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2021 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

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Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies School for You

In 2018-2019, 2,436 people earned a degree or certificate in liberal arts general studies, making the major the #80 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 250 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Liberal Arts General Studies program at each school on the list.

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

Our 2021 rankings named University of Oklahoma Norman Campus the most popular school in the United States for liberal arts general studies students. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the suburb of Norman.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Chicago. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY

Out of the 250 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means The Graduate Center, CUNY is a great place for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the large city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

With a ranking of #6, Stony Brook University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas at Dallas landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular liberal arts general studies programs. UT Dallas is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richardson.

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#8

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

With a ranking of #8, Johns Hopkins University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

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Middle Tennessee State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #10, Southern Methodist University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#11

Tiffin University

Tiffin, OH

Tiffin University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Tiffin University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Tiffin.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular liberal arts general studies programs. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

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#13

North Central College

Naperville, IL

North Central College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. North Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Naperville.

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Tennessee Technological University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular liberal arts general studies programs. Tennessee Tech University is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Cookeville.

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#15

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. TCU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Worth.

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#15

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. U of U is a fairly large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Carson, CSUDH is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#17

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#17

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Carpinteria, CA

With a ranking of #17, Pacifica Graduate Institute did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the rural area of Carpinteria, Pacifica Graduate Institute is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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American Public University System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #20 on the list. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

Austin Peay State University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Austin Peay State University is a large public school located in the midsize city of Clarksville.

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Arizona State University - Skysong came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools ranking. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#23

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

Adams State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for liberal arts general studies students. It came in at #23 on the list. Adams State is a small public school located in the town of Alamosa.

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#25

St John's College

Annapolis, MD

St John’s College ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools list. Located in the suburb of Annapolis, St. John's Annapolis is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#28

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM
#28

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT
#28

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#31

Duke University

Durham, NC
#32

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
#32

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#35

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#35

University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
39 University of Dallas Irving, TX
40 Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH
40 Rice University Houston, TX
40 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
43 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
43 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
45 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
46 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
46 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
46 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
49 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, ME
49 Maharishi International University Fairfield, IA
49 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
49 Clayton State University Morrow, GA
49 University of Denver Denver, CO
49 Tennessee State University Nashville, TN

Liberal Arts General Studies by Region

View the Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Schools for a specific region near you.

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

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 27 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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