Ranked #20 in popularity, history is one of the most sought-after bachelor's degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.
In 2023, College Factual analyzed 393 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best History Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 25,656 bachelor's degrees in history to qualified students.
Choosing a Great History School for Your Bachelor's Degree
The history bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality history program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:
Quality Overall Is Important
A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.
To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.
Other Factors We Consider
In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on history students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - How many other history students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
Student Debt - How easy is it for history to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized history related body.
Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for history students working on their bachelor's degree.
Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best History Bachelor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.
In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you.
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Featured History Programs
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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study History in the United States
Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in history. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
It is difficult to beat Yale University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in history. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.
History bachelor's degree recipients from Yale University get an earnings boost of around $22,709 over the average earnings of history graduates.
It's difficult to beat University of Pennsylvania if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in history. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.
Those history students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Pennsylvania earn $20,732 more than the average history graduate.
This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best History Bachelor's Degree Schools badge.
Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 393 different United States history schools we analyzed.
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.