Foreign Languages & Linguistics

2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

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Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsForeign Languages & Linguistics is the #21st most popular major in the country with 24,008 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 157 colleges that offer a bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality foreign languages and linguistics programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the foreign languages and linguistics program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying foreign languages and linguistics.

Top 15% Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional foreign languages and linguistics students. Gallaudet is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Gallaudet, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

The student loan default rate at Gallaudet is lower than is typical, just 8.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 412 students take at least one class online at Gallaudet. 216 of Gallaudet students are attending part time.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UW - Madison, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. About 4,418 of the students at UW - Madison are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. BYU also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at BYU is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,522 students take at least one class online at BYU. 4,337 of BYU students are attending part time. BYU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. UW Seattle also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list, coming in at #5.

About 2.8% of UW Seattle students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,490 students at UW Seattle that take at least one class online. There are roughly 5,528 part time students in attendance at UW Seattle. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best foreign languages and linguistics schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. NYU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. There are approximately 2,264 students at NYU that take at least one class online. About 8,707 of the students at NYU are attending part time.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Columbia did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

About 1.8% of Columbia students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,138 students take at least one class online at Columbia. 5,005 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - University Park as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Penn State University Park is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

The student loan default rate at Penn State University Park is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,255 students take at least one class online at Penn State University Park. 1,670 of Penn State University Park students are attending part time. Penn State University Park does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize William Woods University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. William Woods is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Fulton.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.3%. 550 of William Woods students are exclusively distance learners. About 1,403 of the students at William Woods are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Santa Barbara earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCSB has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 365 students at UCSB that take at least one class online. There are roughly 656 part time students in attendance at UCSB. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a very large student population. UMass Amherst excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

About 3.0% of UMass Amherst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 6,250 part time students in attendance at UMass Amherst. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UCLA is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. Approximately 2,288 students take at least one class online at UCLA. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

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#13

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Our rankings recognize University of Virginia - Main Campus as the #13 school in this year's rankings. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

The student loan default rate at University of Virginia is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,445 students at University of Virginia that take at least one class online. 2,130 of University of Virginia students are attending part time.

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#14

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona landed the #14 spot in our 2021 best foreign languages and linguistics schools for non-traditional students. University of Arizona is a very large public school located in the large city of Tucson. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, University of Arizona also did well on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at University of Arizona is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,701 students take at least one class online at University of Arizona. 7,884 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Santa Cruz landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best foreign languages and linguistics schools for non-traditional students. UC Santa Cruz is a large public school located in the city of Santa Cruz. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UC Santa Cruz also did well on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 3.7% of UC Santa Cruz students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 853 students take at least one class online at UC Santa Cruz. 607 students are part time.

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#16

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a fairly large student population. UF also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

About 1.5% of UF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 21,513 students take at least one class online at UF. There are roughly 8,083 part time students in attendance at UF. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#17

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best foreign languages and linguistics schools for non-traditional students. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 316 students take at least one class online at Boston College. 1,555 of Boston College students are attending part time. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #18 spot in our 2021 best foreign languages and linguistics schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Pitt also did well on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 1,366 students at Pitt that take at least one class online. About 2,772 of the students at Pitt are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#19

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. 11,606 of GMU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at UT Austin is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,290 part time students in attendance at UT Austin. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, U-M is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

The student loan default rate at U-M is lower than is typical, just 1.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. 2,376 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University - Bloomington as the #22 school in this year's rankings. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at IU Bloomington is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,026 students take at least one class online at IU Bloomington. There are roughly 5,192 part time students in attendance at IU Bloomington. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.7% of UNC Chapel Hill students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. 4,791 of UNC Chapel Hill students are attending part time. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Foreign Languages & Linguistics that almost earned our Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
24 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
25 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
26 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
27 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
28 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
29 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
30 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
31 Emory University Atlanta, GA

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,062
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 7,928
East Asian Languages 2,089
American Sign Language 1,662
Classical Languages & Literature 1,537

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 458,966
Visual & Performing Arts 133,923
English Language & Literature 55,609
Theology & Religious Vocations 29,245
Philosophy & Religious Studies 15,993

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

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.
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