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2021 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States

47 Colleges
10,849 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,608 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools for Vets

Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 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 Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 47 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies programs as well as strong veteran support.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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

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

Top 10 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools for Veterans

Our rankings recognize George Washington University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, GWU has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 28,172 students enrolled at GWU, 1,274 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,076 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,151. In addition to receiving other benefits, 349 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the United States ranking.

Of the 31,077 students enrolled at Columbia, 797 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. To help with additional expenses, 361 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Brown, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Brown supports 10,257 students, and 96 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 62 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,273. During this same period, 58 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Among the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 fairly large student population.

Of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. On top of their other funding sources, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Berkeley earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the United States ranking.

Of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

Of the 30,011 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,668. To help with additional expenses, 18 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools. Yale is a 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 in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Yale supports 13,433 students, and 60 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 58 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,964. During this same period, 29 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 509 of the 46,716 students enrolled at U of Michigan were GI Bill® students, of which 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,841. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin were GI Bill® students, of which 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to G. Mützel.

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