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2021 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans

304 Colleges
44,236 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,431 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools for Vets

Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 44,236 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 ranking analyzed 304 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans.

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 city of Albany.

Our most recent data shows that 2,826 of the 21,974 students enrolled at Excelsior College were GI Bill® students. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,792. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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. DePaul did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list.

Our most recent data shows that 553 of the 21,922 students enrolled at DePaul were GI Bill® students, of which 423 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,543. During this same period, 165 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. DePaul does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at University of Oklahoma, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies ranking.

According to our most recent data, University of Oklahoma supports 27,772 students, and 1,464 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 874 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. In addition to receiving other benefits, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

Our most recent data shows that 10,271 of the 134,345 students enrolled at SNHU were GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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.

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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 very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, GMU also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 38,541 students enrolled at GMU, 2,265 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#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 large suburb of New Britain, Charter Oak State College is a public school with a small student population.

Of the 1,634 students enrolled at Charter Oak State College, 56 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 48 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,127. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Charter Oak State College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 city of Trenton.

Of the 10,495 students enrolled at TESU, 1,243 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,016 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,853. On top of their other funding sources, 534 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. TESU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

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

Of the 8,347 students enrolled at Columbia College Missouri, 1,071 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 917 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,711. In addition to receiving other benefits, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 suburb of Dallas. SMU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list.

Our most recent data shows that 330 of the 12,373 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. To help with additional expenses, 103 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 50,476 students enrolled at UT Austin were GI Bill® students, of which 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 large city of Tampa. USF Tampa also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 50,626 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,646. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. USF Tampa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 city of Provo. BYU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list, coming in at #4.

According to our most recent data, BYU supports 36,461 students, and 338 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 220 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,788. BYU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#13

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Xavier University. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Xavier also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 7,061 students enrolled at Xavier, 247 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 196 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,868. In addition to receiving other benefits, 79 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#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. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Bentley, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 33 of the 5,177 students enrolled at Bentley were GI Bill® students, of which 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. Bentley does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NYU, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies ranking.

Among the 52,775 students enrolled at NYU, 681 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. In addition to receiving other benefits, 265 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 fairly large student population.

Of the 16,433 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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

Among the 22,080 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.

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#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. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Longwood is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list.

Our most recent data shows that 218 of the 4,841 students enrolled at Longwood were GI Bill® students, of which 149 were 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.

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#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 city of Philadelphia. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Joe's also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies ranking.

Of the 6,779 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 large suburb of Moraga. In addition to being on our best for vets list, SMC has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies ranking.

Of the 3,439 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $17,750. To help with additional expenses, 22 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

Of the 15,033 students enrolled at FHSU, 328 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 208 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,219. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 remote town of Plainview.

Our most recent data shows that 748 of the 4,062 students enrolled at Wayland Baptist University were GI Bill® students, of which 509 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,578. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#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 college with a very large student population. Drexel 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 list.

Among the 23,589 students enrolled at Drexel, 745 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 578 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,336. During this same period, 255 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMKC also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies ranking.

Of the 16,147 students enrolled at UMKC, 423 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 299 were 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. UMKC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Belmont University

Nashville, TN

The #25 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. Belmont also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Belmont supports 8,204 students, and 359 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 327 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,047. To help with additional expenses, 159 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Belmont does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 vets studying Liberal Arts that almost earned our Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans 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 Owosso, 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

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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.

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