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2022 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

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532

Graduates Per Year

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$43K

Average Salary

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#273

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

532

91% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

46

76% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

272

Physician Assistant Studies

538

273

American Sign Language

532

274

Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies

530

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$22,389

30% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

313

Religious Music

$22,641

314

American Sign Language

$22,389

Salary

Low Salary

$30,440

21% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

294

History

$30,473

295

American Sign Language

$30,440

296

Art Therapy

$30,346

Professors

Very Good

4.3/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

63

Forensic Psychology

64

American Sign Language

65

Special Education and Teaching

Students

Not Diverse

2.8/5

21.78% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

343

Music Teacher Education

344

American Sign Language

345

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SUMMARY

A degree in American Sign Language is a valuable choice and ordinarily a mandatory first step for undergrads coveting to enter a career as an asl interpreter, an american sign language instructor, or a non-verbal special education teacher. Interestingly, american sign language is a ​unique major coming in at the 273rd most popular degree. Last academic year, there were 532 american sign language graduates. In-state tuition for american sign language at private institutions is, on average, 3 times more spendy than their public fellows.

With only 46 institutions offering american sign language you may have a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other american sign language majors, consider colleges in New York which have more students admitted to american sign language than any other state. More generally, the best region to pursue american sign language is in the Southeast region with Troy University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of North Florida best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to major in american sign language is the Sun Belt Conference with Troy University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Georgia State University representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list of the best colleges, our choice for the best school for american sign language is Rochester Institute of Technology.

The 'best' school does not have to be the best school for every student. There might be many more angels to consider when selecting college. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would change one's thoughts on which school to attend. Here at Authority, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which american sign language college has the top college campus, the winner is Rochester Institute of Technology. If, for example, you are very interested in which university boasts the best campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life and, from that list, our pick for the university with the best student life for american sign language is Rochester Institute of Technology. Are you curious why? Keep reading to find out more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our picks just might shock you.

If price is a primary factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester Institute of Technology appears to be the most expensive college for american sign language, at least for out of state students. We do have a list of the most expensive colleges that could put the expense at Rochester Institute of Technology into perspective. You could also want to know that american sign language is the 314th most expensive major in America, with an average expense of $22,400. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for american sign language in the nation is New York at Keuka College and Rochester Institute of Technology, the main colleges in the state, of $31,748 and $44,049. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for american sign language is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for american sign language is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Idaho State University with a cost of $22,224 and Utah Valley University with a cost of $15,872. On the bright side, the most affordable university for american sign language is Valdosta State University. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state learners can expect to pay about $9,300 for a degree in american sign language. The price swells by a lot to a median of $22,900 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our pick for the school with the best value for american sign language: Rochester Institute of Technology. Through this link you will find our comprehensive list for the colleges we see as being the best value overall. With that said, this section is based on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for american sign language majors can vary, but two years after graduation students will typically make around $42,900. While there is much variation in earnings potential; top positions can rake in up to $65,100. Straight out of university, the lowest end jobs within the american sign language field make $28,000, which isn't that bad. The highest earning graduates for american sign language graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of american sign language is quite poor, falling within only the 13th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the most composite diversity for american sign language is Gallaudet University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the American Sign Language major is only within the 34th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 17th percentile. White collegians make up the largest proportion at 76% of scholars studying american sign language. Additionally, 84% of undergrads pursuing an american sign language degree are women.

The median score of american sign language professors is 4.3 stars, a ranking that is 8% higher than the average across every major; this is a pretty good ranking. If you are looking for the most popular american sign language instructor in the nation, look no further than Patricia Masterson from Sacramento City College. It may surprise you, but the highest ranked american sign language professors according to students are at Utah Valley University. As we consider data other than just rankings we find that the school with the overall best professors for american sign language is Gallaudet University. One can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the finest instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for american sign language is Liberty University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we hope you believe that looking at college from examples primarily informed by superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different colleges and read a few of our insightful background articles on beneficial details to look out for as your university search continues.

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Gallaudet University

#1 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Gallaudet University is a small private institution located in Washington, DC ranked 6th in District of Columbia. It has a total of 1,228 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.22% acceptance rate. Gallaudet University offers 61 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language, Health and Fitness, and Visual and Performing Arts programs (nationally ranked 1st, 17th, and 29th respectively). With an annual tuition of $16,512 per year, Gallaudet University is moderately priced. 56.54% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in near $31,000 per year, which is 25% below the national median.

Washington, DC

www.gallaudet.edu

B+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

1,735

Students

#388

Ranking

$16,512

Tuition

Rochester Institute of Technology

#2 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Rochester Institute of Technology is a large private institution located in Rochester, NY ranked 190th in the US. It has a total of 15,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting close to 7 in every 10 applicants. Rochester Institute of Technology offers 201 different majors and is best known for its Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $45,244 per year, Rochester Institute of Technology is exceptionally costly. 62.58% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home near $62,400 per year, which is 50% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

www.rit.edu/

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

18,660

Students

#190

Ranking

$45,244

Tuition

William Woods University

#3 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

William Woods University is a small private institution located in Fulton, MO ranked 17th in Missouri. It has a total of 1,057 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64% acceptance rate. William Woods University offers 56 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language and Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services programs, which are respectively ranked 3rd and 7th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $23,950 per year, William Woods University is reasonably high-priced. 59.84% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $36,500 per year, which is 12% below the national median.

Fulton, MO

https://www.williamwoods.edu

C+

Rating

64%

Acceptance

2,888

Students

#952

Ranking

$23,950

Tuition

University of North Florida

#4 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

University of North Florida is a large public college located in Jacksonville, FL ranked 26th in Florida. It has a total of 17,135 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 72.28% acceptance rate. University of North Florida offers 115 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language, Clinical Nutrition Services, and Construction Engineering Technology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 10th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,281 for students from Florida and $17,999 for those from out-of-state, University of North Florida is reasonably priced. 58.87% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $43,200 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Jacksonville, FL

https://www.unf.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

20,094

Students

#658

Ranking

$17,999

Tuition

University of Houston

#5 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

University of Houston is a very large public university located in Houston, TX ranked 17th in Texas. It has a total of 42,723 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64.98% acceptance rate. University of Houston offers 225 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technologies, and Biotechnology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $8,219 for in-state students and $20,747 for those from out-of-state, University of Houston is reasonably pricey. 54.69% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $51,600 per year, which is 24% above the national median.

Houston, TX

www.uh.edu/

B+

Rating

65%

Acceptance

51,999

Students

#341

Ranking

$20,747

Tuition

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

#6 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

University of New Hampshire at Manchester is a very small public institution located in Manchester, NH ranked 4th in New Hampshire. It has a total of 1,121 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.79% of applicants. University of New Hampshire at Manchester offers 22 different majors and is best known for its Biotechnology, American Sign Language, and Homeland Security programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 6th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $15,150 for students from New Hampshire and $31,660 for those from out-of-state, University of New Hampshire at Manchester is somewhat moderately expensive. 70.35% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $51,400 per year, which is 24% over the national median.

Manchester, NH

manchester.unh.edu

C+

Rating

91%

Acceptance

1,452

Students

#659

Ranking

$31,660

Tuition

Maryville College

#7 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Maryville College is a small private institution located in Maryville, TN ranked 9th in Tennessee. It has a total of 1,226 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 55.57% acceptance rate. Maryville College offers 58 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Counseling Psychology, and American Sign Language programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,752 per year, Maryville College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 52.15% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home about $39,000 per year, which is 6% under the national median.

Maryville, TN

www.maryvillecollege.edu

C+

Rating

56%

Acceptance

1,226

Students

#682

Ranking

$34,752

Tuition

University of Louisville

#8 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

University of Louisville is a very large public university located in Louisville, KY ranked 6th in Kentucky. It has a total of 17,664 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 69.28% acceptance rate. University of Louisville offers 209 different majors and is best known for its Trade and Industrial Teacher Education, American Sign Language, and Humanities programs (nationally ranked 1st, 8th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,732 for students from Kentucky and $27,758 for those from out-of-state, University of Louisville is reasonably expensive. 48.04% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $41,800 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Louisville, KY

www.louisville.edu

C+

Rating

69%

Acceptance

24,770

Students

#705

Ranking

$27,758

Tuition

St Catherine University

#9 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

St Catherine University is a small private college located in Saint Paul, MN ranked 20th in Minnesota. It has a total of 3,973 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just greater than 66.7% of applicants. St Catherine University offers 123 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language, Respiratory Care Therapy, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology programs (nationally ranked 9th, 15th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,290 per year, St Catherine University is rather expensive. 49.85% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After college, alumni go on to bring home close to $49,200 per year, which is 18% above the national median.

Saint Paul, MN

https://www.stkate.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

5,758

Students

#759

Ranking

$40,290

Tuition

Western Oregon University

#10 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Western Oregon University is a small public college located in Monmouth, OR ranked 25th in Oregon. It has a total of 5,068 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.59% of applicants. Western Oregon University offers 216 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language, Gerontology, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 10th, 14th, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,920 for in-state students and $25,830 for those from out-of-state, Western Oregon University is reasonably expensive. 40.33% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $39,700 per year, which is 4% below the national median.

Monmouth, OR

www.wou.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

5,770

Students

#1616

Ranking

$25,830

Tuition

Columbia College Chicago

#12 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Columbia College Chicago is a mid-sized private institution located in Chicago, IL ranked 63rd in Illinois. It has a total of 7,195 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.22% of applicants. Columbia College Chicago offers 74 different majors and is best known for its Theatre Management, Photojournalism, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 8th, 8th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,610 per year, Columbia College Chicago is somewhat moderately expensive. 46.92% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate around $34,400 per year, which is 17% below the national median.

Chicago, IL

www.colum.edu

C

Rating

90%

Acceptance

7,505

Students

#1585

Ranking

$26,610

Tuition

Utah Valley University

#13 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Utah Valley University is a very large public institution located in Orem, UT ranked 10th in Utah. It has a total of 44,361 full-time undergraduate students. Utah Valley University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, American Sign Language, and Fire Protection programs (nationally ranked 8th, 13th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,122 for in-state students and $15,872 for those from out-of-state, Utah Valley University is moderately priced. 29.17% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in roughly $43,800 per year, which is 5% above the national median.

Orem, UT

www.uvu.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

45,080

Students

#1913

Ranking

$15,872

Tuition

Siena Heights University

#14 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Siena Heights University is a small private college located in Adrian, MI ranked 37th in Michigan. It has a total of 2,690 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.4% of applicants. Siena Heights University offers 172 different majors and is best known for its Mechanic and Repair Technologies, Emergency Medical Technology, and American Sign Language programs (nationally ranked 11th, 13th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,558 per year, Siena Heights University is reasonably high-priced. 31.66% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $42,000 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Adrian, MI

www.sienaheights.edu

C

Rating

73%

Acceptance

2,985

Students

#1288

Ranking

$26,558

Tuition

Troy University

#16 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Troy University is a large public college located in Troy, AL ranked 25th in Alabama. It has a total of 16,107 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting faintly north of 7 in 8 applicants. Troy University offers 91 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language and Science, Technology and Society programs, which are respectively ranked 16th and 24th in America. With an annual tuition of $7,800 for in-state students and $15,600 for those from out-of-state, Troy University is moderately priced. 28.71% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn approximately $37,000 per year, which is 11% less than the national median.

Troy, AL

www.troy.edu

D+

Rating

88%

Acceptance

21,039

Students

#2413

Ranking

$15,600

Tuition

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

#18 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a mid-sized public university located in Little Rock, AR ranked 10th in Arkansas. It has a total of 9,529 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a tad south of 2/3 of applicants. University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers 155 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering, American Sign Language, and Systems Engineering programs (nationally ranked 15th, 18th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,600 for students from Arkansas and $18,810 for those from out-of-state, University of Arkansas at Little Rock is moderately priced. 30.95% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw close to $34,900 per year, which is 16% below the national median.

Little Rock, AR

ualr.edu/www/

C

Rating

66%

Acceptance

12,993

Students

#1366

Ranking

$18,810

Tuition

Liberty University

#19 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Liberty University is a very large private institution located in Lynchburg, VA ranked 32nd in Virginia. It has a total of 60,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.06% of applicants. Liberty University offers 229 different majors and is best known for its Music Pedagogy, Religious Music, and Music History, Literature, and Theory programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,361 per year, Liberty University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 29.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $36,700 per year, which is 12% less than the national median.

Lynchburg, VA

www.liberty.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

111,084

Students

#1009

Ranking

$21,361

Tuition

North Central University

#20 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

North Central University is a small private seminary located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 52nd in Minnesota. It has a total of 1,133 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting roughly eight ninths of applicants. North Central University offers 60 different majors and is best known for its Multicultural and Diversity Studies, Religious Music, and American Sign Language programs (nationally ranked 5th, 15th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $24,340 per year, North Central University is reasonably high-priced. 37.96% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $34,600 per year, which is 17% less than the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

www.northcentral.edu

C-

Rating

90%

Acceptance

1,186

Students

#1916

Ranking

$24,340

Tuition

Madonna University

#21 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Madonna University is a small private institution located in Livonia, MI ranked 30th in Michigan. It has a total of 2,936 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.6% of applicants. Madonna University offers 255 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language, Legal Support Services, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 21st, 22nd, and 42nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $23,100 per year, Madonna University is somewhat moderately expensive. 52.96% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $40,900 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Livonia, MI

https://www.madonna.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

3,817

Students

#1222

Ranking

$23,100

Tuition

Georgia State University

#22 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Georgia State University is a very large public university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 20th in Georgia. It has a total of 32,031 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.15% of applicants. Georgia State University offers 235 different majors and is best known for its Drawing, International Economics, and Preschool Education and Teaching programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 10th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,158 for students from Georgia and $22,389 for those from out-of-state, Georgia State University is reasonably high-priced. 26.22% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in near $43,300 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Atlanta, GA

www.gsu.edu

C+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

40,505

Students

#1153

Ranking

$22,389

Tuition

Valdosta State University

#23 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Valdosta State University is a large public institution located in Valdosta, GA ranked 30th in Georgia. It has a total of 10,089 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting roughly four in every seven applicants. Valdosta State University offers 91 different majors and is best known for its Speech-Language Pathology, American Sign Language, and Legal Support Services programs (nationally ranked 20th, 23rd, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,371 for students from Georgia and $15,426 for those from out-of-state, Valdosta State University is reasonably priced. 32.19% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $38,700 per year, which is 7% under the national median.

Valdosta, GA

www.valdosta.edu

C

Rating

57%

Acceptance

13,397

Students

#1574

Ranking

$15,426

Tuition

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

#24 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

University of New Mexico-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Albuquerque, NM ranked 9th in New Mexico. It has a total of 20,473 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 94.28% acceptance rate. University of New Mexico-Main Campus offers 241 different majors and is best known for its Emergency Medical Technology, Native American Studies, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 10th, 12th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,299 for in-state students and $21,716 for those from out-of-state, University of New Mexico-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 35.05% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $36,400 per year, which is 12% under the national median.

Albuquerque, NM

www.unm.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

28,080

Students

#1896

Ranking

$21,716

Tuition

Kent State University at Kent

#25 Best Colleges for American Sign Language

Kent State University at Kent is a very large public university located in Kent, OH ranked 68th in Ohio. It has a total of 25,878 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 85.54% acceptance rate. Kent State University at Kent offers 330 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Science Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 14th, 19th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,602 for students from Ohio and $19,478 for those from out-of-state, Kent State University at Kent is moderately priced. 40.06% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $38,000 per year, which is 9% below the national median.

Kent, OH

www.kent.edu

C

Rating

86%

Acceptance

33,013

Students

#1485

Ranking

$19,478

Tuition