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2022 Best Value General Education Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

524 Colleges
$15,039 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$47,138 Avg Salary

Finding the Best General Education School for You

General Education is the #40 most popular major in the country with 29,936 degrees and certificates awarded in 2019-2020.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Value General Education Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 524 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for education students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2022 Best Value General Education Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for education majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in General Education

#1

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA
$33,845 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Cabrini University to be the best value school for general education students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Cabrini University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Radnor.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cabrini University are $33,845 per year. After completing their degree, education graduates from Cabrini University carry an average student debtload of $21,453. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $234, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$3,600 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Highland Community College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value General Education Schools list. Highland Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Highland.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Highland Community College are $3,600 per year. While working on their degree, education majors at Highland Community College accumulate an average of around $11,900 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $124.

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#3

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN
$0 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 524 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Martin Luther College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the distant town of New Ulm, MLC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MLC are $0 per year.

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#4

San Juan College

Farmington, NM
$4,546 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 524 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, San Juan College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Farmington, SJC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

SJC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,546 in tuition and fees each year.

Full General Education at San Juan College Report

$7,416 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Middlesex County College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value General Education Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Edison, Middlesex County College is a public college with a large student population.

Middlesex County College undergraduate students pay an average of $7,416 in tuition and fees each year.

Read full report on General Education at Middlesex County College

$4,395 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general education students. It came in at #6 on the list. Northeast is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Norfolk.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northeast are $4,395 a year.

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#7

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

With a ranking of #7, Bellevue University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Located in the suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bellevue University are $7,851 a year. The average amount in student loans that education majors at Bellevue University take out is $25,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Bellevue University also did well on our Best General Education Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$4,995 Average Tuition & Fees

Santa Fe Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value General Education Schools list. Located in the small suburb of Santa Fe, SFCC is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SFCC are $4,995 a year.

Read full report on General Education at Santa Fe Community College

#9

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Century College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general education students. It came in at #9 on the list. Century College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

Century College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,578 in tuition and fees each year.

Read full report on General Education at Century College

#10

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

With a ranking of #10, Worcester State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Worcester State undergraduate students pay an average of $16,666 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Worcester State also did well on our Best General Education Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

Full General Education at Worcester State University Report

With a ranking of #11, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASU - Skysong are $10,928 per year.

ASU - Skysong also claimed a spot on our Best General Education Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

Full General Education at Arizona State University - Skysong Report

$6,600 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #12, York County Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Located in the rural area of Wells, York County Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at York County Community College are $6,600 per year.

Full General Education at York County Community College Report

$6,724 Average Tuition & Fees

Central Maine Community College landed the #13 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value general education programs. Central Maine Technical College is a small public school located in the rural area of Auburn.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Maine Technical College are $6,724 per year.

Full General Education at Central Maine Community College Report

#14

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, ME
$6,760 Average Tuition & Fees

Southern Maine Community College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Education Schools ranking. Located in the city of South Portland, SMCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

SMCC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,760 in tuition and fees each year.

Read full report on General Education at Southern Maine Community College

#15

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, MN

With a ranking of #15, Normandale Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Normandale Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Bloomington.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Normandale Community College are $5,679 per year.

Normandale Community College also claimed a spot on our Best General Education Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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$4,104 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #16, New Mexico State University - Grants did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. NMSU Grants is a fairly small public school located in the remote town of Grants.

NMSU Grants undergraduate students pay an average of $4,104 in tuition and fees each year.

Full General Education at New Mexico State University - Grants Report

#17

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

With a ranking of #17, Brandman University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Brandman is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Brandman are $12,480 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Brandman is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best General Education Schools list.

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#18

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general education students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Spokane, Whitworth is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Whitworth are $46,250 a year.

Read full report on General Education at Whitworth University

#19

Butler Community College

El Dorado, KS
$5,476 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #19, Butler Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Butler CC is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of El Dorado.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Butler CC are $5,476 per year. While working on their degree, education majors at Butler CC accumulate an average of around $11,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $119.

Full General Education at Butler Community College Report

Minnesota State University - Moorhead landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value general education programs. MSU Moorhead is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MSU Moorhead are $16,612 per year.

MSU Moorhead also claimed a spot on our Best General Education Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Southwest Minnesota State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general education students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the remote town of Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Southwest Minnesota State University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,058 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, education majors at Southwest Minnesota State University accumulate an average of around $18,571 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $203.

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#22

Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

Goucher College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value General Education Schools list. Goucher is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Baltimore.

Goucher undergraduate students pay an average of $47,200 in tuition and fees each year.

Read full report on General Education at Goucher College

#23

Wilson College

Chambersburg, PA

With a ranking of #23, Wilson College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. Located in the small city of Chambersburg, Wilson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wilson are $26,090 per year.

Wilson also claimed a spot on our Best General Education Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Read full report on General Education at Wilson College

#24

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA

Grand View University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value General Education Schools list. Grand View University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines.

Grand View University undergraduate students pay an average of $29,792 in tuition and fees each year.

Full General Education at Grand View University Report

With a ranking of #25, Point Loma Nazarene University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general education students. PLNU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at PLNU are $38,300 a year. After completing their degree, education graduates from PLNU carry an average student debtload of $36,590. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $426, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

PLNU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best General Education Schools list.

Read full report on General Education at Point Loma Nazarene University

Rest of the Top 50 Best Value General Education Schools

#27

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#28

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, VT
#32

Castleton University

Castleton, VT
#35

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN
#37

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#37

Connors State College

Warner, OK
#39

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#42

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#43

Aquinas College Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI
#44

Mercer University

Macon, GA
#48

Simpson University

Redding, CA
#49

Westminster College Pennsylvania

New Wilmington, PA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value General Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 524 different United States general education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Saint Mary Leavenworth, KS
52 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
53 Minot State University Minot, ND
54 Winona State University Winona, MN
55 Salem State University Salem, MA
56 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
57 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
58 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
58 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
60 Whittier College Whittier, CA
61 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
62 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
62 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
64 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
65 Post University Waterbury, CT
66 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
67 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
68 Delta State University Cleveland, MS
69 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
70 University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus Gallup, NM
71 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
72 Keene State College Keene, NH
73 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
73 Peru State College Peru, NE
75 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
76 Midway University Midway, KY
77 University of New Mexico - Taos Campus Ranchos de Taos, NM
78 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value General Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
79 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
80 American International College Springfield, MA
81 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
82 National University La Jolla, CA
82 Russell Sage College Troy, NY
84 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
85 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
86 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
87 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
88 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
89 East Texas Baptist University Marshall, TX
90 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
91 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
92 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
92 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
94 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
95 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
96 Union University Jackson, TN
96 Converse College Spartanburg, SC
96 University of New Mexico - Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM
96 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
100 Portland Community College Portland, OR
101 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
102 University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA
103 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
104 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
104 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN

General Education by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the area of study, general education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 102,079
Educational Administration 45,664
Teacher Education Subject Specific 42,436
Special Education 33,249
Curriculum & Instruction 18,195

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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 KOKUYO.

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