Biological & Biomedical Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region

98 Colleges
17,550 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,443 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes RegionWith 126,493 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, biological and biomedical sciences is the #5 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 17,550 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 98 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those biological and biomedical sciences schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The biological and biomedical sciences school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools.

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2021 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for biological and biomedical sciences majors.

Top 15% Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

University of Detroit Mercy earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. UDM is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Detroit. UDM also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The average student at UDM graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,117. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UDM is $63,794. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, UW - La Crosse is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list.

At UW - La Crosse, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,185. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is $85,373. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Augustana also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Augustana is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,480. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Augustana is $119,689. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Grand Valley State University. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale.

It takes the average student at GVSU about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is about $105,245. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

Ripon College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Ripon, Ripon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

It takes the average student at Ripon about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,586. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ripon be around $117,488. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Jacksonville, Illinois College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Illinois College to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,471. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois College is $83,317. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Michigan University. WMU is a very large public school located in the city of Kalamazoo.

It takes the average student at WMU about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,387. This means that the average student pays around $100,305 to get a bachelor’s degree from WMU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Ohio University - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the distant town of Athens, Ohio U is a public school with a fairly large student population. Ohio U did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list.

The average student at Ohio U graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $30,780 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $133,893 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ohio U. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. In addition to being on our best value list, Purdue has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

At Purdue, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,495. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Purdue is $124,238. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at NIU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SIUE is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,498. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUE be around $79,091. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. UW - Eau Claire is a large public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

At UW - Eau Claire, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,070. This means that the average student pays around $99,536 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Eau Claire. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#14

Albion College

Albion, MI

Our rankings recognize Albion College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Albion is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Albion.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Albion to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,363 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Albion is about $115,745. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Biological & Biomedical Sciences students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
15 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
16 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
17 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
18 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
19 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best biological and biomedical sciences schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 4,050
Ohio 4,257
Illinois 3,899
Indiana 2,329
Wisconsin 3,014

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 10,882
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,877
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,729
Zoology 736
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 547

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 21,847
Computer & Information Sciences 12,414
Mathematics & Statistics 4,802
Physical Sciences 4,506
Engineering Technologies 4,359

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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