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2020 Best Colleges for Anthropology in Illinois

Anthropology is a popular major and Illinois is the 10th most popular state for students studying this major. 302 of the 12,008 Anthropology degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in Illinois ranking analyzed 11 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Anthropology students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology in Illinois Your choice of anthropology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Graduates Earn More After College

Anthropology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent anthropology graduates from Illinois schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $21,567 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Anthropology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other anthropology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized anthropology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Anthropology students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in Illinois

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for anthropology majors.

Top 10 Best Anthropology Colleges in Illinois

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type

University of Chicago is a great option for individuals interested in a Anthropology degree. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

For those interested in something more advanced, UChicago also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type

Every student pursuing a degree in anthropology has to look into Northwestern University. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northwestern U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$22,700 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign if you want to pursue anthropology as a major. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduation, anthropology students typically earn about $22,700 in their early careers.

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Wheaton College Illinois is a good decision for students pursuing a Anthropology degree. Located in the suburb Wheaton, Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$23,200 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career income of $23,200.

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Located in the city Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.More…

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Master Highest Degree Type
28.6% Growth in Graduates

Located in the suburb Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Illinois State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL
29.4% Growth in Graduates

DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.More…

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Master Highest Degree Type

Located in the small suburb Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, NIU offers a Master's Degree in anthropology.

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SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.More…

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Best Anthropology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 286
Michigan 316 315
Indiana 291 208
Wisconsin 290 172

Anthropology is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Anthropology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
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