Anthropology

2022 Best Anthropology Schools

419 Colleges in the United States
12,008 Anthropology Degrees Awarded
$24,661 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in anthropology is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #77 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual looked at 419 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Anthropology Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 12,008 degrees in anthropology to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Anthropology Schools Your choice of anthropology school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Anthropology School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Anthropology Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Anthropology Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Anthropology in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of anthropology degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Anthropology

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NH
53 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Dartmouth College if you want to pursue a degree in anthropology. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were approximately 53 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT
36 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in anthropology has to take a look at Yale University. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were roughly 36 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year.

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#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In CA
39 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in anthropology. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were approximately 39 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA
51 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in anthropology. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 51 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#5

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NC

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 19 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In PA

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 21 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
35 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 35 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NJ
32 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were about 32 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#9

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In MA

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 5 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
140 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 140 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent data year.

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#11

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In TN

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 25 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#12

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
32 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 32 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the anthropology program earn around $21,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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#13

Haverford College

Haverford, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In PA

Haverford is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Haverford. This college ranks 4th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 24 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Haverford in the most recent data year.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In NY

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 19 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year.

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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
40 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 40 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In MA

Amherst is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 4th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 7 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent data year.

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#17

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
95th Most Popular In CA

Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #11 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Pomona is a great college overall.

There were roughly 2 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Pomona in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. This university ranks 1st out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were about 8 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
270 Anthropology Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 270 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Those anthropology students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles make $4,339 more than the average anthropology grad.

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#20

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 23 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In ME

Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit college located in the fringe town of Brunswick. This college ranks 1st out of 23 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were approximately 10 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Bowdoin in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA

Located in the suburb of Wellesley, Wellesley is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 9th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 18 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Wellesley in the most recent year we have data available.

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#23

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In TX

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. This university ranks 1st out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 12 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent year we have data available.

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#24

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In DC

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 9 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 14 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In ME

Bates is a small private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Lewiston. This college ranks 3rd out of 23 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 12 anthropology students who graduated with this degree at Bates in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Anthropology Schools

#25

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#26

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#27

Barnard College

New York, NY
#29

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#30

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA
#31

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#35

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#36

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY
#37

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#40

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

#43

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
#44

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#45

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#46

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#47

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#48

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#49

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Anthropology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 419 different United States anthropology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
51 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
52 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
53 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
54 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
55 New York University New York, NY
56 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
57 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
58 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
59 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
60 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
61 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
62 George Washington University Washington, DC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
63 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
64 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
65 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
66 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
67 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
68 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
69 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
70 Connecticut College New London, CT
71 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
72 Tufts University Medford, MA
73 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
74 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
75 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
76 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
77 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
78 Elon University Elon, NC
79 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
80 American University Washington, DC
81 Boston University Boston, MA
82 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
83 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

Anthropology by Region

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One of 12 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Anthropology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Anthropology Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Anthropology 11,652
Other Anthropology 120
Medical Anthropology 116
Cultural Anthropology 76
Physical & Biological Anthropology 44

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,831
Political Science & Government 48,597
Sociology 37,807
General Social Sciences 19,742
International Relations & National Security 14,762
Criminology 10,182
Geography & Cartography 8,936
Other Social Sciences 2,491
Urban Studies 1,475
Sociology & Anthropology 498

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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).
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