Education

2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Illinois

30 Colleges
3,367 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,304 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in IllinoisEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in Illinois. With 3,367 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 10th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.8% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Illinois ranking analyzed 30 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Education Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Illinois

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,976. This means that the average student pays around $75,034 to get a bachelor’s degree from EIU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. NIU is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Dekalb. NIU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Education in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at NIU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,171. 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 NIU is $92,181. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Illinois State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal. Illinois State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in Illinois list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Illinois State is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Our rankings recognize Augustana College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rock Island. Augustana also made our Best Colleges for Education in Illinois list, coming in at #6.

At Augustana, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,480. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Augustana is $119,689. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Western Illinois University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at WIU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,615. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WIU is $78,211. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, IL

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Trinity Christian College. Trinity Christian is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Palos Heights. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Trinity Christian, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Trinity Christian to complete their degree, and it costs about $31,588 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Trinity Christian is $129,827. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Our rankings recognize Olivet Nazarene University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Bourbonnais, Olivet Nazarene is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Olivet Nazarene about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,401. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Olivet Nazarene is $109,300. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the suburb of Elmhurst, Elmhurst is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Elmhurst not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in Illinois list.

At Elmhurst, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,228. 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 Elmhurst is $127,562. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, IL

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Concordia University - Chicago. Located in the suburb of River Forest, Concordia University Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at Concordia University Chicago graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,477 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago is about $115,440. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the midsize city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Bradley has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Bradley to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,832. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Bradley is $131,344. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,881
Teacher Education Subject Specific 924
Special Education 455
General Education 85
Multilingual Education 13

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,951
Psychology 4,086
Communication & Journalism 3,692
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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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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