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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Kentucky

11 Colleges
1,884 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,821 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in KentuckyIn 2018-2019, education students earned 1,884 bachelor's degrees from a Kentucky school, making the subject the 3rd in the state. This means that 2.1% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Kentucky ranking, we looked at 11 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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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 Kentucky

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

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

Morehead State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Morehead State University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Morehead. Morehead State University also made our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky list, coming in at #8.

At Morehead State University, 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 $19,775. 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 Morehead State University is $88,394. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Asbury University

Wilmore, KY

Asbury University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Wilmore, Asbury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Asbury, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Asbury to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,564. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Asbury is $120,540. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

Our rankings recognize Bellarmine University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Louisville, Bellarmine U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Bellarmine U has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky ranking.

The average student at Bellarmine U graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,931. This means that the average student pays around $129,292 to get a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine U. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

University of Louisville comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Louisville, U of L is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of L also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky rankings.

At U of L, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,727. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of L is about $143,406. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. NKU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Highland Heights. NKU also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky rankings.

At NKU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,733. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NKU is about $110,121. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Berea College

Berea, KY

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Berea College. Berea is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Berea.

The average student at Berea graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,680. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Berea is $92,574. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Kentucky University. Located in the distant town of Richmond, Eastern is a public college with a large student population. Eastern not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Eastern to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,304. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Eastern be around $109,125. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. WKU is a large public school located in the small city of Bowling Green. WKU also made our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky list, coming in at #6.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WKU is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,395. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WKU be around $123,278. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Murray State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Murray State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Murray. Murray State also made our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky list, coming in at #7.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Murray State is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,627. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Murray State is $125,150. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Our rankings recognize University of Kentucky as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UK is a very large public school located in the city of Lexington. UK also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Kentucky rankings.

The average student at UK graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,436. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UK is about $155,210. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

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

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 977
Teacher Education Subject Specific 662
Special Education 204
General Education 15
Instructional Media Design 14

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Journalism 1,576
Psychology 1,407
Social Sciences 1,238
History 346
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 333

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 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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