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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

43 Colleges
4,815 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,378 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes RegionLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #14 most popular major in the country with 45,514 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 4,815 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 43 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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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 Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Great Lakes Region that are best for non-traditional liberal arts / sciences and humanities students. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. DePaul did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. Approximately 4,606 students take at least one class online at DePaul. 4,252 students are part time. DePaul does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Our rankings recognize Xavier University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Xavier is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cincinnati. Xavier did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at Xavier is lower than is typical, just 5.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,284 students at Xavier that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,735 part time students in attendance at Xavier. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. UW - Green Bay is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay.

There are approximately 2,689 students at UW - Green Bay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,605 part time students in attendance at UW - Green Bay. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Illinois University. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Approximately 2,495 students take at least one class online at WIU. 1,724 of WIU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oakland University. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population. Oakland also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.4%. There are approximately 4,058 students at Oakland that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,704 part time students in attendance at Oakland. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Governors State University

University Park, IL

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Governors State University. Located in the rural area of University Park, GSU is a public college with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.3%. There are approximately 1,721 students at GSU that take at least one class online. 2,340 of GSU students are attending part time. GSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Springfield. UIS is a small public school located in the city of Springfield.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.1%. 1,886 students at UIS are exclusively online. About 2,206 of the students at UIS are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#8

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.2%. There are approximately 1,510 students at EIU that take at least one class online. About 2,759 of the students at EIU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public school with a very large student population. IUPUI excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.9%. Approximately 9,387 students take at least one class online at IUPUI. 7,204 of IUPUI students are attending part time. IUPUI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, IU Bloomington has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 3.6% of IU Bloomington students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,026 students at IU Bloomington that take at least one class online. About 5,192 of the students at IU Bloomington are attending part time. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 597
Ohio 1,048
Illinois 1,333
Indiana 1,507
Wisconsin 325

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 48,067

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 18,202
English Language & Literature 6,662
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 4,915
Theology & Religious Vocations 4,575
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,938

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 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 Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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