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2021 Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Graduates

45,514 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,751 Avg Salary
$23,628 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies School for You

Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, liberal arts general studies was ranked #11. In fact, 45,514 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Liberal Arts Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Graduates ranking looked at 354 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Liberal Arts General Studies Majors

After graduating, liberal arts general studies majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $30,751 per year. That's not so great, since it is 23% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Liberal Arts Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,751
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Grads in United States

The highest paid liberal arts majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Liberal Arts Graduates

#1

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts general studies school. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. Students who receive their bachelor's in liberal arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $57,600.

On average, liberal arts graduates from DePaul take out $32,748 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $346, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts general studies school. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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

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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Our rankings recognize Bentley University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham. Students who receive their bachelor's in liberal arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $57,400.

Liberal Arts majors at Bentley take out an average of $22,090 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $262.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our rankings recognize Yale University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #3 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. Students who receive their bachelor's in liberal arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,800.

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Our rankings recognize St Lawrence University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. St. Lawrence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Canton.

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#4

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, liberal arts majors make an average salary of $46,200.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Excelsior College take out while working on their bachelor's is $10,991. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $91, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts general studies school. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

Liberal Arts majors at Georgetown take out an average of $27,996 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $255.

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#5

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Saint Joseph's University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Students who receive their bachelor's in liberal arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $45,600.

While working on their bachelor's, liberal arts majors at St. Joe's accumulate an average of around $26,923 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $274, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Southern New Hampshire University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Liberal Arts majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $45,400.

While working on their bachelor's, liberal arts majors at SNHU accumulate an average of around $14,613 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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United States Air Force Academy landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts general studies school. USAFA is a small public school located in the fringe town of USAF Academy.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#7

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

University of Bridgeport landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts general studies school. University of Bridgeport is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bridgeport. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the school is $45,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, liberal arts graduates from University of Bridgeport carry an average student debtload of $31,870. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $322.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Polytechnic. Located in the large city of Mesa, ASU - Polytechnic is a public school with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the school is $45,300.

While working on their bachelor's, liberal arts majors at ASU - Polytechnic accumulate an average of around $23,738 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $245.

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Arizona State University - Skysong comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the city of Scottsdale. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the school is $45,300.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at ASU - Skysong take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,738. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $245.

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#10

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to William Jewell College. William Jewell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Liberty. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the school is $45,000.

While working on their bachelor's, liberal arts majors at William Jewell accumulate an average of around $22,422 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $263.

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#11

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, liberal arts majors make an average salary of $44,600.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Xavier take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,767. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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#12

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Belmont University. Belmont is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the school is $43,400.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Belmont take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,649. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#13

William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

Our rankings recognize William Peace University as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Peace is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Raleigh. Liberal Arts majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $42,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, liberal arts graduates from Peace carry an average student debtload of $24,415. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts general studies school. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#14

Baker College

Flint, MI

Baker College comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Baker College is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Flint. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the school is $41,900.

Liberal Arts majors at Baker College take out an average of $30,662 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $319.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Liberal Arts majors at SCU take out an average of $14,899 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Notre Dame of Maryland University. NDMU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, liberal arts majors make an average salary of $41,600.

On average, liberal arts graduates from NDMU take out $24,886 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $238.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Graduates

#27

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA
#27

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#28

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#30

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#31

The King's College

New York, NY
#31

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY
#32

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#32

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA
#35

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#38

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#39

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA
#40

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#41

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#43

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 354 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
43 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
44 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
45 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
46 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
47 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
48 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
49 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
50 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
51 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
52 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
53 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
54 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
59 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
61 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
62 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
64 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
65 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
66 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
67 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
68 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
69 University of Delaware Newark, DE
71 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
72 Augustana University Sioux Falls, 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 Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Graduates award.

Rank College Location
54 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
55 Antioch University - Los Angeles Culver City, CA
56 Antioch University - Midwest Yellow Springs, OH
57 Antioch University - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
58 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
59 Antioch University - Seattle Seattle, WA
60 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
61 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
62 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
63 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
64 Neumann University Aston, PA
65 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
66 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
67 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
68 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
69 Union University Jackson, TN
70 Simpson College Indianola, IA
73 Drake University Des Moines, IA
74 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
75 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
77 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
78 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
80 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
81 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
83 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
85 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
86 Northeastern University Boston, MA
87 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
88 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
90 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
91 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
95 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
96 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT

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Notes and 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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