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2021 Most Popular General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

307 Colleges
$31,873 Avg Salary
$25,102 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Education Bachelor's Degree School for You

With 31,066 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, general education is the #4 most popular major in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for teaching students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Teaching Degree Search has created its Most Popular General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 307 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular bachelor's degree programs for teaching students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Education program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular General Education Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named University of California - Irvine the most popular school in the United States for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. UC Irvine is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Irvine.

About 78% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 22% are male.

Education majors at UC Irvine take out an average of $17,714 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $194.

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The in-demand bachelor’s degree programs at Grand Valley State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular general education schools in the United States. GVSU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

About 72% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 28% are male.

On average, education graduates from GVSU take out $28,167 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

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#3

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

The in-demand bachelor’s degree programs at Ashford University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular general education schools in the United States. Located in the large city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 82% of the education majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from Ashford University carry an average student debt load of $35,518. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $357.

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#4

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Out of the 307 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Michigan State University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population.

About 94% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 6% are male.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from Michigan State carry an average student debt load of $24,465. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $262.

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The in-demand bachelor’s degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular general education schools in the United States. UWM is a very large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

Of the 135 students majoring in education at UWM, 16% are male and 84% are female.

Education majors at UWM take out an average of $27,810 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

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#5

Niagara University

Niagara University, NY

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Niagara University is a great place for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Niagara is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Niagara University.

Women make up 76% of the education majors at the school.

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Western Oregon University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Western Oregon State College is a small public school located in the town of Monmouth.

Of the 132 students majoring in education at Western Oregon State College, 16% are male and 84% are female.

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#8

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

With a ranking of #8, SUNY Empire State College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs, SUNY Empire is a public school with a large student population.

Women make up 96% of the education majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from SUNY Empire carry an average student debt load of $23,593. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $228.

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Kent State University at Kent ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 58% of the education majors at the school.

On average, education graduates from Kent State take out $29,367 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#10

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

With a ranking of #10, University of Oregon did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Eugene, UO is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 92 students majoring in education at UO, 8% are male and 92% are female.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at UO take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,787. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $238.

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With a ranking of #11, University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 84 students majoring in education at UW Seattle, 14% are male and 86% are female.

On average, education graduates from UW Seattle take out $18,584 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#12

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

With a ranking of #12, Florida Atlantic University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. FAU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Boca Raton.

About 98% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 2% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, education majors at FAU accumulate an average of around $17,294 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Washington - Bothell Campus came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UW Bothell is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Bothell.

Of the 75 students majoring in education at UW Bothell, 13% are male and 87% are female.

On average, education graduates from UW Bothell take out $18,584 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#13

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the city of Corvallis.

Women make up 83% of the education majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, education majors at Oregon State accumulate an average of around $27,701 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#15

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 87% of the education majors at the school.

On average, education graduates from Wilmington University take out $24,084 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree general education programs. UTSA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Antonio.

About 75% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 25% are male.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for general education students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Green Bay, UW - Green Bay is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

About 91% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 9% are male.

On average, education graduates from UW - Green Bay take out $21,115 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $232, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

With a ranking of #17, Monmouth University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 65 students majoring in education at Monmouth, 14% are male and 86% are female.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from Monmouth carry an average student debt load of $27,503. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $287.

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#19

Chapman University

Orange, CA

Chapman University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree general education programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Orange, Chapman is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 88% of the education majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, education majors at Chapman accumulate an average of around $22,119 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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#20

Midland University

Fremont, NE

Midland University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree general education programs. Midland U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Fremont.

Women make up 70% of the education majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, education majors at Midland U accumulate an average of around $26,164 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#21

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll University ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. John Carroll is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of University Heights.

Of the 48 students majoring in education at John Carroll, 17% are male and 83% are female.

On average, education graduates from John Carroll take out $25,967 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#22

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. FGCU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fort Myers.

Women make up 89% of the education majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, education graduates from FGCU carry an average student debt load of $21,601. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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#22

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, WV

Fairmont State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Fairmont State is a small public school located in the distant town of Fairmont.

Women make up 80% of the education majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, education majors at Fairmont State accumulate an average of around $22,137 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $260.

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Denver, CU Anschutz is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 88% of the education majors at the school.

On average, education graduates from CU Anschutz take out $18,189 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $157.

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Harris - Stowe State University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Saint Louis, Harris - Stowe State University is a public college with a small student population.

Of the 40 students majoring in education at Harris - Stowe State University, 28% are male and 72% are female.

Education majors at Harris - Stowe State University take out an average of $35,716 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $394.

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#26

Corban University

Salem, OR
#27

Wilmington College

Wilmington, OH
#27

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
#27

Flagler College - St Augustine

Saint Augustine, FL
#31

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN
#32

Springfield College

Springfield, MA
#34

Brown University

Providence, RI
#34

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO
#34

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#38

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
#40

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
#40

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#40

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, NC
#45

Smith College

Northampton, MA
#45

Beloit College

Beloit, WI
#45

Denison University

Granville, OH

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
49 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
49 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
49 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
52 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
53 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
53 Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans, LA
55 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
56 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
56 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
56 Endicott College Beverly, MA
59 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
59 Hampshire College Amherst, MA
59 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY

General Education by Region

View the Most Popular General Education Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, general education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Education Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Education 31,066

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 KOKUYO.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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