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2023 Best History Schools

376 Colleges in the United States
32,731 History Degrees Awarded
$30,467 Avg Early-Career Salary
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in history. It is ranked #23 out of 38 major degree programs in terms of popularity. This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

College Factual looked at 376 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best History Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 32,731 degrees in history to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great History School

Best History Schools Your choice of history school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall History School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

History Rankings by Degree Level

Associate Degrees in History
Bachelor's Degrees in History
Master's Degrees in History
Doctor's Degrees in History

The history school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best History Schools. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for History in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the history degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in History

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Yale University
New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
165 History Degrees Awarded
$52,357 Median Starting Salary

It's difficult to beat Yale University if you want to pursue a degree in history. Yale is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 165 history students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Yale University earn $21,890 more than the typical history grad.

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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
178 History Degrees Awarded
$56,755 Median Starting Salary

Any student pursuing a degree in history has to check out Harvard University. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 178 history students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history degree program at Harvard University make $26,287 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
76 History Degrees Awarded
$50,775 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat Princeton University if you want to pursue a degree in history. Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #10 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were approximately 76 history students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from Princeton University earn a boost of about $20,308 above the typical income of history majors.

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University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
71 History Degrees Awarded
$50,380 Median Starting Salary

University of Pennsylvania is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in history. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 71 history students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. History degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania receive an earnings boost of around $19,913 above the average earnings of history majors.

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Duke University
Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
61 History Degrees Awarded
$45,091 Median Starting Salary

Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 61 history students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those history students who get their degree from Duke University earn $14,624 more than the average history grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
103 History Degrees Awarded
4.9% Growth in Graduates

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 103 history students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from University of Chicago receive $9,879 more than the standard history graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 History Degrees Awarded
$47,439 Median Starting Salary

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 48 history students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from University of Notre Dame get an earnings boost of approximately $16,972 over the typical earnings of history majors.

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Brown University
Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
91 History Degrees Awarded
$42,584 Median Starting Salary

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 91 history students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Brown University make $12,117 more than the standard history graduate.

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Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 History Degrees Awarded
12.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 73 history students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year. History degree recipients from Vanderbilt University receive an earnings boost of approximately $9,991 over the typical earnings of history majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
218 History Degrees Awarded
$41,934 Median Starting Salary

Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 218 history students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Those history students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York make $11,466 more than the standard history grad.

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Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
76 History Degrees Awarded
15.8% Growth in Graduates

Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 1st out of 8 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 76 history students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the history major at Georgetown University get $16,224 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
82 History Degrees Awarded
30.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 82 history students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Northwestern University make $8,524 more than the typical history graduate.

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New York University
New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 History Degrees Awarded
$45,990 Median Starting Salary

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 3rd out of 143 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 141 history students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from New York University receive an earnings boost of approximately $15,523 over the typical earnings of history majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
160 History Degrees Awarded
13.8% Growth in Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 160 history students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, history degree recipients usually earn an average of $31,870 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
159 History Degrees Awarded
$38,890 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 159 history students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from University of Virginia - Main Campus earn $8,423 more than the average history grad.

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Tufts University
Medford, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
43 History Degrees Awarded
$47,243 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 43 history students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Tufts University receive $16,776 more than the standard history graduate.

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Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
91 History Degrees Awarded
20.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 6th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 91 history students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Boston College make $16,902 more than the typical history grad.

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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
59 History Degrees Awarded
15.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 1st out of 17 schools for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There were approximately 59 history students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year. History degree recipients from Dartmouth College receive an earnings boost of about $12,218 over the typical income of history majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
78 History Degrees Awarded
$42,168 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 8 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 78 history students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from George Washington University earn a boost of around $11,701 above the typical income of history graduates.

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Williams College
Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 History Degrees Awarded
$40,036 Median Starting Salary

Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the fringe town of Williamstown. This college ranks 3rd out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 33 history students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history degree program at Williams College get $9,569 above the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 History Degrees Awarded
$27,797 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #13 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 57 history students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the history program make around $27,797 in their early career salary.

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Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 History Degrees Awarded
$37,286 Median Starting Salary

Emory is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. This university ranks 2nd out of 69 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 47 history students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from Emory University earn a boost of approximately $6,819 over the typical earnings of history graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
90 History Degrees Awarded
25.6% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 90 history students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the history program earn an average of $29,963 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
117 History Degrees Awarded
10.3% Growth in Graduates

UIUC is a very large public university located in the city of Champaign. This university ranks 3rd out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 117 history students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. History degree recipients from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receive an earnings boost of approximately $9,015 over the typical income of history majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
344 History Degrees Awarded
$25,829 Median Starting Salary

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 6th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 344 history students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the history program state that they receive average early career wages of $25,829.

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Rest of the Top Best History Schools

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Amherst College
Amherst, MA
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Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
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William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
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Boston University
Boston, MA

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Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
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Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best History Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 376 different United States history schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
51 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
52 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
53 University of Georgia Athens, GA
54 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
55 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
56 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for History students that almost earned our Best History Schools award.

Rank College Location
57 Iowa State University Ames, IA
58 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
59 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
60 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
61 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
62 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
63 Norwich University Northfield, VT
64 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
65 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
66 Centre College Danville, KY
67 Villanova University Villanova, PA
68 Northeastern University Boston, MA
69 American University Washington, DC
70 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
71 University of Delaware Newark, DE
72 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
73 Auburn University Auburn, AL
74 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
75 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA

History by Region

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Region
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Middle Atlantic
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