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2021 Best Value Colleges for History

302 Colleges
25,943 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,426 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value History School for You

Best Value Colleges for HistoryHistory is the #19 most popular major in the country with 25,943 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for History ranking, we looked at 302 colleges that offer a bachelor's in history. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on history schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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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 Value History Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value History Schools in the United States

Check out the history programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 25 Best Value History Schools

#1

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Crawfordsville, Wabash is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. Wabash also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Wabash about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,099. This means that the average student pays around $118,433 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wabash. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Brigham Young University - Provo earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU is 5.2 years, and it costs about $12,239 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Florida State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State is $115,196. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Florida - Main Campus as the #4 school in this year's rankings. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. U of F is a very large public school located in the city of Gainesville. In addition to its great value ranking, U of F is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

At U of F, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $120,542. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at UNK graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,217. This means that the average student pays around $91,987 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNK. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. SRU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Slippery Rock.

It takes the average student at SRU about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $21,713 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU is $93,149. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. In addition to its great value ranking, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for History list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UNC Chapel Hill to complete their degree, and it costs about $26,820 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill is about $109,694. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Our rankings recognize Truman State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Truman State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,927. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Truman State is $80,250. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#11

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at U of Wyoming about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,323. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming is $94,299. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#12

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Randolph - Macon College. Located in the suburb of Ashland, Randolph - Macon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Randolph - Macon is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,683. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Randolph - Macon is about $124,880. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#13

University at Albany

Albany, NY

University at Albany comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. UAlbany is a large public school located in the small city of Albany. UAlbany also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for History list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UAlbany is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,041. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UAlbany is $124,971. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Whitewater about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,164. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater is about $91,343. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Illinois State is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,958 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Dakota State University is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,224. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is $96,145. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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South Dakota State University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the town of Brookings.

The average student at South Dakota State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. This means that the average student pays around $89,628 to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at UNC Greensboro graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,093. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is $98,756. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UW - La Crosse about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,185. This means that the average student pays around $85,373 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Iowa State University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ames.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Iowa State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,749. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is $118,231. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#22

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value history schools. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls.

It takes the average student at UNI about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,198. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNI is $107,439. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Texas. Located in the city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a very large student population.

At UNT, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,179. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNT is $109,773. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#24

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,217. This means that the average student pays around $116,503 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of H. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#25

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

SUNY Cortland earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at SUNY Cortland about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $25,238 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland is $108,019. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#27

University of Dallas

Irving, TX
#30

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#31

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY
#32

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#33

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#35

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA
#36

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
#38

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#39

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#40

St Lawrence University

Canton, NY
#42

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#43

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#44

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

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 Value Colleges for History award.

Rank College Location
46 University of Georgia Athens, GA
47 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
48 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
49 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
50 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
51 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
52 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
53 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
54 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
55 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
56 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
57 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
58 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
59 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
60 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY

History by Region

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

History Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
History 25,943

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 Abraham Ortelius.

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