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2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

289 Colleges
45,514 Bachelor's Degrees
$20,652 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for You

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & HumanitiesLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #14 most popular major in the country with 45,514 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities ranking, we looked at 289 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in the United States

Check out the liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 25 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools

#1

St John's College

Annapolis, MD

Our rankings recognize St John's College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Annapolis, St. John's Annapolis is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. St. John's Annapolis also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities list, coming in at #1.

It takes the average student at St. John’s Annapolis about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,430. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s Annapolis is $50,590. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

Soka University of America comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Aliso Viejo, Soka University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Soka University also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Soka University is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,398. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Soka University is $66,412. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM

St. John's College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. St. John's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Fe. St. John's also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities rankings.

The average student at St. John’s graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $14,375. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s is $60,087. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, BYU also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities ranking.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and it costs about $12,239 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

Our rankings recognize William Jewell College as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Liberty, William Jewell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. William Jewell also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at William Jewell is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,544. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell be around $101,367. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Macon.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Mercer to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,614. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Mercer is $84,144. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Florida - Main Campus as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities ranking.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,095. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa be around $99,308. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize South Dakota State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at South Dakota State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,370. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the South Dakota State is $89,628. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Searcy.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Harding is 4.3 years, and it costs about $20,917 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Harding is $90,989. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the distant town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

At EIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $16,976 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from EIU is $75,034. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#11

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Thomas Aquinas College landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. TAC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Paula. TAC not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities list.

At TAC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,861. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the TAC is $103,670. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#12

New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

New College of Florida comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. New College is a fairly small public school located in the city of Sarasota. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, New College also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities ranking.

The average student at New College graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,551. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from New College is $113,786. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Western Illinois University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WIU is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,615. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU be around $78,211. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#14

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Bridgewater College landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the small suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Bridgewater about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,429. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater is about $108,095. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Illinois at Springfield comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. UIS is a small public school located in the city of Springfield.

At UIS, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,739. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UIS is $91,044. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and it costs about $23,233 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#17

Union University

Jackson, TN

Union University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Jackson, Union U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Union U excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities list.

It takes the average student at Union U about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,968. This means that the average student pays around $98,029 to get a bachelor’s degree from Union U. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Indiana Wesleyan University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the distant town of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at IWU graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,484. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from IWU is $90,018. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#19

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

At Columbia College Missouri, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,593. This means that the average student pays around $78,960 to get a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Missouri. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#20

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the small city of Grand Forks, UND is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UND also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities ranking.

The average student at UND graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $23,788 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $109,187 to get a bachelor’s degree from UND. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#21

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

At Texas Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,296 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Texas Tech is $105,298. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#22

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNI is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,198. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI is $107,439. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Texas Woman's University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. TWU is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Denton.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at TWU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,089. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from TWU be around $97,431. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#24

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Memphis. Located in the city of Memphis, U of Memphis is a public school with a very large student population.

The average student at U of Memphis graduates in less than 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,599. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Memphis is $101,083. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#25

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the town of Big Rapids.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Ferris to complete their degree, and it costs about $15,909 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Ferris is $73,022. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#26

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#30

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#32

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, VA
#37

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#41

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities award.

Rank College Location
44 West Virginia University Institute of Technology Beckley, WV
45 University of North Texas Denton, TX
46 Illinois State University Normal, IL
47 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
48 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
49 Ball State University Muncie, IN
50 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
51 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
52 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
53 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
54 Florida International University Miami, FL
55 Arizona State University - Polytechnic Mesa, AZ
56 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
57 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities by Region

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Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 45,514

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
English Language & Literature 42,686
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
Philosophy & Religious Studies 12,372
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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