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2021 Best Colleges for Romance Languages

Approximately 15,062 romance languages degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Romance Languages ranking analyzed 151 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in romance languages. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges 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 consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 11% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 110 to 9 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Romance Languages graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average romance languages bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $30,282, graduates of colleges on this list average $37,614.

Starting Salary  ( 30630 to 44669 )
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$58,200

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 colleges for Romance Languages students.

Best Schools to Study Romance Languages in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for romance languages majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 22 Best Romance Languages Colleges

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is a great decision for students interested in a Romance Languages major. Located in the large suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college 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. Romance Languages graduates from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of around $13,096 above the average earnings of romance languages majors.

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#2

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

It is difficult to beat Boston College if you wish to pursue romance languages as a major. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. This school ranks 61st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A popular choice for romance languages undergraduates, there are about 28 students enrolled in this program at Boston College. Boston College romance languages graduates receive $21,196 more than the typical romance languages student.

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#3

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Any student pursuing a degree in romance languages needs to look into Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great college overall.

There are about 88 romance languages undergrads studying this program at Vanderbilt. Graduates of the romance languages program make about $37,800 for their early career.

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#4

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

It is hard to beat Wofford College if you want to study romance languages. Wofford is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Spartanburg. This college ranks 198th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There are roughly 41 romance languages undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Wofford. Graduates of the romance languages program make around $33,000 in their early career salary.

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Located in the city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 32 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

A popular choice for romance languages undergraduates, there are about 58 students enrolled in this program at Columbia. Columbia University in the City of New York romance languages graduates earn $2,596 more than the standard romance languages student.

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Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. This school ranks 76th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduating, romance languages students usually earn an average of $32,500 in the first five years of their career.

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#7

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lewisburg. A Best Colleges rank of 45 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Bucknell is a great college overall.

Bucknell University is a fairly popular school to study romance languages in United States with more than 32 graduations last year. Bucknell University romance languages students receive $7,596 more than the typical romance languages graduate.

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#8

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. A Best Colleges rank of 31 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Holy Cross is a great college overall.

With 40 students enrolled, College of the Holy Cross is one of most popular schools to study romance languages in United States. Graduates from the romance languages degree program at College of the Holy Cross make $2,296 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great school overall.

There are about 157 romance languages undergrads studying this degree at University of Virginia. Students who graduate from the romance languages program earn around $31,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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#10

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Located in the large suburb Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 59 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Tufts is a great college overall.

There are about 61 romance languages undergrads enrolled in this degree at Tufts. Romance Languages students from Tufts University receive an earnings boost of about $4,896 over the average earnings of romance languages majors.

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#11

University of Portland

Portland, OR

University of Portland is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland. This college ranks 173rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

A favorite choice for romance languages undergraduates, there are roughly 39 students studying this degree at University of Portland. University of Portland romance languages majors make $4,496 more than the standard romance languages grad.

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BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. This school ranks 109th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, BYU offers a Master's Degree in romance languages. Brigham Young University - Provo romance languages majors receive $2,496 more than the standard romance languages grad.

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#13

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wellesley. A Best Colleges rank of 41 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wellesley is a great college overall.

A popular major for romance languages undergraduates, there are about 38 learners enrolled in this program at Wellesley. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $33,800.

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Located in the small city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 112th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are about 107 romance languages undergraduates studying this degree at Penn State University Park. Graduates of the romance languages program report average early career wages of $37,500.

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#15

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton. A Best Colleges rank of 29 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Colgate is a great college overall.

Colgate University is a fairly popular school to study romance languages in United States with more than 30 graduations last year. Graduates of the romance languages program make an average of $38,300 in their early career salary.

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U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

There are roughly 155 romance languages undergraduates studying this program at U of Michigan. Soon after graduation, romance languages students generally earn an average of $29,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin. This school ranks 91st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Austin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in romance languages, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After getting their bachelor's degree, romance languages students typically earn about $34,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 118th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A favorite major for romance languages undergraduates, there are about 59 learners enrolled in this program at UMass Amherst. After getting their bachelor's degree, romance languages students generally earn about $38,800 in their early careers.

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UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley. This college ranks 69th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Berkeley is one of the most popular college to study romance languages in United States exceeding 72 graduations last year. Students who graduate from the romance languages program make around $35,200 in their early career salary.

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#20

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Located in the city Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 79th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A popular choice for romance languages undergraduates, there are about 39 individuals enrolled in this program at Dickinson. Graduates of the romance languages program report average early career earnings of $31,000.

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#21

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Located in the large city Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Emory offers a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship) in romance languages. After graduating, romance languages students usually earn about $32,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the small city Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 141st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There are approximately 126 romance languages undergrads enrolled in this program at IU Bloomington. Graduates of the romance languages program earn around $27,500 in the first couple years of their career.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Romance Languages

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
26 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
27 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
28 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
29 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
30 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
23 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
24 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
25 University of California - Davis Davis, CA

Romance Languages by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
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 8,639
American Sign Language 2,762
East Asian Languages 2,438
Classical Languages & Literature 1,544
Germanic Languages 1,494

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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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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