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2021 Best Colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies

Approximately 6,364 interdisciplinary studies degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies ranking analyzed 32 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Interdisciplinary Studies students.

Choosing a Great Interdisciplinary Studies School

Best Colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies The interdisciplinary studies program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality interdisciplinary studies program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 21% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 21%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 362 to 254 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A interdisciplinary studies degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average earnings following graduation. While the average interdisciplinary studies bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $29,105, graduates of colleges on this list average $36,375.

Starting Salary  ( 31783 to 43016 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Interdisciplinary Studies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other interdisciplinary studies students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized interdisciplinary studies related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Interdisciplinary Studies students.

Best Schools to Study Interdisciplinary Studies in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study interdisciplinary studies.

Top 10 Best Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges

#1

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College is a good option for students pursuing a Interdisciplinary Studies major. Located in the suburb Poughkeepsie, Marist is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 233 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Marist is a great college overall.

Marist College is one of the most popular college to study interdisciplinary studies in United States exceeding 43 graduates last year. Marist College interdisciplinary studies students earn $11,500 more than the average interdisciplinary studies grad.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama is among your top options if you want to study interdisciplinary studies. Located in the medium-sized city Tuscaloosa, UA is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 305 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UA is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UA offers a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship) in interdisciplinary studies. Interdisciplinary Studies graduates from The University of Alabama get a earnings boost of about $5,900 above the typical earnings of interdisciplinary studies majors.

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Every student pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies has to look into University of Central Florida. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando. This school ranks 312th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are about 655 interdisciplinary studies undergraduates studying this degree at UCF. Grads of the interdisciplinary studies program report average early career income of $28,700.

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#4

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University is a wonderful option for students interested in a Interdisciplinary Studies major. Lipscomb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville. This college ranks 364th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

With 21 undergrads, Lipscomb University is one of most popular colleges to study interdisciplinary studies in United States. Interdisciplinary Studies students from Lipscomb University receive an earnings boost of approximately $7,900 above the average earnings of interdisciplinary studies graduates.

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Located in the midsize suburb Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 266 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means University of Oklahoma is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, University of Oklahoma also offers a Master's Degree in interdisciplinary studies. After graduation, interdisciplinary studies students generally earn about $28,500 in their early careers.

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#6

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tucson. This school ranks 353rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There are about 349 interdisciplinary studies undergrads studying this degree at Arizona. University of Arizona interdisciplinary studies majors earn $2,700 more than the average interdisciplinary studies grad.

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WWU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bellingham. This college ranks 368th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are about 109 interdisciplinary studies undergraduates studying this degree at WWU. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, interdisciplinary studies students generally earn around $31,800 in their early careers.

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#8

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Located in the city Jacksonville, UNF is a public school with a large student population. This school ranks 501st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

University of North Florida is a fairly popular school to study interdisciplinary studies in United States with more than 106 graduations last year. Graduates of the interdisciplinary studies program make about $32,200 for their early career.

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#9

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg. This school ranks 643rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 92 interdisciplinary studies undergrads studying this program at Fitchburg State. Fitchburg State University interdisciplinary studies graduates earn $2,600 more than the typical interdisciplinary studies grad.

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#10

Touro College

New York, NY

Touro is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This school ranks 897th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are about 197 interdisciplinary studies undergrads studying this degree at Touro. Interdisciplinary Studies majors from Touro College get a earnings boost of approximately $5,700 above the typical earnings of interdisciplinary studies graduates.

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Interdisciplinary Studies by Region

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One of 28 majors within the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies area of study, Interdisciplinary Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731

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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 UTDallas. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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