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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.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies ranking, we looked at 47 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. 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 colleges and universities below are the best for the money for area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies majors.

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 fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UNC Chapel Hill to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for 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. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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

At UW Seattle, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $36,058 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle be around $152,886. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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 medium-sized city of New Haven. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Yale, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Yale to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,454. This means that the average student pays around $104,361 to get a bachelor’s degree from Yale. 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 very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

It takes the average student at BYU about 5.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU is $64,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UMCP to complete their degree, and it costs about $38,990 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMCP is $164,148. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 large 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.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCLA is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,402. This means that the average student pays around $164,306 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 large city of Austin.

The average student at UT Austin graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $36,312 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin is $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 did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies list.

It takes the average student at Dartmouth about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,967. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth is $131,704. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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

The average student at UIUC graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $32,679 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $137,252 to get a bachelor’s degree from UIUC. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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.

At St. Olaf, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,599. 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 St. Olaf is $132,026. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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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