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2021 Most Popular General Education Schools

472 Colleges
$47,138 Avg Salary
$29,674 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Education School for You

In 2018-2019, 23,737 general education students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #8 most popular in the country.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Most Popular General Education Schools ranking is one of many tools that Grad Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 472 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Education program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for education majors pursuing a .

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our 2021 rankings named Walden University the most popular school in the United States for general education students. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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#2

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northcentral University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Northcentral University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Harvard University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular General Education Schools list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Johns Hopkins University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular General Education Schools list. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Azusa Pacific University is a great place for general education students. Azusa Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Azusa.

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#6

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#8

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Located in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#9

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Located in the city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #11, Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

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#12

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona.

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#14

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose.

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California State University - Fullerton landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Cal State Fullerton is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fullerton.

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Concordia University, Texas landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Concordia University, Texas is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lakeway.

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#17

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

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California Baptist University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. Cal Baptist is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Riverside.

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University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #19 on the list. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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California State University - Fresno came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Located in the city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#21

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public college with a very large student population.

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#22

Portland State University

Portland, OR

Portland State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general education students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the large city of Portland, Portland State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Schools list. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

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#23

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Schools ranking. Sacred Heart is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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#25

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general education programs. Brandman is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

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#27

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
#29

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#31

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#32

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#33

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT
#41

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
#48

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#49

La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA
#49

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular General Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 472 different United States general education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
52 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
53 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
54 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
55 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
56 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
57 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
57 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
59 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
60 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
61 Goucher College Baltimore, MD
62 Cabrini University Radnor, PA
63 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
63 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
65 Clemson University Clemson, SC
66 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
66 University of Portland Portland, OR
66 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
69 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
70 Edgewood College Madison, WI
70 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for General Education students that almost earned our Most Popular General Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
72 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
73 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
74 The University of Findlay Findlay, OH
74 Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO
76 Trident University International Cypress, CA
77 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
77 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
77 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
80 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
80 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
80 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
83 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
83 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
85 Union University Jackson, TN
86 Lesley University Cambridge, MA
87 Marshall University Huntington, WV
88 Towson University Towson, MD
89 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
90 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
90 Northwest University Kirkland, WA
92 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
93 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
94 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
94 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC

General Education by Region

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

One of 14 majors within the area of study, general education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Educational Administration 43,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29,615
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Curriculum & Instruction 18,738

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 KOKUYO.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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