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2021 Best History Colleges for Veterans

308 Colleges
26,120 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,806 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best History Schools for Vets

Best History Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 26,120 people earned their bachelor's in history, making the major the #21 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best History Colleges for Veterans ranking analyzed 308 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in history. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality history 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 history program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best History Schools for Veterans list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best History Schools for Veterans in the United States

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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 medium-sized city of Cambridge. Harvard did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for History list.

Of the 30,391 students enrolled at Harvard, 378 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,846. To help with additional expenses, 175 students received funds 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 very large student population. Columbia also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for History rankings.

Of the 30,135 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. To help with additional expenses, 361 students received funds 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 medium-sized city of New Haven. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Yale, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for History ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 60 of the 12,060 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 29 students qualified for 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 list.

Of the 26,552 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. In addition to receiving other benefits, 106 students qualified for 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 medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Brown not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for History list.

Among the 9,948 students enrolled at Brown, 96 are 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. To help with additional expenses, 58 students received funds through 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 large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. Duke also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for History rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 288 of the 16,172 students enrolled at Duke were GI Bill® students, of which 248 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,322. During this same period, 115 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#7

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to William & Mary. Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public college 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 ranking.

Among the 8,939 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,209. During this same period, 5 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. William & Mary does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 school with a very large student population.

Among the 50,047 students enrolled at American Military University, 17,648 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 15,614 were 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 city of Bronx. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Fordham U is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

Our most recent data shows that 401 of the 16,364 students enrolled at Fordham U were GI Bill® students, of which 341 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,889. To help with additional expenses, 159 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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#10

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Rice has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for History ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 120 of the 7,643 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. During this same period, 72 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the 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 list, coming in at #9.

Our most recent data shows that 654 of the 25,628 students enrolled at University of Virginia were GI Bill® students, of which 552 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Boston College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 14,934 students enrolled at Boston College, 164 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. In addition to receiving other benefits, 74 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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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. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, NYU also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 52,775 students enrolled at NYU, 681 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,831. On top of their other funding sources, 265 students qualified for 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 small city of Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 30,092 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,668. On top of their other funding sources, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 large suburb of Notre Dame. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Notre Dame is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

Our most recent data shows that 361 of the 12,809 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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 fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, The American University also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

Of the 14,001 students enrolled at The American University, 614 were 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. During this same period, 245 students received scholarships 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. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for History ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 554 of the 44,640 students enrolled at UW - Madison were GI Bill® students, of which 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. In addition to receiving other benefits, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UChicago also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 17,834 students enrolled at UChicago, 181 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 107 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,167. During this same period, 54 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 fairly 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 list.

Among the 38,541 students enrolled at GMU, 2,265 are 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. During this same period, 44 students received scholarships 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 school with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, UNT supports 40,953 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 college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 134,345 students enrolled at SNHU, 10,271 are 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 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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The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. UT Arlington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Arlington.

Of the 48,072 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize George Washington University as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, GWU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,274 of the 27,017 students enrolled at GWU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,076 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,151. To help with additional expenses, 349 students received funds through 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. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UT Austin also did well on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 50,476 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. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Located in the medium-sized 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 list.

Among the 37,437 students enrolled at CU - Boulder, 1,325 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,066 were 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

#44

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#45

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for vets studying History that almost earned our Best History Colleges for Veterans 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 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
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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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