Best Colleges for Religious Studies

3,941

Graduates Per Year

$53K

Average Salary

#97

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

3,941

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

640

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

96

Architecture

4,108

97

Religious Studies

3,941

98

Operations Management and Supervision

3,880

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering84%84%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public21%21%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Southeast

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

By State

Virginia

William & Mary

By Conference

Big South Conference

Campbell University

By School

Amridge University

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a religious missionary, outreach worker, or charity officer sounds interesting, then a degree in religious studies may just be for you. You could even become a historian and researcher of ancient religions!

POPULARITY

Religious studies is the 97th most popular degree in America, with 3,941 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #98 Operations Management and Supervision, and narrowly lost to #96 Architecture.

The degree is offered at a total of 640 colleges across the nation, and is the 30th most widely offered degree. Given that religious studies is offered at 84% 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 close to 20% of colleges offering religious studies are public making it a relatively inaccessible field.

The southeast produces the most religious studies graduates, largely led by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, while it’s the Big South Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Virginia ranks highest, with particular help from William & Mary and Liberty University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more religious studies graduates than Amridge University, which graduated 795 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 religious studies). More students studied religious studies as a percentage of total students at Cairn University-Langhorne than any other college.

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

Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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TYPE

ONLINE/CAMPUS

CAMPUS SETTING

STUDENT BODY

SELECTIVITY

COST

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$60000

MAJOR

ADMISSIONS

LOCATION

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION

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Yale University

#1 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

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Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

# 4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

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Duke University

#2 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Durham, NC

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

18,159

Students

# 6

Ranking

$55,880

Tuition

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Harvard University

#3 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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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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Emory University

#4 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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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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Columbia University in the City of New York

#5 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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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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University of Pennsylvania

#6 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

# 8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

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Georgetown University

#7 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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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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Rice University

#8 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Houston, TX

www.rice.edu

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Rating

9%

Acceptance

7,542

Students

# 22

Ranking

$48,330

Tuition

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

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Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

# 3

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

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Brown University

#10 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

# 12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

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Dartmouth College

#11 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

# 14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

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New York University

#12 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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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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Pomona College

#13 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Claremont, CA

www.pomona.edu

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Rating

7%

Acceptance

1,680

Students

# 20

Ranking

$54,380

Tuition

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Carleton College

#14 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Northfield, MN

https://www.carleton.edu

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Rating

19%

Acceptance

2,129

Students

# 36

Ranking

$56,778

Tuition

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University of Southern California

#15 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

# 24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

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Amherst College

#16 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Amherst, MA

www.amherst.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

1,946

Students

# 29

Ranking

$57,640

Tuition

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Bowdoin College

#17 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Brunswick, ME

https://www.bowdoin.edu/

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

1,969

Students

# 33

Ranking

$55,822

Tuition

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Middlebury College

#18 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Middlebury, VT

www.middlebury.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

4,751

Students

# 37

Ranking

$55,790

Tuition

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University of California-Santa Barbara

#19 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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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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Andrews University

#20 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Berrien Springs, MI

www.andrews.edu

B+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

4,754

Students

# 266

Ranking

$28,992

Tuition

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University of California-Los Angeles

#21 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

# 1

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Colgate University

#22 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Hamilton, NY

www.colgate.edu

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Rating

23%

Acceptance

3,110

Students

# 39

Ranking

$57,695

Tuition

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Hamilton College

#23 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Clinton, NY

www.hamilton.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

2,083

Students

# 42

Ranking

$55,970

Tuition

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Grinnell College

#24 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Grinnell, IA

www.grinnell.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

1,770

Students

# 50

Ranking

$53,872

Tuition

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Wake Forest University

#25 Best Colleges for Religious Studies

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Winston-Salem, NC

www.wfu.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

9,032

Students

# 58

Ranking

$54,430

Tuition