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2021 Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy & Religious Studies is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 15,973 of the 15,973 Philosophy & Religious Studies diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies ranking analyzed 44 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 6 schools for Philosophy & Religious Studies students.

Choosing a Great Philosophy & Religious Studies School

Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies Your choice of philosophy and religious studies school matters. Important measures of a quality philosophy and religious studies program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 6% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 8%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 108 to 17 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A philosophy and religious studies degree from schools on this list typically translates into higher than average earnings after graduation. Recent philosophy and religious studies graduates from U.S. schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $28,371 in 2017-2018.

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

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies students.

Best Schools to Study Philosophy & Religious Studies in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study philosophy and religious studies.

Top 10 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

It's difficult to beat University of Pennsylvania if you want to study philosophy and religious studies. Located in the large city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

There are roughly 212 philosophy and religious studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at UPenn.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Every student who is interested in philosophy and religious studies needs to look into University of Chicago. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great college overall.

There are about 100 philosophy and religious studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at UChicago.

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It's hard to beat University of California - Los Angeles if you wish to pursue philosophy and religious studies as a major. Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 65th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

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

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The University of Texas at Austin is among your best bets if you're planning on studying philosophy and religious studies. Located in the large city Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 91st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

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

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Located in the medium-sized suburb Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 133rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

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

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Located in the small city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 61 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There are about 78 philosophy and religious studies undergraduates studying this degree at Boston College.

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UC Davis is a very large public school located in the suburb of Davis. This school ranks 83rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A popular choice for philosophy and religious studies undergraduates, there are roughly 74 individuals enrolled in this degree at UC Davis.

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#8

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. This college ranks 160th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

With 74 undergrads, Florida State University is one of most popular schools to study philosophy and religious studies in United States.

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Located in the city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 76th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

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

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Located in the large city Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, USC also offers a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship) in philosophy and religious studies.

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Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

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Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 9,834
Religious Studies 5,941
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 311
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 166

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 547,539
Visual & Performing Arts 153,295
English Language & Literature 59,299
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Theology & Religious Vocations 32,172

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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 Fyodor Bronnikov. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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