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2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois

17 Colleges
1,319 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,981 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in IllinoisEnglish Language & Literature is the #15 most popular major in Illinois with 1,319 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 3.1% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois ranking analyzed 17 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those English language and literature schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

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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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 English Language & Literature Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best English Language & Literature Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools

Illinois State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Illinois State has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Illinois State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. This means that the average student pays around $108,817 to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at SIUE about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is $79,091. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Our rankings recognize Augustana College as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Augustana not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois list.

The average student at Augustana graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,480. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost 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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Northern Illinois University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

The average student at NIU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,171 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. EIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Charleston.

At EIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,976. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from EIU is $75,034. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign as the #6 school in this year's rankings. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. UIUC not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UIUC is 4.2 years, and it costs about $32,679 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIUC be around $137,252. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Western Illinois University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WIU to complete their degree, and it costs about $17,615 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $78,211 to get a bachelor’s degree from WIU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Elmhurst University. Elmhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Elmhurst.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Elmhurst to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,228. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst be around $127,562. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Lake Forest is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lake Forest.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lake Forest is 4.2 years, and it costs about $31,412 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest is $130,360. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population. UIC also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois list, coming in at #6.

At UIC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,589. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIC is $137,956. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 1,094
Writing Studies 217
Literature 8

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Majors Similar to English Language & Literature

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,299
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1,333
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 831
Theology & Religious Vocations 792
Philosophy & Religious Studies 440

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 17 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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