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2021 Best History Colleges for Veterans in the United States

308 Colleges
25,943 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,806 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best History Schools for Vets

Best History Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 25,943 people earned their bachelor's in history, making the major the #21 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best History Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 308 colleges that offer a bachelor's in history. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent history programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

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

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2021 Best History Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best History Colleges for Veterans.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly History Schools

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Harvard has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for History in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 378 of the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard were GI Bill® students, of which 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,846. During this same period, 175 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for History in the United States ranking.

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

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#3

Yale University

New Haven, CT

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Yale University. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven. Yale also made our Best Colleges for History in the United States list, coming in at #2.

Our most recent data shows that 60 of the 13,433 students enrolled at Yale were GI Bill® students, of which 58 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,964. During this same period, 29 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. UPenn not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

Of the 25,860 students enrolled at UPenn, 272 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,428. To help with additional expenses, 106 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Brown has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for History in the United States ranking.

Of the 10,257 students enrolled at Brown, 96 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 62 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,273. In addition to receiving other benefits, 58 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#6

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. Duke also made our Best Colleges for History in the United States list, coming in at #5.

According to our most recent data, Duke supports 16,606 students, and 288 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 248 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,322. During this same period, 115 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#7

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, William & Mary also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for History in the United States ranking.

Among the 8,817 students enrolled at William & Mary, 469 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 379 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,209. In addition to receiving other benefits, 5 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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American Public University System earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, American Military University supports 46,088 students, and 17,648 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 15,614 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,733. In addition to receiving other benefits, 10 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Fordham University. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Fordham U also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for History in the United States ranking.

Of the 16,515 students enrolled at Fordham U, 401 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 341 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,889. In addition to receiving other benefits, 159 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston. Rice did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 120 of the 7,124 students enrolled at Rice were GI Bill® students, of which 98 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,808. To help with additional expenses, 72 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population. University of Virginia also made our Best Colleges for History in the United States list, coming in at #9.

Of the 24,639 students enrolled at University of Virginia, 654 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 552 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,377.

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#12

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston College as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Boston College also did well on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list. It's in the top 5% 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. On top of their other funding sources, 74 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#13

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. NYU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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. To help with additional expenses, 265 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 30,011 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 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 $9,668. In addition to receiving other benefits, 18 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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#15

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Notre Dame also did well on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 361 of the 12,607 students enrolled at Notre Dame were GI Bill® students, of which 303 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,306. On top of their other funding sources, 78 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#16

American University

Washington, DC

American University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, The American University is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

Among the 14,311 students enrolled at The American University, 614 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 522 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,029. To help with additional expenses, 245 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Wisconsin is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 554 of the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin were GI Bill® students, of which 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. To help with additional expenses, 21 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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#18

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UChicago is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UChicago supports 17,002 students, and 181 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 107 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,167. During this same period, 54 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#19

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population. GMU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Texas landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, UNT supports 38,241 students, and 1,839 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,135 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,180. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Southern New Hampshire University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 104,068 students enrolled at SNHU, 10,271 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,316. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. UT Arlington is a very large public school located in the large city of Arlington.

Of the 47,899 students enrolled at UT Arlington, 2,100 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,897. UT Arlington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize George Washington University as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, GWU also did well on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, GWU supports 28,172 students, and 1,274 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,076 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,151. On top of their other funding sources, 349 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #24 school in this year's rankings. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. UT Austin excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

Of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 were 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Located in the city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, CU - Boulder is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, CU - Boulder supports 36,681 students, and 1,325 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,066 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,873. In addition to receiving other benefits, 55 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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#26

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#29

University at Albany

Albany, NY
#30

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#34

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#40

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA
#44

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#45

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best History Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
47 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
48 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
49 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
50 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
51 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
52 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
53 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
54 Providence College Providence, RI
55 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
56 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
57 Auburn University Auburn, AL
58 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
59 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
60 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
61 Towson University Towson, MD

History by Region

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

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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.

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