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2021 Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region

8 Colleges
1,916 Bachelor's Degrees
$39,536 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies was ranked #26 in the country. In fact 10,849 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,916 went to students in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. 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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2021 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies majors.

Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Maryland - College Park earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UMCP has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes the average student at UMCP about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average 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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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Columbia also made our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list, coming in at #1.

The average student at Columbia graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,790. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Columbia is about $151,575. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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George Washington University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. GWU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

It takes the average student at GWU about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $43,358. 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 GWU is $179,069. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Dickinson not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Dickinson to complete their degree, and it costs about $39,847 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Dickinson is $160,982. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. Cornell did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

At Cornell, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,390. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cornell is $148,471. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Millersville is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Millersville. In addition to being on our best value list, Millersville has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Millersville is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,955. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Millersville is about $137,440. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. Fordham U also made our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list, coming in at #6.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Fordham U to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $48,896. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Fordham U is about $198,518. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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American University

Washington, DC

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to American University. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. In addition to being on our best value list, The American University has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

At The American University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $41,058. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from The American University is $189,277. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies colleges for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 343
New York 1,050
New Jersey 143
Maryland 203
Delaware 29
District of Columbia 148

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

Major Annual Graduates
Area Studies 1,001
Ethnic Studies 915

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 32,648
Psychology 23,013
Communication & Journalism 16,749
Education 11,281
History 4,815

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 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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