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2022 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools

477 Colleges in the United States
44,236 Bachelor's Degrees
a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #14 out of 38 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 477 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 44,236 bachelor's degrees in liberal arts / sciences and humanities to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools The liberal arts / sciences and humanities bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. 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

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 30% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 11%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 161 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's 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 - The number of liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • 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 much debt liberal arts / sciences and humanities students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized liberal arts / sciences and humanities related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students working on their bachelor's 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 Bachelor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

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

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students seeking a a bachelor's degree. 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 a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

19th Most Popular In MA
10 Annual Graduates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great decision for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #2 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly popular school to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with about 10 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#2

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
4th Most Popular In MA
126 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities has to look into Bentley University. Located in the city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #41 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Bentley is a great university overall.

There were about 126 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at Bentley in the most recent data year.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In IL
19 Annual Graduates

University of Chicago is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

University of Chicago is a fairly popular university to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with approximately 19 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
27 Annual Graduates

Georgetown University is a good choice for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 27 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#5

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
1,445 Annual Graduates

Excelsior College is a very large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Albany. This college ranks 13th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 1445 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Excelsior College in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In TX
245 Annual Graduates

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the large city of Austin. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #46 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were roughly 245 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
57th Most Popular In PA
10 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

University of Pennsylvania is a fairly popular university to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with roughly 10 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#8

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
593 Annual Graduates

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #56 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 593 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year.

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#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In MD
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #31 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

Johns Hopkins University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with roughly 2 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In MA
34 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #8 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

A preferred choice for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were about 34 learners who completed this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#11

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
9th Most Popular In PA
17 Annual Graduates

Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #18 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

With 17 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Carnegie Mellon University is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In WV
118 Annual Graduates

American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the fringe town of Charles Town. This university ranks 1st out of 20 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of West Virginia.

There were approximately 118 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
11th Most Popular In IN
47 Annual Graduates

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

With 47 students who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, University of Notre Dame is one of the most popular universities to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States.

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21st Most Popular In CA
108 Annual Graduates

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. This university ranks 11th out of 113 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

A favorite choice for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were approximately 108 learners who completed this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In GA
12 Annual Graduates

Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. This university ranks 2nd out of 52 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 12 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year.

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#16

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In PA
52 Annual Graduates

Villanova is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova. This university ranks 8th out of 100 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 52 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available.

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22nd Most Popular In NY
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Geneva, The Colleges is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 12th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

A favorite choice for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were about 9 individuals who completed this degree at The Colleges in the most recent data year.

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#18

Providence College

Providence, RI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
10 Annual Graduates

Providence is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Providence. This college ranks 2nd out of 9 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 10 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Providence in the most recent data year.

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2nd Most Popular In CT
106 Annual Graduates

UCONN is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Storrs. This university ranks 6th out of 20 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 106 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In TX
47 Annual Graduates

SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Dallas. This university ranks 4th out of 84 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

Southern Methodist University is a fairly popular university to study liberal arts / sciences and humanities in the United States with roughly 47 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NC
27 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 53 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 27 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
2nd Most Popular In VT
51 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 11 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Vermont.

There were about 51 liberal arts / sciences and humanities individuals who graduated with this degree at Champlain in the most recent data year.

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4th Most Popular In MI
68 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #36 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 68 liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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#24

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In CT
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Middletown, Wesleyan U is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 20 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

A popular major for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were about 10 individuals who completed this degree at Wesleyan U in the most recent data year.

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#25

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
44th Most Popular In CA
17 Annual Graduates

Pepperdine is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Malibu. This university ranks 25th out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

A favorite major for liberal arts / sciences and humanities students, there were about 17 learners who graduated from this program at Pepperdine in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#26

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#28

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#29

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#30

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#31

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

#33

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#35

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH
#36

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#37

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK
#38

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
#39

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#40

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

#41

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

#42

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#43

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#45

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ
#47

University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX
#49

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 477 different United States liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Belmont University Nashville, TN
51 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
52 National University La Jolla, CA
53 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
54 University of Delaware Newark, DE
55 Charter Oak State College New Britain, CT
56 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
57 Iowa State University Ames, IA
58 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA
59 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
60 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
61 Maria College of Albany Albany, NY
62 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
63 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
64 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
65 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
66 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
67 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
68 The King’s College New York, NY
69 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
70 University of North Texas Denton, TX
71 St John’s College Annapolis, MD

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
72 Longwood University Farmville, VA
73 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
74 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
75 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
76 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
77 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
78 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
79 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
80 Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
81 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
82 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
83 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
84 Fordham University Bronx, NY
85 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
86 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
87 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
88 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
89 Seattle University Seattle, WA
90 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
91 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
92 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
93 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
94 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
95 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI

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 44,236

Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 96,991
English Language & Literature 41,537
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 23,783
Philosophy & Religious Studies 14,549
Theology & Religious Vocations 8,184

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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