Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies

47 Colleges
10,849 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,340 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender StudiesIn 2018-2019, 10,849 people earned their bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies, making the major the #26 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies ranking looked at 47 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

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. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools

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

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Chapel Hill is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,820. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill be around $109,694. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW Seattle is 4.2 years, 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.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven. Yale also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies rankings.

It takes the average student at Yale about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,454. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Yale is $104,361. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

It takes about 5.2 years for the average student at BYU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,239. 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 BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - College Park as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population.

The average student at UMCP graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,990. 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 UMCP is $164,148. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCLA also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies ranking.

It takes the average student at UCLA about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $39,402 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCLA is about $164,306. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UT Austin to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,312. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin be around $156,142. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover. Dartmouth not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list.

The average student at Dartmouth graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for 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. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIUC be around $137,252. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.

It takes the average student at St. Olaf about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $32,599 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf is about $132,026. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies by Region

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Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 5,807
Area Studies 5,042

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
History 25,943

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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 G. Mützel.

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