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2022 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools

934 Colleges in the United States
403,365 Associate Degrees
Ranked #1 in popularity, liberal arts general studies is one of the most sought-after associate degree programs in the nation. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 934 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for liberal arts general studies students pursuing a associate degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 403,365 associate degrees in liberal arts general studies during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Liberal Arts General Studies School for Your Associate Degree

Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools Your choice of liberal arts 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 take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different 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 3% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 52 to 13 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

The average early-career salary of those graduating with their associate degree in liberal arts general studies is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. While associate degree recipients from schools in the United States earn an average starting salary of $23,773, the top 25 schools on this list made an average of $27,947.

Starting Salary  ( 19789 to 34410 )
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$45,400

Other Factors We Consider

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

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to liberal arts general studies students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other liberal arts 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.
  • Student Debt - How much debt liberal arts general studies students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized liberal arts general studies related body.

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

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 General Studies Associate Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts general studies. 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 Liberal Arts

1,323 Annual Graduates
$8,821 Median Student Debt

American Public University System is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting an associate degree in liberal arts general studies. 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 roughly 1323 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year. Associate recipients from the liberal arts general studies degree program at American Public University System earn $21,627 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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1,998 Annual Graduates
$11,000 Median Student Debt

It is hard to beat University of Maryland Global Campus if you wish to pursue an associate degree in liberal arts general studies. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #5 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means UMGC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1998 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at UMGC in the most recent data year. Those liberal arts general studies students who get their associate degree from University of Maryland Global Campus make $13,327 more than the standard liberal arts graduate.

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1,612 Annual Graduates
$12,000 Median Student Debt

It is hard to beat Northern Virginia Community College if you wish to pursue an associate degree in liberal arts general studies. Northern Virginia Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Annandale. This college ranks 2nd out of 39 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 1612 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Northern Virginia Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Liberal Arts General Studies associate degree recipients from Northern Virginia Community College earn a boost of approximately $15,727 over the typical earnings of liberal arts general studies majors.

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#4

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
5,077 Annual Graduates
$5,712 Median Student Debt

Broward College is a good option for individuals pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts general studies. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale, BC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means BC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 5077 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at BC in the most recent year we have data available. Associate graduates who receive their degree from the liberal arts program make an average of $24,600 for their early career.

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#5

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
3,907 Annual Graduates
$5,750 Median Student Debt

Palm Beach State College is a very large public college located in the large suburb of Lake Worth. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Palm Beach State College is a great college overall.

Palm Beach State College is a fairly popular college to study liberal arts in the United States with about 3907 graduations in the most recent data year. Associate students who receive their degree from the liberal arts program make around $23,900 for their early career.

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#6

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA
2,658 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Pasadena City College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #11 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Pasadena City College is a great college overall.

There were about 2658 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at Pasadena City College in the most recent year we have data available.

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3,253 Annual Graduates
$10,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Tampa, HCC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #20 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means HCC is a great college overall.

With 3253 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Hillsborough Community College is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts in the United States. Associate recipients from the liberal arts general studies degree program at Hillsborough Community College get $4,627 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#8

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA
1,350 Annual Graduates
$10,968 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Bellevue, BC is a public college with a large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #32 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means BC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 1350 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at BC in the most recent year we have data available. Those liberal arts general studies students who get their associate degree from Bellevue College make $4,827 more than the typical liberal arts student.

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#9

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
7,122 Annual Graduates
$8,087 Median Student Debt

Valencia College is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Orlando. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Valencia College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 7122 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Valencia College in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their associate from the liberal arts program report average early career earnings of $22,600.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

With 2 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Harvard University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts in the United States.

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#11

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, CA
1,722 Annual Graduates
$10,250 Median Student Debt

Pierce College is a large public college located in the large city of Woodland Hills. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #31 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Pierce College is a great college overall.

Los Angeles Pierce College is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts in the United States with about 1722 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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4,575 Annual Graduates
$9,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 4575 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Tarrant County College in the most recent data year. Associate recipients from the liberal arts general studies program at Tarrant County College District make $3,327 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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2,004 Annual Graduates
$8,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Fort Myers, FSW is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 6th out of 60 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Florida.

With 2004 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Florida SouthWestern State College is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts in the United States. Those liberal arts general studies students who get their associate degree from Florida SouthWestern State College receive $3,827 more than the standard liberal arts student.

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#14

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
5,589 Annual Graduates
$9,768 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Dallas, El Centro College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 1st out of 75 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

A preferred choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were about 5589 individuals who completed this degree at El Centro College in the most recent data year. Associate recipients from the liberal arts general studies major at El Centro College get $3,527 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#15

Providence College

Providence, RI
1 Annual Graduates

Providence is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Providence is a great college overall.

There were about 1 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Providence in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Bergen Community College

Paramus, NJ
1,691 Annual Graduates
$10,500 Median Student Debt

Bergen Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Paramus. This college ranks 2nd out of 28 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were approximately 1691 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Bergen Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, liberal arts associate recipients typically earn around $23,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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2,763 Annual Graduates
$10,001 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 4th out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

Collin County Community College District is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts in the United States with about 2763 graduates in the most recent data year. Those liberal arts general studies students who get their associate degree from Collin County Community College District receive $4,327 more than the typical liberal arts graduate.

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#18

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
5,833 Annual Graduates
$9,000 Median Student Debt

North Harris Montgomery is a very large public college located in the city of The Woodlands. This college ranks 3rd out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 5833 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at North Harris Montgomery in the most recent data year. Liberal Arts General Studies associate degree recipients from Lone Star College System get an earnings boost of around $3,027 above the average income of liberal arts general studies majors.

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2,851 Annual Graduates
$11,256 Median Student Debt

Houston Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Houston. This college ranks 6th out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 2851 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Houston Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Liberal Arts General Studies associate degree recipients from Houston Community College receive an earnings boost of approximately $3,327 over the average earnings of liberal arts general studies graduates.

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#20

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
135 Annual Graduates
$15,500 Median Student Debt

Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Irvine. This university ranks 9th out of 114 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

With 135 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Brandman University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts in the United States.

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1,957 Annual Graduates
$9,437 Median Student Debt

Seminole State is a fairly large public college located in the city of Sanford. This college ranks 10th out of 60 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Florida.

Seminole State College of Florida is a fairly popular college to study liberal arts in the United States with approximately 1957 graduates in the most recent data year. Associate graduates who receive their degree from the liberal arts program make about $24,900 for their early career.

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1,547 Annual Graduates
$7,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 5th out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

With 1547 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Austin Community College District is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts in the United States. Associate recipients from the liberal arts general studies program at Austin Community College District get $10,027 more than the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#23

New York University

New York, NY
14 Annual Graduates

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #1 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

New York University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts in the United States with approximately 14 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#24

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
1,353 Annual Graduates
$10,000 Median Student Debt

Nassau Community College is a large public college located in the suburb of Garden City. This college ranks 7th out of 78 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 1353 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at Nassau Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Associate graduates who receive their degree from the liberal arts program earn an average of $24,600 in their early career salary.

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#25

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
250 Annual Graduates
$6,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 4 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Delaware.

There were about 250 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, liberal arts associate recipients generally make an average of $10,600 in the first five years of their career.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools

#25

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#27

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, FL
#28

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
#29

National University

La Jolla, CA
#30

Highline College

Des Moines, WA
#31

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

#33

San Antonio College

San Antonio, TX
#34

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL
#36

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#37

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#38

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, TX

#42

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
#44

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD
#48

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, WA
#49

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 934 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Portland Community College Portland, OR
51 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
52 El Camino College Torrance, CA
53 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
54 Blinn College Brenham, TX
55 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
56 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
57 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
58 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
59 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
60 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
61 Chabot College Hayward, CA
62 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
63 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
64 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
65 Ohio State University - Newark Campus Newark, OH
66 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
67 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
68 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
69 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA
70 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
71 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
72 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
73 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
74 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
75 Columbia College Columbia, MO
76 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
77 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
78 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
79 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
80 Midland College Midland, TX
81 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
82 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
83 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
84 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
85 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
86 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
87 South Texas College McAllen, TX
88 Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
89 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
90 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
91 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
92 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
93 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
94 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
95 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
96 Rockland Community College Suffern, NY
97 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
98 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
99 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
100 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
101 Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA
102 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
103 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
104 Maria College of Albany Albany, NY
105 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
106 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN
107 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
108 Winona State University Winona, MN
109 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
110 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
111 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
112 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
113 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
114 Triton College River Grove, IL
115 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
116 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
117 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
118 South Seattle College Seattle, WA
119 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
120 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
121 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
122 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
123 Norco College Norco, CA
124 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
125 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
126 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
127 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
128 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
129 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
130 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
131 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
132 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
133 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
134 Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ
135 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
136 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
137 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
138 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
139 Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg, FL
140 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Liberal Arts General Studies students that almost earned our Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
141 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
142 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
143 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
144 Endicott College Beverly, MA
145 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
146 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
147 Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
148 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
149 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA
150 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
151 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
152 Ranger College Ranger, TX
153 Windward Community College Kaneohe, HI
154 Weber State University Ogden, UT
155 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
156 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
157 William Penn University Oskaloosa, IA
158 South Florida State College Avon Park, FL
159 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
160 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
161 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
162 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
163 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
164 Delta College University Center, MI
165 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
166 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
167 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
168 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
169 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
170 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
171 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
172 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA
173 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
174 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
175 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
176 Everett Community College Everett, WA
177 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
178 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
179 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
180 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
181 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
182 Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL
183 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
184 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
185 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
186 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL

Liberal Arts General Studies by Region

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

Liberal Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts 262,184
General Studies 101,847
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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