Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region

19 Colleges
2,956 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,232 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, liberal arts / sciences and humanities was ranked #14 in the country. In fact 45,514 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 2,956 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region ranking analyzed 19 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 the New England Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools

#1

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Westfield also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region rankings.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Westfield to complete their degree, and it costs about $24,805 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Westfield is $103,933. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Eastern Connecticut State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. ECSU is a small public school located in the fringe town of Willimantic. ECSU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region list.

It takes the average student at ECSU about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,043. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ECSU is $130,381. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Framingham State University

Framingham, MA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Framingham State University. Framingham State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Framingham.

It takes the average student at Framingham State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,724. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State be around $111,128. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Massachusetts Amherst. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMass Amherst did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMass Amherst is 4.1 years, and it costs about $36,714 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $151,996 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Connecticut comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCONN also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCONN is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,140. This means that the average student pays around $162,822 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCONN. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Bentley did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region list.

At Bentley, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $42,780 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 Bentley is $175,398. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence. Providence also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region rankings.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Providence to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $42,394. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Providence is $171,272. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UMass Lowell has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMass Lowell to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,031. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMass Lowell is $156,589. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Lesley University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Cambridge, Lesley is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Lesley not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the New England Region list.

The average student at Lesley graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,867. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lesley is about $172,624. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Maine at Augusta comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Augusta, UMA is a public college with a small student population.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at UMA to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,323. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMA is $110,945. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 184
Maine 244
Rhode Island 50
Massachusetts 904
New Hampshire 829
Connecticut 744

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 2,956

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 7,645
English Language & Literature 4,024
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,836
Philosophy & Religious Studies 902
Theology & Religious Vocations 123

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 19 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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