Philosophy & Religious Studies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies

43 Colleges
12,372 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,825 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious StudiesIn 2018-2019, 12,372 people earned their bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies, making the major the #25 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies ranking, we looked at 43 colleges that offer a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on philosophy and religious studies 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. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools

#1

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Florida State, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State is $115,196. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy and religious studies schools. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. 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 U of F is $120,542. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA

Cairn University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Langhorne, Cairn is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Cairn to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,298. 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 Cairn is $120,445. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Located in the city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UNC Charlotte about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,314. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte be around $123,732. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies list, coming in at #4.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UT Austin to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,312. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin is $156,142. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Tempe. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at ASU - Tempe graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,198. 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 ASU - Tempe is $138,451. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Liberty University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

It takes the average student at Liberty University about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,839. 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 Liberty University is $119,970. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. UCLA also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies rankings.

It takes the average student at UCLA about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $39,402 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCLA is $164,306. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Arizona is a very large public school located in the large city of Tucson.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Arizona to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,634. This means that the average student pays around $158,625 to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of St Thomas Minnesota as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

It takes the average student at UST MN about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,313. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UST MN be around $164,328. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

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Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 8,093
Religious Studies 3,941
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 214
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 124

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 45,514
English Language & Literature 42,686
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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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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