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2022 Best History Schools in the Great Lakes Region

92 Colleges in the Great Lakes Region
3,735 History Degrees Awarded
$28,343 Avg Early-Career Salary
When it comes to popularity, history sits in the middle of the road, ranking #22 out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 92 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best History Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 3,735 degrees in history to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great History School

Best History Schools in the Great Lakes Region Your choice of history school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for history schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

History Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best History Schools in the Great Lakes Region list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for History in the Great Lakes Region

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the history degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

13 Top Great Lakes Region Schools in History

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 History Degrees Awarded

University of Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in history. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 73 history students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from University of Notre Dame earn $10,657 more than the standard history graduate.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 History Degrees Awarded

University of Chicago is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a degree in history. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 98 history students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Those history students who get their degree from University of Chicago receive $3,957 more than the standard history student.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 History Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Northwestern University if you wish to pursue a degree in history. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 57 history students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the history program at Northwestern University get $8,757 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
138 History Degrees Awarded

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a good decision for students interested in a degree in history. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 138 history students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, history degree recipients generally earn about $27,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
150 History Degrees Awarded

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 150 history students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
105 History Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 105 history students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the history program make around $28,500 in their early career salary.

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#7

Ashland University

Ashland, OH
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Ashland, Ashland is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 28th out of 108 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were roughly 72 history students who graduated with this degree at Ashland in the most recent year we have data available. History degree recipients from Ashland University get an earnings boost of about $15,957 above the average income of history graduates.

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#8

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI
42 History Degrees Awarded

Marquette is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Milwaukee. A Best Schools rank of #132 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Marquette is a great university overall.

There were approximately 42 history students who graduated with this degree at Marquette in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
108 History Degrees Awarded

Illinois State is a fairly large public university located in the midsize suburb of Normal. This university ranks 6th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 108 history students who graduated with this degree at Illinois State in the most recent data year. History degree recipients from Illinois State University get an earnings boost of about $2,657 above the typical earnings of history majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
139 History Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #186 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Ohio State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 139 history students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, history degree recipients usually earn an average of $27,700 in the first five years of their career.

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#11

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
49 History Degrees Awarded

Michigan State is a fairly large public university located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Schools rank of #157 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were about 49 history students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent year we have data available. Those history students who get their degree from Michigan State University earn $2,457 more than the standard history grad.

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#12

Denison University

Granville, OH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In OH

Located in the suburb of Granville, Denison is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #108 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Denison is a great university overall.

There were about 19 history students who graduated with this degree at Denison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

The College of Wooster

Wooster, OH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Wooster College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the distant town of Wooster. This college ranks 13th out of 108 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were about 26 history students who graduated with this degree at Wooster College in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the history program earn about $17,200 in the first couple years of their career.

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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 History Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
14 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
15 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
16 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
17 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
18 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
19 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
20 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
21 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
22 Ripon College Ripon, WI
23 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI

Best History Colleges by State

Explore the best history schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Indiana 38 541
Michigan 38 580
Ohio 38 1,008
Illinois 38 959
Wisconsin 37 586

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History Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
History 3,735

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Abraham Ortelius.

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