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2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

11 Colleges
1,813 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,319 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality foreign languages and linguistics programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the foreign languages and linguistics program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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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 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying foreign languages and linguistics.

Top 10 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has taken the #1 spot in this year's foreign languages and linguistics ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population. UMN Twin Cities also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #1.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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William Woods University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. William Woods did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at William Woods is lower than is typical, just 4.3% of students default in three years. 550 of William Woods students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,403 part time students in attendance at William Woods. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the large city of Omaha. UNOMAHA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at UNOMAHA is lower than is typical, just 6.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,224 students take at least one class online at UNOMAHA. 4,569 of UNOMAHA students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Iowa as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a very large student population. Iowa did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at Iowa is lower than is typical, just 2.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,073 students take at least one class online at Iowa. 5,224 of Iowa students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Iowa State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ames. Iowa State also made our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #5.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. About 3,779 of the students at Iowa State 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 Winona State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. There are approximately 1,703 students at Winona State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,335 part time students in attendance at Winona State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best foreign languages and linguistics schools for non-traditional students. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls. UNI not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at UNI is lower than is typical, just 2.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,118 students take at least one class online at UNI. 1,923 of UNI students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Minnesota State Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.5%. Approximately 4,986 students take at least one class online at Minnesota State Mankato. About 3,207 of the students at Minnesota State Mankato are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. Approximately 2,992 students take at least one class online at South Dakota State. 3,377 of South Dakota State students are attending part time. South Dakota State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a very large student population.

About 3.5% of UNL students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,178 students at UNL that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,629 part time students in attendance at UNL. UNL does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students foreign languages and linguistics schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

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 1,027
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 494
East Asian Languages 132
Germanic Languages 131
American Sign Language 125

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 31,836
Visual & Performing Arts 7,052
English Language & Literature 3,506
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,759
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,028

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 11 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 John Stephen Dwyer.

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