Education

2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southwest Region

39 Colleges
6,377 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,373 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southwest 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, 6,377 went to undergraduates in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 39 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in the Southwest Region

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Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Lutheran University. TLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Seguin.

It takes the average student at TLU about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,694. 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 TLU is $102,121. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Northern Arizona University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a very large student population. NAU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southwest Region list.

It takes the average student at NAU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,230. This means that the average student pays around $101,050 to get a bachelor’s degree from NAU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Oklahoma Baptist University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Shawnee, OBU 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 OBU is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,878. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from OBU is $101,004. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oklahoma State is a very large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater. Oklahoma State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Southwest Region list.

It takes the average student at Oklahoma State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,971. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State is $119,212. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Oklahoma Christian University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. OC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Edmond.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at OC is 4.3 years, and it costs about $24,069 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from OC be around $103,737. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Located in the remote town of Weatherford, SWOSU is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SWOSU is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,402. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SWOSU be around $90,025. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern State University. Located in the remote town of Tahlequah, NSU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at NSU graduates in less than 4.8 years, and it costs about $17,394 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NSU is $84,187. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Southeastern Oklahoma State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Durant, Southeastern Oklahoma State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $16,440 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University is $74,966. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Northwestern Oklahoma State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Alva, NWOSU is a public college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at NWOSU about 4.7 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,230. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NWOSU is $89,420. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Grand Canyon University is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,402. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Grand Canyon University is $103,220. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Education Colleges by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 3,050
Texas 1,415
Oklahoma 1,293
New Mexico 611

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,832
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,256
Special Education 816
Other Education 149
General Education 124

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 11,066
Psychology 11,030
Communication & Journalism 10,312
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,233
History 2,588

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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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