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2021 Best Area Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States

47 Colleges
5,042 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,608 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Area Studies Schools for Vets

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

This year's Best Area Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 47 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area studies. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality area studies programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the area studies program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Area Studies Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying area studies.

Top 10 Best Area Studies Schools for Veterans

Our rankings recognize George Washington University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. In addition to being on our best for vets list, GWU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Area Studies in the United States ranking.

Of the 28,172 students enrolled at GWU, 1,274 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,076 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,151. During this same period, 349 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Columbia also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Area Studies in the United States rankings.

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. To help with additional expenses, 361 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Maryland - College Park landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area studies schools. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

Our most recent data shows that 896 of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP were GI Bill® students, of which 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. To help with additional expenses, 7 students received funds 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 Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area studies schools. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle.

Among the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence. Brown did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Area Studies in the United States list.

Of the 10,257 students enrolled at Brown, 96 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 62 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,273. To help with additional expenses, 58 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Area Studies in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, UC Berkeley supports 42,501 students, and 557 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 401 are 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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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 30,011 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,668. To help with additional expenses, 18 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

Our most recent data shows that 509 of the 46,716 students enrolled at U of Michigan were GI Bill® students, of which 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,841. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Yale, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Area Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Yale supports 13,433 students, and 60 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 58 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,964. During this same period, 29 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Karl Udo Gerth.

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