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2023 Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools

72 Colleges in the United States
2,324 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in linguistics, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #139 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual looked at 72 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 2,324 bachelor's degrees in linguistics to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Linguistics School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools The linguistics bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to linguistics students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of linguistics students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized linguistics related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for linguistics students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Linguistics Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Linguistics in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in linguistics. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Linguistics

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
17 Annual Graduates

Duke University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in linguistics. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from Duke University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25 Annual Graduates

University of California - Los Angeles is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in linguistics. UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the city of Los Angeles.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of California - Los Angeles

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Annual Graduates

University of California - Berkeley is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in linguistics. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of California - Berkeley

#4

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
28 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in linguistics needs to look into Georgetown University. Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from Georgetown University

#5

Brown University

Providence, RI
7 Annual Graduates

Brown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from Brown University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of Southern California

#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Annual Graduates

UF is a very large public university located in the city of Gainesville.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of Florida

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Annual Graduates

UCSB is a very large public university located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of California - Santa Barbara

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
30 Annual Graduates

UIUC is a very large public university located in the city of Champaign.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Annual Graduates

UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the city of Seattle.More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
12 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
13 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
14 Boston University Boston, MA
15 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
16 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
17 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
18 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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Linguistics is one of 5 different types of Linguistics & Comparative Literature programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Linguistics

Related Major Annual Graduates
Modern Languages 2,118
Comparative Literature 637
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 213
Applied Linguistics 63
Language Translation 46

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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