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2023 Literature Rankings

There are about 1,549 students enrolled in Literature in the USA.




A degree in Literature is a valuable choice and usually a mandatory first step for pupils choosing to pursue a career as a general copywriter, an english teacher, or a copy editor. In fact, literature is a very rare degree coming in at the 263rd most popular major. In the last year, there were 574 literature degrees conferred. In-state tuition for literature at private universities is, on average, 3.6 times more pricey than their public rivals.

With just 62 institutions offering this degree you might have a smaller selection of institutions you can choose from. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other literature majors, look at colleges in New York which have more undergrads admitted to literature than any other state. More generally, the best region to pursue literature is in the Mid East region with The New School, New York University, and University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to study literature is the University Athletic Association with New York University representing the conference. That said, our belief is that the best college for literature is Duke University. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The objectively best school is not necessarily the 'best' school for every student. There are many more perspectives to consider when selecting school. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might impact your feelings on which school to attend. Here at, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which literature school boasts the best campus, the winner is New York University. If you are mostly interested in which school is home to the best campus, then we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more so we can evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for literature is Duke University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top selections. Some of our picks might shock you.

If expense is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might consider avoiding Hamilton College. Hamilton College&nbspappears to be our most expensive school for literature, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have an entire page for the most expensive&nbspuniversities that might put the price tag at Hamilton College&nbspinto perspective. You could also care to know that literature is the 94th most expensive major in America, with an average cost of $40,100. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for literature on our list is North Carolina demonstrated by a cost of $55,880 at the main university in the state Duke University. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for literature is the Southeast region which is best demonstrated with Loyola University New Orleans with a cost of $38,926, and Duke University with a cost of $55,880.

Our cheapest region for literature is the Southwest region which is represented by Grand Canyon University with a cost of $16,419. On the bright side, the most affordable college for literature is Grand Canyon University. Authority's entire list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state students can anticipate paying around $12,900 for a degree in literature. That cost swells by a lot to a median of $28,200 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. Our selection for the college representing the best value for literature: Duke University. Here you will find our comprehensive list for the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspin general. That being said, this section is based on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for literature majors vary widely, but two years after completing the major students will often make around $51,900. There is a lot of variation in pay; top positions can experience pay up to $87,600. Even straight out of university, the lowest earning positions within the literature space earn $29,900, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates from literature graduated from Duke University&nbspand if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of literature ranks on the higher end, falling in the 62nd percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for literature is New York University&nbspand here you can find our general list of the schools with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Literature major only ranks in the 31st percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 55th percentile. White collegians compose the largest share at 61% of those studying literature. Additionally, 72% of students seeking a literature degree are women.

The median score of literature's professors is 4 stars, a rating that is surprisingly the average across every major; this is a fine. If you want to find the most popular literature professor in the nation, take a look at Sandra Desjardins at Scottsdale Community College. This may come as a shock, but the best ranked professors for literature from student rankings come from American University. If we consider data other than simply rankings we find that the school with the best instructors for literature is Duke University. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the best professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for literature is Duke University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a detailed page of the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you understand that considering the education process with context mainly informed by superlatives can cause issues. We hope you explore our other pages on different schools and peruse a few of our informative background pages on useful things to look for as your school search develops.

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