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

19 Colleges
3,496 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,279 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in TexasLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #13 most popular major in Texas with 3,496 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 7.7% of all the liberal arts / sciences and humanities bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Texas Tech has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking.

It takes the average student at Texas Tech about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,296 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 Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Woman's University. TWU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton. As a testament to the quality of education offered at TWU, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at TWU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,089. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from TWU be around $97,431. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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West Texas A&M University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at West Texas A&M University is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,505. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University is about $72,952. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Texas as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UNT is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Denton. UNT also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas list, coming in at #5.

At UNT, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,179. 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 UNT is $109,773. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas State University. Texas State is a very large public school located in the city of San Marcos. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas ranking.

The average student at Texas State graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $24,274 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas State be around $111,418. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Sam Houston State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SHSU is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,492. 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 SHSU is $101,889. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UTSA about 4.7 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,313. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UTSA is $95,471. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of H also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas rankings.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H is about $116,503. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population. UT Austin also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas rankings.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UT Austin to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,312. This means that the average student pays around $156,142 to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. SMU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Texas rankings.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at SMU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $45,639. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SMU be around $189,402. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

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

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 966
Oklahoma 1,259
New Mexico 628

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 3,496

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,996
English Language & Literature 2,864
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,211
Theology & Religious Vocations 614
Philosophy & Religious Studies 530

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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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