2022 Best Germanic Languages Schools

171 Colleges in the United States
1,415 German Degrees Awarded
$34,200 Avg Early-Career Salary
When it comes to popularity, Germanic languages sits in the middle of the road, ranking #216 out of 368 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 171 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Germanic Languages Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 1,415 degrees in Germanic languages to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Germanic Languages School

Best Germanic Languages Schools The German program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Germanic Languages rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for Germanic languages schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Germanic Languages Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Germanic Languages Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Germanic Languages in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of German degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in German

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA

Every student pursuing a degree in Germanic languages needs to check out Washington and Lee University. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Lexington. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 10 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent data year.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IN

Every student who is interested in Germanic languages needs to look into University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 7 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL

Any student pursuing a degree in Germanic languages has to take a look at Northwestern University. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 8 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in Germanic languages. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 8 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 17 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC

Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 7 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA

Located in the large suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #29 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Amherst is a great college overall.

There were roughly 3 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CT

Located in the midsize city of Hartford, Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 6 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent data year.

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#9

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were about 8 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CT

UCONN is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Storrs. This university ranks 6th out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were approximately 22 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 9 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In PA

Located in the large suburb of Easton, Lafayette is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 6th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 6 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Lafayette in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VT

Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Middlebury. This college ranks 1st out of 13 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There were about 9 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent data year.

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#14

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In PA

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Lewisburg. This university ranks 5th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 1 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Colby College

Waterville, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In ME

Colby is a small private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Waterville. This college ranks 2nd out of 23 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were roughly 2 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Colby in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA

Located in the city of Gettysburg, Gettysburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 9th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 6 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Gettysburg in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #46 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were about 8 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In NY

Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #30 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

There were approximately 2 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC

Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 8 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In MN

CSB is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized suburb of Saint Joseph. This college ranks 3rd out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 3 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at CSB in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were approximately 20 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA

Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #41 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Tufts is a great university overall.

There were roughly 4 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
54 German Degrees Awarded

UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the city of Madison. This university ranks 1st out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 54 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#24

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 7th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 9 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
36 German Degrees Awarded

URI is a large public university located in the large suburb of Kingston. This university ranks 7th out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 36 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at URI in the most recent year we have data available. Germanic Languages degree recipients from University of Rhode Island earn a boost of about $14,300 over the average earnings of Germanic languages graduates.

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Rest of the Top Best Germanic Languages Schools

#25

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Germanic Languages students that almost earned our Best Germanic Languages Schools award.

Rank College Location
26 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
27 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
28 George Washington University Washington, DC
29 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
30 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
31 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
32 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
33 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
34 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA

Germanic Languages by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Germanic Languages is one of 17 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

German Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
German Language & Literature 1,226
Germanic Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, General 159
Sc&inavian Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 12
Norwegian Language & Literature 9
Germanic Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Other 7
Danish Language & Literature 1
Swedish Language & Literature 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,905
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,685
American Sign Language 2,737
East Asian Languages 2,219
Classical Languages & Literature 1,446
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 619
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 591
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 504
Second Language Learning 63
Native American Languages 43

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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