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Best Graduate Schools, Universities, and Colleges for Archaeology and Anthropology

Welcome to the archaeology and anthropology  school page on Ancient Digger.

I have compiled several lists in order to help you determine the top colleges and universities with the best anthropology and archaeology undergraduate and graduate programs and schools.

I have also just recently added the top colleges and universities for history, archives, and preservation studies.

The BIG Question

The reason I mention "help you determine" is because you need to understand and ask yourself what the "top archaeology or anthropology school" means to you. Does this mean lowest cost?  Job placement after graduation? Best Faculty?

Virtually every school offering these programs has a something to offer students, you just need to be precise about what you want to study, therefore you'll be one step closer to determining what the best school out there is,  FOR YOU!

The best archaeology PhD programs, best anthropology programs and archaeology colleges, universities, and schools=What's BEST for you!

*Best Universities, Schools, and Programs for History

  1. Princeton University
  2. University of California-Berkley
  3. Yale University
  4. Harvard University
  5. Stanford University
  6. University of Chicago
  7. Columbia University
  8. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  9. University of California-Los Angeles
  10. University of Pennsylvania

*Best Universities, Schools, and Programs for Archives and Preservation

  1. Simmons College
  2. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  3. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  4. University of Texas-Austin
  5. University of California-Los Angeles
  6. University of Pittsburgh
  7. University of Maryland-College Park
  8. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  9. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  10. Pratt Institute

Best Universities, Schools, and Programs for Linguistic Anthropology

Unites States
  • Boise State
  • Georgetown University
  • University of
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
Outside United States
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • University of York
  • New Castle University
  • University of Edinburgh

Program Descriptions

Best Universities, Schools, and Programs for Classics (Classical Archaeology)

United States

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California Berkley
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas Austin

Outside United States

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Kent
  • University of Oxford
  • University London

Program Descriptions

Best Universities, Schools, and Programs for Maritime Archaeology

United States

  • Texas A & M
  • Minnesota State University
  • University of Florida
  • Indiana University
  • Flinder's University
  • East Carolina University
  • University of West Florida
  • Michigan State University
Outside United States
  • University of Southern Denmark
Program Descriptions

Top 10 Universities for Student Outcome: Students graduate quickly, get jobs, and the program tracks their placements

  1. University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA-Medical Anthropology
  2. University of California-San Francisco-Medical Anthropology
  3. Duke University-Anthropology
  4. University of Utah-Anthropology
  5. Harvard University-Anthropology 
  6. Johns Hopkins-Anthropology
  7. Stanford-Cultural and Social Anthropology
  8. The University of Tennessee
  9. Washington University, St Louis
  10. Cornell University-Anthropology

Top Anthropology Ph.D Programs: # Degrees Granted A-Z

  1. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  2. Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, NY
  3. CUNY Graduate School and University Center, New York, NY
  4. New York University, New York, NY
  5. Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  6. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  7. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  8. University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  9. University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  10. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Lowest Cost for Anthropology Ph.D In US --In State Students $$ A-Z

  1. University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  2. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  3. University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  4. University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV
  5. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, Albuquerque, NM
  6. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  7. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

These links will take you to the university's main page for anthropology. If for some reason the links do not work, please comment below and I will fix them immediately.

Lowest Cost for Anthropology Ph.D In US --Out of State Students $$ A-Z

  1. California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
  2. CUNY Graduate School and University Center, New York, NY
  3. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  4. SUNY at Albany, Albany, NY
  5. SUNY at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
  6. Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
  7. University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  8. University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  9. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  10. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK

Top Anthropology Schools in the UK-Ranked

  1. Cambridge 
  2. Oxford 
  3. LSE 
  4. University College London 
  5. St Andrews 
  6. Sussex 
  7. Edinburgh 
  8. Manchester 
  9. Durham 
  10. Goldsmiths College 
  11. SOAS 
  12. Aberdeen Oxford Brookes 
  13. Kent 
  14. Queens, Belfast 
  15. East London 
  16. Roehampton 
  17. Lampeter 
  18. Hull 
  19. Teesside

Top Archaeology Schools in the UK-Ranked

  1. Cambridge 
  2. Oxford 
  3. Durham 
  4. University College London 
  5. Sheffield 
  6. Leicester 
  7. Bristol 
  8. Glasgow 
  9. Nottingham 
  10. Reading 
  11. Southampton 
  12. Manchester 
  13. Edinburgh 
  14. Exeter 
  15. Queens, Belfast
  16. Cardiff 
  17. Bradford 
  18. Liverpool 
  19. York 
  20. Lampeter

Top Research Universities for Archaeology Outside US

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. University College London 
  4. University of Birmingham
  5. University of Sheffield --We have been placed in the top ten among UK departments in all Research Assessment Exercises since 1992, including RAE 2008, in which 25% of its research activity was judged world-leading (4*) and 35% internationally excellent (3*).

Archaeology and Anthropology Undergraduate Studies in US

To read a comprehensive description of the programs offered by these undergraduate institutions, either click on the link to visit the university website, or you may read about the programs on Ancient Digger hereUS Archaeology and Anthropology schools and their Disciplines

United States Location Status
Arizona State University



University of Arizona Tuscan Public
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Public


Stanford University Palo Alto Private
University of California - Berkeley Berkley Public
University of California - Davis Davis Public
University of California - Irvine Irvine Public
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles Public
University of California - Riverside Riverside Public
University of California - San Diego La Jolla Public
University of California - Santa B. Santa Barbara Public
Santa Cruz

University of Redlands Redlands Public
University of Southern California Los Angeles Private


University of Colorado - Boulder Boulder Public


University of Connecticut Storrs Public
Yale University New Haven Private

University of Delaware Newark Public


Florida State University Tallahassee Public
University of Florida Gainesville Public
University of South Florida Tampa Public
University of Central Florida Orlando Public


Emory University Atlanta Private
University of Georgia Athens Public


University of Hawaii - Manoa Honolulu Public


University of Chicago Chicago Public
University of Illinois - Chicago Chicago Public
University of Illinois - Urbana Urbana Public


Indiana University Bloomington Public
Purdue University West Lafayette Public
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame Private


Boise State Boise Public


University of Iowa Iowa City Public


University of Kansas Lawrence Public


University of Kentucky Lexington Public


Louisiana State University Baton Rouge Public
Tulane University New Orleans Public


Boston University Boston Private
Brandeis University Waltham Private
Harvard University #2 Cambridge Private
Tufts University Medford Private
University of Massachusetts Amherst Public


Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Private
University of Maryland College Park Public


Grand Valley State University Allendale Public
Michigan State University East Lansing Public
University of Michigan - #1 Ann Arbor Public


University of Minnesota - Twincities Minneapolis Public


University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia Public


University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln Public

New Jersey

Princeton University Princeton Public
Rutgers University New Brunswick Public

New Mexico

University of New Mexico Albuquerque Public

New York

Binghamton University Binghamton Public
Columbia University New York Private
Cornell University Ithaca Private
Fordham University Bronx Private
New York University
Stony Brook University Stony Brook Public
Syracuse University Syracuse Private
The Graduate Center New York Public
University at Albany Albany Public
University at Buffalo Buffalo Public
University of Rochester Rochester Private

North Carolina

North Carolina State University Raleigh Public
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Public


Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Private
Miami University Oxford Public
University of Akron, The Akron Public


University of Oklahoma Norman Public


University of Oregon Eugene Public


Pennsylvania State University Univ. Park Public
Temple University Philadelphia Public
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Private
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Public

Rhode Island

Brown University Providence Private

South Carolina

University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia Public


University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville Public
Vanderbilt University Nashville Private


Rice University Houston Private
Texas A & M University College station Public
University of Texas - Austin Austin Public


College of William & Mary Williamsburg Public
George Mason University Fairfax Public
University of Virginia Charlottesville Public


University of Utah Salt Lake City Public


American University Washington Private
George Washington University, The Washington Private
Georgetown University Washington Private
University of Washington Seattle Public
Washington State University Pullman Public

To read a comprehensive description of the programs offered by these undergraduate institutions, either click on the link to visit the university website, or you may read about the programs on Ancient Digger: US Archaeology and Anthropology schools and their Disciplines

More Guides on the Ancient Digger


  1. Professional CV Writing
  2. US News and World Report
  3. The Sunday Times University Guide
  4. PHDS.org

-----List Updated October 2014-----

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