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2022 Best Applied Linguistics Schools

8 Colleges in the United States
163 Applied Linguistics Degrees Awarded
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in applied linguistics. It is ranked #938 out of 1383 major degree programs in terms of popularity. As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 8 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for applied linguistics students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 163 degrees in applied linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Applied Linguistics School

Best Applied Linguistics Schools Your choice of applied linguistics school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for applied linguistics schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Applied Linguistics Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Applied Linguistics Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Applied Linguistics in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the applied linguistics degrees they offer, see the list below.

Top Schools in Applied Linguistics

#1

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

It's difficult to beat West Virginia University if you wish to pursue a degree in applied linguistics. Located in the small city of Morgantown, WVU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 31 schools for overall quality in the state of West Virginia.More information about a degree in applied linguistics from West Virginia University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA

University of California - Irvine is a great choice for students interested in a degree in applied linguistics. UC Irvine is a fairly large public university located in the city of Irvine. A Best Schools rank of #151 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UC Irvine is a great university overall.

There were about 6 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UC Irvine in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in applied linguistics from University of California - Irvine

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA

University of California - Santa Cruz is a good choice for students pursuing a degree in applied linguistics. UC Santa Cruz is a fairly large public university located in the city of Santa Cruz. A Best Schools rank of #318 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UC Santa Cruz is a great university overall.

There were about 13 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UC Santa Cruz in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI

Grand Valley State University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in applied linguistics. GVSU is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Allendale. A Best Schools rank of #405 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means GVSU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at GVSU in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in applied linguistics from Grand Valley State University

#5

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In ID

U of I is a fairly large public university located in the town of Moscow. This university ranks 3rd out of 12 schools for overall quality in the state of Idaho.

There were about 6 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at U of I in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
47 Applied Linguistics Degrees Awarded

UMass Boston is a large public university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 41st out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 47 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UMass Boston in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OR

UO is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Eugene. A Best Schools rank of #482 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UO is a great university overall.

There were roughly 10 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UO in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA

UAGC is a very large private for-profit university located in the city of San Diego. This university ranks 101st out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 23 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UAGC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in applied linguistics from The University of Arizona Global Campus

Applied Linguistics by Region

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One of 5 majors within the Linguistics & Comparative Literature area of study, Applied Linguistics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 3,129
Modern Languages 3,075
Comparative Literature 1,093
Language Translation 874
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 351

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty.

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