Foreign Languages & Linguistics

2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans

185 Colleges
23,783 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,129 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Vets

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 23,783 people earned their bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics, making the major the #21 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans ranking looked at 185 colleges that offer a bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality foreign languages and linguistics programs as well as strong veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the foreign languages and linguistics program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the foreign languages and linguistics programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools

#1

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Gallaudet is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Gallaudet, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 22 of the 1,451 students enrolled at Gallaudet were GI Bill® students, of which 9 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,688.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. UW Seattle not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

According to our most recent data, UW Seattle supports 48,149 students, and 1,278 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 780 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at University of Washington - Seattle Campus Report

University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population. UW - Madison also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics rankings.

Among the 44,640 students enrolled at UW - Madison, 554 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. To help with additional expenses, 21 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Columbia did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Of the 30,135 students enrolled at Columbia, 797 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,878. On top of their other funding sources, 361 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Full Veterans at Columbia University in the City of New York Report

Brigham Young University - Provo earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. BYU also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list, coming in at #3.

According to our most recent data, BYU supports 36,461 students, and 338 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 220 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,788. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Notre Dame, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

According to our most recent data, Notre Dame supports 12,809 students, and 361 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 303 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,306. On top of their other funding sources, 78 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Penn State University Park also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,714. Penn State University Park does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Virginia Military Institute as the #8 school in this year's rankings. VMI is a small public school located in the town of Lexington. In addition to being on our best for vets list, VMI has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

According to our most recent data, VMI supports 1,698 students, and 150 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 104 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,319. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #9 school in this year's rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UMN Twin Cities is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Of the 52,017 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize New York University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. NYU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, NYU supports 52,775 students, and 681 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 482 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. During this same period, 265 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Santa Barbara earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCSB did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Among the 26,179 students enrolled at UCSB, 296 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 154 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,044. In addition to receiving other benefits, 5 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize William Woods University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. William Woods is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Fulton.

Of the 2,114 students enrolled at William Woods, 58 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 43 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,113. To help with additional expenses, 2 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at William Woods University Report

#13

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Boston College is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Of the 14,934 students enrolled at Boston College, 164 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. In addition to receiving other benefits, 74 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - College Park. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMCP also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

Among the 40,709 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. To help with additional expenses, 7 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMCP does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Of the 50,476 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U-M also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 509 of the 47,907 students enrolled at U-M were GI Bill® students, of which 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,841. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Pitt also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

Of the 32,277 students enrolled at Pitt, 513 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,875. Pitt does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#18

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. University of Arizona is a very large public school located in the city of Tucson. University of Arizona excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Among the 45,601 students enrolled at University of Arizona, 1,914 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,561 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,490. To help with additional expenses, 37 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts Amherst as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. UMass Amherst excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

According to our most recent data, UMass Amherst supports 31,642 students, and 460 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 300 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,069. During this same period, 17 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

Among the 61,369 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UCLA is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Among the 44,589 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,825.

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#22

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 38,541 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at George Mason University Report

#23

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public college with a very large student population. UF excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Among the 53,372 students enrolled at UF, 1,109 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 752 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,193. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#24

Duke University

Durham, NC

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Duke has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics ranking.

Among the 16,172 students enrolled at Duke, 288 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 248 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,322. During this same period, 115 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics list.

Our most recent data shows that 626 of the 43,064 students enrolled at IU Bloomington were GI Bill® students, of which 389 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,606. In addition to receiving other benefits, 23 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#27

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
28 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
29 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
30 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
31 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
32 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
33 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
34 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
35 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
36 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
37 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
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Far Western US
Southwest
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Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 12,437
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5,744
East Asian Languages 1,616
Classical Languages & Literature 1,168
Germanic Languages 1,163

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 96,991
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 44,236
English Language & Literature 41,537
Philosophy & Religious Studies 14,549
Theology & Religious Vocations 8,184

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to John Stephen Dwyer.

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