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

441 Colleges
$15,472 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 441 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Japanese 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 Japan

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

Of the total number of students at the school, 3.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU are Canada, South Korea, and China. International students at BYU can expect to pay, on average, about $5,790 a year to attend the school. 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%. In addition to its Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, BYU is ranked #2 for overall value in the United States.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Hawaii helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Japanese students. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Laie, Hawaii, 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. 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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Out of the 441 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #3 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. 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. Graduate students pay around $21,126 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#4

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Western Michigan University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Japanese students. WMU is a public institution located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees 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. Graduate students pay around $31,355 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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

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

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University of Nebraska at Kearney came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking. Located in Kearney, Nebraska, the medium-sized public school handed out 850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Japan, China, and Oman come to UNK to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UNK is about $14,901 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $14,629 per year.

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

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#7

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at South Dakota State are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at South Dakota State runs, on average, about $12,589. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,675 per year.

South Dakota State 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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#8

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #8. This medium-sized public school is located in Kirksville, Missouri, and it awarded 1,216 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.7% are international. Students studying at Truman State come from such countries as China, Nepal, and Vietnam. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Truman State is about $15,314 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $16,186 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Truman State also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

With a ranking of #9, University of Minnesota - Morris did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. UMN Morris is a small public school situated in Morris, Minnesota. It awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. 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 excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese 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 from as far away as Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia come to Minnesota State Mankato to study. 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.

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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#11

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #11. Winona State is located in Winona, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 3.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Winona State come from such countries as China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Winona State runs, on average, about $15,766. Graduate students pay around $12,030 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#12

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking. Located in Ames, Iowa, the large public school awarded 7,380 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.5% are international. Students studying at Iowa State come from such countries as China, India, and Malaysia. 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%. In addition to its great ranking here, Iowa State is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#13

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

With a ranking of #13, University of Wyoming did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. UW is located in Laramie, Wyoming and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to UW to study. International students at UW can expect to pay, on average, about $14,803 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,009 per year.

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

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#14

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the fairly large public school awarded 2,211 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.2% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UW - La Crosse come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. International students at UW - La Crosse can expect to pay, on average, about $17,946 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $20,005 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UW - La Crosse 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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#15

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

With a ranking of #15, University of Central Missouri did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. University of Central Missouri is a fairly large public school located in Warrensburg, Missouri that handed out 2,021 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCM are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UCM runs, on average, about $15,171. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,963 per year.

In addition to its great ranking here, UCM is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#16

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Long Beach, California, the large public school awarded 8,950 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.4% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at CSULB come from such countries as India, China, and Japan. International students at CSULB can expect to pay, on average, about $18,714 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $17,772 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.

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#17

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of North Dakota landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. 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. Students studying at UND come from such countries as 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.

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

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#18

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a ranking of #18, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese 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. 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.

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

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#19

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

With a ranking of #19, Northwest Missouri State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.4% are international. Students studying at Northwest come from such countries as India, Nepal, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Northwest is about $14,020 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,023 per year.

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

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#20

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the large public school handed out 3,756 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Missouri State are China, Saudi Arabia, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Missouri State is about $15,898 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,524 per year.

Missouri State 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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#21

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking. Located in Duluth, Minnesota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,162 bachelor’s degrees 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. International students at UMN Duluth can expect to pay, on average, about $18,880 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,708 a year in average tuition and fees.

UMN Duluth 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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#22

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

With a ranking of #22, Minot State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. MSU is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at MSU are Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea. 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.

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

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#23

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, New York

With a ranking of #23, SUNY Geneseo did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students. SUNY Geneseo is a medium-sized public school located in Geneseo, New York that handed out 1,408 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.8% are international. Students studying at SUNY Geneseo come from such countries as Japan, South Korea, and Canada. International students at SUNY Geneseo can expect to pay, on average, about $18,837 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,046 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. In addition to its great ranking here, SUNY Geneseo is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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Arkansas State University - Main Campus came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students ranking. A-State is a fairly large public school situated in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It awarded 1,850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at A-State come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at A-State is about $15,860 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,408 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, A-State 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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#25

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese 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.

Around 4.9% of the total student population at the school is international. 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,828 per year.

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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for Japanese 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

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#28

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, New York
#29

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
#30

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
#31

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#33

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
#34

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#36

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
#37

Queens College

Queens, New York
#38

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, New York
#39

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
#40

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota
#41

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
#43

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas
#44

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
#46

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
#47

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#48

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
#49

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 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
52 Baruch College New York, NY
53 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
54 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
55 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
56 University of Houston Houston, TX
57 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
58 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
59 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
60 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
61 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
62 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
63 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
64 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
65 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Rank College Location
66 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
67 University of Toledo Toledo, OH

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
68 Monroe College Bronx, NY
69 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
70 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
71 Utah State University Logan, UT
72 University at Albany Albany, NY
73 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
74 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
75 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
76 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
77 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, NC
78 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
79 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
80 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
81 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
82 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
Rank College Location
83 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
84 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
85 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
86 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
87 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
88 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
89 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH

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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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