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

152 Colleges
$18,547 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking.

We analyzed 152 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Jamaican 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 Jamaica

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University of South Florida - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Jamaican students. 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.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican students list. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 5,537 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree 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. 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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#3

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Out of the 152 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Michigan University landed the #3 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and it awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 8.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at WMU are Saudi Arabia, India, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WMU is about $16,041 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $31,355 per year.

WMU 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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#4

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Dakota helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Jamaican students. This medium-sized public school is located in Vermillion, South Dakota, and it awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USD are China, India, and Nepal. International students at USD can expect to pay, on average, about $12,807 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,637 per year.

USD 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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#5

Monroe College

Bronx, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Monroe College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican students list. Bronx, New York is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 994 students in 2018-2019.

Around 15.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Monroe College come from such countries as India, China, and Jamaica. International students at Monroe College can expect to pay, on average, about $15,860 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,724 per year.

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#6

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students list. Hunter is a public institution located in New York, New York. The school has a large population, and 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Hunter runs, on average, about $15,332. Graduate students pay around $20,828 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Hunter 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

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota

With a ranking of #7, Dickinson State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. Dickinson, North Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 267 students in 2018-2019.

Around 4.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at DSU are Nigeria, Canada, and Nepal. International students at DSU can expect to pay, on average, about $11,044 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $6,052 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, DSU 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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Florida International University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. This large public school is located in Miami, Florida, and it awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at FIU are China, Venezuela, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at FIU runs, on average, about $18,963. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,211 per year.

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

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#9

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

University of Mary landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. UMary is located in Bismarck, North Dakota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 532 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 0.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UMary come from such countries as Canada, United Kingdom, and Nepal. 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.

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

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#10

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. Florida State is located in Tallahassee, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 4.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Florida State are China, India, and Panama. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Florida State runs, on average, about $21,683. 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%. 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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#11

Queens College

Queens, New York

Queens College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. QC is located in Queens, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,873 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at QC are China, South Korea, and India. 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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#12

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. This large public school is located in Lubbock, Texas, and it awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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. 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.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Texas Tech 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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#13

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of North Dakota came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UND are China, Canada, and Japan. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UND runs, on average, about $15,895. Graduate students pay around $19,958 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking, coming in at #14. UMN Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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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#15

Baruch College

New York, New York

With a ranking of #15, Baruch College did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. Located in New York, New York, the fairly large public school handed out 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. 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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University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. UCF is located in Orlando, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the value of education it offers, UCF also is in the top 15% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, New York

SUNY Plattsburgh landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. Plattsburgh, New York is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,538 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Vietnam, Japan, and China come to SUNY Plattsburgh to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at SUNY Plattsburgh is about $18,782 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,902 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, SUNY Plattsburgh 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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#18

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

With a ranking of #18, Kansas State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. K -State is a public institution located in Manhattan, Kansas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at K -State are China, Saudi Arabia, and India. 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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University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine

University of Maine at Fort Kent landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. Fort Kent, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 241 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMFK come from such countries as Jamaica, Canada, and United Kingdom. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UMFK is about $12,585 a year, on average.

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#20

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan

Andrews University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking, coming in at #20. Andrews is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 313 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 20.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Andrews are South Korea, Canada, and Brazil. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Andrews runs, on average, about $30,158. Graduate students pay around $28,164 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Andrews 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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#21

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

Howard University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking, coming in at #21. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 1,353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Howard come from such countries as Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica. International students at Howard can expect to pay, on average, about $27,206 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $33,249 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Howard 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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#22

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, Mississippi

Alcorn State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. Alcorn State is a small public school situated in Alcorn State, Mississippi. It awarded 503 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Alcorn State come from such countries as India, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Alcorn State runs, on average, about $7,290. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,290 per year.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

With a ranking of #23, University of Florida did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UF are China, India, and South Korea. 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Jamaican Students list. Florida Atlantic University is a large public school located in Boca Raton, Florida that handed out 5,855 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Brazil come to FAU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at FAU is about $17,324 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $18,482 a year in average tuition and fees.

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University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

With a ranking of #25, University of North Texas did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Jamaican 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.9% are international. 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. Graduate students pay around $15,384 a year in average tuition and fees.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL
27 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
28 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
29 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
30 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
31 The City College of New York 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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