We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for an archaeology degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,619 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,732 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

18% above average compared to other degrees

$ 45,328 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

40% above average compared to other degrees

What do archaeology graduates earn?

Archaeology students make an average of $54,982 per year after graduation. This is 18% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

25% of archaeology graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 54,982 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 38% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

22% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular archaeology schools in the US

There are 100 schools in the US that offer a archaeology degree. The archaeology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, New York University and Boston University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in archaeology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Cornell University$52,853
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
Stanford University$49,617

Top US schools for an archaeology degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Yale University7%$51,400
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
Bowdoin College14%$51,848
Tufts University15%$54,318

Cheapest US schools for an archaeology degree

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

School NameTuition
Merced College$1,150
Fresno City College$1,304
Palomar College$1,338
Moorpark College$1,388
Pima Community College$2,118
Western Wyoming Community College$2,953
Northwest College$3,386
Norwalk Community College$4,336
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Normandale Community College$5,790

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