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2021 Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts

9 Colleges
1,034 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,971 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for You

Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in MassachusettsForeign Languages & Linguistics is the #17 most popular major in Massachusetts with 1,034 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 4.3% of all the foreign languages and linguistics bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts ranking looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in Massachusetts

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

Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMass Amherst is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,714. 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 UMass Amherst is $151,996. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of the Holy Cross. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Holy Cross has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts ranking.

At Holy Cross, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $33,952 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross is $137,506. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of South Hadley, Mt. Holyoke is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Mt. Holyoke also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts list, coming in at #6.

It takes the average student at Mt. Holyoke about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,537. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mt. Holyoke be around $148,706. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Located in the suburb of Wellesley, Wellesley is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Wellesley, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wellesley is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,093. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley is about $115,462. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Boston College has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts ranking.

The average student at Boston College graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,304. This means that the average student pays around $147,031 to get a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Smith College

Northampton, MA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Smith College. Smith is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Northampton. Smith also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts list, coming in at #8.

The average student at Smith graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,004. 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 Smith is $134,656. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Tufts University

Medford, MA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tufts University. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Tufts, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts ranking.

At Tufts, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,654. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Tufts is about $149,548. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Boston U also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts list, coming in at #7.

At Boston U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $41,917. 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 Boston U is $170,183. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Boston. UMass Boston also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in Massachusetts rankings.

At UMass Boston, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,560. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMass Boston is $186,170. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 139
Maine 83
Rhode Island 225
New Hampshire 122
Connecticut 230

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 562
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 184
East Asian Languages 102
Classical Languages & Literature 101
Germanic Languages 44

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,413
English Language & Literature 1,786
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 904
Philosophy & Religious Studies 494
Theology & Religious Vocations 109

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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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