Education

2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Kansas

10 Colleges
1,678 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,797 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in KansasEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in Kansas. With 1,678 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 3rd out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 1.9% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Kansas ranking looked at 10 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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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 Kansas

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Our rankings recognize Pittsburg State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Pitt State is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Pittsburg. In addition to being on our best value list, Pitt State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas ranking.

The average student at Pitt State graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,464. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Pitt State is about $94,339. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Emporia State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the remote town of Emporia, ESU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. ESU also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ESU is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,844. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ESU be around $108,252. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Benedictine College

Atchison, KS

Benedictine College earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Benedictine College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Atchison. Benedictine College not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Benedictine College to complete their degree, and it costs about $29,181 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College is about $126,646. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Fort Hays State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Hays, FHSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at FHSU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas ranking.

It takes the average student at FHSU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,526. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the FHSU is $99,235. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, K - State has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas ranking.

It takes the average student at K - State about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,639. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from K - State is $139,407. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. KU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Lawrence. KU also made our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas list, coming in at #2.

At KU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,701. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from KU is about $136,948. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Washburn University

Topeka, KS

Washburn University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Washburn University is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Topeka. Washburn University also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas rankings.

At Washburn University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,440. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Washburn University is $113,646. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wichita State University. WSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Wichita. WSU also made our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas list, coming in at #8.

It takes the average student at WSU about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,453. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WSU be around $129,029. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#9

Newman University

Wichita, KS

Our rankings recognize Newman University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Newman University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Wichita. Newman University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Education in Kansas list.

At Newman University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,646. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Newman University is about $114,045. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Southwestern College

Winfield, KS

Our rankings recognize Southwestern College as the #10 school in this year's rankings. SC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Winfield.

It takes the average student at SC about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,073. 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 SC is $134,707. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Education Colleges in the Plains States Region

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

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

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,168
Teacher Education Subject Specific 494
Special Education 12
General Education 4

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 1,049
Psychology 979
Communication & Journalism 910
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 223
History 170

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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