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2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

49 Colleges
5,505 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,440 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 49 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality English language and literature programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the English language and literature program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the English language and literature programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Miami University - Oxford tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Great Lakes Region that are best for non-traditional English language and literature students. Miami University - Oxford is a large public school located in the fringe town of Oxford. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Miami University - Oxford, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 7.4% of Miami University - Oxford students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,132 students at Miami University - Oxford that take at least one class online. 2,222 of Miami University - Oxford students are attending part time. Miami University - Oxford does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. U-M is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. U-M also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #2.

About 1.1% of U-M students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. 2,376 of U-M students are attending part time. U-M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. There are approximately 12,503 students at UIUC that take at least one class online. 6,389 students are part time. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Michigan State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,273 students take at least one class online at Michigan State. 6,488 of Michigan State students are attending part time.

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Illinois State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Illinois State also did well on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is lower than is typical, just 3.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,895 students at Illinois State that take at least one class online. 2,428 of Illinois State students are attending part time. Illinois State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UW - Madison has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. Approximately 5,751 students take at least one class online at UIC. 4,566 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. GVSU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at GVSU is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,115 students take at least one class online at GVSU. About 4,024 of the students at GVSU are attending part time. GVSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Bowling Green, BGSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.6%. There are approximately 4,273 students at BGSU that take at least one class online. 3,217 of BGSU students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. Oakland is a large public school located in the suburb of Rochester Hills.

About 4.4% of Oakland students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,058 students at Oakland that take at least one class online. About 4,704 of the students at Oakland are attending part time. Oakland does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students English Language & Literature Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students English language and literature colleges 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 4,856
Writing Studies 1,723
English Literature (Other) 56
Literature 27

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 48,067
Visual & Performing Arts 18,202
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 4,915
Theology & Religious Vocations 4,575
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,938

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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