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2022 Best Linguistics Schools

115 Colleges in the United States
3,129 Linguistics Degrees Awarded
Linguistics is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #202 most popular degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 115 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for linguistics students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 3,129 degrees in linguistics during the 2019-2020 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

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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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

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.

17 Top Schools in Linguistics

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IL

Northwestern University is a great choice for students interested in a degree in linguistics. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very 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 9 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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#2

Georgetown University

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

It is hard to beat Georgetown University if you wish to pursue a degree in linguistics. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 55 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#3

Duke University

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

Duke University is one of the finest 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 Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

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

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In NY

Any student who is interested in linguistics needs to check out Columbia University in the City of New York. 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 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 5 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 55 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, RI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence. A Best Schools rank of #24 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#7

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA

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

There were approximately 5 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent data year.

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#8

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In MA

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 8th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 6 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In CA

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 14 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA

Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 12th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 20 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large 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 29 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#12

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY

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

There were approximately 8 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year.

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#13

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA

Brandeis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham. This university ranks 15th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 18 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Brandeis in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 4 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
58 Linguistics Degrees Awarded

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

There were about 58 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Barnard College

New York, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In NY

Barnard is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #31 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Barnard is a great college overall.

There were approximately 1 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Barnard in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 21 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

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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
18 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
19 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
20 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
21 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
22 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
23 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
24 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
25 University of Rochester Rochester, NY

Linguistics by Region

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Region
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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 3,075
Comparative Literature 1,093
Language Translation 874
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 351
Applied Linguistics 163

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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