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2020 Best Colleges for Romance Languages

Approximately 16,242 romance languages degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Romance Languages ranking analyzed 352 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in romance languages. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 schools for Romance Languages students.

Choosing a Great Romance Languages School

Best Colleges for Romance Languages The romance languages program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality romance languages program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 9%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 78 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Romance Languages graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average romance languages bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $30,282, graduates of colleges on this list average $32,946.

Starting Salary  ( 24650 to 38549 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Romance Languages students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other romance languages students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized romance languages related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Romance Languages students.

Best Schools to Study Romance Languages in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Romance Languages degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 352 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Romance Languages Colleges

University of Virginia - Main Campus is among your best bets if you're planning on studying romance languages. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great school overall.

There are about 186 romance languages undergraduates enrolled in this program at University of Virginia. Graduates of the romance languages program make about $31,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University is a great choice for students interested in a Romance Languages degree. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Princeton. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great college overall.

Princeton University is a fairly popular college to study romance languages in United States with over 58 graduations last year.

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Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

It is difficult to beat Middlebury College if you wish to pursue romance languages as a major. Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Middlebury. This school ranks 41st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

For those interested in something more advanced, Middlebury also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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New York University

New York, NY

Any student pursuing a degree in romance languages needs to take a look at New York University. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This college ranks 129th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, NYU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Located in the large city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Columbia also offers 3 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Romance Languages students from Columbia University in the City of New York get a earnings boost of approximately $6,654 above the average income of romance languages graduates.

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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Located in the large city Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are about 47 romance languages undergraduates studying this degree at Georgetown.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

With 41 undergrads, Duke University is one of most popular schools to study romance languages in United States.

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U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. This college ranks 35th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 178 romance languages undergraduates studying this program at U of Michigan. Soon after graduating, romance languages students typically make an average of $29,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. This school ranks 80th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin offers romance languages degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Soon after graduating, romance languages students typically earn an average of $32,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Located in the city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

A preferred major for romance languages undergraduates, there are about 41 students enrolled in this program at Cornell.

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WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means WUSTL is a great school overall.

There are about 49 romance languages undergraduates enrolled in this degree at WUSTL.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Located in the medium-sized city New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 4 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great college overall.

A favorite major for romance languages undergrads, there are roughly 35 learners studying this degree at Yale.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great college overall.

There are approximately 92 romance languages undergrads studying this degree at Harvard.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of 18 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Vanderbilt also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the romance languages degree program at Vanderbilt University earn $4,854 more than the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Located in the large suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Notre Dame also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the romance languages degree program at University of Notre Dame get $17,154 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

A favorite major for romance languages undergrads, there are roughly 43 individuals enrolled in this degree at UPenn.

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Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 85th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After getting their bachelor's degree, romance languages students generally make around $31,600 in the first five years of their career.

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UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin. This college ranks 78th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are approximately 95 romance languages undergrads studying this program at UT Austin. After graduating, romance languages students usually make about $34,300 in the first five years of their career.

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DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

Located in the distant town Greencastle, DePauw is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 82nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

A popular choice for romance languages undergrads, there are approximately 22 students enrolled in this program at DePauw. Soon after graduating, romance languages students usually earn around $31,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the small suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 74th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 138 romance languages undergrads studying this program at UC Davis. Graduates of the romance languages program earn an average of $25,200 for their early career.

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UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. This school ranks 65th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 89 undergrads, University of California - Berkeley is one of most popular schools to study romance languages in United States. Romance Languages graduates from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of around $2,254 over the average earnings of romance languages graduates.

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Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Located in the suburb Clinton, Hamilton is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 21 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Hamilton is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for romance languages undergrads, there are approximately 35 individuals studying this program at Hamilton.

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Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Located in the suburb Davidson, Davidson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 39th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

A preferred major for romance languages undergrads, there are roughly 19 individuals studying this degree at Davidson.

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Located in the small city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 151st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are about 65 romance languages undergraduates studying this program at Rutgers New Brunswick. Graduates of the romance languages program state that they receive average early career income of $23,900.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Located in the medium-sized city Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 137th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 116 romance languages undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UGA. Graduates of the romance languages program earn around $26,000 in their early career salary.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Romance Languages

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for Romance Languages badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 352 different United States romance languages schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
52 Tufts University Medford, MA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Romance Languages students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Romance Languages award.

Rank College Location
53 Lafayette College Easton, PA
54 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
55 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
56 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
57 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
58 Emory University Atlanta, GA
59 Smith College Northampton, MA
60 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
61 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
62 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
63 Boston University Boston, MA
64 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
65 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
66 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
67 Central College Pella, IA
68 Denison University Granville, OH
69 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
70 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

Romance Languages by Region

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

Romance Languages is one of 16 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,641
American Sign Language 2,660
East Asian Languages 2,323
Classical Languages & Literature 1,633
Germanic Languages 1,563

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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 Susana Freixeiro.

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