Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

2,228

Graduates Per Year

$54K

Average Salary

#143

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

2,228

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

206

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

142

Public Policy Analysis

2,308

143

Foreign Languages and Literatures

2,228

144

Middle School Education and Teaching

2,184

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

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Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public84%84%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Southeast

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

By State

Virginia

George Mason University

By Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

By School

Eastern Arizona College

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a language specialist, foreign language pathologist, or computational linguist sounds interesting, then a degree in foreign languages and literatures may just be for you. You could even become an appraiser for rare and expensive foreign literature works!

POPULARITY

Foreign languages and literatures is the 143rd most popular degree in America, with 2,228 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #144 Middle School Education and Teaching, and narrowly lost to #142 Public Policy Analysis.

The degree is offered at a total of 206 colleges across the nation, and is the 99th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 11% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that a little above five sixths of colleges offering foreign languages and literatures are public making it a very accessible field.

The southeast produces the most foreign languages and literatures graduates, largely led by North Carolina State University at Raleigh, while it’s the Atlantic Coast Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Virginia ranks highest, with particular help from George Mason University and James Madison University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more foreign languages and literatures graduates than Eastern Arizona College, which graduated 96 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study foreign languages and literatures). More students studied foreign languages and literatures as a percentage of total students at New College of Florida than any other college.

We wish you luck finding the right college for you. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

#1 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Blacksburg, VA

WWW.VT.EDU

A

Rating

70%

Acceptance

36,882

Students

# 28

Ranking

$29,960

Tuition

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Duke University

#2 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Durham, NC

WWW.DUKE.EDU

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

18,159

Students

# 6

Ranking

$55,880

Tuition

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

#3 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Raleigh, NC

www.ncsu.edu

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Rating

45%

Acceptance

39,822

Students

# 27

Ranking

$26,654

Tuition

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University of Missouri-Columbia

#4 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Columbia, MO

https://missouri.edu/

B

Rating

81%

Acceptance

33,333

Students

# 138

Ranking

$26,991

Tuition

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New York University

#5 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

# 25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

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New College of Florida

#6 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Sarasota, FL

www.ncf.edu

C+

Rating

73%

Acceptance

865

Students

# 217

Ranking

$27,159

Tuition

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Virginia Military Institute

#7 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Lexington, VA

www.vmi.edu

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Rating

60%

Acceptance

1,738

Students

# 59

Ranking

$36,128

Tuition

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Kenyon College

#8 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Gambier, OH

https://www.kenyon.edu/

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Rating

34%

Acceptance

1,831

Students

# 89

Ranking

$56,430

Tuition

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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

#9 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Knoxville, TN

www.utk.edu

B+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

31,477

Students

# 107

Ranking

$29,522

Tuition

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James Madison University

#10 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Harrisonburg, VA

www.jmu.edu/

A-

Rating

77%

Acceptance

24,152

Students

# 77

Ranking

$23,564

Tuition

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West Virginia University

#11 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Morgantown, WV

www.wvu.edu

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

29,323

Students

# 234

Ranking

$25,320

Tuition

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Colorado State University-Fort Collins

#12 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

Colorado State University-Fort Collins is a very large public university located in Fort Collins, CO ranked 6th in Colorado. It has a total of 28,398 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting around four fifths of applicants. Colorado State University-Fort Collins offers 249 different majors and is best known for its Ecology, Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services, and Construction Engineering Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,426 for in-state students and $28,147 for those from out-of-state, Colorado State University-Fort Collins is somewhat moderately high-priced. 61.27% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn about $47,100 per year, which is 13% above the national median.

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Fort Collins, CO

colostate.edu

B+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

37,356

Students

# 115

Ranking

$28,147

Tuition

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Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

#13 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 49th in America. It has a total of 17,400 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 20.58% of applicants. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus offers 127 different majors and is best known for its Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $10,258 for students from Georgia and $31,370 for those from out-of-state, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus is somewhat moderately costly. 78.03% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home about $79,100 per year, which is 90% above the national median.

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Atlanta, GA

www.gatech.edu

A+

Rating

21%

Acceptance

38,951

Students

# 4

Ranking

$31,370

Tuition

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University of Florida

#14 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

University of Florida is a very large public university located in Gainesville, FL ranked 78th in America. It has a total of 38,645 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 36.58% of applicants. University of Florida offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology, Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, and Family and Community Services programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,477 for in-state students and $25,694 for those from out-of-state, University of Florida is somewhat moderately expensive. 85.38% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in more or less $56,000 per year, which is 35% above the national median.

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Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

# 8

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina

#15 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Charleston, SC

www.citadel.edu

B+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

4,458

Students

# 112

Ranking

$75

Tuition

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#16 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

# 5

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

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Clemson University

#17 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Clemson, SC

www.clemson.edu

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

28,310

Students

# 33

Ranking

$37,110

Tuition

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George Mason University

#18 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Fairfax, VA

https://www2.gmu.edu/

A-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

48,678

Students

# 80

Ranking

$32,520

Tuition

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University of South Florida-Main Campus

#19 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Tampa, FL

www.usf.edu

A

Rating

48%

Acceptance

51,808

Students

# 58

Ranking

$15,473

Tuition

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University of Mary Washington

#20 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Fredericksburg, VA

www.umw.edu

B

Rating

75%

Acceptance

5,171

Students

# 133

Ranking

$25,104

Tuition

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Mississippi State University

#21 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Mississippi State, MS

https://www.msstate.edu

B

Rating

54%

Acceptance

24,251

Students

# 135

Ranking

$23,840

Tuition

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Texas A & M University-College Station

#22 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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College Station, TX

https://www.tamu.edu

A

Rating

58%

Acceptance

73,267

Students

# 23

Ranking

$34,981

Tuition

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University of Maryland-Baltimore County

#23 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Baltimore, MD

umbc.edu

B+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

15,726

Students

# 92

Ranking

$24,338

Tuition

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Texas Tech University

#24 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Lubbock, TX

www.ttu.edu

B

Rating

69%

Acceptance

41,153

Students

# 126

Ranking

$16,704

Tuition

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St. Mary's College of Maryland

#25 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages and Literatures

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St. Mary's City, MD

www.smcm.edu

B-

Rating

84%

Acceptance

1,705

Students

# 159

Ranking

$28,192

Tuition