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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region

89 Colleges
11,281 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,758 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region In 2018-2019, 88,927 education students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #10 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 11,281 went to undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking looked at 89 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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2021 Best Value Education Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

Top 15% Best Value Education Schools

#1

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Our rankings recognize Elizabethtown College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at E - town is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,380. This means that the average student pays around $70,910 to get a bachelor’s degree from E - town. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

SUNY Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

SUNY Potsdam landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. SUNY Potsdam is a small public school located in the remote town of Potsdam. SUNY Potsdam also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Potsdam is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,914. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam is $99,676. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#3

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Geneseo. SUNY Geneseo also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Geneseo is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,828. 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 SUNY Geneseo is $106,411. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

SUNY Cortland comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public school with a medium-sized student population. SUNY Cortland did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

At SUNY Cortland, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,238. 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 SUNY Cortland is $108,019. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Hunter is a very large public school located in the city of New York.

The average student at Hunter graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,445. 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 Hunter is $99,290. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. SRU is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Slippery Rock.

It takes the average student at SRU about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,713. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU is $93,149. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Fredonia as the #7 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Fredonia is a small public school located in the town of Fredonia.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SUNY Fredonia to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,025. 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 SUNY Fredonia is $98,547. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Kutztown University of Pennsylvania as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Kutztown University is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kutztown.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Kutztown University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,269. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University is about $109,415. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Salisbury is a moderately-sized public school located in the small suburb of Salisbury. In addition to its great value ranking, Salisbury is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

At Salisbury, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,791. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury is $120,057. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

SUNY New Paltz comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SUNY New Paltz to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,625. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY New Paltz is $104,656. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#11

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Oswego as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Oswego, SUNY Oswego is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Oswego is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,261. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego be around $102,867. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#12

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Towson, Towson is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Towson has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Towson is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,897. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Towson is $127,147. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#13

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Oneonta as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At SUNY Oneonta, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,162. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta is about $100,997. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 Value Colleges for Education in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
14 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
15 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA
16 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
17 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA

Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education colleges for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 3,877
New York 4,512
New Jersey 1,301
Maryland 1,036
Delaware 478
District of Columbia 77

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 5,718
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,837
Special Education 1,753
General Education 586
Other Education 212

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 32,648
Psychology 23,013
Communication & Journalism 16,749
History 4,815
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,169

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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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