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2021 Best Colleges for Anthropology in the Southeast Region

Approximately 11,603 anthropology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 32 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 colleges for Anthropology students in the Southeast Region.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology in the Southeast Region Your choice of anthropology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. 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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 7% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 108 to 36 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Anthropology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average anthropology bachelors degree from Southeast schools results in an average starting salary of $22,894, graduates of colleges on this list average $28,600.

Starting Salary  ( 25344 to 33355 )
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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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Anthropology students in the Southeast Region.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in Southeast

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Anthropology degree.

Top 10 Best Anthropology Colleges in the Southeast Region

Any student pursuing a degree in anthropology has to take a look at University of Virginia - Main Campus. Located in the suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great college overall.

There are approximately 64 anthropology undergrads studying this program at University of Virginia. University of Virginia - Main Campus anthropology majors receive $8,892 more than the standard anthropology student.

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Any student pursuing a degree in anthropology has to look into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great school overall.

There are approximately 72 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this program at UNC Chapel Hill. Graduates from the anthropology program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earn $4,592 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida is among your top options if you want to study anthropology. U of F is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. This school ranks 12th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are approximately 165 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this degree at U of F. Soon after graduation, anthropology students generally make an average of $23,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

Rhodes College is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a Anthropology degree. Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Memphis. This college ranks 19th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

Rhodes College is a fairly popular school to study anthropology in Southeast with more than 18 graduations last year. Rhodes College anthropology graduates earn $6,892 more than the typical anthropology graduate.

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USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tampa. This school ranks 32nd out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

University of South Florida - Main Campus is a fairly popular school to study anthropology in Southeast exceeding 80 graduations last year. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $22,900.

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Located in the midsize city Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 36th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There are roughly 50 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this degree at UT Knoxville. Anthropology students from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville get a earnings boost of about $4,092 above the typical income of anthropology graduates.

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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

A popular major for anthropology undergraduates, there are roughly 52 individuals studying this degree at Emory. Soon after graduating, anthropology students usually make around $17,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. This school ranks 24th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

A preferred choice for anthropology undergrads, there are approximately 42 individuals enrolled in this degree at Florida State. Florida State University anthropology graduates make $2,892 more than the typical anthropology graduate.

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Located in the city Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Louisiana.

There are about 48 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Louisiana State University. Students from the anthropology degree program at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College earn $2,292 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

UGA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Athens. This school ranks 22nd out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are approximately 56 anthropology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UGA. After getting their bachelor's degree, anthropology students typically earn an average of $21,200 in their early careers.

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Best Anthropology Colleges by State

Explore the best anthropology colleges for a specific state in this the Southeast region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 232
Florida 276 551
North Carolina 274 419
Virginia 268 220
Tennessee 257 171
South Carolina 239 93
Kentucky 238 135
Alabama 230 99
Mississippi 228 38
Arkansas 226 72
Louisiana 225 103

Anthropology is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 10,769
Sociology 6,500
Economics 6,392
International Relations & National Security 3,460
General Social Sciences 3,037

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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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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