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

9 Colleges
1,330 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,351 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in MissouriWith 1,330 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, liberal arts / sciences and humanities is the #11 most popular major in Missouri. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.9% 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 Missouri ranking looked at 9 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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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Missouri

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 Missouri

#1

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

William Jewell College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. William Jewell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Liberty. As a testament to the quality of education offered at William Jewell, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

It takes the average student at William Jewell about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,544. This means that the average student pays around $101,367 to get a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Columbia College Missouri is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Columbia. Columbia College Missouri not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list.

At Columbia College Missouri, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,593. 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 Columbia College Missouri is $78,960. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Central Missouri comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UCM has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCM is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,956. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCM is $89,802. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri State University is a large public school located in the city of Cape Girardeau. In addition to being on our best value list, Southeast Missouri State University has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

At Southeast Missouri State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $21,054 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University is $95,375. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. Mizzou also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri rankings.

The average student at Mizzou graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,545. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou be around $137,852. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Kansas City as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Kansas City, UMKC is a public school with a fairly large student population. UMKC not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list.

At UMKC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,328. 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 UMKC is $144,422. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Missouri Southern State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the small city of Joplin, Missouri Southern is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Missouri Southern also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list, coming in at #8.

The average student at Missouri Southern graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,346. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern is $86,593. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

Lincoln University

Jefferson City, MO

Lincoln University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. LU Missouri is a small public school located in the small city of Jefferson City. LU Missouri also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri list, coming in at #9.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at LU Missouri is 4.8 years, and it costs about $19,664 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $93,994 to get a bachelor’s degree from LU Missouri. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Missouri - St Louis earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMSL is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Saint Louis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMSL, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Missouri ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMSL to complete their degree, and it costs about $33,128 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 UMSL is $148,082. 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 in the Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 75
Kansas 678
South Dakota 140
Iowa 454
Nebraska 366
North Dakota 192

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 1,330

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 1,561
English Language & Literature 651
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 453
Theology & Religious Vocations 393
Philosophy & Religious Studies 197

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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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