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2021 Best Information Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region

30 Colleges
$54,956 Avg Salary
$25,584 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Information Science School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, information science was ranked #68 in the country. In fact 17,779 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Information Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 30 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Information Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for IS majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Information Science Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our 2021 rankings named Northwestern University the best school in the Great Lakes Region for information science students. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

After completing their degree, IS graduates from Northwestern U carry an average student debtload of $31,259. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $355.

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The excellent programs at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best information science schools in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at University of Wisconsin - Madison helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best information science schools in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a great place for information science students. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

IS majors at U of Michigan take out an average of $29,858 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $336, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Purdue University - Main Campus is a great place for information science students. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee did quite well on this year’s best schools for information science students. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Grand Valley State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information science programs. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, IS graduates from GVSU carry an average student debtload of $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Best Information Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public college with a fairly large student population.

IS majors at Cincinnati take out an average of $21,500 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Flex came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Flex is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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#10

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Information Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Wayne State is a very large public school located in the large city of Detroit.

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Best Information Science Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 464
Ohio 544
Illinois 693
Indiana 306
Wisconsin 294

One of 10 majors within the area of study, information science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 The Opte Project.

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