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

9 Colleges
2,251 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,184 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in VirginiaOut of the majors we analyze each year, liberal arts / sciences and humanities was ranked 10th in Virginia. In fact, 2,251 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 45,514 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 4.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking analyzed 9 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 the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Virginia

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 Virginia

#1

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Our rankings recognize Bridgewater College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Bridgewater is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Bridgewater. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Bridgewater, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

The average student at Bridgewater graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $26,429 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater be around $108,095. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, VA

Our rankings recognize Southern Virginia University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. SVU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Buena Vista. SVU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list, coming in at #7.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SVU is 4.5 years, and it costs about $21,898 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 SVU is $97,884. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Longwood University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Farmville, Longwood is a public school with a small student population. Longwood did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list.

The average student at Longwood graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,795. This means that the average student pays around $135,129 to get a bachelor’s degree from Longwood. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Mary Washington. Located in the suburb of Fredericksburg, UMW is a public school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UMW has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

It takes the average student at UMW about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,879. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMW is about $143,701. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, GMU has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

It takes the average student at GMU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,365. This means that the average student pays around $172,812 to get a bachelor’s degree from GMU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg. JMU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at JMU is 4.3 years, and it costs about $33,972 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $146,419 to get a bachelor’s degree from JMU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

Eastern Mennonite University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, Eastern Mennonite is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Eastern Mennonite not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Eastern Mennonite is 4.1 years, and it costs about $32,918 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Eastern Mennonite is $136,281. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Petersburg, Virginia State is a public college with a small student population. Virginia State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia list.

It takes the average student at Virginia State about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,563. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia State is $108,390. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Liberty University has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Virginia ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Liberty University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,839. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University be around $119,970. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 926
Florida 1,256
Georgia 596
North Carolina 929
Alabama 322
Tennessee 1,084
West Virginia 1,154
South Carolina 437
Louisiana 1,139
Kentucky 1,015
Arkansas 572

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 2,251

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 2,601
English Language & Literature 1,750
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,153
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 738
Theology & Religious Vocations 211

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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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