Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Liberal Arts General Studies

Find Schools Near

2021 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States

304 Colleges
45,514 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,431 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools for Vets

Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 45,514 people earned their bachelor's in liberal arts general studies, making the major the #11 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 304 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent liberal arts general studies programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the liberal arts general studies program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

More Ways to Rank Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

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

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. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying liberal arts.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts general studies schools. Excelsior College is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

Our most recent data shows that 2,826 of the 30,008 students enrolled at Excelsior College were GI Bill® students. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,792. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at Excelsior College Report

Request Information
#2

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. As a testament to the quality of education offered at DePaul, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 22,437 students enrolled at DePaul, 553 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 423 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,543. To help with additional expenses, 165 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at DePaul University

Request Information

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public school with a fairly large student population. University of Oklahoma not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list.

Among the 28,564 students enrolled at University of Oklahoma, 1,464 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 874 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information

Southern New Hampshire University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts general studies schools. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 104,068 students enrolled at SNHU, 10,271 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,316. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information
#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts general studies schools. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, GMU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list.

Among the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU, 2,265 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at George Mason University Report

Request Information
#6

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Charter Oak State College landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts general studies schools. Located in the suburb of New Britain, Charter Oak State College is a public college with a small student population.

Among the 1,641 students enrolled at Charter Oak State College, 56 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 48 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,127. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at Charter Oak State College Report

Request Information

Thomas Edison State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts general studies schools. TESU is a large public school located in the small city of Trenton.

Our most recent data shows that 1,243 of the 10,934 students enrolled at TESU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,016 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,853. To help with additional expenses, 534 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at Thomas Edison State University

Request Information
#8

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Columbia College Missouri is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Columbia.

According to our most recent data, Columbia College Missouri supports 12,080 students, and 1,071 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 917 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,711. To help with additional expenses, 2 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Columbia College Missouri does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

Southern Methodist University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. In addition to being on our best for vets list, SMU has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 330 of the 11,649 students enrolled at SMU were GI Bill® students, of which 258 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,005. During this same period, 103 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at Southern Methodist University Report

Request Information

Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. UT Austin also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States rankings.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at The University of Texas at Austin Report

Request Information

University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the city of Tampa. USF Tampa excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list.

Among the 43,846 students enrolled at USF Tampa, 2,349 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,646. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at University of South Florida - Main Campus

Request Information

Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. BYU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Of the 34,499 students enrolled at BYU, 338 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 220 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,788. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read More…

Request Information
#13

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Xavier University. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Xavier also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Xavier supports 7,127 students, and 247 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 196 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,868. To help with additional expenses, 79 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Xavier does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full Veterans at Xavier University Report

Request Information
#14

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts general studies schools. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham. Bentley also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Of the 5,460 students enrolled at Bentley, 33 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,696. To help with additional expenses, 12 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at Bentley University Report

Request Information
#15

New York University

New York, NY

New York University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. In addition to being on our best for vets list, NYU has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, NYU supports 51,847 students, and 681 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 482 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. During this same period, 265 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Read More…

Request Information

Texas Woman's University comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, TWU is a public college with a large student population.

Of the 15,518 students enrolled at TWU, 507 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 315 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,604. TWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Middle Tennessee State University. Middle Tennessee State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro.

Among the 21,631 students enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University, 1,239 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 951 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,991. Middle Tennessee State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on veterans at Middle Tennessee State University

Request Information
#18

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Longwood University. Located in the remote town of Farmville, Longwood is a public college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Longwood also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Longwood supports 4,911 students, and 218 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 149 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,426. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at Longwood University

Request Information
#19

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. St. Joe's is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, St. Joe's is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list.

Of the 7,589 students enrolled at St. Joe’s, 118 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 98 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,315. To help with additional expenses, 8 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Mary's College of California. SMC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Moraga. SMC did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list.

Of the 3,881 students enrolled at SMC, 78 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 52 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $17,750. In addition to receiving other benefits, 22 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. SMC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on veterans at Saint Mary’s College of California

Request Information

Fort Hays State University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. FHSU is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Hays.

Our most recent data shows that 328 of the 15,523 students enrolled at FHSU were GI Bill® students, of which 208 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,219. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information
#22

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX

Wayland Baptist University comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Wayland Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Plainview.

Among the 4,504 students enrolled at Wayland Baptist University, 748 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 509 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,578. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at Wayland Baptist University

Request Information
#23

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Drexel also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 24,634 students enrolled at Drexel, 745 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 578 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,336. To help with additional expenses, 255 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on veterans at Drexel University

Request Information

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Missouri - Kansas City. Located in the city of Kansas City, UMKC is a public college with a large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UMKC also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, UMKC supports 16,375 students, and 423 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 299 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,175. To help with additional expenses, 20 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at University of Missouri - Kansas City

Request Information
#25

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Belmont University. Belmont is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Belmont also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 8,260 students enrolled at Belmont, 359 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 327 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,047. On top of their other funding sources, 159 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Belmont does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

#27

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#29

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#31

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI
#33

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#36

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#38

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#42

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#45

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Liberal Arts that almost earned our Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
46 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
47 Clayton State University Morrow, GA
48 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
49 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
50 William Peace University Raleigh, NC
51 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
52 Brandman University Irvine, CA
53 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
54 Adams State University Alamosa, CO
55 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, ME
56 Baker College Flint, MI
57 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
58 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
59 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
60 Governors State University University Park, IL

Liberal Arts General Studies by Region

View the best for vets Liberal Arts General Studies colleges in a specific region near you.

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

Liberal Arts General Studies is one of 0 different types of Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities programs to choose from.

Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Liberal Arts Schools

Find Schools Near You