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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas

24 Colleges
$26,370 Avg Cost*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Value Kansas Schools ranking.

We analyzed 24 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Kansas. It's important to note that this isn't just a listing of colleges and universities with the lowest sticker price. Instead, this ranking identifies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a lower-than-expected price. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

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Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Kansas

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#1

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Our 2021 rankings named University of Kansas the best school for overall value in Kansas for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, the large public school handed out 4,536 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at KU about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,454. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from KU be around $92,681. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. KU not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #1 on our Best Colleges in Kansas list.

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#2

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Kansas State University. The school came in at #2 in Kansas on this year’s best value ranking. K - State is located in Manhattan, Kansas and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,048 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at K - State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,689. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from K - State is about $98,685. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. K - State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Kansas list.

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#3

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, Kansas

A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list means Pittsburg State University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Pitt State is located in Pittsburg, Kansas and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,099 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Pitt State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $13,243. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Pitt State be around $61,050. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Pitt State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges in Kansas list.

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#4

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

Out of the 24 schools in Kansas that were part of this year’s ranking, Emporia State University landed the #4 spot on the list. This medium-sized public school is located in Emporia, Kansas, and it awarded 822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at ESU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,547. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ESU be around $70,583. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Fort Hays State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Kansas. Fort Hays State University is a fairly large public school located in Hays, Kansas that handed out 2,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at FHSU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,699. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from FHSU be around $76,982. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Washburn University

Topeka, Kansas

With a ranking of #6, Washburn University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. Topeka, Kansas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 896 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Washburn University graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,247. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University be around $89,499. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Wichita, Kansas, the fairly large public school awarded 2,231 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at WSU graduates in less than 4.7 years, and it costs about $22,393 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WSU be around $105,247. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Benedictine College

Atchison, Kansas

Benedictine College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking, coming in at #8. Atchison, Kansas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 512 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Benedictine College about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $30,901 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College is $134,110. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 3.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Benedictine College did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Kansas list.

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Central Christian College of Kansas landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking. Central Christian College is located in McPherson, Kansas and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 148 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Central Christian College about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,643. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Central Christian College is about $90,416. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

Bethel College - North Newton

North Newton, Kansas

With a ranking of #10, Bethel College - North Newton did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. Bethel College - North Newton is a small private not-for-profit school located in North Newton, Kansas that handed out 147 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Bethel College - North Newton about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,920. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bethel College - North Newton is $114,679. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Manhattan Christian College

Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan Christian College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking. MCC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Manhattan, Kansas. It awarded 47 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At MCC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,672. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from MCC is about $106,583. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#12

McPherson College

McPherson, Kansas

McPherson College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas ranking. McPherson College is located in McPherson, Kansas and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 145 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at McPherson College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $27,597 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the McPherson College is $115,631. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#13

Kansas Wesleyan University

Salina, Kansas

With a ranking of #13, Kansas Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. Kansas Wesleyan University is located in Salina, Kansas and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Kansas Wesleyan University about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,712. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University is about $109,276. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

Baker University

Baldwin City, Kansas

With a ranking of #14, Baker University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Baldwin City, Kansas, and it awarded 358 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Baker, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,727. This means that the average student pays around $149,326 to get a bachelor’s degree from Baker. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Baker did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges in Kansas list.

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#15

University of Saint Mary

Leavenworth, Kansas

University of Saint Mary did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking, coming in at #15. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Leavenworth, Kansas, and it awarded 233 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at University of St. Mary about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,843. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Mary is $134,784. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#16

Sterling College

Sterling, Kansas

Sterling College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas ranking. Sterling College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Sterling, Kansas. It awarded 113 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Sterling College to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,431. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Sterling College is $119,325. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#17

Bethany College Kansas

Lindsborg, Kansas

Bethany College Kansas came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas ranking. Bethany College Kansas is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lindsborg, Kansas that handed out 107 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Bethany College Kansas to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,086. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College Kansas is $103,194. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#18

Ottawa University - Ottawa

Ottawa, Kansas

With a ranking of #18, Ottawa University - Ottawa did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. Ottawa is located in Ottawa, Kansas and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 109 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Ottawa graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $27,603 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $117,865 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#19

Tabor College

Hillsboro, Kansas

With a ranking of #19, Tabor College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. Tabor is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hillsboro, Kansas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Tabor to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,396. This means that the average student pays around $127,663 to get a bachelor’s degree from Tabor. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#20

Friends University

Wichita, Kansas

Friends University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking, coming in at #20. Friends University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Wichita, Kansas that handed out 326 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Friends University about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $32,657 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Friends University be around $140,099. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#21

Newman University

Wichita, Kansas

Newman University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking, coming in at #21. Wichita, Kansas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 308 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Newman University graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $38,894 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Newman University is $166,466. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#22

Barclay College

Haviland, Kansas

Barclay College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Kansas ranking, coming in at #22. Barclay College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Haviland, Kansas. It awarded 54 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Barclay College is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,853. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Barclay College be around $130,074. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#23

Southwestern College

Winfield, Kansas

With a ranking of #23, Southwestern College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. SC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Winfield, Kansas. It awarded 364 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at SC graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,724. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SC be around $154,241. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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MidAmerica Nazarene University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Kansas list. MNU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Olathe, Kansas. It awarded 396 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at MNU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,945. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from MNU be around $152,407. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 24 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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