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2023 Best Linguistics Schools

81 Colleges in the United States
3,247 Linguistics Degrees Awarded
If you plan on majoring in linguistics, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #206 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 81 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Linguistics Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 3,247 degrees in linguistics during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Linguistics School

Best Linguistics Schools Your choice of linguistics school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Linguistics School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

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 Linguistics Degree Level

Bachelor's Degrees in Linguistics
Master's Degrees in Linguistics
Doctor's Degrees in Linguistics

The linguistics school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Linguistics Schools. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Linguistics in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of linguistics 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.

12 Top Schools in Linguistics

1
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Duke University
Durham, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC
47.1% Growth in Graduates

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in linguistics. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 17 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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2
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In CA
45 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

University of California - Los Angeles is a good decision for students pursuing a degree in linguistics. UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 45 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year.

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Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
56 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Georgetown University if you wish to pursue a degree in linguistics. Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of #19 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 56 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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4
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
61 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat University of California - Berkeley if you want to pursue a degree in linguistics. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 61 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year.

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5
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In CA
33.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 21 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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Brown University
Providence, RI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
57.1% Growth in Graduates

Brown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 7 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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7
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
39 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the city of Champaign. This university ranks 3rd out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 39 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available.

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8
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
58 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of #38 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great university overall.

There were roughly 58 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
76 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

UF is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville. This university ranks 1st out of 77 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 76 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year.

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10
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
78 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

UCSB is a very large public university located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. This university ranks 10th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 78 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available.

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11
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
43 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 43 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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12
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MI
32 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #25 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 32 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
13 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
14 Boston University Boston, MA
15 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
16 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
17 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
18 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
19 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
20 Brandeis University Waltham, MA

Linguistics 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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One of 5 majors within the Linguistics & Comparative Literature area of study, Linguistics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Modern Languages 2,871
Language Translation 971
Comparative Literature 964
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 288
Applied Linguistics 198

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