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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in the Great Lakes Region for Students from Japan

67 Colleges
$24,036 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 67 schools in the Great Lakes Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Japanese students in the Great Lakes Region. 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 Great Lakes Region for Students from Japan

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#1

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Our 2021 rankings named Western Michigan University the best affordable school for Japanese students in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school awarded 3,824 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 8.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at WMU come from such countries as 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.

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#2

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UW - La Crosse are 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.

UW - La Crosse not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall value list.

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#3

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

A rank of #3 on our list means Illinois State University is a great place for Japanese students in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Illinois State is a public institution located in Normal, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.5% are international. Students from as far away as India, Panama, and China come to Illinois State to study. International students at Illinois State can expect to pay, on average, about $20,427 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,030 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Illinois State 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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A rank of #4 on our list means Ohio University - Athens Campus is a great place for Japanese students in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Athens, Ohio, and it awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at OHIO Athens come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at OHIO Athens can expect to pay, on average, about $22,406 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,712 per year.

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#5

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Out of the 67 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Illinois University landed the #5 spot on the list. WIU is located in Macomb, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 4.4% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at WIU come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WIU is about $12,940 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,803 per year.

WIU 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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#6

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UW - Eau Claire is a fairly large public school situated in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 2.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Malaysia, China, and South Korea come to UW - Eau Claire to study. International students at UW - Eau Claire can expect to pay, on average, about $17,115 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $19,540 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#7

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

With a ranking of #7, University of Toledo did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region. University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.8% are international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, India, and China come to University of Toledo to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at University of Toledo runs, on average, about $19,547. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,411 per year.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 3,167 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to BGSU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BGSU runs, on average, about $19,305. Graduate students pay around $15,823 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#9

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #9. Mount Pleasant, Michigan is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,343 students in 2018-2019.

Around 3.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Central Michigan come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at Central Michigan can expect to pay, on average, about $23,331 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,150 per year.

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Kent State University at Kent did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #10. Kent State is located in Kent, Ohio and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,465 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 5.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to Kent State to study. International students at Kent State can expect to pay, on average, about $19,478 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $21,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#11

Gods Bible School and College

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gods Bible School and College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #11. Gods Bible School and College is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 24 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 9.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Mexico, Japan, and Canada come to Gods Bible School and College to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Gods Bible School and College is about $7,150 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,420 per year.

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

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#12

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UIC is a large public school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UIC are India, China, and Iran. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UIC runs, on average, about $29,514. Graduate students pay around $27,140 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#13

Madonna University

Livonia, Michigan

Madonna University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region list. Madonna is a private not-for-profit institution located in Livonia, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 585 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as South Korea, China, and Canada come to Madonna to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Madonna is about $23,100 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,930 per year.

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With a ranking of #14, Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.0% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Ohio State are China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Ohio State runs, on average, about $32,061. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $36,009 per year.

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

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#15

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan

Andrews University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.9% are international. Students from as far away as South Korea, Canada, and Brazil come to Andrews to study. International students at Andrews can expect to pay, on average, about $30,158 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,164 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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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region. Cincinnati, Ohio is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,175 students 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 UC are India, China, and South Korea. International students at UC can expect to pay, on average, about $26,488 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $26,210 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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#17

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

Northern Illinois University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region list. Dekalb, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,441 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at NIU come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at NIU runs, on average, about $14,610. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,280 per year.

In addition to its great ranking here, NIU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#18

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UWM is a public institution located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,641 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UWM come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UWM is about $21,168 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,282 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#19

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

University of Southern Indiana came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Evansville, Indiana, and it awarded 1,623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USI are Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USI runs, on average, about $19,856. Graduate students pay around $19,088 a year in average tuition and fees.

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With a ranking of #20, Southern Illinois University Carbondale did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region. This fairly large public school is located in Carbondale, Illinois, and it awarded 3,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at SIUC come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and China. International students at SIUC can expect to pay, on average, about $28,906 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $32,728 a year in average tuition and fees.

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Ohio Northern University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region. Located in Ada, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 415 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 3.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at ONU come from such countries as Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at ONU is about $33,440 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $30,190 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#22

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University - Bloomington ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the large public school awarded 7,952 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 13.3% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to IU Bloomington to study. International students at IU Bloomington can expect to pay, on average, about $36,512 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $33,304 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#23

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region list. Madison, Wisconsin is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,915 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 14.5% are international. Students studying at UW - Madison come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at UW - Madison can expect to pay, on average, about $37,785 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,506 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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With a ranking of #24, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large public school located in Champaign, Illinois that handed out 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.3% are international. Students studying at UIUC come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at UIUC can expect to pay, on average, about $36,213 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $31,490 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#25

The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

The University of Findlay ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in the Great Lakes Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Findlay, Ohio, and it awarded 622 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal come to Findlay to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Findlay runs, on average, about $35,410. Graduate students pay around $16,900 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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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