Business, Management & Marketing

2021 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing in Illinois

39 Colleges
13,620 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,465 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Business, Management & Marketing School for You

Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, business, management and marketing students earned 13,620 bachelor's degrees from an Illinois school, making the subject the 2nd in the state. This means that of the 416,954 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.3% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing in Illinois ranking, we looked at 39 colleges that offer a bachelor's in business, management and marketing. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on business, management and marketing 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 business, management and marketing 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 Business, Management & Marketing Schools.

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2021 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Schools in Illinois

Check out the business, management and marketing programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Schools

#1

Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value business, management and marketing schools. Located in the town of Jacksonville, Illinois College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Illinois College about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,471. This means that the average student pays around $83,317 to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College. 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 Springfield as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Springfield, UIS is a public school with a small student population.

At UIS, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $20,739 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIS be around $91,044. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Illinois State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Illinois State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual 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 you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Northern Illinois University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At NIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,171. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NIU is $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at Augustana graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,480. 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 Augustana is $119,689. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Western Illinois University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. WIU is a medium-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 the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,615. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU is about $78,211. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value business, management and marketing schools. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Charleston.

At EIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $16,976 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 EIU is $75,034. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

Monmouth College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Monmouth is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Monmouth.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Monmouth to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,828. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth is about $96,106. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Our rankings recognize Bradley University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria. Bradley did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing in Illinois list.

At Bradley, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,832. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bradley is $131,344. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 13,419
Ohio 15,966
Indiana 10,348
Wisconsin 8,525

Business, Management & Marketing Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 4,935
Accounting 2,433
Marketing 1,735
Finance & Financial Management 1,681
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 967

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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 Amit Savargaonkar.

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