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 philosophy degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,464 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,845 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

34% above average compared to other degrees

$ 43,162 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

What do philosophy graduates earn?

Philosophy students make an average of $61,625 per year after graduation. This is 8% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 61,625 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 46% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular philosophy schools in the US

There are 1604 schools in the US that offer a philosophy degree. The philosophy 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 philosophy 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 philosophy degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering philosophy 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
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034

Cheapest US schools for a philosophy degree

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

School NameTuition
Sacramento City College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Fullerton College$1,138
Las Positas College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego City College$1,142


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