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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. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

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. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

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

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

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 college 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,792. Excelsior College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 large 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. DePaul not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

Among the 22,437 students enrolled at DePaul, 553 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 423 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,543. On top of their other funding sources, 165 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. DePaul does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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.

Of the 1,641 students enrolled at Charter Oak State College, 56 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 48 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,127. On top of their other funding sources, 14 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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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.

According to our most recent data, Evergreen supports 3,327 students, and 302 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 176 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,932. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Evergreen does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 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.

Our most recent data shows that 4 of the 407 students enrolled at TAC were GI Bill® students, of which 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 school with a fairly small student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, St. John's Annapolis has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States ranking.

Among the 527 students enrolled at St. John’s Annapolis, 25 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 22 were 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 school with a medium-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.

According to our most recent data, FDU supports 7,871 students, and 150 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 137 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,833. On top of their other funding sources, 24 students qualified for 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 city of Trenton, TESU is a public college with a large student population.

Of the 10,934 students enrolled at TESU, 1,243 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,016 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,853. During this same period, 534 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Our most recent data shows that 1,071 of the 12,080 students enrolled at Columbia College Missouri were GI Bill® students, of which 917 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,711. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the 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.

Of the 28,564 students enrolled at University of Oklahoma, 1,464 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 874 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. During this same period, 21 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 New Hampshire University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

According to our most recent data, SNHU supports 104,068 students, and 10,271 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,316. On top of their other funding sources, 14 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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#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 small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Santa Fe. St. John's also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 9 of the 371 students enrolled at St. John’s were GI Bill® students, of which 4 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,305. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships 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 very large public school located in the large 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.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were 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. TKC not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

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. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through 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.

Our most recent data shows that 748 of the 4,504 students enrolled at Wayland Baptist University were GI Bill® students, of which 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 suburb of Parkersburg.

According to our most recent data, West Virginia University at Parkersburg supports 2,403 students, and 101 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 46 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,352. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 college with a small student population. Sarah Lawrence also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States rankings.

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. On top of their other funding sources, 5 students qualified for 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 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.

According to our most recent data, Xavier supports 7,127 students, and 247 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 196 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,868. On top of their other funding sources, 79 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Xavier does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Southern Methodist University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a 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.

Of the 11,649 students enrolled at SMU, 330 were 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 city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Bentley not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States list.

Among the 5,460 students enrolled at Bentley, 33 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,696. On top of their other funding sources, 12 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Bentley does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 college 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.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a fairly 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maine at Augusta. Located in the 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. UMA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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.

Of the 4,911 students enrolled at Longwood, 218 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 149 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,426. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 45,514

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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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