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2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

24 Colleges
2,796 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,339 Avg Cost*

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

Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States 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, 2,796 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 24 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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 English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States 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

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has taken the #1 spot in this year's English language and literature ranking for non-traditional students. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #1.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. 10,971 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Iowa as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Iowa is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Iowa City. Iowa also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Plains States Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.5%. There are approximately 12,073 students at Iowa that take at least one class online. 5,224 of Iowa students are attending part time. Iowa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Metropolitan State University. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Metro State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

About 6.0% of Metro State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,235 students take at least one class online at Metro State. 4,679 students are part time. Metro State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize Hamline University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

About 3.4% of Hamline students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 437 of Hamline students are exclusively distance learners. 1,429 students are part time. Hamline does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UNK is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kearney. UNK also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Plains States Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UNK is lower than is typical, just 4.6% of students default in three years. 1,997 students at UNK are exclusively online. 2,115 of UNK students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska at Omaha. Located in the city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a large student population.

About 6.2% of UNOMAHA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,224 students take at least one class online at UNOMAHA. There are roughly 4,569 part time students in attendance at UNOMAHA. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Our rankings recognize Truman State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Kirksville, Truman State is a public school with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Truman State, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 3.7% of Truman State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 467 students at Truman State are exclusively online. 829 students are part time. Truman State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Grand Forks, UND is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 3.6% of UND students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,531 of UND students are exclusively distance learners. 3,912 students are part time. UND does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population. UNI also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in the Plains States Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.9%. Approximately 2,118 students take at least one class online at UNI. 1,923 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. Approximately 6,407 students take at least one class online at Mizzou. 4,578 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 634
Minnesota 899
Kansas 267
South Dakota 85
Iowa 570
Nebraska 241
North Dakota 83

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 2,394
Writing Studies 970
English Literature (Other) 133
Literature 9

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 31,836
Visual & Performing Arts 7,052
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,759
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,086
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,028

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 24 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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