Biological & Biomedical Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois

24 Colleges
3,900 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,643 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, biological and biomedical sciences students earned 3,900 bachelor's degrees from an Illinois school, making the subject the 7th in the state. This means that 3.1% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois ranking analyzed 24 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on biological and biomedical sciences schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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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 Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

#1

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Augustana has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois ranking.

At Augustana, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,480. This means that the average student pays around $119,689 to get a bachelor’s degree from Augustana. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Jacksonville, Illinois College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

At Illinois College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,471. This means that the average student pays around $83,317 to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Illinois State, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois ranking.

At Illinois State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,958 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is about $108,817. 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 Northern Illinois University. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NIU is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at SIUE to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,498. This means that the average student pays around $79,091 to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,976. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU be around $75,034. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Western Illinois University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Macomb.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WIU is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,615. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU be around $78,211. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Lake Forest is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lake Forest. Lake Forest also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lake Forest is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,412. This means that the average student pays around $130,360 to get a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Chicago as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a fairly large student population. UIC also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois list, coming in at #5.

It takes the average student at UIC about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $30,589 per year to attend the school. 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 UIC is $137,956. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign. UIUC did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Illinois list.

At UIUC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,679. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIUC is about $137,252. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 2,626
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 384
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 351
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 257
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 153

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Majors Similar to Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 4,169
Computer & Information Sciences 3,379
Mathematics & Statistics 1,448
Physical Sciences 1,097
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 915

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 24 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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