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2022 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools

934 Colleges in the United States
403,365 Associate Degrees
Ranked #1 in popularity, liberal arts / sciences and humanities is one of the most sought-after associate degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 934 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students pursuing a associate degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 403,365 associate degrees in liberal arts / sciences and humanities during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for Your Associate Degree

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools Your choice of liberal arts / sciences and humanities for getting your associate degree school matters. Important measures of a quality liberal arts / sciences and humanities program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 3% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 52 to 13 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of associate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their associate degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on liberal arts / sciences and humanities students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other liberal arts / sciences and humanities students want to attend this school to pursue a associate degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for liberal arts / sciences and humanities to pay back their student loans after receiving their associate degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized liberal arts / sciences and humanities related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their associate degree.

More Ways to Rank Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools

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 Associate Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for an Associate in Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WV
1,323 Annual Graduates

American Public University System is a good decision for individuals pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the town of Charles Town. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1323 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
1,998 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat University of Maryland Global Campus if you wish to pursue an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Located in the suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #5 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means UMGC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1998 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at UMGC in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
1,612 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities has to look into Northern Virginia Community College. Northern Virginia Community College is a very large public college located in the large suburb of Annandale. This college ranks 2nd out of 39 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 1612 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Northern Virginia Community College in the most recent data year.

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#4

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In FL
5,077 Annual Graduates

Broward College is one of the finest schools in the country for getting an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Located in the city of Fort Lauderdale, BC is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means BC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 5077 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at BC in the most recent data year.

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#5

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In FL
3,907 Annual Graduates

Palm Beach State College is a very large public college located in the large suburb of Lake Worth. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Palm Beach State College is a great college overall.

A favorite choice for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were approximately 3907 individuals who graduated from this program at Palm Beach State College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
2,658 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Pasadena, Pasadena City College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #11 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Pasadena City College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 2658 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Pasadena City College in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In FL
3,253 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Tampa, HCC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #20 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means HCC is a great college overall.

With 3253 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Hillsborough Community College is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States.

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#8

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
1,350 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Bellevue, BC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #32 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means BC is a great college overall.

There were about 1350 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at BC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In FL
7,122 Annual Graduates

Valencia College is a very large public college located in the large city of Orlando. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Valencia College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 7122 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at Valencia College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
22nd Most Popular In MA
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

A popular choice for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were approximately 2 learners who graduated from this program at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#11

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
1,722 Annual Graduates

Pierce College is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Woodland Hills. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #31 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Pierce College is a great college overall.

With 1722 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Los Angeles Pierce College is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
4,575 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 75 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 4575 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at Tarrant County College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In FL
2,004 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Fort Myers, FSW is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 6th out of 60 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Florida.

Florida SouthWestern State College is a fairly popular college to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with approximately 2004 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
29th Most Popular In TX
5,589 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Dallas, El Centro College is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 1st out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

El Centro College is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with approximately 5589 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#15

Providence College

Providence, RI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In RI
1 Annual Graduates

Providence is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Providence is a great college overall.

There were about 1 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Providence in the most recent data year.

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#16

Bergen Community College

Paramus, NJ
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ
1,691 Annual Graduates

Bergen Community College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Paramus. This college ranks 2nd out of 28 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were about 1691 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at Bergen Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In TX
2,763 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 4th out of 75 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

Collin County Community College District is a fairly popular college to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with roughly 2763 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#18

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
5,833 Annual Graduates

North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public college located in the city of The Woodlands. This college ranks 3rd out of 75 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 5833 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at North Harris Montgomery in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TX
2,851 Annual Graduates

Houston Community College is a very large public college located in the city of Houston. This college ranks 6th out of 75 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 2851 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Houston Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
87th Most Popular In CA
135 Annual Graduates

Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Irvine. This university ranks 9th out of 114 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

With 135 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Brandman University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In FL
1,957 Annual Graduates

Seminole State is a fairly large public college located in the small city of Sanford. This college ranks 10th out of 60 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Florida.

A popular choice for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were roughly 1957 individuals who completed this degree at Seminole State in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In TX
1,547 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 5th out of 75 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Texas.

With 1547 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Austin Community College District is one of the most popular colleges to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States.

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#23

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
55th Most Popular In NY
14 Annual Graduates

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #1 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

A favorite major for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were approximately 14 individuals who graduated from this program at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#24

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
1,353 Annual Graduates

Nassau Community College is a fairly large public college located in the suburb of Garden City. This college ranks 7th out of 78 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of New York.

There were about 1353 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Nassau Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DE
250 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 4 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Delaware.

There were approximately 250 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools

#25

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#27

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, FL
#28

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
#29

National University

La Jolla, CA
#30

Highline College

Des Moines, WA
#31

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

#33

San Antonio College

San Antonio, TX
#34

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL
#36

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#37

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#38

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, TX

#42

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
#44

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD
#48

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, WA
#49

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 934 different United States liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Portland Community College Portland, OR
51 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
52 El Camino College Torrance, CA
53 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
54 Blinn College Brenham, TX
55 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
56 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
57 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
58 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
59 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
60 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
61 Chabot College Hayward, CA
62 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
63 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
64 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
65 Ohio State University - Newark Campus Newark, OH
66 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
67 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
68 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
69 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA
70 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
71 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
72 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
73 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
74 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
75 Columbia College Columbia, MO
76 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
77 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
78 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
79 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
80 Midland College Midland, TX
81 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
82 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
83 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
84 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
85 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
86 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
87 South Texas College McAllen, TX
88 Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
89 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
90 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
91 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
92 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
93 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
94 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
95 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
96 Rockland Community College Suffern, NY
97 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
98 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
99 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
100 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
101 Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA
102 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
103 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
104 Maria College of Albany Albany, NY
105 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
106 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN
107 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
108 Winona State University Winona, MN
109 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
110 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
111 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
112 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
113 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
114 Triton College River Grove, IL
115 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
116 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
117 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
118 South Seattle College Seattle, WA
119 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
120 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
121 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
122 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
123 Norco College Norco, CA
124 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
125 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
126 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
127 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
128 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
129 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
130 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
131 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
132 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
133 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
134 Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ
135 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
136 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
137 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
138 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
139 Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg, FL
140 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities students that almost earned our Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
141 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
142 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
143 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
144 Endicott College Beverly, MA
145 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
146 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
147 Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
148 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
149 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA
150 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
151 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
152 Ranger College Ranger, TX
153 Windward Community College Kaneohe, HI
154 Weber State University Ogden, UT
155 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
156 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
157 William Penn University Oskaloosa, IA
158 South Florida State College Avon Park, FL
159 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
160 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
161 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
162 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
163 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
164 Delta College University Center, MI
165 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
166 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
167 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
168 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
169 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
170 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
171 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
172 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA
173 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
174 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
175 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
176 Everett Community College Everett, WA
177 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
178 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
179 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
180 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
181 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
182 Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL
183 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
184 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
185 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
186 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities by Region

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Region
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Southwest
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Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 403,365

Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 20,693
English Language & Literature 3,425
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,918
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,625
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,124

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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