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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Indiana

18 Colleges
2,896 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,100 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in IndianaIn 2018-2019, education students earned 2,896 bachelor's degrees from an Indiana school, making the subject the 4th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.3% of all the education bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Indiana ranking looked at 18 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on education schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The education 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 Education Schools.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Indiana

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Ball State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Muncie. Ball State also made our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at Ball State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average 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 students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Anderson University Indiana as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Anderson, Anderson University Indiana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Anderson University Indiana did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Anderson University Indiana to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,636. 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 Anderson University Indiana is $103,225. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Indiana Wesleyan University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. IWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Marion. As a testament to the quality of education offered at IWU, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana ranking.

At IWU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, 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. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

Our rankings recognize Valparaiso University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Valparaiso, Valpo is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Valpo also made our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana list, coming in at #5.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Valpo is 4.1 years, and it costs about $29,768 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $122,644 to get a bachelor’s degree from Valpo. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Taylor University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Upland, Taylor U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Taylor U has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana ranking.

The average student at Taylor U graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,824. This means that the average student pays around $122,278 to get a bachelor’s degree from Taylor U. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. Purdue also made our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana list, coming in at #1.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Purdue is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,495. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Purdue be around $124,238. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Southern Indiana comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Evansville, USI is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, USI has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at USI to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,786. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USI is about $102,765. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Indianapolis. UIndy is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Indianapolis. UIndy also made our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana list, coming in at #7.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UIndy to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,666. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIndy is $117,857. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Indiana University - South Bend comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Indiana University - South Bend is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of South Bend.

It takes the average student at Indiana University - South Bend about 4.9 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,282. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University - South Bend be around $103,218. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Indiana University - Bloomington. Located in the city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at IU Bloomington, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Indiana ranking.

At IU Bloomington, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $35,243. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the IU Bloomington is $148,373. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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
Illinois 3,364
Wisconsin 2,573

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,699
Teacher Education Subject Specific 707
Special Education 261
Educational Administration 164
General Education 42

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 2,579
Psychology 2,500
Communication & Journalism 2,483
History 463
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 363

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 18 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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