did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Area Studies list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Dartmouth to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,967. 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 Dartmouth is $131,704. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Area Studies majors at Dartmouth take out an average of $15,532 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area studies schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UC Berkeley has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Area Studies ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UC Berkeley is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $42,692. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley be around $179,733. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, area studies graduates from UC Berkeley take out $15,867 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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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 Karl Udo Gerth.

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