2023 Best General Education Schools in Illinois
Finding the Best General Education School for You
In 2020-2021, general education students earned 453 degrees and certificates from an Illinois school, making the subject the 6th in the state.
When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for teaching students. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.
The Best General Education Schools in Illinois ranking is one of many tools that Teaching Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 15 schools in Illinois to see which ones offered the best programs for teaching students.
2023 Best General Education Schools in Illinois
Top 10 Best General Education Schools
Our analysis found Northwestern University to be the best school for general education students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.
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 general education schools in Illinois. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.
The average amount in student loans that education majors at UIUC take out is $20,500.
Out of the 15 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois Wesleyan University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.
You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dominican University. It ranked #4 on our 2023 Best General Education Schools in Illinois list. Dominican U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of River Forest.
A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Trinity Christian College is a great place for general education students. Trinity Christian is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Palos Heights.
Elmhurst University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Schools in Illinois ranking. Elmhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Elmhurst.
With a ranking of #7, Monmouth College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students. Monmouth is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Monmouth.
Western Illinois University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Schools in Illinois ranking. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.
Knox College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general education students. It came in at #9 on the list. Knox is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Galesburg.
Northern Illinois University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best General Education Schools in Illinois ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.
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General Education Related Rankings by Major
One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, general education has other similar majors worth exploring.
Majors Similar to Education
|Related Major||Annual Graduates|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||110,226|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||43,297|
|Curriculum & Instruction||19,832|
Notes and References
*These averages are for the top 15 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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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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