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2021 Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Plains States Region

2 Colleges
582 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,072 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 Plains States 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, 582 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 2 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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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 the Plains States Region

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

Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in the Plains States Region

#1

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to St Olaf College. Located in the distant town of Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, St. Olaf has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at St. Olaf to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,599. 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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University of Missouri - Columbia landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population. Mizzou also made our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #2.

At Mizzou, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,545. This means that the average student pays around $137,852 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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

Explore the best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 151
Minnesota 212
Kansas 79
South Dakota 13
Iowa 82
Nebraska 31
North Dakota 14

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

Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 301
Area Studies 281

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 11,541
Psychology 8,699
Social Sciences 8,315
Communication & Journalism 6,544
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,217

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 2 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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