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2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Maryland

4 Colleges
442 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,064 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in MarylandWith 442 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, liberal arts / sciences and humanities is the #19 most popular major in Maryland. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.0% of all the liberal arts / sciences and humanities bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Maryland ranking, we looked at 4 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. 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.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. 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 Maryland

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

Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Maryland

#1

St John's College

Annapolis, MD

St John's College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the suburb of Annapolis, St. John's Annapolis is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. St. John's Annapolis also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Maryland rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at St. John’s Annapolis to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,430. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the St. John’s Annapolis is $50,590. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Salisbury University. Located in the suburb of Salisbury, Salisbury is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Salisbury has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Maryland ranking.

At Salisbury, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,791. 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 Salisbury is $120,057. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Notre Dame of Maryland University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the city of Baltimore, NDMU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NDMU, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Maryland ranking.

It takes the average student at NDMU about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,887. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NDMU is $139,441. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Frostburg State University. Frostburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Frostburg. Frostburg State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Maryland list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Frostburg State to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,148 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $122,980 to get a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 1,001
New York 4,039
New Jersey 1,519
Delaware 95
District of Columbia 54

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 442

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 1,416
English Language & Literature 816
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 368
Philosophy & Religious Studies 183
Theology & Religious Vocations 132

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 4 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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