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2021 Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region

14 Colleges
1,813 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,240 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for You

Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States 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, 1,813 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 14 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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2021 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Plains States 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

Concordia College at Moorhead earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Concordia College Moorhead, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region ranking.

At Concordia College Moorhead, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,026. 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 Concordia College Moorhead is $122,206. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize William Woods University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. William Woods not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at William Woods is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,114. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from William Woods is $114,692. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Iowa State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames. Iowa State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Iowa State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,749. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Iowa State is $118,231. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UMN Twin Cities has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at UMN Twin Cities about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $33,989 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities is $143,094. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls. UNI did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list.

The average student at UNI graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,198. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI is about $107,439. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Winona State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Winona.

It takes the average student at Winona State about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $21,880 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Winona State is $98,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Omaha. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNOMAHA, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at UNOMAHA about 4.7 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,468 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNOMAHA is $110,300. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value foreign languages and linguistics schools. Luther is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Decorah. Luther also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region rankings.

The average student at Luther graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for 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. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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South Dakota State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, and it costs about $20,370 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the South Dakota State is $89,628. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Minnesota State University - Mankato as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At Minnesota State University - Mankato, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,786. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato is $99,998. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 453
Minnesota 571
Kansas 190
South Dakota 69
Iowa 346
Nebraska 138
North Dakota 46

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 964
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 396
East Asian Languages 123
Germanic Languages 118
Classical Languages & Literature 90

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 5,378
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 3,235
English Language & Literature 2,796
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,471
Philosophy & Religious Studies 890

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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