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2020 Best Colleges for Anthropology in the Southeast Region

Approximately 12,008 anthropology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 50 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 7 schools 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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 81 to 18 )
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 colleges results in an average starting salary of $22,894, graduates of colleges on this list average $25,250.

Starting Salary  ( 19069 to 32330 )
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$32,500

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 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

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NC

It is difficult to beat Duke University if you want to pursue anthropology as a major. Located in the large city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

Duke University is a fairly popular school to study anthropology in Southeast exceeding 37 graduations last year.

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#2

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
14.1% Growth in Graduates

Emory University is one of the finest schools in the country for anthropology. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of 27 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

There are about 71 anthropology undergrads studying this program at Emory. Soon after graduating, anthropology students generally earn an average of $17,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In LA

It's hard to beat Tulane University of Louisiana if you wish to pursue anthropology as a major. Tulane is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New Orleans. This college ranks 15th out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Louisiana.

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

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
11.7% Growth in Graduates

University of Florida is one of the best schools in the United States for anthropology. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. This college ranks 13th out of 436 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are approximately 205 anthropology undergraduates studying this degree at U of F. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, anthropology students generally earn around $23,200 in their early careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
12.8% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 8th out of 436 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are approximately 86 anthropology undergrads studying this degree at UNC Chapel Hill. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill anthropology majors receive $3,740 more than the average anthropology grad.

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#6

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA

Located in the small suburb Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 10th out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

A favorite choice for anthropology undergrads, there are about 33 students enrolled in this degree at William & Mary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
26.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great college overall.

There are about 83 anthropology undergrads enrolled in this program at University of Virginia. University of Virginia - Main Campus anthropology majors receive $8,040 more than the average anthropology student.

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#8

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
5th Most Popular In TN
7.1% Growth in Graduates
$30,500 Median Starting Salary

Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Memphis. This college ranks 18th out of 436 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

Rhodes College is one of the most popular school to study anthropology in Southeast with more than 14 graduations last year. Anthropology graduates from Rhodes College receive an earnings boost of about $6,040 over the typical earnings of anthropology graduates.

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#9

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
10th Most Popular In NC
14.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great school overall.

A popular major for anthropology undergrads, there are approximately 14 individuals studying this program at Wake Forest University.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In FL
1.1% Growth in Graduates

USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tampa. This school ranks 40th out of 436 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

With 87 students enrolled, University of South Florida - Main Campus is one of most popular colleges to study anthropology in Southeast. Graduates of the anthropology program state that they receive average early career wages of $22,900.

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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 300 254
Florida 291 631
Virginia 289 247
North Carolina 286 412
Tennessee 266 181
Kentucky 257 129
South Carolina 254 66
Louisiana 254 108
Alabama 250 114
Arkansas 249 82
Mississippi 239 51

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

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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