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

5 Colleges
672 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,929 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in MassachusettsWith 672 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies is the #22 most popular major in Massachusetts. This means that 6.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in Massachusetts ranking, we looked at 5 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. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in Massachusetts

Check out the area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in Massachusetts

#1

Smith College

Northampton, MA

Smith College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Northampton, Smith is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Smith not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in Massachusetts list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Smith to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,004. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Smith is about $134,656. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wellesley. In addition to being on our best value list, Wellesley has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in Massachusetts ranking.

It takes the average student at Wellesley about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,093. 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 Wellesley is $115,462. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Amherst College. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Amherst. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Amherst, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in Massachusetts ranking.

At Amherst, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,326. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Amherst is $107,937. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Our rankings recognize Brandeis University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Brandeis did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in Massachusetts list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Brandeis to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,568. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Brandeis is $167,140. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Tufts is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford. Tufts also made our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in Massachusetts list, coming in at #5.

It takes the average student at Tufts about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,654. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Tufts is $149,548. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 68
Maine 134
Rhode Island 141
New Hampshire 86
Connecticut 347

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

Major Annual Graduates
Area Studies 351
Ethnic Studies 321

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 7,339
Psychology 4,579
Communication & Journalism 2,856
Education 1,818
History 1,231

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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