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2020 Best Colleges for Anthropology

Approximately 12,008 anthropology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology ranking analyzed 260 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 colleges for Anthropology students.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology The anthropology program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality anthropology program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 7% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 15%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 115 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A anthropology degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average wages following graduation. While the average anthropology bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $24,323, graduates of colleges on this list average $27,286.

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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 Anthropology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other anthropology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized anthropology related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Anthropology students.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for anthropology majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 260 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Anthropology Colleges

It is difficult to beat Washington University in St Louis if you wish to pursue anthropology as a major. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great college overall.

There are approximately 135 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this program at WUSTL.

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It is difficult to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you want to pursue anthropology as a major. Located in the city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

There are roughly 94 anthropology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Columbia. Anthropology majors from Columbia University in the City of New York earn a boost of around $7,814 above the typical income of anthropology graduates.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University is among your top options if you want to study anthropology. Located in the midsize city New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 4 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Yale is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Yale also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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It's hard to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you wish to study anthropology. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 35 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students who graduate from the anthropology program earn about $23,600 in the first couple years of working.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Harvard also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Located in the large city Riverside, UCR is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 214th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 143 undergrads, University of California - Riverside is one of most popular schools to study anthropology in United States. Students who graduate from the anthropology program make about $20,100 in the first couple years of their career.

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UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. This college ranks 49th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 261 anthropology undergrads studying this degree at UCLA. After graduation, anthropology students generally earn around $29,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of 11 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Brown also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. This school ranks 65th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Berkeley is one of the most popular college to study anthropology in United States with more than 129 graduations last year. After graduating, anthropology students typically earn about $25,500 in their early careers.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Located in the city Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 8 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great college overall.

University of Chicago is one of the most popular school to study anthropology in United States exceeding 41 graduates last year.

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Located in the city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 84th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are roughly 267 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this program at UW Seattle. After getting their bachelor's degree, anthropology students typically make an average of $29,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

A preferred choice for anthropology undergrads, there are approximately 28 students studying this degree at UPenn.

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UC Santa Cruz is a large public school located in the city of Santa Cruz. This school ranks 259th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Santa Cruz is a fairly popular school to study anthropology in United States with over 140 graduations last year. Graduates of the anthropology program make an average of $26,400 for their early career.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great school overall.

A preferred major for anthropology undergrads, there are about 20 learners studying this degree at Stanford.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Duke is a great school overall.

With 37 undergraduates, Duke University is one of most popular schools to study anthropology in United States.

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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Located in the large city Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 27 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Emory also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Grads of the anthropology program state that they receive average early career wages of $17,100.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Located in the town Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There are about 33 anthropology undergrads studying this program at Dartmouth.

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Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Located in the small city Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 68th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A preferred choice for anthropology undergrads, there are roughly 50 students studying this degree at Brandeis. Brandeis University anthropology graduates make $6,314 more than the typical anthropology grad.

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Located in the large city Irvine, UC Irvine is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 81st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Irvine is one of the most popular college to study anthropology in United States with over 114 graduations last year. After graduation, anthropology students typically make around $27,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. This school ranks 105th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are about 49 anthropology undergrads studying this program at GWU.

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UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. This college ranks 78th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most popular college to study anthropology in United States exceeding 67 graduations last year. Soon after graduating, anthropology students usually make an average of $25,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Located in the large city New Orleans, Tulane is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 94th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Louisiana.

There are about 47 anthropology undergrads studying this degree at Tulane.

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UCSB is a very large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. This college ranks 125th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A favorite major for anthropology undergraduates, there are about 124 learners studying this degree at UCSB. After graduating, anthropology students generally make about $27,000 in their early careers.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the city Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 73rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of F also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates of the anthropology program report average early career wages of $23,200.

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New York University

New York, NY

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This college ranks 129th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, NYU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the anthropology degree program at New York University make $12,214 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Anthropology

#27

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
#28

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#29

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#30

American University

Washington, DC
#32

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#34

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#35

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
#38

Barnard College

New York, NY
#39

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Anthropology students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Anthropology award.

Rank College Location
40 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
41 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
42 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
43 University at Albany Albany, NY
44 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
45 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
46 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
47 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
48 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
49 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
50 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
51 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
52 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

Anthropology by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 13 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Anthropology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Anthropology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908

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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 Deror avi.

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