Social Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois

19 Colleges
4,951 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,876 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Social Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in IllinoisOut of the majors we analyze each year, social sciences was ranked 3rd in Illinois. In fact, 4,951 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 154,751 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.2% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois ranking, we looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in social sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on social sciences schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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 Social Sciences Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for social sciences majors.

Top 10 Best Value Social Sciences Schools

#1

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Knox College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Knox is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Galesburg. Knox also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois rankings.

At Knox, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $28,255 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Knox be around $116,128. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Illinois University. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population. NIU also made our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois list, coming in at #9.

At NIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is $79,091. 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 Illinois State University. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Illinois State, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Illinois State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Charleston.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and it costs about $16,976 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU be around $75,034. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. UIUC did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois list.

The average student at UIUC graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,679. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIUC is $137,252. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Dominican University

River Forest, IL

Dominican University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Dominican U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of River Forest.

At Dominican U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $26,952 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Dominican U be around $114,546. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Our rankings recognize Augustana College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Augustana about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,480. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Augustana be around $119,689. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Chicago as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a fairly large student population. UIC did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UIC to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,589. This means that the average student pays around $137,956 to get a bachelor’s degree from UIC. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Illinois University. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Macomb.

It takes the average student at WIU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for 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. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 3,642
Ohio 4,508
Indiana 2,579
Wisconsin 2,857

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Economics 1,749
Political Science & Government 1,370
Sociology 862
International Relations & National Security 270
Anthropology 238

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 4,086
Communication & Journalism 3,692
Education 3,367
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 19 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 AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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