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2022 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

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255

Graduates Per Year

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$45K

Average Salary

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#333

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

255

96% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

63

67% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

332

Soil Sciences

258

333

Classical and Ancient Studies

255

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TOP

50

Cost

Very Expensive

$50,872

59% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

37

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

$50,920

38

Classical and Ancient Studies

$50,872

Salary

Average Salary

Classical and Ancient Studies

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Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

225

Computational Mathematics

226

Classical and Ancient Studies

227

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Students

Average Diversity

3.6/5

0.14% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

221

Foreign Language Teacher Education

222

Classical and Ancient Studies

223

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SUMMARY

Studying Classical and Ancient Studies is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a necessary first step for undergrads seeking to enter a career as a heritage manager, an archaeological field technician, or a historian. In fact, classical and ancient studies is a ​unique major coming in at the 333rd most popular degree. Last academic year, there were 255 classical and ancient studies degrees conferred. In-state tuition for classical and ancient studies at private schools is, on average, 4.6 times more pricey than their public equivalents.

With just 63 colleges offering classical and ancient studies you might have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other classical and ancient studies undergrads, consider schools in California which have the most undergraduates admitted to classical and ancient studies annually. Zooming out, the top region to major in classical and ancient studies is in the New England region with Bates College, Boston University, and Dartmouth College best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in classical and ancient studies is the Big Ten Conference with University of Iowa, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln representing the conference. That said, our belief is that the best school for classical and ancient studies is Dartmouth College, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The overall 'best' school is not necessarily the 'best' school for you. There are many more angels to weigh when deciding on college. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might sway your inclinations on where to go to university. Here at Authority, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which classical and ancient studies university boasts the best campus, the answer is University of California-Los Angeles. If you are very interested in which university has the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life here and from that list, our selection for the school with the best student life for classical and ancient studies is Barnard College. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top selections. Many of our picks just might surprise you.

If expense is a primary influence in your choice of where you attend university, you might be cautious about Colgate University. Colgate University appears to be the most expensive university for classical and ancient studies, at least regarding out of state students. We do have a list of the most expensive schools that could put the expense of Colgate University into perspective. You could also be interested to know that classical and ancient studies is the 38th most expensive program in the nation, with an average cost of $50,900. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for classical and ancient studies in the nation is Maine demonstrated with a cost of $55,683 at the main school in Maine Bates College. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for classical and ancient studies is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Bates College with a cost of $55,683, Wellesley College with a cost of $55,728, and Dartmouth College with a cost of $55,605.

Our cheapest region for classical and ancient studies is the Plains region which is represented by University of Iowa with a cost of $30,036, University of Kansas with a cost of $26,960, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a cost of $24,000. On the bright side, the most affordable university for classical and ancient studies is University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $12,200 for a degree in classical and ancient studies. The cost grows dramatically to a median of $35,500 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the university with the best value for classical and ancient studies: Dartmouth College. Here you can see our comprehensive list for the colleges we see as being the best value in general. That being said, this discussion is predicated on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are 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 classical and ancient studies students range widely, but within two years finishing the degree graduates will regularly earn around $44,900. While there is much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can make up to $76,700. Right out of university, the minimum earning positions within the classical and ancient studies space earn $26,000, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads from classical and ancient studies come from Dartmouth College and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of classical and ancient studies sits subpar, ranking within the 44th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the highest composite diversity for classical and ancient studies is Swarthmore College and here you can find our general list for the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Classical and Ancient Studies only sits within the 64th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 34th percentile. White students compose the largest share at 68% of those majoring in classical and ancient studies. Additionally, 62% of students seeking a classical and ancient studies degree are women.

The median ranking for classical and ancient studies professors is 4 stars, a rating which is actually the median score across all majors; this is a fine. If you are looking for the most popular classical and ancient studies professor nationally, look no further than Ricardo Elia from Boston University. It might be shocking, but the best ranked instructors for classical and ancient studies by student come from Boston University. As we consider data beyond simply rankings we find that the school possessing comprehensively the best professors for classical and ancient studies is Swarthmore College. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for classical and ancient studies is Dartmouth College. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a general list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you understand that considering university with a lens primarily derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We hope you read our other pages on different universities and explore some of our helpful background articles on important things to think about as you progress with your school search.

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Bates College

#1 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Bates College is a small private liberal arts college located in Lewiston, ME ranked 53rd in the United States. It has a total of 1,964 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.14% of applicants. Bates College offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Classical and Ancient Studies, Chinese Language and Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,683 per year, Bates College is extremely high-priced. 90.71% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $59,200 per year, which is 43% above the national median.

Lewiston, ME

www.bates.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

1,964

Students

#53

Ranking

$55,683

Tuition

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#2 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#3 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of California-Berkeley is a very large public university located in Berkeley, CA ranked 68th in the United States. It has a total of 32,700 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.25% of applicants. University of California-Berkeley offers 315 different majors and is best known for its Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation, and Environmental Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Berkeley is rather costly. 58.68% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $64,700 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

#68

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Boston University

#4 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

Colgate University

#5 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Colgate University is a small private liberal arts college located in Hamilton, NY ranked 41st in the nation. It has a total of 3,096 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.58% acceptance rate. Colgate University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Classical and Ancient Studies, and Education programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,695 per year, Colgate University is very expensive. 89.73% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw close to $63,600 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Hamilton, NY

www.colgate.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

3,110

Students

#41

Ranking

$57,695

Tuition

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

#6 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a very large public university located in Lincoln, NE ranked 3rd in Nebraska. It has a total of 22,433 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.23% acceptance rate. University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers 276 different majors and is best known for its Agronomy and Crop Science, Business Teacher Education, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,560 for in-state students and $24,000 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Lincoln, NE

www.unl.edu/

B+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

28,686

Students

#339

Ranking

$24,000

Tuition

Swarthmore College

#7 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Swarthmore College is a small private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, PA ranked 27th in the United States. It has a total of 1,660 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting around one out of ten applicants. Swarthmore College offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Classical and Ancient Studies, and Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,256 per year, Swarthmore College is exceptionally expensive. 88.55% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $56,700 per year, which is 37% over the national median.

Swarthmore, PA

www.swarthmore.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

1,660

Students

#27

Ranking

$54,256

Tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

#8 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of California-Los Angeles is a very large public university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 33rd in America. It has a total of 33,703 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.32% of applicants. University of California-Los Angeles offers 333 different majors and is best known for its Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science and Government programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Los Angeles is quite expensive. 80.62% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $60,700 per year, which is 46% above the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

#33

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Dartmouth College

#9 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Dartmouth College is a mid-sized private university located in Hanover, NH ranked 14th in the US. It has a total of 4,797 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.93% acceptance rate. Dartmouth College offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,605 per year, Dartmouth College is extremely expensive. 90.38% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $75,500 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

#14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

Barnard College

#10 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Barnard College is a small private liberal arts college located in New York, NY ranked 31st in the US. It has a total of 2,723 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 11.77% acceptance rate. Barnard College offers 69 different majors and is best known for its Urban Studies, Asian Studies, and American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,781 per year, Barnard College is very costly. 90.3% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw around $57,900 per year, which is 39% above the national median.

New York, NY

www.barnard.edu

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

2,723

Students

#31

Ranking

$55,781

Tuition

Emory University

#11 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Emory University is a large private university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 23rd in the United States. It has a total of 8,026 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 15.6% acceptance rate. Emory University offers 205 different majors and is best known for its Biology, French Studies, and Radiation Therapy programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $53,070 per year, Emory University is exceptionally costly. 88.39% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $66,000 per year, which is 59% greater than the national median.

Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

#23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

Wellesley College

#12 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Wellesley College is a small private liberal arts college located in Wellesley, MA ranked 43rd in the United States. It has a total of 2,784 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 21.56% acceptance rate. Wellesley College offers 53 different majors and is best known for its French Language and Literature, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Japanese Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 8th. With an annual tuition of $55,728 per year, Wellesley College is extremely expensive. 79.38% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate close to $60,800 per year, which is 46% greater than the national median.

Wellesley, MA

www.wellesley.edu

A+

Rating

22%

Acceptance

2,784

Students

#43

Ranking

$55,728

Tuition

University of California-Davis

#13 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of California-Davis is a very large public university located in Davis, CA ranked 86th in the nation. It has a total of 32,863 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 38.87% acceptance rate. University of California-Davis offers 311 different majors and is best known for its Design and Visual Communications, Nutrition Sciences, and Biotechnology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for in-state students and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Davis is rather costly. 80.59% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

Davis, CA

ucdavis.edu

A+

Rating

39%

Acceptance

40,623

Students

#86

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Fordham University

#14 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Fordham University is a large private university located in Bronx, NY ranked 108th in the nation. It has a total of 10,447 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.88% acceptance rate. Fordham University offers 207 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Digital Arts, and Social Work programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,980 per year, Fordham University is very pricey. 75.94% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make close to $59,200 per year, which is 43% over the national median.

Bronx, NY

www.fordham.edu

A

Rating

46%

Acceptance

18,774

Students

#108

Ranking

$52,980

Tuition

University of Georgia

#15 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of Georgia is a very large public university located in Athens, GA ranked 127th in the United States. It has a total of 32,548 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.3% acceptance rate. University of Georgia offers 419 different majors and is best known for its Insurance, Landscape Architecture, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,790 for students from Georgia and $28,830 for those from out-of-state, University of Georgia is reasonably costly. 74.72% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $50,500 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Athens, GA

www.uga.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

42,708

Students

#127

Ranking

$28,830

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#16 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

#17 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of Maryland-Baltimore County is a large public university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 8th in Maryland. It has a total of 12,758 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting virtually 3/5 of applicants. University of Maryland-Baltimore County offers 168 different majors and is best known for its Information Science, Emergency Medical Technology, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,704 for in-state students and $24,338 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-Baltimore County is somewhat moderately high-priced. 55.15% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home around $55,000 per year, which is 32% above the national median.

Baltimore, MD

umbc.edu

B+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

15,726

Students

#331

Ranking

$24,338

Tuition

University of Iowa

#18 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of Iowa is a very large public university located in Iowa City, IA ranked 4th in Iowa. It has a total of 26,596 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 82.55% of applicants. University of Iowa offers 430 different majors and is best known for its Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Organizational Leadership, and Informatics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,073 for students from Iowa and $30,036 for those from out-of-state, University of Iowa is reasonably expensive. 65.58% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $51,900 per year, which is 25% greater than the national median.

Iowa City, IA

www.uiowa.edu

A-

Rating

83%

Acceptance

35,339

Students

#302

Ranking

$30,036

Tuition

University of Kansas

#19 Best Colleges for Classical and Ancient Studies

University of Kansas is a very large public university located in Lawrence, KS ranked 3rd in Kansas. It has a total of 21,107 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 93.1% of applicants. University of Kansas offers 369 different majors and is best known for its German Studies, Physical Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,092 for students from Kansas and $26,960 for those from out-of-state, University of Kansas is reasonably high-priced. 55.48% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home around $48,800 per year, which is 17% over the national median.

Lawrence, KS

https://ku.edu

B-

Rating

93%

Acceptance

31,088

Students

#563

Ranking

$26,960

Tuition