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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois

10 Colleges
1,333 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,973 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 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.

For this year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois ranking, we looked at 10 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

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

#1

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. DePaul did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,606 students at DePaul that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,252 part time students in attendance at DePaul. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Illinois University. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb. WIU also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois rankings.

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

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#3

Governors State University

University Park, IL

Governors State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. GSU is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park. GSU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

The student loan default rate at GSU is lower than is typical, just 6.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,721 students take at least one class online at GSU. 2,340 of GSU students are attending part time. GSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Springfield earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, UIS is a public school with a small student population. UIS did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.1%. 1,886 of UIS students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,206 part time students in attendance at UIS. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Our rankings recognize Eastern Illinois University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. EIU is a medium-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.

About 7.2% of EIU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,510 students take at least one class online at EIU. About 2,759 of the students at EIU are attending part time. EIU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern Illinois University. Located in the city of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.9%. There are approximately 1,203 students at Northeastern Illinois University that take at least one class online. 4,136 of Northeastern Illinois University students are attending part time. Northeastern Illinois University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Illinois State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Illinois State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Illinois State. 2,428 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Illinois University. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population. NIU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois list.

About 7.8% of NIU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,378 students at NIU that take at least one class online. About 3,985 of the students at NIU are attending part time.

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#9

Saint Xavier University

Chicago, IL

Our rankings recognize Saint Xavier University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. SXU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, SXU has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois ranking.

About 6.5% of SXU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 756 students at SXU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 809 part time students in attendance at SXU. SXU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, SIUC has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Illinois ranking.

Approximately 2,504 students take at least one class online at SIUC. There are roughly 2,431 part time students in attendance at SIUC. SIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 18,575

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 5,709
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,824
English Language & Literature 1,618
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,085
Philosophy & Religious Studies 583

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 10 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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