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2022 Best Anthropology Bachelor's Degree Schools

403 Colleges in the United States
9,280 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in anthropology, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #54 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 403 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Anthropology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 9,280 bachelor's degrees in anthropology during the 2019-2020 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Anthropology School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Anthropology Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of anthropology for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. 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:

Overall Quality Is a Must

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

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to anthropology students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of anthropology students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt anthropology students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized anthropology related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for anthropology students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Anthropology Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Anthropology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Anthropology in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in anthropology. 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 for a Bachelor's in Anthropology

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
53 Annual Graduates
$16,030 Median Student Debt

It's difficult to beat Dartmouth College if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in anthropology. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Dartmouth College

#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT
16 Annual Graduates

Yale University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in anthropology. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Yale University

#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
19 Annual Graduates

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in anthropology. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Stanford University

#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
28 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in anthropology needs to look into Harvard University. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Harvard University

#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
20 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from University of Chicago

#6

Duke University

Durham, NC
12 Annual Graduates

Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Duke University

#7

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
26 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Princeton University

#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
14 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from University of Pennsylvania

#9

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
5 Annual Graduates

Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Williamstown.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Williams College

118 Annual Graduates
$17,500 Median Student Debt

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Washington University in St Louis

#11

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
26 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the anthropology program earn an average of $21,800 in the first couple years of their career.

More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from University of Notre Dame

#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
13 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Vanderbilt University

#13

Haverford College

Haverford, PA
24 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Haverford, Haverford is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Haverford College

#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
13 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Cornell University

#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
26 Annual Graduates
$18,510 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Northwestern University

252 Annual Graduates
$15,500 Median Student Debt

UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles.

Anthropology bachelor's degree recipients from University of California - Los Angeles receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,677 above the average income of anthropology graduates.

More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from University of California - Los Angeles

#17

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Amherst College

#18

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
2 Annual Graduates

Pomona is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Pomona College

#19

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the fringe town of Brunswick, Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Bowdoin College

#20

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University

#21

Brown University

Providence, RI
18 Annual Graduates

Brown is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Brown University

#22

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
18 Annual Graduates

Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Wellesley.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Wellesley College

91 Annual Graduates
$13,358 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population.

Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the anthropology program earn around $25,500 for their early career.

More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from University of California - Berkeley

#24

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
14 Annual Graduates

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Georgetown University

#25

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Lewiston, Bates is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in anthropology from Bates College

Rest of the Top Best Anthropology Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#26

Rice University

Houston, TX
#27

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#28

Barnard College

New York, NY
#29

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#30

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA
#31

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

#32

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#33

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#34

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#38

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#39

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

#41

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

#42

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#43

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#44

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#46

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#47

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#48

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#49

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Anthropology Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 403 different United States anthropology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
51 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
52 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
53 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
54 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
55 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
56 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
57 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
58 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
59 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
60 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
61 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
62 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
63 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
64 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
65 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
66 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
67 Connecticut College New London, CT
68 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
69 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
70 New York University New York, NY
71 Tufts University Medford, MA
72 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
73 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
74 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
75 Elon University Elon, NC
76 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
77 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
78 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
79 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
80 Boston University Boston, MA

Anthropology by Region

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

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Anthropology is one of 12 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Anthropology Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Anthropology 9,040
Medical Anthropology 93
Other Anthropology 67
Cultural Anthropology 59
Physical & Biological Anthropology 21

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 43,385
Economics 40,046
Sociology 29,491
International Relations & National Security 9,567
Criminology 8,860
General Social Sciences 6,589
Geography & Cartography 4,655
Other Social Sciences 1,772
Urban Studies 1,041
Sociology & Anthropology 498

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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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