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2021 Best Value Educational Administration Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

671 Colleges
$24,856 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$59,025 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Educational Administration School for You

Educational Administration is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 44,381 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the teaching programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Teaching Degree Search has created its Best Value Educational Administration Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 671 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for education admin students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. 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.

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

2021 Best Value Educational Administration Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Education Admin

#1

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Our analysis found Fitchburg State University to be the best value school for educational administration students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Fitchburg State are $16,585 a year.

Fitchburg State also claimed a spot on our Best Educational Administration Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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$9,240 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 671 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Trident University International landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at TUI are $9,240 per year.

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#3

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA
$31,770 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 671 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Dordt College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the town of Sioux Center, Dordt is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Dordt are $31,770 per year.

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$36,740 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Concordia University, Irvine. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Educational Administration Schools list. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

Concordia University, Irvine undergraduate students pay an average of $36,740 in tuition and fees each year. Education Admin majors at Concordia University, Irvine 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 $251, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

The excellent programs at McDaniel College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best educational administration schools in the United States. Located in the small suburb of Westminster, McDaniel 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 McDaniel are $44,540 a year.

McDaniel excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Educational Administration Schools list.

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#6

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY
$9,875 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #6, University of the Cumberlands did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students. Cumberlands is a large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamsburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cumberlands are $9,875 per year. After completing their degree, education admin graduates from Cumberlands carry an average student debtload of $20,121. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for educational administration students. It came in at #7 on the list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year.

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#8

Ashland University

Ashland, OH
$21,965 Average Tuition & Fees

Ashland University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Schools ranking. Ashland is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Ashland.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Ashland are $21,965 per year. The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Ashland take out is $21,800. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $254.

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#9

Gordon College

Wenham, MA
$38,650 Average Tuition & Fees

Gordon College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value educational administration programs. Located in the suburb of Wenham, Gordon College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Gordon College undergraduate students pay an average of $38,650 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,566 Average Tuition & Fees

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Educational Administration Schools list. UT Permian Basin is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Odessa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UT Permian Basin are $7,566 per year.

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#11

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA
$32,865 Average Tuition & Fees

Cabrini University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value educational administration programs. Cabrini University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Radnor.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Cabrini University are $32,865 a year.

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#12

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

With a ranking of #12, Brandman University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Brandman are $12,440 per year.

Brandman did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Educational Administration Schools list.

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#13

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
$16,241 Average Tuition & Fees

Worcester State University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value educational administration programs. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Worcester State are $16,241 a year.

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$24,520 Average Tuition & Fees

Southwest Baptist University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Bolivar, Southwest Baptist University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southwest Baptist University are $24,520 per year. The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Southwest Baptist University take out is $19,628. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $229.

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#15

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
$18,910 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #15, University of Sioux Falls did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students. Located in the medium-sized city of Sioux Falls, University of Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at University of Sioux Falls are $18,910 a year.

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#16

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Hamline is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hamline are $43,464 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Hamline also did well on our Best Educational Administration Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#17

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
$11,480 Average Tuition & Fees

Wilmington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for educational administration students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Wilmington University undergraduate students pay an average of $11,480 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, education admin graduates from Wilmington University carry an average student debtload of $60,007. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $699, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The College of Saint Rose landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value educational administration programs. Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

Saint Rose undergraduate students pay an average of $33,386 in tuition and fees each year. On average, education admin graduates from Saint Rose take out $21,752 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $253.

Saint Rose not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #2 on our Best Educational Administration Schools list.

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#19

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN

Martin Luther College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the distant town of New Ulm, MLC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

MLC undergraduate students pay an average of $15,870 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, MLC is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Educational Administration Schools list.

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#19

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
$28,650 Average Tuition & Fees

Viterbo University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for educational administration students. It came in at #19 on the list. Viterbo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of La Crosse.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Viterbo are $28,650 a year.

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#21

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value educational administration programs. Located in the city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Providence undergraduate students pay an average of $52,438 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Providence is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Educational Administration Schools list.

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#21

The Sage Colleges

Troy, NY
$31,883 Average Tuition & Fees

The Sage Colleges landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value educational administration programs. Russel Sage is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Russel Sage are $31,883 a year. On average, education admin graduates from Russel Sage take out $43,443 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $506.

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#23

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Drake undergraduate students pay an average of $42,840 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, education admin graduates from Drake carry an average student debtload of $24,535. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $286.

Drake excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Educational Administration Schools list.

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Southwest Minnesota State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for educational administration students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the town of Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southwest Minnesota State University are $8,874 a year.

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$24,830 Average Tuition & Fees

William Woods University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

William Woods undergraduate students pay an average of $24,830 in tuition and fees each year. Education Admin majors at William Woods take out an average of $25,608 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 $298.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Educational Administration Schools

#27

Hood College

Frederick, MD
#29

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#30

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL
#32

Chadron State College

Chadron, NE
#33

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#38

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#40

Berry College

Mount Berry, GA
#43

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#44

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#44

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH
#46

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI
#48

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#49

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Educational Administration Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 671 different United States educational administration schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
52 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
53 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
54 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
55 Louisiana College Pineville, LA
56 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
57 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
58 Illinois State University Normal, IL
59 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
60 Union University Jackson, TN
61 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
62 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
63 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
64 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
65 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
66 Spalding University Louisville, KY
67 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
68 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
68 Evangel University Springfield, MO
70 Bethel College - Mishawaka Mishawaka, IN
71 Endicott College Beverly, MA
72 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
73 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
73 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
75 Winona State University Winona, MN
76 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
76 Asbury University Wilmore, KY
78 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
79 Aurora University Aurora, IL
80 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
81 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
81 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
83 Touro College New York, NY
84 Barton College Wilson, NC
85 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
85 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
87 Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC
88 Ohio Dominican University Columbus, OH
89 American International College Springfield, MA
90 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
90 Newman University Wichita, KS
92 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
93 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
94 Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO
95 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
95 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
97 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
98 Cumberland University Lebanon, TN
98 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
100 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
100 Midland University Fremont, NE

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Educational Administration students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Educational Administration Schools award.

Rank College Location
102 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
103 National Louis University Chicago, IL
104 Wingate University Wingate, NC
105 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
105 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson, TN
107 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
108 Salem State University Salem, MA
109 Heritage University Toppenish, WA
109 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
109 East Texas Baptist University Marshall, TX
112 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
113 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
114 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
115 Muskingum University New Concord, OH
116 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
117 National University La Jolla, CA
118 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
118 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
120 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
121 Post University Waterbury, CT
121 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
123 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
124 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
125 North Central College Naperville, IL
126 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
127 Marygrove College Detroit, MI
128 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
129 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
130 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
130 Marywood University Scranton, PA
132 Converse College Spartanburg, SC
133 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
134 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH

Educational Administration 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 teaching area of study, educational administration has other similar majors worth exploring.

Education Admin Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Educational Leadership & Administration 31,657
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 3,998
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 2,213
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 1,655
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 1,550
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 1,146
Urban Education & Leadership 708
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 459
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 438
Community College Education 335
Administration of Special Education 222

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

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 Shai-WMIL.

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