Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for linguistics degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,046 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

32% above average compared to other degrees

$ 30,479 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

52% above average compared to other degrees

$ 43,640 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

35% above average compared to other degrees

What do linguistics graduates earn?

Linguistics students make an average of $53,690 per year after graduation. This is 20% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 53,690 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 35% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular linguistics schools in the US

There are 296 schools in the US that offer a linguistics degree. The linguistics schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in linguistics per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a linguistics degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678

Cheapest US schools for a linguistics degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a linguistics degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Santa Monica College$1,142
Pasadena City College$1,348
Florida Atlantic University$4,831
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
University of Florida$6,381
University of South Florida-Main Campus$6,410
Florida International University$6,556
California State University-Fresno$6,585
California State University-Long Beach$6,730


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