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2021 Best Value Colleges for Philosophy

38 Colleges
8,093 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,245 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Philosophy School for You

Best Value Colleges for PhilosophyPhilosophy is the #60 most popular major in the country with 8,093 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Philosophy ranking, we looked at 38 colleges that offer a bachelor's in philosophy. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on philosophy schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Philosophy Schools in the United States

Check out the philosophy programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Philosophy Schools

#1

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is about $115,196. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Philosophy majors at Florida State take out an average of $22,795 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $262.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

It takes the average student at U of F about 4.3 years to graduate, 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. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, philosophy majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $19,675 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy schools. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe.

It takes the average student at ASU - Tempe about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,198. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is $138,451. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, philosophy majors at ASU - Tempe accumulate an average of around $21,069 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin. UT Austin also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy rankings.

It takes the average student at UT Austin about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $36,312 per year to attend the school. 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 UT Austin is $156,142. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, philosophy majors at UT Austin accumulate an average of around $22,821 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $252, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. UCLA also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UCLA to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,402. This means that the average student pays around $164,306 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Philosophy majors at UCLA take out an average of $16,634 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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California State University - Long Beach comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at Cal State Long Beach to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,708. This means that the average student pays around $122,552 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that philosophy majors at Cal State Long Beach take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,360. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $131.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy schools. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW Seattle is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,058. This means that the average student pays around $152,886 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, philosophy graduates from UW Seattle carry an average student debtload of $16,848. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $172.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Santa Barbara. UCSB is a very large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. UCSB also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy list, coming in at #7.

It takes the average student at UCSB about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,883. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCSB is about $167,110. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, philosophy graduates from UCSB carry an average student debtload of $17,070. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $167.

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#9

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy schools. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at SFSU graduates in less than 4.8 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,093. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SFSU is about $123,942. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that philosophy majors at SFSU take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,278. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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#10

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. UChicago also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy list, coming in at #2.

At UChicago, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $41,662 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UChicago is $169,564. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Philosophy majors at UChicago take out an average of $20,353 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $246.

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Philosophy by Region

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

Philosophy is one of 3 different types of Philosophy & Religious Studies programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Philosophy

Related Major Annual Graduates
Religious Studies 3,941
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 214
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 124

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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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