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2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

There are about 4,306 students enrolled in American Studies in the USA.

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popularity

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

1,736

Vs. National Avg.

-89%

popularity Rank

#242

cost

Very Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$38K

Vs. National Avg.

58%

cost Rank

#39

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$48K

Vs. National Avg.

20%

salary Rank

#82

professors

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

17%

professors Rank

#90

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

13%

students Rank

#52

SUMMARY

Studying American Studies is a valuable choice and commonly a requisite first step for undergrads seeking to pursue a career as an american linguistics professor, a writer, or an archivist. In fact, american studies is an uncommon major coming in at the 196th most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 1,207 american studies graduates. In-state tuition for american studies at private schools is, on average, 4.4 times more spendy than their public peers.

There are 204 schools that offer american studies. This number of universities is on par with other programs offered in the United States. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other american studies undergraduates, consider looking at colleges in California which have the most students admitted to american studies annually. More generally, the top region to major in american studies is in the New England region with Wesleyan University, Yale University, and Tufts University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study american studies is the New England Small College Athletic Conference with Wesleyan University, Colby College, and Tufts University representing the conference. That said, our selection for the best school for american studies is Stanford University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The overall 'best' school does not mean it is the best school for every student. There might be lots of factors to consider when selecting school. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might affect one's feelings of which university to attend. At authority.org, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which american studies school has the top campus, the answer is New York University. If you are mostly interested in which university boasts the top campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to evaluate every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand our selection of the university with the best student life for american studies is Cornell University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top selections. Some of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If price is a major factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspappears to be our most expensive college for american studies, at least for out of state attendance. We do have an entire page for the most expensive&nbspuniversities that might put the cost of Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you might care to know that american studies is the 5th most expensive major in the nation, with an average expense of $55,000. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for american studies in the country is Rhode Island demonstrated by a tuition of $57,112 at the main school in Rhode Island Brown University. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for american studies is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Amherst College with a cost of $57,640, Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for american studies is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790 and University of Wyoming with a cost of $13,392. On the bright side, the most affordable college for american studies is California State University-Fullerton. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $11,800 for a degree in american studies. That cost increases intensely to an average of $30,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our choice for the school with the best value for american studies: Stanford University. On this page you can find our comprehensive list about the colleges we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. That being said, this discussion is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value 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 studies students differ widely, but two-years after leaving college graduates will typically earn around $47,200. While there is a lot of variation in earnings; top earners can bring in up to $81,000. Even straight out of college, the lowest end positions within the american studies space make $27,000, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads for american studies have come from Stanford University&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of american studies sits solid, ranking within the 72nd percentile of majors nationally. The college with the highest composite diversity for american studies is New York University&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of American Studies only is in the 24th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 64th percentile. White collegians make up the largest share at 57% of scholars majoring in american studies. Additionally, 67% of students seeking an american studies degree are women.

The median score of american studies professors is 3.8 stars, a ranking that is 5% worse than the average score across every major; which is a subpar ranking. If you are searching for the most popular american studies instructor in the nation, take a look at Richard Carrico from San Diego State University. This might surprise you, but the top rated professors of american studies according to students come from San Diego State University. As we incorporate data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the college with comprehensively the best professors for american studies is Stanford University. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for american studies is Stanford University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a general page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that approaching college with a perspective mainly derived from superlatives could cause problems. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different topics and peruse some of Authority's background pages on beneficial things to look for as your school search develops.

Top 25 Best Colleges for American Studies

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Georgetown University

Washington, DC | www.georgetown.edu/

17%

Acceptance

22,720

Students

#19

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN | www.nd.edu/

19%

Acceptance

13,268

Students

#16

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Barnard College

New York, NY | www.barnard.edu/

14%

Acceptance

2,771

Students

#30

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Emory University

Atlanta, GA | www.emory.edu/

19%

Acceptance

15,970

Students

#24

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA | www.cmc.edu/

13%

Acceptance

1,361

Students

#26

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT | www.middlebury.edu/

22%

Acceptance

4,616

Students

#54

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA | www.swarthmore.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,689

Students

#36

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Tufts University

Medford, MA | https://www.tufts.edu/

16%

Acceptance

13,458

Students

#37

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC | www.unc.edu/

25%

Acceptance

32,160

Students

#69

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Williams College

Williamstown, MA | https://www.williams.edu/

15%

Acceptance

2,307

Students

#46

Ranking

$50K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Amherst College

Amherst, MA | www.amherst.edu/

12%

Acceptance

1,940

Students

#29

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for American Studies

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA | www.wellesley.edu/

20%

Acceptance

2,735

Students

#31

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

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