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2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region

60 Colleges
5,505 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,425 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, English language and literature was ranked #15 in the country. In fact 42,686 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 5,505 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 60 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on English language and literature schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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 English Language & Literature Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the English language and literature programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools

Grand Valley State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. GVSU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Allendale. GVSU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,233. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU be around $105,245. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Illinois State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region list.

At Illinois State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - La Crosse is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,185. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is about $85,373. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is about $79,091. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Augustana College. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at Augustana graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $29,480 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 Augustana is $119,689. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At NIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,171. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU is about $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the fringe town of Bowling Green, BGSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at BGSU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,327. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BGSU is about $101,706. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Illinois University. EIU is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at EIU is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,976. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU is about $75,034. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Ripon College

Ripon, WI

Ripon College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the distant town of Ripon, Ripon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

The average student at Ripon graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,586. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ripon is about $117,488. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at UW - Stevens Point graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,927. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stevens Point is about $90,070. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
12 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

Best English Language & Literature Colleges by State

Explore the best English language and literature schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 1,173
Ohio 1,431
Illinois 1,319
Indiana 841
Wisconsin 740

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 4,117
Writing Studies 1,316
English Literature (Other) 47
Literature 25

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 13,708
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 4,815
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 3,999
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,670
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,558

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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 Mike Hazard.

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