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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region

92 Colleges
11,541 Bachelor's Degrees
$20,091 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in the Plains States RegionWith 88,927 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #10 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 11,541 went to students in the Plains States region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 92 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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2021 Best Value Education Schools in the Plains States Region

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

Top 15% Best Value Education Schools

#1

Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

Valley City State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Valley City State University is a small public school located in the town of Valley City. Valley City State University also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region rankings.

It takes the average student at Valley City State University about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,715. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University is $73,713. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN

Martin Luther College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the town of New Ulm, MLC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at MLC, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MLC is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,221. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from MLC be around $85,341. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNK, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at UNK about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,217. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNK is $91,987. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wayne State College. Located in the town of Wayne, WSC is a public college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at WSC about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,518. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WSC be around $78,130. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. U of South Dakota is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Vermillion. U of South Dakota also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at U of South Dakota to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,860. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of South Dakota is $90,950. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

Chadron State College

Chadron, NE

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

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Chadron State College to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,794. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Chadron State College is $71,705. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wartburg College. Located in the distant town of Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Wartburg not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wartburg is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,205. This means that the average student pays around $106,916 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg. 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 Winona State University. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona. Winona State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Education in the Plains States Region list.

It takes the average student at Winona State about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,880. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winona State is about $98,022. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Northern State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the remote town of Aberdeen, NSU is a public college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at NSU to complete their degree, and it costs about $19,908 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NSU be around $89,785. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Northwest Missouri State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Northwest is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Maryville.

The average student at Northwest graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,341. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Northwest is $78,035. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#11

Mayville State University

Mayville, ND

Our rankings recognize Mayville State University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the rural area of Mayville, Mayville State University is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mayville State University is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,999. This means that the average student pays around $78,705 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mayville State University. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Dakota State University is 4.5 years, and it costs about $21,224 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the North Dakota State University is $96,145. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Black Hills State University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the distant town of Spearfish, BHSU is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BHSU is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,372. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BHSU be around $90,274. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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 Plains States Region award.

Rank College Location
14 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
15 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
16 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
17 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
18 Minot State University Minot, ND

Best Education Colleges by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,707
Minnesota 2,494
Kansas 1,678
South Dakota 747
Iowa 1,839
Nebraska 1,365
North Dakota 667

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7,097
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,851
Special Education 690
Other Education 441
General Education 382

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 8,699
Social Sciences 8,315
Communication & Journalism 6,544
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,217
History 1,506

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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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