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

33 Colleges
6,349 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,068 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest RegionLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #14 most popular major in the country with 45,514 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 6,349 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 33 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. For this ranking, we are identifying those liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

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. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in the Southwest Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors.

Top 10 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools

#1

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to St. John's College. St. John's is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Fe. St. John's did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region list.

At St. John’s, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $14,375. 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 St. John’s is $60,087. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Texas Tech to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Texas Woman's University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. TWU is a large public school located in the midsize city of Denton.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at TWU is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,089. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from TWU is $97,431. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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West Texas A&M University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at West Texas A&M University to complete their degree, and it costs about $16,505 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University is $72,952. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the distant town of Stillwater, Oklahoma State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Oklahoma State, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Oklahoma State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,971. 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 Oklahoma State is $119,212. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Portales.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,747. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus is about $67,689. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Arizona University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NAU is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,230. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NAU be around $101,050. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Oklahoma Norman Campus as the #8 school in this year's rankings. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Norman. In addition to being on our best value list, University of Oklahoma has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average student at University of Oklahoma graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,331. 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 University of Oklahoma is $134,973. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Texas. UNT is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

The average student at UNT graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,179. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNT is $109,773. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Arizona State University - Skysong earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, ASU - Skysong has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average student at ASU - Skysong graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,233. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Skysong be around $133,025. 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
Arizona 966
Texas 3,478
Oklahoma 1,259
New Mexico 628

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 6,349

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 7,583
English Language & Literature 4,390
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,961
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,145
Philosophy & Religious Studies 828

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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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