Best Colleges for Philosophy

8,093

Graduates Per Year

$53K

Average Salary

#62

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

8,093

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

816

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

61

Physics

8,457

62

Philosophy

8,093

63

Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

7,921

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering91%91%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public47%47%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Mid East

Columbia University in the City of New York

By State

California

University of California-Berkeley

By Conference

Pacific-12 Conference

University of Arizona

By School

Arizona Western College

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a corporate ethics lawyer, college professor, or philosophical writer sounds interesting, then a degree in philosophy may just be for you. You could even become the next Socrates!

POPULARITY

Philosophy is the 62nd most popular degree in America, with 8,093 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #63 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, and narrowly lost to #61 Physics.

The degree is offered at a total of 816 colleges across the nation, and is the 23rd most widely offered degree. Given that philosophy is offered at 91% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 47% of colleges offering philosophy are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most philosophy graduates, largely led by Columbia University in the City of New York, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Los Angeles.

All that being said, no individual school produces more philosophy graduates than Arizona Western College, which graduated 192 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 philosophy). More students studied philosophy as a percentage of total students at Nazarene Bible College than any other college.

We wish you luck on your college search. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Philosophy list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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University of Pennsylvania

#1 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

# 8

Ranking

$51,156

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University of Chicago

#2 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Chicago, IL

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Rating

6%

Acceptance

19,659

Students

# 10

Ranking

$57,642

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Princeton University

#3 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

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Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

# 5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

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Columbia University in the City of New York

#4 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

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Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

# 9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

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Yale University

#5 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

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6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

# 4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

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University of California-Los Angeles

#6 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

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Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

# 1

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#7 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

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Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

# 1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

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Stanford University

#8 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

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Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

# 2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

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Harvard University

#9 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

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Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

# 3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

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Duke University

#10 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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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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New York University

#11 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

# 25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

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Cornell University

#12 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Ithaca, NY

www.cornell.edu

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Rating

11%

Acceptance

24,189

Students

# 11

Ranking

$56,550

Tuition

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University of Notre Dame

#13 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Notre Dame, IN

www.nd.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

13,221

Students

# 16

Ranking

$55,046

Tuition

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Boston College

#14 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Chestnut Hill, MA

www.bc.edu

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Rating

27%

Acceptance

15,981

Students

# 38

Ranking

$56,780

Tuition

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University of Southern California

#15 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

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Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

# 24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

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Emory University

#16 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

# 23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

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Brown University

#17 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

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Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

# 12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

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Boston University

#18 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

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Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

# 34

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

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University of California-Berkeley

#19 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

# 7

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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University of California-Santa Barbara

#20 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Santa Barbara, CA

www.ucsb.edu

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Rating

30%

Acceptance

27,685

Students

# 12

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Johns Hopkins University

#21 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Baltimore, MD

www.jhu.edu

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Rating

11%

Acceptance

33,543

Students

# 7

Ranking

$55,350

Tuition

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Georgetown University

#22 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Washington, DC

www.georgetown.edu

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Rating

14%

Acceptance

22,534

Students

# 13

Ranking

$55,440

Tuition

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#23 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

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Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

# 2

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

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Northwestern University

#24 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

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Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

# 18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

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The Catholic University of America

#25 Best Colleges for Philosophy

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Washington, DC

https://www.catholic.edu

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Rating

85%

Acceptance

6,358

Students

# 218

Ranking

$46,950

Tuition