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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Best Graduate and Undergraduate 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.

You will all notice that rankings have been added for the best maritime/nautical archaeology programs, best linguistic anthropology programs, top schools for classical archaeology,  top programs for history, archives, and preservation, as well as comprehensive details pertaining to student outcomes and cost of your education.

The BIG Question

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. As an undergraduate archaeology student at University of Central Florida, you may typically take the same required electives and core classes as a student attending University of Alabama. The biggest differences come when you begin your masters, and also your research as a PhD candidate.

The biggest advice I can give, and I can say with all honesty that it's the same I give my students now, is that you can't always look at the top 50 schools and think your mind is only set on those schools. We have USA Today to thank for that healthy ranking obsession. Think about what area of study interests you. What part of the world do you want to research. Have you thought about the climate you want to live it? Is there a Starbucks within walking distance?–– Hey, my students really ask about this *smile*. Are you applying to an Ivy League because it's an Ivy league? Do they even have your program? At Harvard, will I be trained to turn over a millimeter of top soil in two weeks like  Eddie Izzard mentioned in his comedy show,  just like someone from Arizona State?

Seems like a lot of odd questions, and I would never stop anyone was pursuing this field. Just think about what you want to accomplish. Do you know the reasons why you should be an archaeologist? If you don't immediately know the answer to this, I would do some self reflection.

Or, read about why others have chosen the profession. Here's one of my favorites posts on Ancient Digger from 2011 (one little snippet below to tickle your funny bone): Twitter Users Speak Out: Reasons Why You Became An Archaeologist

I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine." but mainly the wine ...~YorksArch

2018-2019 Rankings (Undergraduate)

Comprehensive list of all US Colleges offering Archaeology and Anthropology Undergraduate Programs

United StatesLocationStatus
Arizona State University



University of ArizonaTuscanPublic
Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffPublic


Stanford UniversityPalo AltoPrivate
University of California - BerkeleyBerkleyPublic
University of California - DavisDavisPublic
University of California - IrvineIrvinePublic
University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesPublic
University of California - RiversideRiversidePublic
University of California - San DiegoLa JollaPublic
University of California - Santa B.Santa BarbaraPublic
University of California - Santa CruzSanta CruzPublic
University of RedlandsRedlandsPublic
University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesPrivate


University of Colorado - BoulderBoulderPublic


University of ConnecticutStorrsPublic
Yale UniversityNew HavenPrivate

University of DelawareNewarkPublic


Florida State UniversityTallahasseePublic
University of FloridaGainesvillePublic
University of South FloridaTampaPublic
University of Central Florida OrlandoPublic


Emory UniversityAtlantaPrivate
University of GeorgiaAthensPublic


University of Hawaii - ManoaHonoluluPublic


University of Chicago ChicagoPublic
University of Illinois - ChicagoChicagoPublic
University of Illinois - UrbanaUrbanaPublic


Indiana UniversityBloomingtonPublic
Purdue UniversityWest LafayettePublic
University of Notre DameNotre DamePrivate


Boise StateBoisePublic


University of IowaIowa CityPublic


University of KansasLawrencePublic


University of KentuckyLexingtonPublic


Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougePublic
Tulane UniversityNew OrleansPublic


Boston UniversityBostonPrivate
Brandeis UniversityWalthamPrivate
Harvard University #2CambridgePrivate
Tufts UniversityMedfordPrivate
University of MassachusettsAmherstPublic


Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimorePrivate
University of MarylandCollege ParkPublic


Grand Valley State UniversityAllendalePublic
Michigan State UniversityEast LansingPublic
University of Michigan - #1Ann ArborPublic


University of Minnesota - TwincitiesMinneapolisPublic


University of Missouri - ColumbiaColumbiaPublic


University of Nebraska - LincolnLincolnPublic

New Jersey

Princeton UniversityPrincetonPublic
Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickPublic

New Mexico

University of New MexicoAlbuquerquePublic

New York

Binghamton UniversityBinghamtonPublic
Columbia UniversityNew YorkPrivate
Cornell UniversityIthacaPrivate
Fordham UniversityBronxPrivate
New York University
Pace University
Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookPublic
Syracuse UniversitySyracusePrivate
The Graduate CenterNew YorkPublic
University at AlbanyAlbanyPublic
University at BuffaloBuffaloPublic
University of RochesterRochesterPrivate

North Carolina

North Carolina State UniversityRaleighPublic
University of North CarolinaChapel HillPublic


Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandPrivate
Miami UniversityOxfordPublic
University of Akron, TheAkronPublic


University of OklahomaNormanPublic


University of OregonEugenePublic


Pennsylvania State UniversityUniv. ParkPublic
Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaPublic
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPrivate
University of PittsburghPittsburghPublic

Rhode Island

Brown UniversityProvidencePrivate

South Carolina

University of South Carolina-ColumbiaColumbiaPublic


University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxvillePublic
Vanderbilt UniversityNashvillePrivate


Rice UniversityHoustonPrivate
Texas A & M UniversityCollege stationPublic
University of Texas - AustinAustinPublic


College of William & MaryWilliamsburgPublic
George Mason UniversityFairfaxPublic
University of VirginiaCharlottesvillePublic


University of UtahSalt Lake CityPublic


American UniversityWashingtonPrivate
George Washington University, TheWashingtonPrivate
Georgetown UniversityWashingtonPrivate
University of WashingtonSeattlePublic
Washington State UniversityPullmanPublic

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

2018-2019 Rankings 

Top 25 US Universities, Schools, Programs, and Colleges for History (ranked nationwide)

  1. Princeton University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of California-Berkeley
  6. Columbia University
  7. University of Chicago
  8. University of Michigan
  9. University of California-Los Angeles
  10. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  11. Cornell University
  12. John's Hopkins
  13. Northwestern University
  14. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  15. University of Pennsylvania
  16. Brown University
  17. University of Texas-Austin
  18. Duke University
  19. University of Virginia
  20. Indiana University-Bloomington
  21. Georgetown University
  22. Rutgers University
  23. New York University
  24. University of Illinois-Urbana
  25. University of Washington

2018-2019 Rankings 

Top US Universities, Schools, Programs, and Colleges for Archives and Preservation (ranked nationwide)

  1. Simmons College (Tied for First)
  2. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Tied for First)
  3. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Tied for First)
  4. University of Texas-Austin
  5. University of California-Los Angeles
  6. University of Pittsburgh
  7. University of Maryland-College Park
  8. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  9. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  10. Pratt Institute
  11. Drexel University

2018-2019 Rankings 

Top 25 US Universities, Schools, Programs, and Colleges for Linguistic Anthropology– Based on Student Outcome and Research Opportunities

  1. Carnegie Mellon University
  2. John's Hopkins University
  3. San Diego State University
  4. University of California-San Diego
  5. University of Maryland-College Park
  6. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  7. Purdue University
  8. University of California– Los Angeles
  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  10. University of Pennsylvania
  11. University of Southern California
  12. University of California–Berkeley
  13. University of California
  14. University of Wisconsin– Madison
  15. Indiana University-Bloomington
  16. Michigan State University
  17. University of Delaware
  18. University of South Florida
  19. Ohio State University
  20. University of Arizona
  21. Yale University
  22. University of Chicago
  23. Cornell University
  24. Northwestern University
  25. University of Illinois-Urbana

2018-2019 Rankings 

Top Universities, Schools, and Programs for Classics (Classical Archaeology)-Global- Not in ranking order

  1. Oxford University
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of London
  4. University of Kent
  5. University of Glasgow
  6. Newcastle University
  7. Birmingham University
  8. Liverpool University
  9. Cardiff University
  10. Durham University
  11. Exeter University
  12. Warwick University
  13. UCL University
  14. St. Andrews University
  15. Royal Holloway University
  16. Bryn Mawr College
  17. Cornell University
  18. Princeton University
  19. Harvard University
  20. Stanford University
  21. Duke University
  22. University of Pennsylvania
  23. University of California Berkeley
  24. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  25. University of Chicago
  26. University of Michigan
  27. University of Texas – Austin
  28. University of California-Los Angeles
Read More: Top Universities, Schools, and Programs for Classics (Classical Archaeology)

The Archaeological Institute of America also has an extensive lost of graduate programs focusing on Classical/Mediterranean Studies.

2018-2019 Rankings 

Top Universities, Schools, and Programs for Maritime and Nautical Archaeology

United States

  • East Carolina University
  • Texas A & M
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Connecticut
  • Minnesota State University
  • Indiana University
  • Flinder's University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of West Florida
  • Michigan State University
Outside United States
Read More: Top Universities, Schools, and Programs for Maritime and Nautical Archaeology

2018-2019 Rankings (Graduate)

25 Best Anthropology Ph.D Programs: Student Outcome

  1. University of California-Berkeley
  2. University of California-San Francisco
  3. Duke University
  4. University of Utah
  5. Harvard University
  6. John's Hopkins University
  7. Stanford University
  8. University of Tennessee
  9. Washington University
  10. Cornell University
  11. Princeton University
  12. Penn State University
  13. University of Oregon
  14. Stanford University
  15. Stony Brook University
  16. University of Illinois–Urbana
  17. Emory University
  18. University of Colorado–Boulder
  19. University of Oklahoma
  20. University of Pennsylvania
  21. Northwestern University
  22. The University of Texas at Austin
  23. Brown University
  24. Rice University
  25. University of Virginia

100% First Year Support– Anthropology Ph.D In US  (Not ranked)

  1. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK
  2. University of Nevada, Reno, NV
  3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  4. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  5. University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  6. University of California, Davis
  7. University of California, Los Angeles
  8. University of California, San Francisco
  9. University of California, Berkeley
  10. Rice University
  11. Cornell University
  12. New York University
  13. Yale University
  14. Emory University
  15. Harvard University
  16. Columbia University
  17. Princeton University
  18. University of California, Santa Cruz
  19. University of Colorado, Boulder
  20. University of Kentucky
  21. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  22. University of Illinois, Chicago
  23. University of Illinois, Urbana
  24. University of Virginia
  25. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  26. University of  Oregon
  27. Wayne State University 
  28. Pennsylvania State University 
  29. University of Pittsburgh
  30. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  31. University of Pennsylvania

Best 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

Best 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

Best Research Universities for Archaeology Outside US

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. University College London 
  4. University of Birmingham
  5. University of Sheffield 

More Guides on the Ancient Digger
  1. US News and World Report
  2. PHDS.org
-----List Updated May 2018----- 

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