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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

78 Colleges
17,550 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,593 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 78 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great biological and biomedical sciences programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the biological and biomedical sciences program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying biological and biomedical sciences.

Top 15% Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of Wisconsin - Madison has taken the #1 spot in this year's biological and biomedical sciences ranking for non-traditional students. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UW - Madison has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Michigan State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio University - Athens Campus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. OHIO Athens is a fairly large public school located in the town of Athens. OHIO Athens also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at OHIO Athens is lower than is typical, just 7.5% of students default in three years. 7,975 of OHIO Athens students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 8,296 part time students in attendance at OHIO Athens. OHIO Athens does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus. Ohio State also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.5%. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. There are roughly 8,041 part time students in attendance at Ohio State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. U-M is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. U-M also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

About 1.1% of U-M students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. 2,376 of U-M students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, UC is a public school with a very large student population. UC also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

About 6.9% of UC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,520 students take at least one class online at UC. About 9,231 of the students at UC are attending part time. UC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Detroit Mercy as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Detroit, Detroit Mercy is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Detroit Mercy also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.8%. There are approximately 857 students at Detroit Mercy that take at least one class online. About 955 of the students at Detroit Mercy are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Marquette also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 2.0% of Marquette students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,234 students take at least one class online at Marquette. 1,215 of Marquette students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. Purdue also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Purdue is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,641 students at Purdue that take at least one class online. 6,079 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Miami University - Oxford as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Miami University - Oxford is a fairly large public school located in the town of Oxford. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Miami University - Oxford also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at Miami University - Oxford is lower than is typical, just 7.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,132 students take at least one class online at Miami University - Oxford. 2,222 of Miami University - Oxford students are attending part time. Miami University - Oxford does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #11 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UW - La Crosse also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.6% of UW - La Crosse students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,292 students take at least one class online at UW - La Crosse. There are roughly 1,049 part time students in attendance at UW - La Crosse. UW - La Crosse does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
12 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
13 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
14 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
15 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

Best for Non-Traditional Students Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students 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 12,306
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2,031
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 2,015
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 937
Zoology 853

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 33,030
Computer & Information Sciences 22,467
Engineering Technologies 10,876
Mathematics & Statistics 6,948
Physical Sciences 6,740

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

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