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HUMANITIES DEGREES

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

Humanities is a very unpopular subject. On average, each concentration hands out roughly 6,000 annual undergraduate degrees; 1,845 students earned a bachelor's degree in humanities last year, making it the United States of America's 155th most popular focus. Seton Hall University​ handed out 171 of those degrees (#1 in the USA), and schools in New Jersey accounted for more degrees than any U.S. State (373).

Undergraduate degrees in humanities are available at 248 schools in America; ipso facto, picking the right fit frequently isn't easy. Undergrad degrees in humanities are 29.2% more universally offered than the average subject, making it the 92nd most widely available area of study in the USA.

GRADUATE DEGREES

While 76% of last spring's degrees in humanities were bachelor's degrees; 24% were graduate degrees. Humanities is the 164th most popular postgraduate degree in America, with 585 degrees conferred. For context, the average subject is 4.7 times more popular among master's or doctor's students than humanities.

In Total, 2,430 students received a bachelor's or higher in humanities last spring.

ONLINE HUMANITIES DEGREES

278 of those 2,430 students (11.4%) completed comprehensively online programs - 161 undergrads and 117 postgraduate students. As you likely can tell, it is fairly rare to find an American majoring in humanities online. It's the 103rd most in-demand remote degree, and 66.6% south of the national average of 481 students per subject. For postgraduate students, it's ranked 125th, and is 81% below the U.S. average (616).

Thomas Edison State University​ conferred 131 online four-year degrees, more than any other institution in America.

Additionally, New Jersey graduates more humanities online students than any other state (131 four-year degrees awarded last spring). On its own, New Jersey graduates 81% of America's online students.

8.7% of all four-year degrees in humanities are completed exclusively remote, (20% for advanced degrees). Thomas Edison State University's​ last undergraduate class contained a higher percentage of online humanities majors than any other institution in the USA (6.84%). 131 students in their 1,917 student class were conferred an online undergraduate degree in humanities. They offer 20 degrees totally remote, and had 9,475 enrolled online undergraduate students last fall. That's 99% of the student body.

18 colleges in the country award undergraduate degrees in an exclusively online program, making it the 92nd most universally available online degree. 7% of institutions providing the degree even have an online option, and 67% of the institutions providing the degree remotely are private. Washington has more totally online programs than any state, with 2 institutions headquartered there.

If you desire to study humanities and have the disposition for self learning, you may want to check out Washington State University, as it has the 9th best humanities program in the United States. They also grant an additional 53 degrees fully remotely, so their systems are presumably strong. Further, there are 2,437 remote undergrad students attending, which is 9% of the entire student body.

PARTIALLY ONLINE HUMANITIES DEGREES

  • Humanities is the 148th most in-demand partially online four-year degree in America
  • 200 institutions around the nation have an undergraduate degree in humanities partially online
  • 21.36% of all undergraduate degree in humanities are completed partially online
  • Florida State University​ granted the most partially online four-year degrees in humanities in America (51)
  • Last spring, 585 students earned advanced degrees in humanities partially online
  • The typical area of study is available at close to 154 colleges partially online

IN-PERSON HUMANITIES DEGREES

  • Humanities is the 156th most popular in-person undergrad degree in the USA
  • Humanities is the 64th most broadly offered comprehensively in-person bachelor's degree across the country
  • Last spring, 1,694 students earned a bachelor's or higher in humanities exclusively in-person
  • 27.92% of The King's College's​ last undergraduate class majored in humanities in-person, higher than any other US college
  • The typical major grants 1,836 annual postgrad degrees in-person

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Seton Hall University

#1 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Seton Hall University is a large private university located in South Orange, NJ ranked 237th in America. It has a total of 6,397 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 73.63% acceptance rate. Seton Hall University offers 119 different majors and is best known for its Humanities, Theological and Ministerial Studies, and Financial Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 11th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,460 per year, Seton Hall University is quite costly. 66.06% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $57,200 per year, which is 38% above the national median.

South Orange, NJ

www.shu.edu/

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

11,539

Students

#237

Ranking

$41,460

Tuition

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New York University

#2 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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Harvard University

#3 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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Washington State University

#4 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Washington State University is a very large public university located in Pullman, WA ranked 9th in Washington. It has a total of 28,966 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a touch north of 75% of applicants. Washington State University offers 407 different majors and is best known for its Social Sciences, Operations Management and Supervision, and Agronomy and Crop Science programs (nationally ranked 7th, 8th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,953 for students from Washington and $24,531 for those from out-of-state, Washington State University is somewhat moderately costly. 60.38% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to draw approximately $50,600 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Pullman, WA

wsu.edu/

B+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

35,149

Students

#414

Ranking

$24,531

Tuition

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Yale University

#5 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Yale University is a large private university located in New Haven, CT ranked 4th in the United States. It has a total of 6,748 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.08% of applicants. Yale University offers 297 different majors and is best known for its American Studies, Religious Studies, and History programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,500 per year, Yale University is very pricey. 89.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate about $83,200 per year, which is 100% greater than the national median.

New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

#4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

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Florida State University

#6 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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The King's College

#7 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

The King's College is a very small private university located in New York, NY ranked 57th in New York. It has a total of 700 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting faintly shy of 3 in every 7 applicants. The King's College offers 8 different majors and is best known for its Humanities program, which is ranked 5th in the US. With an annual tuition of $37,000 per year, The King's College is rather costly. 49.39% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market.

New York, NY

www.tkc.edu

B

Rating

42%

Acceptance

700

Students

#418

Ranking

$37,000

Tuition

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

#8 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Ohio State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Columbus, OH ranked 160th in the nation. It has a total of 50,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.74% of applicants. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Operations Management and Supervision, and Educational Administration and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,197 for students from Ohio and $31,174 for those from out-of-state, Ohio State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 59.09% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

#160

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

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Emory University

#9 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Emory University is a large private university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 23rd in the United States. It has a total of 8,026 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 15.6% acceptance rate. Emory University offers 205 different majors and is best known for its Biology, French Studies, and Radiation Therapy programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $53,070 per year, Emory University is exceptionally costly. 88.39% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $66,000 per year, which is 59% greater than the national median.

Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

#23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

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Villanova University

#10 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Villanova University is a large private institution located in Villanova, PA ranked 91st in the nation. It has a total of 7,676 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.24% of applicants. Villanova University offers 167 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Management Science, and Organizational Leadership programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,550 per year, Villanova University is exceptionally high-priced. 60.52% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate close to $77,900 per year, which is 88% over the national median.

Villanova, PA

www.villanova.edu

A+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

12,719

Students

#91

Ranking

$54,550

Tuition

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University of Louisville

#11 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Louisville is a very large public university located in Louisville, KY ranked 6th in Kentucky. It has a total of 17,664 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 69.28% acceptance rate. University of Louisville offers 209 different majors and is best known for its Trade and Industrial Teacher Education, American Sign Language, and Humanities programs (nationally ranked 1st, 8th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,732 for students from Kentucky and $27,758 for those from out-of-state, University of Louisville is reasonably expensive. 48.04% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $41,800 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Louisville, KY

www.louisville.edu

C+

Rating

69%

Acceptance

24,770

Students

#705

Ranking

$27,758

Tuition

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#12 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

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Webster University

#13 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Webster University is a mid-sized private institution located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 11th in Missouri. It has a total of 3,522 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting faintly above 55.5% of applicants. Webster University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Game and Interactive Media Design, Musical Theatre, and Legal Studies programs (nationally ranked 11th, 20th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,500 per year, Webster University is somewhat moderately expensive. 59.7% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in about $42,300 per year, which is 2% over the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.webster.edu

B

Rating

57%

Acceptance

14,581

Students

#442

Ranking

$28,500

Tuition

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University of Central Florida

#14 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Central Florida is a very large public university located in Orlando, FL ranked 195th in the nation. It has a total of 68,412 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 44.36% acceptance rate. University of Central Florida offers 195 different majors and is best known for its Hospitality Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Physical Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,478 for in-state students and $19,810 for those from out-of-state, University of Central Florida is moderately priced. 66.14% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take home close to $45,400 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Orlando, FL

www.ucf.edu/

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

80,378

Students

#195

Ranking

$19,810

Tuition

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University of South Florida-Main Campus

#15 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of South Florida-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Tampa, FL ranked 216th in the United States. It has a total of 37,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.63% of applicants. University of South Florida-Main Campus offers 238 different majors and is best known for its Audiology, Social Science Teacher Education, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,559 for students from Florida and $15,473 for those from out-of-state, University of South Florida-Main Campus is moderately priced. 65.22% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in close to $43,500 per year, which is 5% over the national median.

Tampa, FL

www.usf.edu

A

Rating

48%

Acceptance

51,808

Students

#216

Ranking

$15,473

Tuition

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The University of Texas at Austin

#16 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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San Diego State University

#17 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

#18 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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Azusa Pacific University

#19 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Azusa Pacific University is a mid-sized private institution located in Azusa, CA ranked 55th in California. It has a total of 6,293 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.48% acceptance rate. Azusa Pacific University offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Physical Education, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,640 per year, Azusa Pacific University is quite expensive. 54.52% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in about $51,100 per year, which is 23% greater than the national median.

Azusa, CA

www.apu.edu

B

Rating

67%

Acceptance

11,843

Students

#530

Ranking

$39,640

Tuition

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University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

#20 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus is a mid-sized public university located in Tacoma, WA ranked 8th in Washington. It has a total of 5,379 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 87.31% of applicants. University of Washington-Tacoma Campus offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Urban Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Writing programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,370 for students from Washington and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus is quite pricey. 77.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Tacoma, WA

www.tacoma.uw.edu/

B+

Rating

87%

Acceptance

6,354

Students

#327

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

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Fordham University

#21 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

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

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Michigan State University

#22 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

#23 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus is a very large public university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 157th in the US. It has a total of 20,856 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting virtually 5 in every 9 applicants. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus offers 422 different majors and is best known for its Rhetoric and Composition, Bioinformatics, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,628 for in-state students and $32,656 for those from out-of-state, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus is reasonably high-priced. 67.18% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $53,900 per year, which is 30% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.pitt.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

31,667

Students

#157

Ranking

$32,656

Tuition

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University of Colorado Boulder

#24 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Colorado Boulder is a very large public university located in Boulder, CO ranked 269th in the nation. It has a total of 33,059 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a smidgeon greater than 7 out of 9 applicants. University of Colorado Boulder offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Physiology, Environmental Design, and Astronomy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $10,728 for in-state students and $36,546 for those from out-of-state, University of Colorado Boulder is rather expensive. 60.59% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $50,800 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Boulder, CO

www.colorado.edu

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

40,353

Students

#269

Ranking

$36,546

Tuition

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University of Houston-Clear Lake

#25 Best Online Colleges for Humanities

University of Houston-Clear Lake is a mid-sized public institution located in Houston, TX ranked 21st in Texas. It has a total of 7,737 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting slightly less than three fourths of applicants. University of Houston-Clear Lake offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Legal Support Services, Behavioral Sciences, and Public Administration programs (nationally ranked 6th, 8th, and 31st respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,740 for students from Texas and $19,176 for those from out-of-state, University of Houston-Clear Lake is reasonably priced. 65.08% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home near $47,900 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Houston, TX

www.uhcl.edu/

B-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

10,992

Students

#600

Ranking

$19,176

Tuition