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

211 Colleges
$18,915 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen it comes to choosing a college, international students have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. College Factual has developed its Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 211 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Kenyan 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 Kenya

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Brigham Young University - Idaho tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Kenyan students. Brigham Young University - Idaho is a large private not-for-profit school located in Rexburg, Idaho that handed out 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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. International students at BYU - I can expect to pay, on average, about $4,208 a year to attend the school.

On top of its placing in this ranking, BYU - I 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. USF Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 10.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at USF Tampa can expect to pay, on average, about $17,324 a year to attend the school. 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%. As a testament to the value of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 5% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minnesota State University - Mankato. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan students list. Located in Mankato, Minnesota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,479 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. International students at Minnesota State Mankato can expect to pay, on average, about $16,730 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $8,474 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#4

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Wyoming. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan students list. Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the fairly large public school awarded 2,387 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UW come from such countries as China, India, and Canada. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UW is about $14,803 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,009 per year.

UW 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

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

A rank of #5 on our list means Western Michigan University is a great place for Kenyan students working on their bachelor’s degree. Western Michigan University is a large public school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan that handed out 3,824 bachelor’s degrees 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at WMU runs, on average, about $16,041. 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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#6

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Ames, Iowa, the large public school awarded 7,380 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 10.5% of the total student population at the school is 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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Iowa State 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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#7

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Winona State University is a medium-sized public school located in Winona, Minnesota that handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Taiwan, and South Korea come to Winona State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Winona State is about $15,766 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $12,030 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#8

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. This small public school is located in Minot, North Dakota, and it awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea come to MSU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at MSU runs, on average, about $7,592. Graduate students pay around $9,553 a year in average tuition and fees.

MSU 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

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #9. Texas Tech is a public institution located in Lubbock, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Bangladesh come to Texas Tech to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Texas Tech is about $19,260 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,651 per year.

Texas Tech 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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#10

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Warrensburg, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,021 students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal come to UCM to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UCM runs, on average, about $15,171. Graduate students pay around $15,963 a year in average tuition and fees.

UCM 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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#11

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the fairly large public school handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees 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 UNI are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico. International students at UNI can expect to pay, on average, about $21,222 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $22,648 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UNI 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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With a ranking of #12, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Fargo, North Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.4% are international. Students studying at North Dakota State University come from such countries as India, China, and Bangladesh. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at North Dakota State University is about $13,757 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,123 per year.

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

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#13

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. This fairly large public school is located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and it awarded 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at St. Cloud State University are Nepal, India, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at St. Cloud State University runs, on average, about $16,948. Graduate students pay around $12,446 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a ranking of #14, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities come from such countries as 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

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Illinois State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Illinois State is a large public school situated in Normal, Illinois. It awarded 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Illinois State come from such countries as India, Panama, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Illinois State runs, on average, about $20,427. Graduate students pay around $11,030 a year in average tuition and fees.

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 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#16

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Missouri State is located in Springfield, Missouri and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,756 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.0% are international. Students studying at Missouri State come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and India. International students at Missouri State can expect to pay, on average, about $15,898 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $11,524 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#17

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Houston, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,631 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UH come from such countries as India, China, and Vietnam. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UH runs, on average, about $21,749. Graduate students pay around $18,748 a year in average tuition and fees.

UH 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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#18

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking. WSU is a fairly large public school situated in Wichita, Kansas. It awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.4% are international. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka come to WSU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WSU is about $17,480 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $14,845 per year.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Martin, Tennessee, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UT Martin are Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan. International students at UT Martin can expect to pay, on average, about $15,788 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,656 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UT Martin 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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#20

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #20. Southeast Missouri State University is a public institution located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,711 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 Southeast Missouri State University are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at Southeast Missouri State University can expect to pay, on average, about $13,830 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $10,513 per year.

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#21

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #21. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Saint Charles, Missouri that handed out 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Lindenwood University are Venezuela, Panama, and Canada. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Lindenwood University is about $18,100 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $18,100 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#22

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York

Binghamton University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Vestal, New York, the fairly large public school handed out 3,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 13.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Binghamton University come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Binghamton University is about $27,791 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,384 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. Binghamton University 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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#23

Berea College

Berea, Kentucky

Berea College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #23. Berea, Kentucky is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 349 students in 2018-2019.

Around 7.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Berea are Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Haiti. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Berea runs, on average, about $44,700.

Berea 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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#24

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, New York

SUNY Plattsburgh ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. 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.

Around 6.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at SUNY Plattsburgh are Vietnam, Japan, and China. International students at SUNY Plattsburgh can expect to pay, on average, about $18,782 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $24,902 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#25

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 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 Panama come to Florida State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Florida State is about $21,683 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $26,707 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Florida State also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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

Not only did these schools make the top 32 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
#27

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio
#28

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio
#30

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#31

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
33 Principia College Elsah, IL
34 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
35 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
36 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
37 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
38 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
39 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
40 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
41 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
42 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
43 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL

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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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