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2022 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

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250

Graduates Per Year

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$47K

Average Salary

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#336

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

250

96% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

61

68% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

336

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

250

337

Geological Engineering

248

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TOP

50

Cost

Very Expensive

$50,920

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

Low Salary

$31,970

17% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

261

East Asian Studies

$31,970

262

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

$31,970

263

American Studies

$31,970

Professors

Average

4/5

1.2% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

156

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

157

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

158

Psychology

Students

Average Diversity

3.6/5

0.66% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

232

Nuclear Engineering

233

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

234

Human Development and Family Studies

SUMMARY

A degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies is a valuable choice and often a mandatory first step for pupils coveting to begin a career as a middle eastern studies professor, a vice president of academic affairs at seminary school, or a dean of middle eastern studies program. In fact, near and middle eastern studies is an uncommon major coming in at the 336th most popular degree. In the last year, there were 250 near and middle eastern studies diplomas received. In-state tuition for near and middle eastern studies at private schools is, on average, 5.1 times more pricey than their public fellows.

With just 61 institutions offering near and middle eastern studies there could be a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other near and middle eastern studies majors, consider institutions in Massachusetts which have the most students admitted to near and middle eastern studies annually. More generally, the best region to pursue near and middle eastern studies is in the Mid East region with Fordham University, New York University, and University of Pennsylvania best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to major in near and middle eastern studies is the Ivy League with Harvard University, Cornell University, and University of Pennsylvania representing the conference. Based on our list on the best colleges, our choice for the best college for near and middle eastern studies is Harvard University.

The 'best' school is not necessarily the 'best' school for you. There are tons of factors to weigh when selecting college. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might impact your thoughts on which university to attend. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which near and middle eastern studies school has the top campus, the answer is Harvard University. If you are very interested in which school boasts the best campus, then we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more so we can compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and from that list, our choice of the school with the best student life for near and middle eastern studies is Cornell University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.

If price is a significant influence in your decisions, you might be cautious about Tufts University. Tufts University appears to be our most expensive college for near and middle eastern studies, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have an entire page for the most expensive universities that might put the expense at Tufts University into perspective. You could also care to know that near and middle eastern studies is the 37th most expensive program in America, with an average associated cost of $50,900. On a broader scale, the most costly state for near and middle eastern studies on our list is Rhode Island demonstrated with a cost of $57,112 at the main college in Rhode Island Brown University. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the country for near and middle eastern studies is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, Williams College with a cost of $56,970, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for near and middle eastern studies is the Southeast region which is represented by Florida State University with a cost of $19,084. More optimistically, the most affordable college for near and middle eastern studies is Florida State University. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying about $10,900 for a degree in near and middle eastern studies. That cost balloons dramatically to a median of $34,700 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our pick for the college with the best value for near and middle eastern studies: Harvard University. Here you will see our comprehensive list of the universities we believe to be the best value in general. Do know, this discussion is based on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for near and middle eastern studies students differ widely, but two years after finishing the degree students will often make in the neighborhood of $46,900. While there is much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $80,700. Straight out of college, the lowest end positions within the near and middle eastern studies field earn $26,900, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads for near and middle eastern studies studied at University of Pennsylvania and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of near and middle eastern studies is subpar, arriving in the 41st percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for near and middle eastern studies is New York University and here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Near and Middle Eastern Studies major only is in the 22nd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 31st percentile. White students make up the largest share at 69% of those studying near and middle eastern studies. Additionally, 56% of undergraduates seeking a near and middle eastern studies degree are women.

The median ranking for near and middle eastern studies professors is 4.05 stars, a ranking which is 1% better than the median score for all majors; which is a good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular near and middle eastern studies instructor in the nation, look no further than Amber Hurst at Wake Technical Community College. This may surprise you, but the highest ranked instructors for near and middle eastern studies by student are found at Rochester Institute of Technology. If we incorporate data beyond basic rankings it becomes clear that the college with the overall best instructors for near and middle eastern studies is Harvard University. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the top professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for near and middle eastern studies is Harvard University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you believe that considering academics through a lens only formed from superlatives can create problems. We hope you explore our more focused pages on individual topics and explore some of our informative background pages on essential things to look for as you progress with your university search.

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Brandeis University

#1 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Brandeis University is a mid-sized private university located in Waltham, MA ranked 61st in the United States. It has a total of 3,871 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 29.9% acceptance rate. Brandeis University offers 111 different majors and is best known for its Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Experimental Psychology, and Public Policy Analysis programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,340 per year, Brandeis University is exceptionally expensive. 87.1% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in roughly $57,900 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Waltham, MA

www.brandeis.edu/

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

6,400

Students

#61

Ranking

$55,340

Tuition

Harvard University

#2 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#3 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

Williams College

#4 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Williams College is a small private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, MA ranked 26th in the United States. It has a total of 2,237 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.6% of applicants. Williams College offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Chinese Language and Literature, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and Comparative Literature programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,970 per year, Williams College is very high-priced. 92.56% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $59,000 per year, which is 42% greater than the national median.

Williamstown, MA

https://www.williams.edu

A+

Rating

13%

Acceptance

2,291

Students

#26

Ranking

$56,970

Tuition

New York University

#5 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Fordham University

#6 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern 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

The University of Texas at Austin

#7 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

The University of Texas at Austin is a very large public university located in Austin, TX ranked 81st in America. It has a total of 43,132 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely below 1 out of every 3 applicants. The University of Texas at Austin offers 339 different majors and is best known for its Communication Sciences and Disorders, Writing, and Accounting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,824 for students from Texas and $38,326 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Austin is quite expensive. 77.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

#81

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

Cornell University

#8 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Cornell University is a very large private university located in Ithaca, NY ranked 11th in America. It has a total of 15,464 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 10.85% of applicants. Cornell University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Agricultural Business and Management, and Agriculture programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $56,550 per year, Cornell University is very high-priced. 89.35% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $77,200 per year, which is 86% above the national median.

Ithaca, NY

www.cornell.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

24,189

Students

#11

Ranking

$56,550

Tuition

University of Arizona

#9 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Arizona is a very large public university located in Tucson, AZ ranked 2nd in Arizona. It has a total of 37,332 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.59% acceptance rate. University of Arizona offers 494 different majors and is best known for its Homeland Security, Physiology, and Pre-Veterinary Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,299 for students from Arizona and $35,326 for those from out-of-state, University of Arizona is reasonably costly. 57.09% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in about $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Tucson, AZ

https://www.arizona.edu

B+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

48,653

Students

#359

Ranking

$35,326

Tuition

Brown University

#10 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Brown University is a large private university located in Providence, RI ranked 12th in the US. It has a total of 7,428 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 7.07% of applicants. Brown University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Entrepreneurship, African Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,112 per year, Brown University is very high-priced. 87.69% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $67,500 per year, which is 63% greater than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

#12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

Tufts University

#11 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Tufts University is a large private university located in Medford, MA ranked 30th in the nation. It has a total of 6,134 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting just above one in seven applicants. Tufts University offers 220 different majors and is best known for its Biopsychology, Critical Theory and Analysis, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,324 per year, Tufts University is very pricey. 82.88% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $75,800 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Medford, MA

https://www.tufts.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

12,781

Students

#30

Ranking

$57,324

Tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

#12 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern 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

University of Utah

#13 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Utah is a very large public university located in Salt Lake City, UT ranked 263rd in the US. It has a total of 29,554 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting hardly less than five eighths of applicants. University of Utah offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Dance, Family and Consumer Economics, and Recreational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 6th, 10th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,412 for students from Utah and $26,017 for those from out-of-state, University of Utah is reasonably costly. 56.98% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in approximately $53,000 per year, which is 28% greater than the national median.

Salt Lake City, UT

www.utah.edu

A-

Rating

62%

Acceptance

38,652

Students

#263

Ranking

$26,017

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#14 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern 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

Syracuse University

#15 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Syracuse University is a very large private university located in Syracuse, NY ranked 109th in the US. It has a total of 28,546 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.38% of applicants. Syracuse University offers 368 different majors and is best known for its Broadcast Journalism, Public Administration, and Photojournalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,210 per year, Syracuse University is very expensive. 77.41% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $62,100 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

Syracuse, NY

https://www.syracuse.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

#109

Ranking

$52,210

Tuition

Florida State University

#16 Best Colleges for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Florida State University is a very large public university located in Tallahassee, FL ranked 148th in the nation. It has a total of 36,720 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 35.97% of applicants. Florida State University offers 272 different majors and is best known for its English Language and Literature, Real Estate, and Insurance programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,022 for students from Florida and $16,540 for those from out-of-state, Florida State University is moderately priced. 73.69% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to draw around $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Tallahassee, FL

www.fsu.edu

A

Rating

36%

Acceptance

46,825

Students

#148

Ranking

$16,540

Tuition