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2022 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

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241

Graduates Per Year

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$44K

Average Salary

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#341

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

241

96% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

53

72% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

340

Astrophysics

244

341

Native American Studies

241

342

Sculpture

235

Cost

Affordable

$21,716

32% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

324

Environmental Control Technologies

$21,750

325

Native American Studies

$21,716

326

History Teacher Education

$21,683

Salary

Low Salary

$29,876

23% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

318

Hispanic-American Studies

$29,876

319

Native American Studies

$29,876

320

Ethnic Studies

$29,876

Professors

Good

4.3/5

6.3% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

86

Zoology

87

Native American Studies

88

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Students

Not Diverse

2.9/5

20.72% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

339

Music Management

340

Native American Studies

341

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SUMMARY

A degree in Native American Studies is not only a valuable choice, but often a necessary first step for scholars wishing to pursue a career as a museum curator, a native american history teacher, or a tribal administrator. Interestingly, native american studies is a ​unique major coming in at the 341st most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 241 native american studies graduates. In-state tuition for native american studies at private universities is, on average, 6.6 times more expensive than their public counterparts.

With only 53 institutions having programs for native american studies there might be a smaller selection of institutions you can choose from. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other native american studies students, look at colleges in Hawaii which have the most undergraduates admitted to native american studies annually. More generally, the top region to pursue native american studies is in the Far West region with Humboldt State University, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and University of Hawaii at Manoa best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to major in native american studies is the Big West Conference with University of California-Davis, University of California-Riverside, and University of Hawaii at Manoa representing the conference. Based on our extensive list of the best colleges, our belief is that the best college for native american studies is Dartmouth College.

The best school might not actually be the 'best' school for you. There might be tons more perspectives to consider when choosing school. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might impact your choice of which college to attend. Here at Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which native american studies university has the top campus, the answer is San Diego State University. If you are mostly interested in which school is home to the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more so we can compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life and, from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for native american studies is Dartmouth College. Are you curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.

If cost is a major influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Dartmouth College. Dartmouth College appears to be our most expensive university for native american studies, at least for out of state attendance. We have an entire page for the most expensive schools that could put the price tag at Dartmouth College into perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that native american studies is the 325th most expensive program in the US, with an average bill of $21,700. On a broader scale, the most costly state for native american studies in the country is New Hampshire demonstrated with a cost of $55,605 at the main university in the state Dartmouth College. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for native american studies is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for native american studies is the Plains region which is represented by Haskell Indian Nations University with a cost of $0, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a cost of $31,616, and Oglala Lakota College with a cost of $2,016. On the bright side, the most affordable school for native american studies is Oglala Lakota College. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $8,800 for a degree in native american studies. The price balloons intensely to an average of $23,100 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the university constituting the best value for native american studies: Dartmouth College. Through this link you will find our comprehensive list for the colleges we see as being the best value overall. Bear in mind, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are 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 native american studies students can differ, but within two years graduation students will often make around $43,800. There is much variation in earnings; highest paid earners can rake in up to $78,100. Even straight out of college, the minimum earning jobs within the native american studies field earn $25,100, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from native american studies studied at Dartmouth College and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of native american studies ranks quite poor, ranking in only the 14th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for native american studies is Dartmouth College and here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Native American Studies is only within the 41st percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 12th percentile. Students who are not asian, white, black, or latino make up the largest share at 77% of scholars majoring in native american studies. Additionally, 77% of undergrads pursuing a native american studies degree are women.

The median score of native american studies professors is 4.25 stars, a ranking that is 6% above the average for all majors; this is a pretty good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular native american studies instructor nationally, consider looking up Bernard Comeau from Tacoma Community College. It may be shocking, but the best ranked instructors of native american studies by student come from Ball State University. As we including data beyond simply rankings we find that the university with the best instructors for native american studies is University of California-Davis. You will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the finest examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for native american studies is Dartmouth College. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we do hope you understand that considering higher education with context mainly derived from superlatives might cause problems. We encourage you to read our more nuanced pages on individual schools and explore a few of Authority's helpful background pages on essential details to consider as your school search continues.

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University of Hawaii at Manoa

#1 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a large public university located in Honolulu, HI ranked 262nd in the United States. It has a total of 15,221 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 58.47% of applicants. University of Hawaii at Manoa offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Japanese Language and Literature, Native American Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,304 for in-state students and $33,336 for those from out-of-state, University of Hawaii at Manoa is somewhat moderately pricey. 58.75% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Honolulu, HI

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/

A-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

20,653

Students

#262

Ranking

$33,336

Tuition

Dartmouth College

#2 Best Colleges for Native American 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

University of California-Davis

#3 Best Colleges for Native American 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

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#4 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a very large public university located in Seattle, WA ranked 110th in the US. It has a total of 39,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.76% acceptance rate. University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 687 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Environmental Science, and Physician Assistant Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,370 for in-state students and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is quite costly. 77.21% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

A

Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

#110

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#5 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a very large public university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 137th in the United States. It has a total of 43,828 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.74% of applicants. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 520 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $13,318 for students from Minnesota and $31,616 for those from out-of-state, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is reasonably costly. 73.11% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home close to $51,900 per year, which is 25% above the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

#137

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition

San Diego State University

#6 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

San Diego State University is a very large public university located in San Diego, CA ranked 168th in the nation. It has a total of 32,543 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 34.13% of applicants. San Diego State University offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Speech-Language Pathology, Gerontology, and Health and Fitness programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, San Diego State University is moderately priced. 72.69% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $51,000 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

San Diego, CA

www.sdsu.edu

A

Rating

34%

Acceptance

37,838

Students

#168

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Arizona State University-Tempe

#7 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

Arizona State University-Tempe is a very large public university located in Tempe, AZ ranked 1st in Arizona. It has a total of 46,314 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.47% of applicants. Arizona State University-Tempe offers 353 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Urban Planning, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,710 for in-state students and $28,800 for those from out-of-state, Arizona State University-Tempe is reasonably pricey. 60.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw about $47,700 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

Tempe, AZ

www.asu.edu/

A-

Rating

86%

Acceptance

56,567

Students

#313

Ranking

$28,800

Tuition

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

#8 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is a very large public university located in Norman, OK ranked 2nd in Oklahoma. It has a total of 24,261 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.41% acceptance rate. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus offers 279 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Behavior Studies, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Zoology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,788 for in-state students and $20,169 for those from out-of-state, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is reasonably priced. 53.71% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in roughly $51,100 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

Norman, OK

www.ou.edu

B+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

32,189

Students

#397

Ranking

$20,169

Tuition

Haskell Indian Nations University

#9 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

Haskell Indian Nations University is a very small tribal public institution located in Lawrence, KS ranked 54th in Kansas. It has a total of 818 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 88.21% acceptance rate. Haskell Indian Nations University offers 15 different majors and is best known for its Native American Studies program, which is ranked 9th in the United States. 26.79% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to earn about $24,900 per year, which is 40% below the national median.

Lawrence, KS

www.haskell.edu

D-

Rating

88%

Acceptance

818

Students

#3099

Ranking

-

Tuition

Oglala Lakota College

#10 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

Oglala Lakota College is a small tribal public institution located in Kyle, SD ranked 17th in South Dakota. It has a total of 1,769 full-time undergraduate students. Oglala Lakota College offers 25 different majors and is best known for its Native American Studies program, which is ranked 10th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $2,016 per year, Oglala Lakota College is very affordable. 6.2% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $17,700 per year, which is 57% under the national median.

Kyle, SD

www.olc.edu

F

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,818

Students

#3079

Ranking

$2,016

Tuition

University of Hawaii at Hilo

#11 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

University of Hawaii at Hilo is a small public liberal arts college located in Hilo, HI ranked 3rd in Hawaii. It has a total of 3,327 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.62% of applicants. University of Hawaii at Hilo offers 46 different majors and is best known for its Japanese Studies, Native American Studies, and Astronomy programs (nationally ranked 4th, 11th, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,344 for students from Hawaii and $20,304 for those from out-of-state, University of Hawaii at Hilo is reasonably priced. 43.79% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $37,900 per year, which is 9% less than the national median.

Hilo, HI

https://hilo.hawaii.edu/

C+

Rating

52%

Acceptance

3,983

Students

#876

Ranking

$20,304

Tuition

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

#12 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

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

Northwest Indian College

#14 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

Northwest Indian College is a very small tribal public college located in Bellingham, WA ranked 63rd in Washington. It has a total of 832 full-time undergraduate students. Northwest Indian College offers 19 different majors and is best known for its Native American Studies program, which is ranked 14th in America. With an annual tuition of $4,435 per year, Northwest Indian College is quite inexpensive. 18.18% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn close to $27,900 per year, which is 33% below the national median.

Bellingham, WA

www.nwic.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

832

Students

#3160

Ranking

$4,435

Tuition

The University of Montana

#15 Best Colleges for Native American Studies

The University of Montana is a large public university located in Missoula, MT ranked 10th in Montana. It has a total of 9,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 93.97% of applicants. The University of Montana offers 270 different majors and is best known for its Drawing, Native American Studies, and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management programs (nationally ranked 5th, 15th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,352 for students from Montana and $24,144 for those from out-of-state, The University of Montana is reasonably costly. 38.03% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $35,500 per year, which is 15% less than the national median.

Missoula, MT

www.umt.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

13,140

Students

#1898

Ranking

$24,144

Tuition