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2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa

6 Colleges
570 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,174 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in IowaWith 570 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, English language and literature is the #13 most popular major in Iowa. This means that of the 42,686 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.3% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa ranking looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English language and literature. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those English language and literature 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.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The English language and literature school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value English Language & Literature Schools.

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2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in Iowa

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for English language and literature majors.

Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in Iowa

#1

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNI also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNI is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNI is $107,439. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Iowa is a very large public school located in the city of Iowa City. Iowa did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa list.

It takes the average student at Iowa about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,062. This means that the average student pays around $146,807 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Iowa State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Iowa State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa ranking.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,749 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 Iowa State is $118,231. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Des Moines. Drake also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa rankings.

The average student at Drake graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,202. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Drake be around $152,900. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the town of Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Luther not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa list.

The average student at Luther graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,834. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Luther is about $122,319. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Grinnell College landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value English language and literature schools. Located in the remote town of Grinnell, Grinnell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Grinnell, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Iowa ranking.

The average student at Grinnell graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,996. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Grinnell is $143,134. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 634
Minnesota 899
Kansas 267
South Dakota 85
Nebraska 241
North Dakota 83

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 375
English Literature (Other) 107
Writing Studies 88

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 1,072
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 454
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 346
Philosophy & Religious Studies 180
Theology & Religious Vocations 110

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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