Philosophy & Religious Studies

2021 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States

43 Colleges
12,372 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,050 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Vets

Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 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.

This year's Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 43 colleges that offer a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent philosophy and religious studies programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the philosophy and religious studies program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the philosophy and religious studies programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

Top 10 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for Veterans

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy and religious studies schools. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UPenn, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UPenn supports 25,860 students, and 272 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 153 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,428. On top of their other funding sources, 106 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. UT Austin did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States list.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Florida State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. Florida State also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States list, coming in at #8.

Of the 41,005 students enrolled at Florida State, 986 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,897. To help with additional expenses, 20 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Florida State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Our rankings recognize University of Arizona as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Arizona is a very large public school located in the large city of Tucson.

Of the 44,097 students enrolled at Arizona, 1,914 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,561 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,490. On top of their other funding sources, 37 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Chicago. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. UChicago not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 181 of the 17,002 students enrolled at UChicago were GI Bill® students, of which 107 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,167. During this same period, 54 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value philosophy and religious studies schools. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States list.

Of the 44,537 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,825.

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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 small city of Lynchburg.

Among the 79,152 students enrolled at Liberty University, 11,581 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 9,188 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,789. During this same period, 369 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Liberty University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA

Cairn University comes in at #8 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.

Of the 1,143 students enrolled at Cairn, 21 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 11 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,847. During this same period, 5 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a very large student population. UCSB not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UCSB supports 25,976 students, and 296 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 154 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,044. To help with additional expenses, 5 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College also made our Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States list, coming in at #6.

Our most recent data shows that 164 of the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College were GI Bill® students, of which 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. During this same period, 74 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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