Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for an american studies degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,872 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

29% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,430 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

46% above average compared to other degrees

$ 48,168 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

49% above average compared to other degrees

What do american studies graduates earn?

American studies students make an average of $63,357 per year after graduation. This is 5% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 63,357 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 41% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular american studies schools in the US

There are 430 schools in the US that offer a american studies degree. The american studies schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in american studies per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992

Top US schools for an american studies degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering american studies degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
Swarthmore College11%$50,822

Cheapest US schools for an american studies degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an american studies degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Santa Ana College$1,142
Coastline Community College$1,148
Riverside City College$1,420
Moreno Valley College$1,426
Foothill College$1,554
College of Coastal Georgia$4,496
University of Wyoming$5,217
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
University of North Carolina at Pembroke$6,014


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