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2022 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools

477 Colleges in the United States
44,236 Bachelor's Degrees
If you pursue a bachelor's degree in liberal arts general studies, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #11 most popular program 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 reviewed 477 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of liberal arts general studies. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 44,236 bachelor's 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 Bachelor's Degree

Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools The liberal arts bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality liberal arts program can vary widely even among the top schools. 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 make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 11% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 30%.

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Graduates Earn More After College

One measure we use to determine the quality of a liberal arts general studies school is to look at the average salary of bachelor's graduates during the early years of their career. While bachelor's degree recipients from schools in the United States earn an average starting salary of $30,751, the top 25 schools on this list made an average of $38,346.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on liberal arts general studies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of liberal arts general studies students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt liberal arts general studies students go into to obtain their bachelor's 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for liberal arts general studies students working on their bachelor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s 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 a bachelor's 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 a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts

10 Annual Graduates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a wonderful option for individuals interested in a bachelor's degree in liberal arts general studies. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #2 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

A favorite choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were approximately 10 learners who completed this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
126 Annual Graduates
$25,283 Median Student Debt

It's difficult to beat Bentley University if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in liberal arts general studies. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Waltham. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #41 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Bentley is a great university overall.

There were approximately 126 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Bentley in the most recent data year. Bachelor's recipients from the liberal arts general studies major at Bentley University earn $26,649 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
19 Annual Graduates
$18,309 Median Student Debt

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in liberal arts general studies has to take a look at University of Chicago. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

With 19 students who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, University of Chicago is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts in the United States.

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#4

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
27 Annual Graduates
$24,551 Median Student Debt

Georgetown University is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal arts general studies. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 27 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#5

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
1,445 Annual Graduates
$8,778 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. This college ranks 13th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 1445 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at Excelsior College in the most recent data year. Liberal Arts General Studies bachelor's degree recipients from Excelsior College get an earnings boost of around $15,449 over the typical earnings of liberal arts general studies majors.

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245 Annual Graduates
$22,130 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #46 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were roughly 245 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year. Bachelor's recipients from the liberal arts general studies major at The University of Texas at Austin get $6,849 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

With 10 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, University of Pennsylvania is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts in the United States.

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#8

New York University

New York, NY
593 Annual Graduates
$22,769 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #56 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were about 593 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Bachelor's recipients from the liberal arts general studies program at New York University make $3,349 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
2 Annual Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #31 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were approximately 2 individuals who completed this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
34 Annual Graduates

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #8 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

With 34 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

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
17 Annual Graduates
$26,919 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #18 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

A preferred choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were about 17 individuals who completed this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year.

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118 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 20 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of West Virginia.

There were roughly 118 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year.

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#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
47 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were about 47 individuals who completed this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Those liberal arts general studies students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Notre Dame earn $2,449 more than the standard liberal arts student.

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108 Annual Graduates
$20,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is a fairly popular university to study liberal arts in the United States with approximately 108 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, liberal arts bachelor's recipients typically make an average of $26,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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#15

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 52 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 12 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year.

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#16

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
52 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 100 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 52 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year. Bachelor's recipients from the liberal arts general studies program at Villanova University make $6,649 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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9 Annual Graduates
$23,750 Median Student Debt

The Colleges is a small private not-for-profit college located in the distant town of Geneva. This college ranks 12th out of 124 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

A favorite major for liberal arts general studies students, there were roughly 9 students who completed this degree at The Colleges in the most recent data year. Those liberal arts general studies students who get their bachelor's degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges make $9,549 more than the average liberal arts grad.

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#18

Providence College

Providence, RI
10 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 9 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were approximately 10 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Providence in the most recent data year. Liberal Arts General Studies bachelor's degree recipients from Providence College get an earnings boost of around $9,849 over the average income of liberal arts general studies graduates.

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106 Annual Graduates
$20,298 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 20 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 106 liberal arts general studies students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent year we have data available. Liberal Arts General Studies bachelor's degree recipients from University of Connecticut receive an earnings boost of about $6,049 over the average income of liberal arts general studies majors.

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47 Annual Graduates
$23,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 84 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

A popular choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were about 47 individuals who completed this degree at SMU in the most recent year we have data available. Liberal Arts General Studies bachelor's degree recipients from Southern Methodist University receive an earnings boost of around $8,349 over the typical earnings of liberal arts general studies graduates.

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27 Annual Graduates
$16,375 Median Student Debt

NC State is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Raleigh. This university ranks 6th out of 53 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 27 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year.

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#22

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
51 Annual Graduates
$22,664 Median Student Debt

Champlain is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Burlington. This college ranks 5th out of 11 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Vermont.

There were about 51 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Champlain in the most recent year we have data available.

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68 Annual Graduates
$14,925 Median Student Debt

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #36 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 68 liberal arts general studies individuals who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Liberal Arts General Studies bachelor's degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get an earnings boost of approximately $3,349 above the typical earnings of liberal arts general studies graduates.

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#24

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT
10 Annual Graduates
$16,045 Median Student Debt

Wesleyan U is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Middletown. This university ranks 5th out of 20 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

A preferred choice for liberal arts general studies students, there were approximately 10 students who graduated from this program at Wesleyan U in the most recent data year. Liberal Arts General Studies bachelor's degree recipients from Wesleyan University earn a boost of around $4,949 over the typical income of liberal arts general studies majors.

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#25

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
17 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 25th out of 113 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

With 17 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, Pepperdine University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts in the United States.

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Rest of the Top Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#26

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#28

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#29

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#30

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#31

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

#33

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#35

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH
#36

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#37

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK
#38

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
#39

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#40

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

#41

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

#42

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#43

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#45

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ
#47

University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX
#49

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 477 different United States liberal arts general studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Belmont University Nashville, TN
51 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
52 National University La Jolla, CA
53 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
54 University of Delaware Newark, DE
55 Charter Oak State College New Britain, CT
56 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
57 Iowa State University Ames, IA
58 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA
59 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
60 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
61 Maria College of Albany Albany, NY
62 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
63 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
64 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
65 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
66 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
67 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
68 The King’s College New York, NY
69 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
70 University of North Texas Denton, TX
71 St John’s College Annapolis, MD

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
72 Longwood University Farmville, VA
73 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
74 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
75 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
76 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
77 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
78 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
79 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
80 Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
81 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
82 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
83 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
84 Fordham University Bronx, NY
85 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
86 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
87 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
88 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
89 Seattle University Seattle, WA
90 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
91 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
92 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
93 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
94 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
95 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI

Liberal Arts General Studies by 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 Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts 25,169
General Studies 13,667
Individualized Studies 3,659
Humanities 1,741

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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