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2021 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools in Illinois

46 Colleges
$26,138 Avg Salary
$14,095 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Liberal Arts General Studies School for You

In 2018-2019, liberal arts general studies students earned 19,076 degrees and certificates from an Illinois school, making the subject the 2nd in the state.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools in Illinois ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 46 schools in Illinois to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges.

Top 10 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools

#1

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Our 2021 rankings named DePaul University the best school in Illinois for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, liberal arts majors at DePaul accumulate an average of around $43,718 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $488, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Lincoln Land Community College is a great place for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, LLCC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from LLCC carry an average student debtload of $12,125. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $126.

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Out of the 46 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Illinois at Springfield landed the # 3 spot on the list. UIS is a small public school located in the midsize city of Springfield.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at UIS take out is $20,377. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $211.

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#4

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Eastern Illinois University is a great place for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from EIU take out $21,641 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $225.

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The excellent programs at City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts general studies schools in Illinois. City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Chicago.

Liberal Arts majors at City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College take out an average of $5,650 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $59.

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With a ranking of #6, Western Illinois University did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Liberal Arts majors at WIU take out an average of $24,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $254.

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Governors State University

University Park, IL

Governors State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best liberal arts general studies programs. Located in the rural area of University Park, GSU is a public school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, liberal arts graduates from GSU carry an average student debtload of $22,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $234.

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With a ranking of #8, Elgin Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Located in the city of Elgin, ECC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, liberal arts graduates from ECC take out $5,865 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $61, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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William Rainey Harper College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools in Illinois ranking. Located in the suburb of Palatine, Harper College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, IL

With a ranking of #10, Waubonsee Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for liberal arts general studies students. Waubonsee is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Sugar Grove.

The average amount in student loans that liberal arts majors at Waubonsee take out is $7,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $73, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 13,449
Ohio 11,593
Indiana 9,365
Wisconsin 2,507

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).

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