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2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois

9 Colleges
1,333 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,569 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for You

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, 1,333 bachelor's degrees were awarded to liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who went to a Illinois college or university. This makes it the #14 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 45,514 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois ranking analyzed 9 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Illinois

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston. EIU also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list, coming in at #4.

The average student at EIU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,976. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the EIU is $75,034. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Western Illinois University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Macomb. WIU also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois rankings.

It takes the average student at WIU about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,615. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WIU is $78,211. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Springfield. Located in the city of Springfield, UIS is a public school with a small student population. UIS also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UIS to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,739. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIS be around $91,044. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Illinois University. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population. NIU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at NIU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. Illinois State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Illinois State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State be around $108,817. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. In addition to being on our best value list, DePaul has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at DePaul to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $40,043. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from DePaul be around $168,581. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Saint Xavier University

Chicago, IL

Saint Xavier University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. SXU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SXU, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois ranking.

At SXU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $27,770 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SXU is about $119,966. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population. SIUC also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list, coming in at #9.

The average student at SIUC graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,953. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUC is about $129,130. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Northeastern Illinois University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at Northeastern Illinois University graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,894. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University be around $171,707. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 597
Ohio 1,048
Indiana 1,507
Wisconsin 325

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 1,333

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,299
English Language & Literature 1,319
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 831
Theology & Religious Vocations 792
Philosophy & Religious Studies 440

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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 Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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