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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region

157 Colleges
23,063 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,105 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southeast 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, 23,063 went to undergraduates in the Southeast region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region ranking, we looked at 157 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Southeast Region

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

Top 15% Best Value Education Schools

#1

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Our rankings recognize Harding University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Searcy. In addition to being on our best value list, Harding has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Harding is 4.4 years, and it costs about $20,917 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Harding is $90,989. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Carolina University. Located in the town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, WCU is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WCU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,387. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WCU is $67,549. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Mercer University

Macon, GA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Mercer University. Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Macon. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Mercer also did well on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At Mercer, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $19,614 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mercer is about $84,144. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Lee University

Cleveland, TN

Lee University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Lee University also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lee University is 4.3 years, and it costs about $22,599 per year to attend the school. 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 Lee University is $97,628. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Freed - Hardeman University. Freed - Hardeman is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Henderson.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Freed - Hardeman to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,207. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Freed - Hardeman be around $88,645. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Louisiana Tech University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the distant town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at Louisiana Tech about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,308. 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 Louisiana Tech is $80,372. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, USF Tampa also did well on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at USF Tampa to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,095. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is about $99,309. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Appalachian State University. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Boone. Appalachian State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Appalachian State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,137. 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 Appalachian State is $95,410. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. In addition to being on our best value list, Florida State has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,233. 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 Florida State is $115,196. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Ouachita Baptist is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Arkadelphia.

The average student at Ouachita Baptist graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,768. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist is about $84,733. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Southern Mississippi earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Southern Miss is a large public school located in the city of Hattiesburg.

It takes the average student at Southern Miss about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,769. 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 Southern Miss is $85,024. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#12

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Hattiesburg, William Carey University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at William Carey University about 4.9 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,759. 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 William Carey University is $86,131. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#13

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of F not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arkansas State University - Main Campus. Located in the small city of Jonesboro, Arkansas State University - Main Campus is a public school with a large student population.

At Arkansas State University - Main Campus, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,330. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University - Main Campus is $89,655. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Central Arkansas comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. University of Central Arkansas is a large public school located in the city of Conway.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at University of Central Arkansas to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,800. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Central Arkansas is about $94,848. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#16

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

Mississippi College landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the suburb of Clinton, MC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at MC to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,912. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MC is $97,605. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#17

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNF also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNF to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,266. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNF is $105,395. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Central Florida comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. UCF is a very large public school located in the suburb of Orlando. UCF did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCF is 4.5 years, and it costs about $27,064 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCF is about $120,976. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#19

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Wingate University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the suburb of Wingate, Wingate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Wingate about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,095. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wingate is $110,643. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Martin is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Martin.

It takes the average student at UT Martin about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,101. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin is $81,636. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Greensboro is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

At UNC Greensboro, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,093. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro be around $98,756. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#22

Bob Jones University

Greenville, SC

Bob Jones University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the small city of Greenville, Bob Jones University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bob Jones University is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,528. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University is about $82,018. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#23

Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Berry College. Located in the suburb of Mount Berry, Berry is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Berry also did well on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Berry is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,730. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Berry is $121,893. 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 Southeast Region that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
24 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
25 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
26 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
27 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
28 Florida International University Miami, FL
29 University of Georgia Athens, GA
30 Morehead State University Morehead, KY
31 North Greenville University Tigerville, SC

Best Education Colleges by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,213
Florida 4,383
Virginia 1,712
Georgia 2,694
North Carolina 2,584
Alabama 2,026
Tennessee 1,699
West Virginia 586
South Carolina 1,665
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13,507
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6,549
Special Education 1,768
General Education 603
Other Education 306

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 31,102
Psychology 28,810
Communication & Journalism 22,981
History 6,416
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 5,942

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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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