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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region

23 Colleges
6,783 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,601 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains 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, 6,783 went to undergraduates in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking analyzed 23 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 Rocky Mountains Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. BYU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU is about $64,132. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Utah State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. USU is a very large public school located in the small city of Logan. USU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

At USU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,962. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USU be around $115,976. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Montana - Western as the #3 school in this year's rankings. The University of Montana - Western is a small public school located in the town of Dillon.

At The University of Montana - Western, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,712. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from The University of Montana - Western is about $94,654. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a large student population.

The average student at U of Wyoming graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,323. 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 U of Wyoming is $94,299. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Northern Colorado earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Greeley. In addition to being on our best value list, University of Northern Colorado has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at University of Northern Colorado to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,905. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Colorado is $116,054. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT

Southern Utah University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Cedar City, Southern Utah University is a public school with a large student population. Southern Utah University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The average student at Southern Utah University graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,783. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University is about $110,115. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

At BYU - I, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $6,396. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU - I is $31,724. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Idaho. Idaho is a large public school located in the distant town of Moscow. Idaho not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Idaho to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,080. This means that the average student pays around $131,151 to get a bachelor’s degree from Idaho. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Northwest Nazarene University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Nampa, NNU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at NNU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,167. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NNU is $105,610. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. Colorado State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The average student at Colorado State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,008. This means that the average student pays around $141,155 to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education schools for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 732
Idaho 813
Utah 4,534
Montana 521
Wyoming 182

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,613
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,634
Special Education 1,031
Educational Assessment 421
General Education 60

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 6,018
Psychology 4,468
Communication & Journalism 3,909
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,068
History 992

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 23 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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