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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in the United States for Students from Australia

221 Colleges
$18,373 Avg Tuition & Fees*
31% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen it comes to choosing a college, international students have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 221 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Australian students. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the total number of international students at the school and the school's overall value.

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Top Value Colleges in the U.S. for Students from Australia

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Provo to be the best affordable school for Australian students in this year’s ranking. BYU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Provo, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Canada, South Korea, and China come to BYU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU runs, on average, about $5,790. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,290 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. BYU also took the #2 spot in our overall best for the money rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Hawaii. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Australian students list. Laie, Hawaii is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 623 students in 2018-2019.

Around 40.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU - H are Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - H is about $5,720 a year, on average.

In addition to its great ranking here, BYU - H is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#3

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Wyoming helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Australian students. Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the fairly large public school awarded 2,387 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to UW to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UW is about $14,803 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,009 per year.

In addition to its great ranking here, UW is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Australian students list. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,684 students in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at USF Tampa is about $17,324 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. On top of its placing in this ranking, USF Tampa also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. BYU - I is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rexburg, Idaho. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 15.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Canada, Mexico, and Brazil come to BYU - I to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - I is about $4,208 a year, on average.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, BYU - I also is in the top 10% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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With a ranking of #6, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. Rapid City, South Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 465 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.4% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Nepal come to SD Mines to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SD Mines runs, on average, about $15,080. Graduate students pay around $19,250 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, SD Mines also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

With a ranking of #7, Iowa State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. Located in Ames, Iowa, the large public school awarded 7,380 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Iowa State are China, India, and Malaysia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Iowa State runs, on average, about $24,508. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,952 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#8

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

MSU Texas did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #8. Wichita Falls, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,201 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Dominica, India, and China come to MSU Texas to study. International students at MSU Texas can expect to pay, on average, about $11,329 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,779 per year.

MSU Texas also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #9. Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Texas Tech are India, China, and Bangladesh. International students at Texas Tech can expect to pay, on average, about $19,260 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $15,651 a year in average tuition and fees.

In addition to its great ranking here, Texas Tech is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#10

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

With a ranking of #10, University of Mary did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. Bismarck, North Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 532 students in 2018-2019.

Around 0.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Canada, United Kingdom, and Nepal come to UMary to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UMary is about $19,074 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $17,694 a year in average tuition and fees.

UMary also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#11

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Australian Students list. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UMN Twin Cities to study. International students at UMN Twin Cities can expect to pay, on average, about $33,325 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,845 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

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#12

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

With a ranking of #12, Kansas State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. Kansas State University is a large public school located in Manhattan, Kansas that handed out 4,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and India come to K -State to study. International students at K -State can expect to pay, on average, about $26,316 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $24,115 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#13

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of North Dakota did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #13. UND is a public institution located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UND are China, Canada, and Japan. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UND is about $15,895 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,958 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UND also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Charles, Missouri, and it awarded 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Lindenwood University are Venezuela, Panama, and Canada. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Lindenwood University runs, on average, about $18,100. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,100 per year.

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#15

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Australian Students list. Located in Houston, Texas, the large public school awarded 7,631 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UH come from such countries as India, China, and Vietnam. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UH runs, on average, about $21,749. Graduate students pay around $18,748 a year in average tuition and fees.

In addition to its great ranking here, UH is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#16

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

Appalachian State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #16. Appalachian State is located in Boone, North Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,172 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 0.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Appalachian State are China, Australia, and Venezuela. International students at Appalachian State can expect to pay, on average, about $22,216 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $21,408 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Appalachian State is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. CSULB is a public institution located in Long Beach, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, China, and Japan come to CSULB to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at CSULB is about $18,714 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,772 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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With a ranking of #18, Arkansas State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. A-State is a fairly large public school situated in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It awarded 1,850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. Students studying at A-State come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at A-State runs, on average, about $15,860. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,408 per year.

A-State also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Utah State University

Logan, Utah

Utah State University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Australian Students list. Located in Logan, Utah, the large public school awarded 4,531 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USU to study. International students at USU can expect to pay, on average, about $22,197 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $21,334 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#20

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking. NC State is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,953 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 11.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at NC State are India, China, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at NC State is about $29,220 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,999 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the value of education it offers, NC State also is in the top 15% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#21

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Australian Students list. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large public school handed out 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UCF come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UCF runs, on average, about $22,467. Graduate students pay around $28,657 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UCF also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#22

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. Located in Denton, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UNT are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UNT runs, on average, about $21,172. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,384 per year.

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#23

Queens College

Queens, New York

Queens College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking. QC is a public institution located in Queens, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,873 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at QC come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at QC is about $15,488 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $21,042 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#24

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #24. Youngstown State University is a public institution located in Youngstown, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,645 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Youngstown State University come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and Kuwait. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Youngstown State University is about $9,309 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,478 per year.

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#25

Principia College

Elsah, Illinois

Principia College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Australian Students. Located in Elsah, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Kenya, Canada, and Brazil come to Principia to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Principia runs, on average, about $30,190.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Principia also took the #4 spot in our overall best for the money rankings.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges for Australian students

Not only did these schools make the top 34 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
#28

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#29

Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi
#31

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
#32

Baruch College

New York, New York
#33

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Value Colleges for Australian Students ranking:

Rank College Location
35 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
36 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
37 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
38 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
39 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
40 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
41 Purchase College Purchase, NY
42 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
43 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
44 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
45 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 schools only.

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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