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2021 Best Colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies

Approximately 6,364 interdisciplinary studies degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge 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 4 colleges 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 above average earnings following graduation. While the average interdisciplinary studies bachelors degree from U.S. schools 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies students.

Best Schools to Study Interdisciplinary Studies in 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 great choice for students pursuing a Interdisciplinary Studies major. Located in the suburb Poughkeepsie, Marist is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 233 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Marist is a great college overall.

Marist College is one of the most popular school to study interdisciplinary studies in United States with more than 43 graduations last year. Marist College interdisciplinary studies graduates make $11,500 more than the standard interdisciplinary studies student.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama is among your best bets if you're planning on studying interdisciplinary studies. Located in the medium-sized city Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 305 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UA is a great school 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 earn a boost of around $5,900 above the average earnings of interdisciplinary studies majors.

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Every student pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies needs to take a look at University of Central Florida. UCF is a very 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 approximately 655 interdisciplinary studies undergrads studying this degree at UCF. Graduates of the interdisciplinary studies program report average early career earnings of $28,700.

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#4

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University is a good option for individuals pursuing a Interdisciplinary Studies major. Lipscomb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville. This college ranks 364th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

With 21 students enrolled, Lipscomb University is one of most popular colleges to study interdisciplinary studies in United States. Interdisciplinary Studies students from Lipscomb University get a earnings boost of about $7,900 above the typical income of interdisciplinary studies graduates.

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Located in the suburb Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public school with a very 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. Soon after graduation, interdisciplinary studies students typically earn an average of $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 city of Tucson. This college ranks 353rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There are roughly 349 interdisciplinary studies undergraduates studying this program at Arizona. University of Arizona interdisciplinary studies graduates earn $2,700 more than the average interdisciplinary studies student.

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

There are about 109 interdisciplinary studies undergraduates enrolled in this degree at WWU. After getting their bachelor's degree, interdisciplinary studies students usually earn about $31,800 at the beginning of their 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 college ranks 501st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

University of North Florida is a fairly popular college to study interdisciplinary studies in United States exceeding 106 graduations last year. Graduates of the interdisciplinary studies program earn an average of $32,200 in their early career salary.

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#9

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

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

There are about 92 interdisciplinary studies undergrads studying this degree at Fitchburg State. Fitchburg State University interdisciplinary studies majors receive $2,600 more than the average interdisciplinary studies student.

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#10

Touro College

New York, NY

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

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

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Interdisciplinary Studies by Region

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New England
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Middle Atlantic
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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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