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2022 Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools

99 Colleges in the United States
2,298 Bachelor's Degrees
Linguistics is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #141 most popular bachelor's degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual looked at 99 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Linguistics Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,298 bachelor's degrees in linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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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 consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 84 to 9 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

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 colleges 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.

14 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Linguistics

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL
6 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in linguistics needs 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 Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

With 6 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study linguistics in the United States.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
2nd Most Popular In NC
9 Annual Graduates

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in linguistics. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 9 linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#3

Georgetown University

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

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in linguistics needs to take a look at Georgetown University. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 23 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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14th Most Popular In NY
5 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in linguistics. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #23 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for linguistics students, there were roughly 5 learners who completed this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

More information about a bachelor’s in linguistics from Columbia University in the City of New York

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

UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 10th out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

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

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#6

Brown University

Providence, RI
1st Most Popular In RI
3 Annual Graduates

Brown is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
6th Most Popular In PA
5 Annual Graduates

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lewisburg. This university ranks 6th out of 100 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Bucknell University is a fairly popular university to study linguistics in the United States with roughly 5 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#8

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
7th Most Popular In MA
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

Boston College is one of the most popular colleges to study linguistics in the United States with approximately 6 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

University of Southern California is one of the most popular universities to study linguistics in the United States with roughly 7 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA
14 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 12th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Boston University is a fairly popular university to study linguistics in the United States with roughly 14 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

University of Chicago

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

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 22 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#12

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
4th Most Popular In MA
18 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham. This university ranks 14th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 18 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Brandeis University is one of the most popular universities to study linguistics in the United States.

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#13

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY
3 Annual Graduates

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 7th out of 124 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

A popular major for linguistics students, there were roughly 3 learners who graduated from this program at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
50 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #24 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 50 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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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
15 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
16 Barnard College New York, NY
17 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
18 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
19 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
20 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
21 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
22 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
23 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
24 Emory University Atlanta, GA

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 2,336
Comparative Literature 734
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 254
Applied Linguistics 63
Language Translation 59

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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