Philosophy & Religious Studies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region

5 Colleges
2,306 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,690 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, philosophy and religious studies was ranked #25 in the country. In fact 12,372 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 2,306 went to students in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking looked at 5 colleges that offer a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those philosophy and religious studies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

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. 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 & Religious Studies Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for philosophy and religious studies majors.

Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

#1

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA

Cairn University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cairn is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Langhorne. In addition to being on our best value list, Cairn has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Cairn about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,298. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cairn is $120,445. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pennsylvania. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. UPenn also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UPenn to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,844. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UPenn is about $152,166. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population. Rutgers New Brunswick not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The average student at Rutgers New Brunswick graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,258. This means that the average student pays around $142,344 to get a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers New Brunswick. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Temple University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a fairly large student population. Temple also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Temple to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,027. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Temple is $158,159. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

New York University

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize New York University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. NYU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NYU is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $46,022. This means that the average student pays around $190,071 to get a bachelor’s degree from NYU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best philosophy and religious studies schools for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 848
New York 960
New Jersey 182
Maryland 183
Delaware 10
District of Columbia 123

Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 1,741
Religious Studies 514
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 31
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 20

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 19,057
English Language & Literature 8,248
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 7,150
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 3,846
Theology & Religious Vocations 3,060

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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