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2020 Best Colleges for Philosophy in the The Plains States Region

Approximately 9,397 philosophy degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Philosophy in the The Plains States Region ranking analyzed 12 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in philosophy. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Philosophy students in the The Plains States Region.

Choosing a Great Philosophy School

Best Colleges for Philosophy in the The Plains States Region The philosophy program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality philosophy program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A philosophy degree from schools on this list typically translates into higher than average wages following graduation. A philosophy bachelors degree from a school in The Plains States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $19,750 a couple years later.

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 Philosophy students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other philosophy students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized philosophy related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Philosophy students in the The Plains States Region.

Best Schools to Study Philosophy in The Plains States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Philosophy degree.

Top 10 Best Philosophy Colleges in the The Plains States Region

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6.2% Growth in Graduates

Washington University in St Louis is a wonderful choice for individuals interested in a Philosophy major. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

For those interested in something more advanced, WUSTL also offers 2 different higher degree levels in philosophy, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$19,900 Median Starting Salary

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a wonderful option for individuals interested in a Philosophy degree. Located in the large city Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMN Twin Cities also offers 2 different higher degree levels in philosophy, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $19,900.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type

It's hard to beat University of Iowa if you want to study philosophy. Located in the small city Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Iowa also offers 2 different higher degree levels in philosophy, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a Philosophy degree. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.More…

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29.8% Growth in Graduates
$19,600 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Students who graduate from the philosophy program earn around $19,600 for their early career.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
25.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small city Lawrence, KU is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, KU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in philosophy, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Creighton University

Omaha, NE
47.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Omaha, Creighton is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.More…

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type

Located in the city Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Mizzou also offers 2 different higher degree levels in philosophy, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Indianola.More…

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6.7% Growth in Graduates

Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames.More…

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Best Philosophy Colleges by State

Explore the best philosophy schools for a specific state in this the The Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 291 153
Minnesota 288 184
Kansas 269 58
Iowa 263 90
Nebraska 233 34
South Dakota 210 13
North Dakota 206 17

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Religious Studies 6,262
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 285
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 219

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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 Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.

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