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2023 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools

769 Colleges in the United States
401,197 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 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 769 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students pursuing a associate degree. Combined, these schools handed out 401,197 associate degrees in liberal arts / sciences and humanities to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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 account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

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.

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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
1,712 Annual Graduates

American Public University System is a great option for students interested in an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. American Military University is a very large private for-profit university located in the town of Charles Town.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from American Public University System

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2,512 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of Maryland Global Campus if you want to pursue an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Located in the suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from University of Maryland Global Campus

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,596 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities needs to take a look at Northern Virginia Community College. Northern Virginia Community College is a fairly large public college located in the suburb of Annandale.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Northern Virginia Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
224 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities needs to check out University of South Florida - Main Campus. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from University of South Florida - Main Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
292 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from University of Delaware

#6

Excelsior University

Albany, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
248 Annual Graduates

Excelsior University is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Albany.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Excelsior University

#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
187 Annual Graduates

Florida State is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Florida State University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,151 Annual Graduates

SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Southern New Hampshire University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,765 Annual Graduates

CNM is a large public college located in the city of Albuquerque.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Central New Mexico Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3,197 Annual Graduates

UVU is a very large public university located in the city of Orem.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Utah Valley University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
30 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Rochester Institute of Technology

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
416 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from University of Central Florida

#13

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,208 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Rockville, Montgomery College is a public college with a large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Montgomery College

#14

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
570 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Vincennes, Vincennes University is a public university with a large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Vincennes University

#15

Utah State University

Logan, UT
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
938 Annual Graduates

USU is a fairly large public university located in the city of Logan.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Utah State University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Annual Graduates

Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from South Dakota State University

#17

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
515 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Columbia College

#18

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2,255 Annual Graduates

Golden West College is a fairly large public college located in the suburb of Huntington Beach.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Golden West College

#19

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,171 Annual Graduates

Central Texas College is a medium-sized public college located in the medium-sized suburb of Killeen.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Central Texas College

#20

National University

La Jolla, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
144 Annual Graduates

National University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of La Jolla.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from National University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2,419 Annual Graduates

Georgia State University-Perimeter College is a large public university located in the city of Atlanta.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Georgia State University-Perimeter College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
975 Annual Graduates

Harold Washington College is a medium-sized public college located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
111 Annual Graduates

IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the rural area of Marion.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
205 Annual Graduates

UW - Green Bay is a medium-sized public university located in the midsize city of Green Bay.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,176 Annual Graduates

BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Rexburg.More information about a associate in liberal arts / sciences and humanities from Brigham Young University - Idaho

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

#26

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, TX
#28

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#30

Bergen Community College

Paramus, NJ
#31

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#32

University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA

#33

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, CA
#34

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA
#36

College of Lake County

Grayslake, IL
#37

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
#40

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

#41

West Valley College

Saratoga, CA

#42

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, CA
#46

Howard Community College

Columbia, MD
#47

Union University

Jackson, TN
#48

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
#49

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 769 different United States liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA
51 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
52 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
53 Portland Community College Portland, OR
54 Valencia College Orlando, FL
55 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
56 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
57 Dakota College at Bottineau Bottineau, ND
58 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
59 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
60 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
61 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
62 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
63 Adams State University Alamosa, CO
64 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
65 Winona State University Winona, MN
66 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
67 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
68 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
69 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
70 Rockland Community College Suffern, NY
71 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
72 El Centro College Dallas, TX
73 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
74 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
75 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
76 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
77 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
78 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
79 Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA
80 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
81 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
82 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
83 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
84 Beaufort County Community College Washington, NC
85 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
86 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
87 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
88 San Jose City College San Jose, CA
89 Norco College Norco, CA
90 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
91 Cleveland Community College Shelby, NC
92 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
93 Florida International University Miami, FL
94 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
95 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
96 Otero Junior College La Junta, CO
97 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
98 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
99 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
100 South Texas College McAllen, TX
101 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
102 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
103 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
104 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
105 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
106 Ball State University Muncie, IN
107 Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA
108 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
109 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
110 El Camino College Torrance, CA
111 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
112 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ
113 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
114 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
115 Touro College New York, NY

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
116 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
117 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
118 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
119 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
120 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
121 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
122 Chesapeake College Wye Mills, MD
123 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
124 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
125 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
126 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
127 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
128 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
129 Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA
130 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
131 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
132 Blinn College Brenham, TX
133 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
134 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
135 Prairie State College Chicago Heights, IL
136 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
137 Jackson State Community College Jackson, TN
138 Houston Community College Houston, TX
139 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
140 Lane Community College Eugene, OR
141 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
142 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
143 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
144 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
145 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
146 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
147 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
148 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
149 Alamance Community College Graham, NC
150 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
151 Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington, WV
152 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
153 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 401,197

Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 20,063
English Language & Literature 3,602
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,877
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,616
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,083

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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