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2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois

13 Colleges
1,319 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,328 Avg Cost*

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

Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois ranking analyzed 13 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great English language and literature programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the English language and literature program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

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

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tops the 2021 list of our schools in Illinois that are best for non-traditional English language and literature students. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois 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. About 6,389 of the students at UIUC are attending part time. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Illinois State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Illinois State has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois ranking.

About 3.9% of Illinois State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Illinois State. There are roughly 2,428 part time students in attendance at Illinois State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Chicago as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population. UIC did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois list.

The student loan default rate at UIC is lower than is typical, just 3.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,751 students at UIC that take at least one class online. 4,566 of UIC students are attending part time. UIC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to DePaul University. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. DePaul not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois list.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,606 students take at least one class online at DePaul. About 4,252 of the students at DePaul are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Elmhurst University. Elmhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elmhurst.

About 3.2% of Elmhurst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 366 students at Elmhurst that take at least one class online. About 555 of the students at Elmhurst are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Loyola University Chicago comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. Loyola Chicago also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Illinois list, coming in at #5.

The student loan default rate at Loyola Chicago is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. 1,136 students at Loyola Chicago are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,010 part time students in attendance at Loyola Chicago. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Governors State University

University Park, IL

Governors State University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. GSU is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.3%. There are approximately 1,721 students at GSU that take at least one class online. 2,340 of GSU students are attending part time. GSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Northern Illinois University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at NIU is lower than is typical, just 7.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,378 students take at least one class online at NIU. There are roughly 3,985 part time students in attendance at NIU.

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Our rankings recognize Northeastern Illinois University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

About 5.9% of Northeastern Illinois University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,203 students take at least one class online at Northeastern Illinois University. About 4,136 of the students at Northeastern Illinois University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 6.1% of SIUE students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,754 students at SIUE that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,028 part time students in attendance at SIUE. SIUE does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students 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 1,283
Writing Studies 327
Literature 8

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Majors Similar to English Language & Literature

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 18,575
Visual & Performing Arts 5,709
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,824
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,085
Philosophy & Religious Studies 583

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 13 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.
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