History

2022 Best History Schools

567 Colleges in the United States
32,702 History Degrees Awarded
$29,593 Avg Early-Career Salary
History is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #22 out of the 38 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

College Factual looked at 567 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best History Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 32,702 degrees in history to qualified students.

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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

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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

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

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
190 History Degrees Awarded

It is 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 Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 190 history students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history major at Yale University get $15,007 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
39 History Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Williams College if you wish to pursue a degree in history. Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the fringe town of Williamstown. This college ranks 3rd out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 39 history students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Williams College make $14,507 more than the typical history grad.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 History Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a degree in history. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 73 history students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Duke University receive $21,807 more than the typical history grad.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
194 History Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested 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 Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 194 history students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Harvard University earn $18,407 more than the standard history grad.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
87 History Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 87 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 about $21,307 over the typical earnings of history graduates.

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#6

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 50 history students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year. Those history students who get their degree from Dartmouth College make $16,807 more than the average history graduate.

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#7

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NJ
117 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were approximately 117 history students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#8

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 History Degrees Awarded

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 73 history students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history program at University of Notre Dame make $9,407 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 History Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 98 history students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Those history students who get their degree from University of Chicago receive $2,707 more than the typical history student.

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#10

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Located in the city of Lewiston, Bates is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 23 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were approximately 18 history students who graduated with this degree at Bates in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the history degree program at Bates College get $15,707 more than the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
97 History Degrees Awarded

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence. This university ranks 1st out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were approximately 97 history students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the history major at Brown University earn $13,307 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#12

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In MA
33 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 33 history students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent data year.

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#13

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In CA
53 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 53 history students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#14

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$17,002 Median Student Debt

Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 29 history students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history program at Colgate University earn $3,007 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#15

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
172 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 172 history students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#16

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
64 History Degrees Awarded

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 64 history students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#17

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA
47 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 47 history students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
226 History Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 226 history students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history degree program at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $12,507 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 57 history students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history program at Northwestern University get $7,507 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#20

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
39 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 39 history students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from College of the Holy Cross receive an earnings boost of approximately $11,607 above the average earnings of history majors.

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#21

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In TX
42 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 42 history students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Barnard College

New York, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In NY
37 History Degrees Awarded

Barnard is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of New York. This college ranks 4th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 37 history students who graduated with this degree at Barnard in the most recent data year.

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#23

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NH

Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, St. Anselm College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 18 schools for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There were roughly 17 history students who graduated with this degree at St. Anselm College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In VA

Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lexington. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 28 history students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
118th Most Popular In CA

SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Santa Clara. This university ranks 12th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 17 history students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best History Schools

#25

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#26

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#27

New York University

New York, NY
#28

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#29

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#31

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

#32

George Washington University

Washington, DC

#35

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#36

Carleton College

Northfield, MN
#37

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

#43

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#48

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best History Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 567 different United States history schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
51 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
52 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
53 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
54 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
55 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
56 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
57 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
58 Boston University Boston, MA
59 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
60 Stonehill College Easton, MA
61 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
62 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
63 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
64 Smith College Northampton, MA
65 Ashland University Ashland, OH
66 University of Delaware Newark, DE
67 Northeastern University Boston, MA
68 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
69 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
70 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
71 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
72 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
73 Hampden - Sydney College Hampden-Sydney, VA
74 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
75 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
76 Illinois State University Normal, IL
77 Connecticut College New London, CT
78 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
79 Siena College Loudonville, NY
80 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
81 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
82 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
83 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
84 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
85 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
86 Clemson University Clemson, SC
87 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
88 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
89 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
90 Providence College Providence, RI
91 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
92 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
93 American University Washington, DC
94 University of Georgia Athens, GA
95 Iowa State University Ames, IA
96 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
97 University of Houston Houston, TX
98 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
99 Roanoke College Salem, VA
100 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
101 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
102 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
103 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
104 Westminster College Pennsylvania New Wilmington, PA
105 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
106 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
107 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
108 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
109 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
110 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
111 Denison University Granville, OH
112 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
113 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA

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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 Abraham Ortelius.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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