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2021 Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California

20 Colleges
2,979 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,081 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for You

Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, 2,979 bachelor's degrees were awarded to foreign languages and linguistics students who went to a California college or university. This makes it the #20 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 24,008 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 12.4% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California ranking analyzed 20 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those foreign languages and linguistics 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in California

The following schools top our list of the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Long Beach. Cal State Long Beach is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Beach. Cal State Long Beach also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California rankings.

At Cal State Long Beach, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,708. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach is $122,552. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. UCSB did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California list.

The average student at UCSB graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,883. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCSB is $167,110. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. UCLA not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California list.

At UCLA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,402. This means that the average student pays around $164,306 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of California - Santa Cruz landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. UC Santa Cruz is a large public school located in the small city of Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California rankings.

At UC Santa Cruz, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $40,185. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UC Santa Cruz is $176,010. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Whittier College

Whittier, CA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Whittier College. Whittier is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Whittier.

At Whittier, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,466. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Whittier is about $145,056. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. Located in the suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UC Davis has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UC Davis to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,717. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis be around $171,975. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Chico comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Chico State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chico.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Chico State is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,192. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chico State is about $118,654. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Fresno landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Fresno State is a very large public school located in the city of Fresno.

At Fresno State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and it costs about $20,188 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $100,132 to get a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. UC Berkeley did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in California list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UC Berkeley is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $42,692. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley is $179,733. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Diego State University. SDSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Diego.

At SDSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,830. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SDSU is $141,818. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 637
Hawaii 150
Oregon 586
Alaska 26
Nevada 86

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 1,479
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 995
East Asian Languages 296
Classical Languages & Literature 67
Germanic Languages 64

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 12,569
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 6,043
English Language & Literature 4,276
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,452
Theology & Religious Vocations 547

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 20 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 John Stephen Dwyer.

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