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States with liberal arts schools

How will your liberal arts education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the liberal arts education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 2,420 traditional liberal arts schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have liberal arts programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in liberal arts were earned by 287,197 students in the US. Of these students, 15,171 graduated from certificate programs in liberal arts, 266,798 graduated from undergraduate programs in liberal arts, and 5,228 graduated from graduate-level programs in liberal arts.


Students can pursue education in liberal arts at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Master's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Doctoral Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Certificate in Liberal Arts

During the course of their liberal arts education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Research
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Word Processing


Students at liberal arts schools around the nation paid an average of $29,766 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following liberal arts schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The liberal arts schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your liberal arts job compare?

The largest numbers of liberal arts professionals work in the following states:

  1. California - 8,240 Liberal Arts Professionals
  2. Texas - 5,340 Liberal Arts Professionals
  3. New York - 5,260 Liberal Arts Professionals

Projected Growth

The number of liberal arts professionals is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Wyoming - 0%
  2. Kentucky - 0%
  3. Texas - 0%


In the US, liberal arts professionals earn on average $61,540 per year. However, factors such as your exact job description, work conditions, and your boss can cause the salary for liberal arts professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact liberal arts profession you pursue. Approximately 10 percent of liberal arts professionals earn less than $15,600 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $152,030 per year. On average, liberal arts professionals earn the most in the following states:

  1. California - $92,650 per year
  2. New York - $92,170 per year
  3. Rhode Island - $81,170 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for liberal arts professionals are:

  1. North Dakota - $47,060 per year
  2. Tennessee - $47,310 per year
  3. Montana - $47,410 per year

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