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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in the United States for Students from Hong Kong

200 Colleges
$18,885 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% 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. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 200 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Hong Kongese students. Our ranking methodology focuses on a number of different objective factors - such as the overall value of the school, number of total international students at the school, and the percentage of international students on campus - to make this determination.

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Top Value Colleges in the U.S. for Students from Hong Kong

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Our 2021 rankings named Brigham Young University - Provo the best affordable school for Hong Kongese students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU runs, on average, about $5,790. Graduate students pay around $7,290 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%. BYU did well in our overall value rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall best for the money list.

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Out of the 200 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brigham Young University - Hawaii landed the #2 spot on the list. BYU - H is a private not-for-profit institution located in Laie, Hawaii. The school has a small population, and 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. International students at BYU - H can expect to pay, on average, about $5,720 a year to attend the school.

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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A rank of #3 on our list means Brigham Young University - Idaho is a great place for Hong Kongese students working on their bachelor’s degree. Rexburg, Idaho is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,537 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 15.5% of the total student body at the school. 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.

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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Out of the 200 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school handed out 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.8% are international. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USF Tampa runs, on average, about $17,324. Graduate students pay around $21,126 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%. 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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#5

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Out of the 200 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Iowa State University landed the #5 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Ames, Iowa, and 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,952 per year.

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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#6

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a ranking of #6, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,988 students 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.

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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University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students list. Duluth, Minnesota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,162 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.3% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UMN Duluth to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UMN Duluth is about $18,880 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,708 per year.

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

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With a ranking of #8, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a fairly large public school located in Mankato, Minnesota that handed out 2,479 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.2% are international. Students studying at Minnesota State Mankato come from such countries as Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Minnesota State Mankato is about $16,730 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,474 per year.

Minnesota State Mankato excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking. UH is a public institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.9% are international. Students studying at UH come from such countries as India, China, and Vietnam. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UH is about $21,749 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,748 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UH 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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#10

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

With a ranking of #10, California State University - Long Beach did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. Located in Long Beach, California, the large public school handed out 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.4% are international. 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. Graduate students pay around $17,772 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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#11

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students list. 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. 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.

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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#12

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. Hunter is a large public school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 3,496 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Hunter to study. International students at Hunter can expect to pay, on average, about $15,332 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,828 per year.

Hunter excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking. Located in Pomona, California, the large public school awarded 4,810 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, Kuwait, and South Korea come to Cal Poly Pomona to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Cal Poly Pomona is about $19,276 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $18,334 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#14

Utah State University

Logan, Utah

Utah State University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students list. USU is a large public school situated in Logan, Utah. It awarded 4,531 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 1.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at USU is about $22,197 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $21,334 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#15

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

With a ranking of #15, Florida State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. Tallahassee, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,688 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. Students studying at Florida State come from such countries as China, India, and Panama. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Florida State runs, on average, about $21,683. Graduate students pay around $26,707 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Florida State is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#16

Queens College

Queens, New York

Queens College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking, coming in at #16. QC is a fairly large public school situated in Queens, New York. It awarded 3,873 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are 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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Florida International University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking. FIU is a large public school situated in Miami, Florida. It awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.6% are international. Students studying at FIU come from such countries as China, Venezuela, and India. International students at FIU can expect to pay, on average, about $18,963 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,211 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#18

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

San Jose State University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. This large public school is located in San Jose, California, and it awarded 6,826 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Vietnam come to San Jose State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at San Jose State is about $19,732 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,790 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking. Bowling Green State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in Bowling Green, Ohio that handed out 3,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. Students studying at BGSU come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BGSU is about $19,305 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,823 per year.

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#20

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. University of North Texas is a large public school located in Denton, Texas that handed out 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UNT are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UNT is about $21,172 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,384 per year.

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#21

Baruch College

New York, New York

With a ranking of #21, Baruch College did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. Baruch is located in New York, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 12.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Baruch come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India. International students at Baruch can expect to pay, on average, about $15,412 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,880 per year.

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

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#22

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking, coming in at #22. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UCF are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at UCF can expect to pay, on average, about $22,467 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,657 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, UCF 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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#23

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California

California State University - Northridge landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. This large public school is located in Northridge, California, and it awarded 9,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at CSUN come from such countries as Kuwait, China, and India. International students at CSUN can expect to pay, on average, about $18,857 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,915 per year.

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#24

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

With a ranking of #24, University at Buffalo did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students. University at Buffalo is a large public school situated in Buffalo, New York. It awarded 5,273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 19.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at University at Buffalo come from such countries as India, China, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at University at Buffalo runs, on average, about $28,194. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,920 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#25

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese Students ranking. SUNY Stony Brook is a public institution located in Stony Brook, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,945 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to SUNY Stony Brook to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook is about $27,845 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,348 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges for Hong Kongese students

Not only did these schools make the top 30 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
#28

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
#29

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#30

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
31 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
32 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
33 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
34 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
35 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
36 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
37 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
38 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
39 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
40 Binghamton University Vestal, 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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