Foreign Languages & Linguistics

2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans in the United States

185 Colleges
24,008 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,129 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Vets

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 24,008 people earned their bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics, making the major the #21 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 185 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 veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the foreign languages and linguistics program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the foreign languages and linguistics programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools

#1

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Gallaudet is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. Gallaudet also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 22 of the 1,557 students enrolled at Gallaudet were GI Bill® students, of which 9 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,688.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UW Seattle has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States ranking.

Of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 were 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. UW Seattle does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. Wisconsin also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Among the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. On top of their other funding sources, 21 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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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 797 of the 31,077 students enrolled at Columbia were GI Bill® students, of which 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. During this same period, 361 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Brigham Young University - Provo earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, BYU has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States ranking.

Among the 34,499 students enrolled at BYU, 338 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 220 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,788. BYU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Notre Dame also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list, coming in at #6.

According to our most recent data, Notre Dame supports 12,607 students, and 361 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 303 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,306. To help with additional expenses, 78 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. 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 vets list, Penn State University Park is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

Of the 46,810 students enrolled at Penn State University Park, 1,039 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 836 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,714. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Virginia Military Institute as the #8 school in this year's rankings. VMI is a small public school located in the town of Lexington. VMI did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, VMI supports 1,685 students, and 150 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 104 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,319. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #9 school in this year's 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 in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 824 of the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities were GI Bill® students, of which 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize New York University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, NYU also did well on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, NYU supports 51,847 students, and 681 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 482 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,831. In addition to receiving other benefits, 265 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Santa Barbara earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCSB also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list, coming in at #9.

Among the 25,976 students enrolled at UCSB, 296 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 154 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,044. During this same period, 5 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize William Woods University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. William Woods is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Fulton.

Of the 2,302 students enrolled at William Woods, 58 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 43 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,113. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Boston College also did well on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 164 of the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College were GI Bill® students, of which 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. On top of their other funding sources, 74 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - College Park. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UMCP is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. During this same period, 7 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Austin also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States ranking.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 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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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #16 school in this year's rankings. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, U of Michigan supports 46,716 students, and 509 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 321 are 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 #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population. Pitt 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 in the United States list.

Among the 28,673 students enrolled at Pitt, 513 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,875. Pitt does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#18

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson. Arizona also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Arizona supports 44,097 students, and 1,914 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,561 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,490. During this same period, 37 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts Amherst as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a fairly large student population. UMass Amherst also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 460 of the 30,593 students enrolled at UMass Amherst were GI Bill® students, of which 300 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,069. To help with additional expenses, 17 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. Ohio State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

Among the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,438. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCLA also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States ranking.

Among the 44,537 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,825.

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#22

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

Of the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU, 2,265 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. In addition to receiving other benefits, 44 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, U of F is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

Of the 52,218 students enrolled at U of F, 1,109 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 752 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,193. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Duke also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list, coming in at #7.

Of the 16,606 students enrolled at Duke, 288 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 248 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,322. To help with additional expenses, 115 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States list.

Among the 43,503 students enrolled at IU Bloomington, 626 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 389 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,606. To help with additional expenses, 23 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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#27

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Foreign Languages & Linguistics that almost earned our Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
28 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
29 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
30 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
31 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
32 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
33 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
34 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
35 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
36 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
37 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

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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 12,532
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5,739
East Asian Languages 1,708
Classical Languages & Literature 1,205
Germanic Languages 1,148

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 45,514
English Language & Literature 42,686
Philosophy & Religious Studies 12,372
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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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 John Stephen Dwyer.

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