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2021 Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies

130 Colleges
56,873 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,760 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary StudiesIn 2018-2019, 56,873 people earned their bachelor's in multi / interdisciplinary studies, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking looked at 130 colleges that offer a bachelor's in multi / interdisciplinary studies. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on multi / interdisciplinary studies schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The multi / interdisciplinary studies school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools.

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2021 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools in United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for multi / interdisciplinary studies majors.

Top 15% Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools

Our rankings recognize California State University - Monterey Bay as the #1 school in this year's rankings. California State University - Monterey Bay is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Seaside. As a testament to the quality of education offered at California State University - Monterey Bay, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at California State University - Monterey Bay is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,223. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the California State University - Monterey Bay is $112,637. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of Saint Benedict. CSB is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Saint Joseph. CSB also made our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at CSB about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,173. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSB be around $132,231. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bowling Green State University - Main Campus. BGSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Bowling Green.

The average student at BGSU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,327. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BGSU is about $101,706. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value multi / interdisciplinary studies schools. UNC Greensboro is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNC Greensboro to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,093. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is $98,756. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. U of F also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,230. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $120,542. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Texas Woman's University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. TWU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

The average student at TWU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,089. This means that the average student pays around $97,431 to get a bachelor’s degree from TWU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNC Chapel Hill also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

The average student at UNC Chapel Hill graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $26,820 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill be around $109,694. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize North Carolina State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. NC State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

At NC State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,493. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NC State be around $124,799. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Mary Washington. UMW is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fredericksburg. UMW also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UMW to complete their degree, and it costs about $34,879 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMW is about $143,701. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value multi / interdisciplinary studies schools. Located in the city of Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, WWU is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WWU is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,912. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the WWU is $130,104. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value multi / interdisciplinary studies schools. Located in the suburb of Salisbury, Salisbury is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at Salisbury graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,791. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury is $120,057. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is about $118,231. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#13

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Fitchburg State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,143. This means that the average student pays around $102,755 to get a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #14 school in this year's rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies ranking.

It takes the average student at UMN Twin Cities about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,989. This means that the average student pays around $143,094 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at SRU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,713. This means that the average student pays around $93,149 to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value multi / interdisciplinary studies schools. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at ASU - Tempe about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,198. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe be around $138,451. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#17

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public college with a large student population.

At UNF, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,266. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNF is $105,395. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#18

Touro College

New York, NY

Touro College landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value multi / interdisciplinary studies schools. Located in the city of New York, Touro is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Touro graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $26,984 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Touro is about $116,031. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Sacramento. Located in the city of Sacramento, California State University - Sacramento is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 5.1 years for the average student at California State University - Sacramento to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,553. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the California State University - Sacramento is $135,951. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies award.

Rank College Location
20 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
21 George Fox University Newberg, OR
22 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
23 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
24 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
25 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
26 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI

Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies by Region

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

Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 26,669
International Studies 6,494
Interdisciplinary Studies 5,508
Nutrition Science 3,334
Behavioral Science 2,433

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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).

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