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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region

121 Colleges
15,801 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,350 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes RegionWith 88,927 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #10 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 15,801 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 121 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those education schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Education Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for education majors.

Top 15% Best Value Education Schools

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the distant town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at EIU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,976. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU is about $75,034. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. UW Oshkosh is a fairly large public school located in the city of Oshkosh.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at UW Oshkosh to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,232. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh is $91,544. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Northern Illinois University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. NIU is a large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $20,171 per year to attend the school. 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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Grand Valley State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a very large student population. GVSU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The average student at GVSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,233 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU be around $105,245. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. In addition to being on our best value list, Illinois State has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, 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. 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 - Stout comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie.

It takes the average student at UW - Stout about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,392. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - Stout is $99,045. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. BGSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Bowling Green.

At BGSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $23,327 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BGSU is about $101,706. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Ball State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public college with a very large student population. Ball State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Ball State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,050. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ball State is $111,494. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Anderson University Indiana landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Anderson University Indiana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Anderson.

It takes the average student at Anderson University Indiana about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,636. This means that the average student pays around $103,225 to get a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University Indiana. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Rock Island. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Augustana also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The average student at Augustana graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,480. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Augustana is $119,689. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#11

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Michigan University. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WMU is about $100,305. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#12

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, OH

Our rankings recognize Mount Vernon Nazarene University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. MVNU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Mount Vernon.

It takes the average student at MVNU about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,170. 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 MVNU is $76,496. 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 #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - La Crosse is a fairly large public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - La Crosse to complete their degree, and it costs about $19,185 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $85,373. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Indiana Wesleyan University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the distant town of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at IWU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,484. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the IWU is $90,018. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Kent State University at Kent earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kent State is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Kent. Kent State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The average student at Kent State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,092. This means that the average student pays around $115,848 to get a bachelor’s degree from Kent State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#16

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Valpo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Valparaiso. Valpo excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Education in the Great Lakes Region list.

The average student at Valpo graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,768. 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 Valpo is $122,644. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Western Illinois University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At WIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $17,615 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU is about $78,211. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. UW - Stevens Point is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Stevens Point.

The average student at UW - Stevens Point graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,927. 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 - Stevens Point is $90,070. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
19 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
20 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
21 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL
22 Taylor University Upland, IN
23 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
24 Ashland University Ashland, OH

Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,643
Ohio 4,316
Illinois 3,364
Indiana 2,895
Wisconsin 2,573

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7,910
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4,120
Special Education 2,104
General Education 1,047
Educational Administration 339

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 18,537
Psychology 15,420
Communication & Journalism 15,182
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,091
History 3,079

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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 Horadrim.

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