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List Rules Vote up universities with the top English programs for writing and/or literature

List of the best colleges for English majors, ranked by students and experts in the field. Readers and writers can gather around this list to pick the best school for them to apply to. This list ranks the best English schools that are the top-tier education institutions for people who want to be writers or who simply wish to study the classic books of world history. You might not end up with a textbook for one of these courses, but you will end up with a ton of reading to do.

A B.A. in English is not as silly as some folks make it sound (or some Broadway musicals thanks to the "Avenue Q" song, "What Do You Do With A B.A. in English?") -- and some businesspeople even like to hire individuals with such a degree. Why? Some believe that English majors, merely through the not-so-mere act of declaring such a major, are bold in doing so -- and that they have an intellectual curiosity that will last a lifetime.

Vote up the schools with the best English programs, including those for both writing and literature degrees.
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University of Minnesota, Morri... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Jim Tisel added Morris, Minnesota, United States of America

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15 11
Ohio State University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America - Columbus, Ohio

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12 11
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America - Evanston, Illinois

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9 8
New York University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
New York City, New York, United States of America - New York, New York

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12 12
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America - Chicago, Illinois

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10 11
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America - Providence, Rhode Island

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9 11
University of Iowa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America - Iowa City, Iowa

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Emerson College is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
bfortini7y added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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7 10
Kenyon College is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Gambier, Ohio, United States of America - Gambier, Ohio

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6 9
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America - Charlottesville, Virginia

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5 8
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Ithaca, New York, United States of America - Ithaca, New York

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4 7
University of North Carolina a... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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4 7
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Durham, North Carolina, United States of America - Durham, North Carolina

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3 6
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America - Notre Dame, Indiana

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3 6
Tufts University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Medford, Massachusetts, United States of America - Medford, Massachusetts

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3 6
University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Dani Porter added Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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2 5
Emory University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America - Atlanta, Georgia

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7 11
Washington University in St. L... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America - St. Louis, Missouri

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6 10
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
mixmaster reid added Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

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4 8
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America - University Park, Pennsylvania

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4 8
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America - Boston, Massachusetts

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4 8
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Houston, Texas, United States of America - Houston, Texas

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3 7
University of Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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3 7
University of Wisconsin-Madiso... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America - Madison, Wisconsin

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3 7
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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3 7
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
College Park, Maryland, United States of America - College Park, Maryland

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3 7
University of Colorado Boulder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Boulder, Colorado, United States of America - Boulder, Colorado

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2 6
Brandeis University is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Waltham, Massachusetts, United States of America - Waltham, Massachusetts

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1 5
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America - Nashville, Tennessee

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1 5
University at Buffalo--SUNY is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Buffalo, New York

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1 5
University of Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America - Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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5 10
University of Washington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Seattle, Washington, United States of America - Seattle, Washington

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5 10
Sewanee, The University of the... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
mixmaster reid added Sewanee, Tennessee, United States of America

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4 9
University of Illinois at Urba... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Urbana, Illinois, United States of America - Urbana, Illinois

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3 9
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Austin, Texas, United States of America - Austin, Texas

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4 11
LOL English Majors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
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2 9
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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1 7
Indiana University Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America - Bloomington, Indiana

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1 7
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America - Baltimore, Maryland

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0 4
University of Scranton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States of America - Scranton, Pennsylvania

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0 5
University of Illinois at Chic... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Colleges for English Majors
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America - Chicago, Illinois