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2021 Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes Region

35 Colleges
3,999 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,790 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for You

Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, foreign languages and linguistics was ranked #21 in the country. In fact 24,008 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,999 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 35 colleges that offer a bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those foreign languages and linguistics schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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The foreign languages and linguistics 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 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools.

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2021 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the foreign languages and linguistics programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - Eau Claire to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,070. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Eau Claire is $99,536. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Knox College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Located in the town of Galesburg, Knox is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Knox graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,255. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Knox is about $116,128. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Edwardsville.

The average student at SIUE graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,498. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUE be around $79,091. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Our rankings recognize Lake Forest College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Lake Forest, Lake Forest is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Lake Forest to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,412. This means that the average student pays around $130,360 to get a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Grand Rapids. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Calvin, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Calvin about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,672. 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 Calvin is $137,876. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. UW - La Crosse is a large public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

The average student at UW - La Crosse graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,185. This means that the average student pays around $85,373 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Ohio State, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Ohio State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,273. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State is $148,402. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Indiana University - Bloomington earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington. In addition to being on our best value list, IU Bloomington has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

At IU Bloomington, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,243. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the IU Bloomington is $148,373. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rock Island.

It takes the average student at Augustana about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,480. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Augustana be around $119,689. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Greencastle, DePauw is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. DePauw also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #8.

The average student at DePauw graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,859. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from DePauw is $149,279. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges by State

Explore the best foreign languages and linguistics schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 882
Ohio 830
Illinois 827
Indiana 699
Wisconsin 756

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 2,469
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 473
Germanic Languages 276
East Asian Languages 267
Classical Languages & Literature 210

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 13,708
English Language & Literature 5,505
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 4,815
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,670
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,558

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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 John Stephen Dwyer.

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