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

314 Colleges
$18,663 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 314 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for French 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 France

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Brigham Young University - Provo tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for French students. Provo, Utah is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,007 students in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at BYU come from such countries as Canada, South Korea, and China. International students at BYU can expect to pay, on average, about $5,790 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,290 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. BYU also took the #2 spot in our overall best for the money rankings.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Brigham Young University - Hawaii. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. BYU - H is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Laie, Hawaii. It awarded 623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 40.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea come to BYU - H to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - H is about $5,720 a year, on average.

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

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for French students list. This large public school is located in Tampa, Florida, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.8% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study. International students at USF Tampa can expect to pay, on average, about $17,324 a year to attend the school. 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%. USF Tampa 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Brigham Young University - Idaho is a large private not-for-profit school located in Rexburg, Idaho that handed out 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 15.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU - I are Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. International students at BYU - I can expect to pay, on average, about $4,208 a year to attend the school.

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

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A rank of #5 on our list means California State University - Long Beach is a great place for French students working on their bachelor’s degree. CSULB is a large public school situated in Long Beach, California. It awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.4% are international. Students studying at CSULB come from such countries as India, China, and Japan. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at CSULB runs, on average, about $18,714. 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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#6

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. Iowa State is located in Ames, Iowa and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Malaysia come to Iowa State to study. International students at Iowa State can expect to pay, on average, about $24,508 a year to attend the school. 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%. 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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#7

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for French Students list. This fairly large public school is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and it awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UNI are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico. International students at UNI can expect to pay, on average, about $21,222 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $22,648 a year in average tuition and fees.

UNI 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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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a large public school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Twin Cities are China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Twin Cities can expect to pay, on average, about $33,325 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,845 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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With a ranking of #9, Florida International University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. Located in Miami, Florida, the large public school awarded 12,352 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 7.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Venezuela, and India come to FIU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at FIU is about $18,963 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $24,211 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#10

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking. Lindenwood University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Charles, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.9% are international. Students from as far away as Venezuela, Panama, and Canada come to Lindenwood University to study. International students at Lindenwood University can expect to pay, on average, about $18,100 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $18,100 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#11

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for French Students list. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UH are India, China, and Vietnam. International students at UH can expect to pay, on average, about $21,749 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $18,748 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#12

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

With a ranking of #12, Northwest Missouri State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. Northwest is a public institution located in Maryville, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, Nepal, and South Korea come to Northwest to study. International students at Northwest can expect to pay, on average, about $14,020 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $7,023 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#13

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Panama come to Florida State to study. International students at Florida State can expect to pay, on average, about $21,683 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,707 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. 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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#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking, coming in at #14. Texas Tech University is a large public school located in Lubbock, Texas that handed out 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Texas Tech are India, China, and Bangladesh. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Texas Tech is about $19,260 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $15,651 a year in average tuition and fees.

Texas Tech 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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North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for French Students list. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the large public school handed out 5,953 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at NC State come from such countries as India, China, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at NC State is about $29,220 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $28,999 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. NC State 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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Minnesota State University - Mankato came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school situated in Mankato, Minnesota. It awarded 2,479 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.2% of the total student population at the school is 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.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, Minnesota State Mankato also is in the top 20% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#17

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. New York, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,496 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Hunter are China, South Korea, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Hunter is about $15,332 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $20,828 a year in average tuition and fees.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, Hunter also is in the top 15% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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California State University - Monterey Bay ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for French Students list. Located in Seaside, California, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,953 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.6% are international. Students from as far away as Japan, China, and Germany come to CSUMB to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at CSUMB runs, on average, about $19,023. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,081 per year.

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#19

Queens College

Queens, New York

Queens College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students. Queens, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,873 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to QC to study. International students at QC can expect to pay, on average, about $15,488 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,042 per year.

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#20

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

University of Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking, coming in at #20. This large public school is located in Gainesville, Florida, and it awarded 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UF to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UF is about $28,659 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $30,130 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UF 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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#21

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large public school handed out 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to UCF to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UCF is about $22,467 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $28,657 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. 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

Baruch College

New York, New York

Baruch College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for French Students list. Baruch is a fairly large public school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.3% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Baruch to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Baruch is about $15,412 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $20,880 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#23

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Cedar City, Utah, the fairly large public school awarded 1,203 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Southern Utah University are China, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Southern Utah University is about $20,586 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $24,548 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#24

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

William Carey University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and it awarded 555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 2.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as United Kingdom, Spain, and France come to William Carey University to study. International students at William Carey University can expect to pay, on average, about $12,750 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,900 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, William Carey University 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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Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

Kansas State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for French Students ranking, coming in at #25. Located in Manhattan, Kansas, the large public school awarded 4,048 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.4% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at K -State are China, Saudi Arabia, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at K -State runs, on average, about $26,316. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,115 per year.

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

Not only did these schools make the top 47 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#28

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
#30

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
#31

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#32

Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi
#33

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
#36

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
#37

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
#38

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
#39

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#41

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi
#42

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
#44

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas
#45

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
#46

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#47

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
48 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
49 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
50 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
51 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
52 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
53 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
54 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
55 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
56 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
57 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
58 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
59 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
60 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
61 Monroe College Bronx, NY
62 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
Rank College Location
63 Touro College New York, NY

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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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