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2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region

14 Colleges
1,533 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,263 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains 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, 1,533 went to students in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, we looked at 14 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 the Rocky Mountains 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

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. BYU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,239. 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 BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. BYU - I did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

At BYU - I, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $6,396. 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 BYU - I is $31,724. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a very large student population. Colorado State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

At Colorado State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $32,008 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State is $141,155. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Lewis - Clark State College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Lewis - Clark State College is a small public school located in the small city of Lewiston.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Lewis - Clark State College to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,681. 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 Lewis - Clark State College is $99,343. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

Adams State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Adams State is a small public school located in the remote town of Alamosa. Adams State also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Adams State is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,677. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Adams State is $107,257. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Utah University. Southern Utah University is a large public school located in the town of Cedar City. Southern Utah University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The average student at Southern Utah University graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,783. This means that the average student pays around $110,115 to get a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

University of Idaho earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Moscow, Idaho is a public school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Idaho has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Idaho is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,080. 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 Idaho is $131,151. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Utah State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Logan, USU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, USU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USU is 4.8 years, and it costs about $23,962 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USU be around $115,976. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Regis University

Denver, CO

Regis University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Regis U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Regis U, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

At Regis U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $38,074 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Regis U is about $162,576. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

Montana State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. MSU Bozeman is a large public school located in the remote town of Bozeman. MSU Bozeman not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

At MSU Bozeman, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,926. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MSU Bozeman is $157,756. 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
Colorado 267
Idaho 814
Utah 323
Montana 94
Wyoming 11

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 1,533

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 3,476
English Language & Literature 1,872
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,174
Philosophy & Religious Studies 435
Theology & Religious Vocations 158

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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