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

677 Colleges
$15,753 Avg Tuition & Fees*
33% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for international students. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 677 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Canadian students. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall value and the total number of international students at the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

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

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Brigham Young University - Provo tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Canadian students. BYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Provo, Utah. It awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Canada, South Korea, and China come to BYU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU is about $5,790 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $7,290 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. BYU not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall value list.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Idaho helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Canadian students. BYU - I is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Rexburg, Idaho. It awarded 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 15.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU - I are Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - I is about $4,208 a year, on average.

BYU - I excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Hawaii. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Canadian students list. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 623 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 40.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea come to BYU - H to study. International students at BYU - H can expect to pay, on average, about $5,720 a year to attend the school.

BYU - H 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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#4

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Wyoming helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Canadian students. UW is a public institution located in Laramie, Wyoming. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at UW come from such countries as China, India, and Canada. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW runs, on average, about $14,803. Graduate students pay around $16,009 a year in average tuition and fees.

UW excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#5

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Out of the 677 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Minot State University landed the #5 spot on the list. This small public school is located in Minot, North Dakota, and it awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea come to MSU to study. International students at MSU can expect to pay, on average, about $7,592 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $9,553 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, MSU also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking. USF Tampa is a public institution located in Tampa, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at USF Tampa are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USF Tampa runs, on average, about $17,324. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USF Tampa 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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#7

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Lake Superior State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking. Located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, the small public school awarded 393 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.4% are international. Students studying at Lake Superior State University come from such countries as Canada, China, and United Kingdom. International students at Lake Superior State University can expect to pay, on average, about $12,255 a year to attend the school.

Lake Superior State University 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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#8

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

With a ranking of #8, South Dakota State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. This fairly large public school is located in Brookings, South Dakota, and it awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.7% are international. Students studying at South Dakota State come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. International students at South Dakota State can expect to pay, on average, about $12,589 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,675 per year.

South Dakota State 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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University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. Morris, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 385 students in 2018-2019.

Around 10.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UMN Morris come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UMN Morris is about $15,632 a year, on average.

UMN Morris also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#10

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Western Michigan University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students list. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school awarded 3,824 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at WMU come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and China. International students at WMU can expect to pay, on average, about $16,041 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $31,355 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, WMU 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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#11

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking, coming in at #11. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Iowa State come from such countries as China, India, and Malaysia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Iowa State is about $24,508 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the value of education it offers, Iowa State also is in the top 10% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#12

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

With a ranking of #12, University of North Dakota did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. This fairly large public school is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and it awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and Japan come to UND to study. 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.

UND 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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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking, coming in at #13. Vermillion, South Dakota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,352 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at USD are China, India, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USD runs, on average, about $12,807. Graduate students pay around $12,637 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, USD 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

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. Located in Bemidji, Minnesota, the small public school handed out 1,036 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Bemidji State University are Canada, Nepal, and China. International students at Bemidji State University can expect to pay, on average, about $8,940 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $8,731 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#15

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UMN Twin Cities runs, on average, about $33,325. Graduate students pay around $28,845 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking. EIU is located in Charleston, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 4.3% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at EIU are India, China, and Nigeria. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at EIU is about $13,974 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $20,442 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, EIU 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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Minnesota State University - Mankato ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students list. This fairly large public school is located in Mankato, Minnesota, and it awarded 2,479 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.2% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Minnesota State Mankato are Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at Minnesota State Mankato can expect to pay, on average, about $16,730 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $8,474 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Minnesota State Mankato also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#18

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. This fairly large public school is located in Duluth, Minnesota, and it awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.3% are international. Students studying at UMN Duluth come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UMN Duluth runs, on average, about $18,880. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,708 per year.

UMN Duluth excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#19

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students list. UNI is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. Students studying at UNI come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico. International students at UNI can expect to pay, on average, about $21,222 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $22,648 per year.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, UNI also is in the top 5% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#20

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Harding University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students list. Harding is a private not-for-profit institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.9% are international. Students studying at Harding come from such countries as China, Honduras, and Guatemala. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Harding is about $20,530 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $13,892 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Harding 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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#21

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students ranking, coming in at #21. Lubbock, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,599 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Texas Tech come from such countries as India, China, and Bangladesh. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Texas Tech runs, on average, about $19,260. Graduate students pay around $15,651 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#22

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

With a ranking of #22, Grand Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. This large public school is located in Allendale, Michigan, and it awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at GVSU are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at GVSU can expect to pay, on average, about $18,610 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $17,208 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, GVSU 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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#23

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 4.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Florida State come from such countries as China, India, and Panama. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Florida State is about $21,683 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,707 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Florida State 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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North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students list. Located in Fargo, North Dakota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,588 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Bangladesh come to North Dakota State University to study. International students at North Dakota State University can expect to pay, on average, about $13,757 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,123 per year.

North Dakota State University 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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#25

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

With a ranking of #25, University of Houston did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Canadian Students. Houston, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,631 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.9% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Vietnam come to UH to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UH runs, on average, about $21,749. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,748 per year.

UH 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for Canadian students

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
#27

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#28

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri
#29

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota
#30

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
#31

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota
#32

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
#33

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
#36

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
#37

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan
#38

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri
#39

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#40

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
#41

Hunter College

New York, New York
#42

Touro College

New York, New York
#43

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, New York
#44

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
#46

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, New York
#47

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
#48

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
#49

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#50

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 Queens College Queens, NY
52 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
53 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
54 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
55 Sacred Heart Major Seminary Detroit, MI
56 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
57 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT
58 Utah State University Logan, UT
59 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
60 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
61 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
62 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
63 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
64 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
65 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
Rank College Location
66 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
67 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
68 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
69 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
70 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
71 Baruch College New York, NY
72 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
73 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
74 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
75 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
76 Delta State University Cleveland, MS
77 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
78 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
79 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
80 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
81 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
82 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
83 Emmaus Bible College Dubuque, IA
84 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
85 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
86 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
87 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
88 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
89 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
90 D’Youville College Buffalo, NY
Rank College Location
91 Dakota State University Madison, SD
92 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
93 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
94 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
95 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
96 University of Jamestown Jamestown, ND
97 University at Albany Albany, NY
98 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
99 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
100 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, CA
101 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
102 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
103 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
104 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson, TN
105 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
106 Washington State University Pullman, WA
107 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
108 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
109 Gallaudet University Washington, DC
110 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
111 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
112 Principia College Elsah, IL
113 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
114 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
115 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
116 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
117 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
Rank College Location
118 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
119 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
120 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
121 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH
122 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
123 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
124 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
125 University of Georgia Athens, GA
126 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
127 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
128 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
129 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
130 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
131 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
132 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
133 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
134 Salem State University Salem, MA
135 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
136 University of New Orleans New Orleans, 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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