Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Anthropology

Find Schools Near

2020 Best Colleges for Anthropology in Virginia

Anthropology is a popular major and Virginia is the 17th most popular state for students studying this major. 247 of the 12,008 Anthropology degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Virginia. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in Virginia ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Anthropology students in Virginia.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology in Virginia 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good 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 host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A anthropology degree from colleges on this list usually results in above average wages after graduation. Recent anthropology graduates from Virginia schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $26,400 in 2017-2018.

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 Virginia.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in Virginia

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study anthropology.

Best Anthropology Colleges in Virginia

#1

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type

It's difficult to beat College of William and Mary if you wish to study anthropology. William & Mary is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg.

For those interested in something more advanced, William & Mary also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

More…

Request Information
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
26.5% Growth in Graduates
$32,500 Median Starting Salary

University of Virginia - Main Campus is a great choice for individuals interested in a Anthropology major. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

For those interested in something more advanced, University of Virginia also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). University of Virginia - Main Campus anthropology graduates make $6,100 more than the average anthropology graduate.

More…

Request Information
#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
$26,100 Median Starting Salary

James Madison University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Anthropology major. JMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg.

Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $26,100.

More…

Request Information
#4

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

It's hard to beat University of Mary Washington if you wish to pursue anthropology as a major. Located in the midsize suburb Fredericksburg, UMW is a public school with a small student population.More…

Request Information
#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Master Highest Degree Type
16.7% Growth in Graduates

GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, GMU offers a Master's Degree in anthropology.

More…

Request Information
25.0% Growth in Graduates
$20,600 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Richmond, VCU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Soon after graduating, anthropology students generally make around $20,600 in their early careers.

More…

Request Information
#7

Radford University

Radford, VA

Radford is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Radford.More…

Request Information

Best Anthropology Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Anthropology Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 254
Florida 291 631
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

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

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

View All Anthropology Related Majors >

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.

Featured Political and Social Sciences Schools

Find Schools Near You