Philosophy & Religious Studies

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

5 Colleges
828 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,981 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest RegionPhilosophy & Religious Studies is the #25 most popular major in the country with 12,372 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 828 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest Region ranking, we 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 Southwest 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 Southwest Region

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin. In addition to being on our best value list, UT Austin has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest Region ranking.

At UT Austin, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,312. This means that the average student pays around $156,142 to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Tempe. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe. ASU - Tempe also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest Region rankings.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at ASU - Tempe to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,198. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is about $138,451. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Tucson, Arizona is a public college with a very large student population. Arizona not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest Region list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Arizona to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,634. This means that the average student pays around $158,625 to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy and religious studies schools. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale. ASU - Skysong did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest Region list.

The average student at ASU - Skysong graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,233. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Skysong be around $133,025. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of New Mexico - Main Campus earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Albuquerque. UNM also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the Southwest Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNM is 4.7 years, and it costs about $29,527 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNM is $138,777. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 183
Texas 530
Oklahoma 65
New Mexico 50

Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 579
Religious Studies 244
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 5

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 7,583
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 6,349
English Language & Literature 4,390
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,961
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,145

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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).

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