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2022 Best General Studies Associate Degree Schools

427 Colleges in the United States
101,847 Associate Degrees
General Studies is of the hottest associate degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #2 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 427 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best General Studies Associate Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 101,847 associate degrees in general studies to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great General Studies School for Your Associate Degree

Best General Studies Associate Degree Schools Your choice of general studies for getting your associate degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 9% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 132 to 35 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on general studies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other general studies students want to attend this school to pursue a associate degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized general studies related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for general studies students working on their associate degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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

Best Schools for Associate Students to Study General Studies in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for general studies students seeking a an associate degree. 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 for an Associate in General Studies

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WV
1,323 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in general studies has to look into American Public University System. American Military University is a very large private for-profit university located in the town of Charles Town. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were about 1323 general studies students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
1,374 Annual Graduates

Northern Virginia Community College is a good decision for individuals interested in an associate degree in general studies. Northern Virginia Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Annandale. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #42 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Northern Virginia Community College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 1374 general studies students who graduated with this degree at Northern Virginia Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
4,575 Annual Graduates

Tarrant County College District is one of the finest schools in the country for getting an associate degree in general studies. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #35 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Tarrant County College is a great college overall.

There were about 4575 general studies students who graduated with this degree at Tarrant County College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In TX
5,589 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in general studies has to check out El Centro College. Located in the city of Dallas, El Centro College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means El Centro College is a great college overall.

El Centro College is a fairly popular college to study general studies in the United States with about 5589 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In TX
1,123 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #50 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Collin County Community College District is a great college overall.

With 1123 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Collin County Community College District is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
2,851 Annual Graduates

Houston Community College is a very large public college located in the large city of Houston. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #64 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Houston Community College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 2851 general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Houston Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
135 Annual Graduates

Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Irvine. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #36 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Brandman is a great university overall.

There were about 135 general studies students who graduated with this degree at Brandman in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In TX
1,547 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #63 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Austin Community College District is a great college overall.

Austin Community College District is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States with approximately 1547 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DE
250 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #46 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means UD is a great university overall.

There were roughly 250 general studies students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent data year.

More information about a associate in general studies from University of Delaware

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
1,398 Annual Graduates

Suffolk County Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Selden. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #71 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Suffolk County Community College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 1398 general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Suffolk County Community College in the most recent data year.

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#11

National University

La Jolla, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
103 Annual Graduates

National University is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of La Jolla. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #62 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means National University is a great university overall.

There were roughly 103 general studies students who graduated with this degree at National University in the most recent data year.

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#12

San Antonio College

San Antonio, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In TX
1,926 Annual Graduates

San Antonio College is a fairly large public college located in the large city of San Antonio. This college ranks 10th out of 75 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

San Antonio College is a fairly popular college to study general studies in the United States with approximately 1926 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT
1,432 Annual Graduates

Salt Lake Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City. This college ranks 1st out of 14 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Utah.

There were approximately 1432 general studies students who graduated with this degree at Salt Lake Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TX
2,339 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of San Antonio, Northwest Vista College is a public college with a large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #78 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Northwest Vista College is a great college overall.

Northwest Vista College is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States with approximately 2339 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In IL
98 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Palatine, Harper College is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 59 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Illinois.

With 98 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, William Rainey Harper College is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NH
727 Annual Graduates

SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester. This university ranks 1st out of 11 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There were approximately 727 general studies students who graduated with this degree at SNHU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IA
119 Annual Graduates

DMACC is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Ankeny. This college ranks 2nd out of 21 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 119 general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at DMACC in the most recent data year.

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#18

Portland Community College

Portland, OR
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OR
975 Annual Graduates

Portland Community College is a very large public college located in the large city of Portland. This college ranks 1st out of 19 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Oregon.

There were approximately 975 general studies students who graduated with this degree at Portland Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In AZ
136 Annual Graduates

Mesa Community College is a large public college located in the large city of Mesa. This college ranks 3rd out of 21 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Arizona.

With 136 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Mesa Community College is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States.

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#20

Blinn College

Brenham, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In TX
1,533 Annual Graduates

Blinn College is a large public college located in the town of Brenham. This college ranks 13th out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

Blinn College is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States with approximately 1533 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
32nd Most Popular In TX
306 Annual Graduates

Located in the small suburb of Lake Jackson, BC is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 9th out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

Brazosport College is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States with roughly 306 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#22

College of Lake County

Grayslake, IL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
21st Most Popular In IL
31 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Grayslake, College of Lake County is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 6th out of 59 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Illinois.

With 31 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, College of Lake County is one of the most popular colleges to study general studies in the United States.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA
38 Annual Graduates

BHCC is a moderately-sized public college located in the city of Boston. This college ranks 4th out of 32 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Bunker Hill Community College is a fairly popular college to study general studies in the United States with roughly 38 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#24

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NV
419 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Las Vegas, CSN is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 1st out of 6 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Nevada.

There were roughly 419 general studies students who graduated with this degree at CSN in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OH
575 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Newark, Ohio State University - Newark Campus is a public university with a small student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Ohio.

There were roughly 575 general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Ohio State University - Newark Campus in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best General Studies Associate Degree Schools

#26

Howard Community College

Columbia, MD
#27

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#28

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
#29

Midland College

Midland, TX
#30

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#32

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

#33

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL
#34

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, IL
#37

Pima Community College

Tucson, AZ
#39

Triton College

River Grove, IL
#40

Ocean County College

Toms River, NJ

#41

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, OK

#43

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, IL
#44

North Central Texas College

Gainesville, TX
#45

Northland Pioneer College

Holbrook, AZ
#47

Phoenix College

Phoenix, AZ
#48

Front Range Community College

Westminster, CO
#49

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best General Studies Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 427 different United States general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
51 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
52 Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
53 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
54 Ranger College Ranger, TX
55 Weber State University Ogden, UT
56 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
57 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
58 Delta College University Center, MI
59 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
60 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
61 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
62 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
63 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA
64 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL

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 General Studies Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
65 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
66 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
67 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
68 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
69 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
70 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
71 Odessa College Odessa, TX
72 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
73 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
74 Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX
75 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
76 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
77 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
78 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
79 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
80 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
81 Palo Alto College San Antonio, TX
82 Norwalk Community College Norwalk, CT
83 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
84 Ohio State University - Marion Campus Marion, OH
85 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ

General Studies by Region

View the Best General Studies Associate Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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One of 3 majors within the Liberal Arts General Studies area of study, General Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts 262,184
Humanities 21,210
Individualized Studies 18,124

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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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