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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Veterans in the United States

304 Colleges
45,514 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,458 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Vets

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #14 most popular major in the country with 45,514 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 304 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

According to our most recent data, Excelsior College supports 30,008 students, and 2,826 of those are GI Bill® students. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,792. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kent State University at Trumbull. Kent State University at Trumbull is a small public school located in the suburb of Warren. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Kent State University at Trumbull also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Kent State University at Trumbull supports 2,244 students, and 120 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 91 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $1,901. Kent State University at Trumbull does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, DePaul has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Of the 22,437 students enrolled at DePaul, 553 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 423 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,543. During this same period, 165 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#4

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Charter Oak State College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Charter Oak State College is a small public school located in the suburb of New Britain.

According to our most recent data, Charter Oak State College supports 1,641 students, and 56 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 48 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,127. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize The Evergreen State College as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Evergreen is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Olympia. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Evergreen also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Of the 3,327 students enrolled at Evergreen, 302 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 176 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,932. To help with additional expenses, 3 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Thomas Aquinas College landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. TAC is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Paula. As a testament to the quality of education offered at TAC, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Among the 407 students enrolled at TAC, 4 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 2 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,822.

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#7

St John's College

Annapolis, MD

St John's College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the large suburb of Annapolis, St. John's Annapolis is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. St. John's Annapolis did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, St. John’s Annapolis supports 527 students, and 25 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 22 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,035. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus. Located in the large suburb of Teaneck, FDU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. FDU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

Of the 7,871 students enrolled at FDU, 150 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 137 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,833. To help with additional expenses, 24 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Thomas Edison State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Trenton, TESU is a public college with a large student population.

According to our most recent data, TESU supports 10,934 students, and 1,243 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,016 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,853. In addition to receiving other benefits, 534 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. TESU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

According to our most recent data, Columbia College Missouri supports 12,080 students, and 1,071 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 917 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,711. To help with additional expenses, 2 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, University of Oklahoma supports 28,564 students, and 1,464 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 874 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

Among the 104,068 students enrolled at SNHU, 10,271 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,316. To help with additional expenses, 14 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#13

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM

Our rankings recognize St. John's College as the #13 school in this year's rankings. St. John's is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Fe. As a testament to the quality of education offered at St. John's, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Of the 371 students enrolled at St. John’s, 9 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 4 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,305. To help with additional expenses, 3 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#14

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. GMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 37,316 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. In addition to receiving other benefits, 44 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#15

The King's College

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize The King's College as the #15 school in this year's rankings. TKC is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. In addition to being on our best for vets list, TKC has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, TKC supports 554 students, and 20 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 18 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,024. On top of their other funding sources, 1 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#16

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wayland Baptist University. Located in the town of Plainview, Wayland Baptist University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 4,504 students enrolled at Wayland Baptist University, 748 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 509 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,578. Wayland Baptist University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a small public school located in the small suburb of Parkersburg.

Of the 2,403 students enrolled at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, 101 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 46 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,352. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#18

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, NY

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Sarah Lawrence College. Located in the large suburb of Bronxville, Sarah Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Sarah Lawrence, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Of the 1,709 students enrolled at Sarah Lawrence, 11 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 7 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,128. During this same period, 5 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#19

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Xavier is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati. Xavier excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

Among the 7,127 students enrolled at Xavier, 247 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 196 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,868. During this same period, 79 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Southern Methodist University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, SMU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

Among the 11,649 students enrolled at SMU, 330 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 258 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,005. In addition to receiving other benefits, 103 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#21

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Bentley has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Of the 5,460 students enrolled at Bentley, 33 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,696. To help with additional expenses, 12 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UT Austin also did well on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, UT Austin supports 51,832 students, and 1,201 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 843 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population. USF Tampa excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 2,349 of the 43,846 students enrolled at USF Tampa were GI Bill® students, of which 1,482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,646. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. USF Tampa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maine at Augusta. Located in the distant town of Augusta, UMA is a public college with a small student population.

Our most recent data shows that 307 of the 4,128 students enrolled at UMA were GI Bill® students, of which 141 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,037. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#25

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Longwood University. Longwood is a small public school located in the remote town of Farmville. Longwood also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 218 of the 4,911 students enrolled at Longwood were GI Bill® students, of which 149 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,426. Longwood does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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New York University

New York, NY
#35

Neumann University

Aston, PA
#38

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#39

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#40

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#42

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#44

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI
#45

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities that almost earned our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
46 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
47 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
48 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
49 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
50 Adams State University Alamosa, CO
51 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
52 Clayton State University Morrow, GA
53 Governors State University University Park, IL
54 Florida International University Miami, FL
55 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
56 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
57 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
58 William Peace University Raleigh, NC
59 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
60 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities by Region

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Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 45,514

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
English Language & Literature 42,686
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
Philosophy & Religious Studies 12,372
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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