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

189 Colleges
$19,621 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for international students. 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 Kuwaiti Students ranking.

After analyzing 189 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Kuwaiti students. Our ranking methodology focuses on a number of different objective factors - such as the overall value of the school, number of total international students at the school, and the percentage of international students on campus - to make this determination.

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Top Value Colleges in the U.S. for Students from Kuwait

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Our 2021 rankings named University of South Florida - Main Campus the best affordable school for Kuwaiti students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at USF Tampa is about $17,324 a year, on average. 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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, USF Tampa 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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#2

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Wyoming. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. UW is a public institution located in Laramie, Wyoming. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at UW come from such countries as China, India, and Canada. International students at UW can expect to pay, on average, about $14,803 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,009 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#3

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Alabama helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Kuwaiti students. USA is a fairly large public school situated in Mobile, Alabama. It awarded 1,940 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.6% are international. Students from as far away as Kuwait, India, and Saudi Arabia come to USA to study. International students at USA can expect to pay, on average, about $16,292 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,112 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#4

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend South Dakota State University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Kuwaiti students list. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at South Dakota State are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. International students at South Dakota State can expect to pay, on average, about $12,589 a year to attend the school. 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minnesota State University - Mankato. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Kuwaiti students list. Located in Mankato, Minnesota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,479 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia come to Minnesota State Mankato to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Minnesota State Mankato runs, on average, about $16,730. Graduate students pay around $8,474 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#6

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students list. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.5% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Iowa State are China, India, and Malaysia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Iowa State runs, on average, about $24,508. Graduate students pay around $25,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

With a ranking of #7, Western Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. WMU is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

On top of its placing in this ranking, WMU 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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#8

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

With a ranking of #8, West Virginia University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. West Virginia University is a large public school located in Morgantown, West Virginia that handed out 4,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at WVU come from such countries as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WVU is about $25,320 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $26,154 a year in average tuition and fees.

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With a ranking of #9, Florida International University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. FIU is a large public school situated in Miami, Florida. It awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Venezuela, and India come to FIU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at FIU is about $18,963 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $24,211 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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#10

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students ranking. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the large public school awarded 6,248 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at NAU are Kuwait, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at NAU can expect to pay, on average, about $17,785 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,296 per year.

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#11

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California

With a ranking of #11, California State University - Northridge did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. CSUN is a large public school situated in Northridge, California. It awarded 9,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at CSUN are Kuwait, China, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at CSUN is about $18,857 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,915 per year.

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#12

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students ranking, coming in at #12. This large public school is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and it awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Florida State are China, India, and Panama. International students at Florida State can expect to pay, on average, about $21,683 a year to attend the school. 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. Florida State 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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#13

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio

With a ranking of #13, Youngstown State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. Located in Youngstown, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 1,645 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 3.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Youngstown State University are Saudi Arabia, India, and Kuwait. International students at Youngstown State University can expect to pay, on average, about $9,309 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,478 per year.

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#14

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

With a ranking of #14, University of North Florida did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. University of North Florida is a fairly large public school located in Jacksonville, Florida that handed out 3,493 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 Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Brazil come to UNF to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UNF is about $19,407 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $22,974 per year.

UNF 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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#15

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. This large public school is located in San Diego, California, and it awarded 8,159 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at SDSU are China, India, and Kuwait. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SDSU runs, on average, about $19,390. Graduate students pay around $18,448 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

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#16

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students ranking, coming in at #16. UCF is a large public school situated in Orlando, Florida. It awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.0% are international. Students studying at UCF come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at UCF can expect to pay, on average, about $22,467 a year to attend the school. 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. UCF 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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#17

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

With a ranking of #17, University of North Carolina at Charlotte did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. This large public school is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it awarded 5,974 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UNC Charlotte come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UNC Charlotte is about $20,339 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,864 per year.

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#18

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California

With a ranking of #18, California State University - Fullerton did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. Cal State Fullerton is a large public school situated in Fullerton, California. It awarded 9,996 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 Cal State Fullerton are India, China, and Kuwait. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton is about $18,804 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,862 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#19

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

With a ranking of #19, Cleveland State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. Cleveland, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,879 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.5% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Cleveland State University are India, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. International students at Cleveland State University can expect to pay, on average, about $15,370 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,268 per year.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students ranking, coming in at #20. Cal Poly Pomona is a large public school situated in Pomona, California. It awarded 4,810 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Cal Poly Pomona come from such countries as China, Kuwait, and South Korea. International students at Cal Poly Pomona can expect to pay, on average, about $19,276 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $18,334 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#21

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students ranking. Saint Cloud State University is a fairly large public school located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota that handed out 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.6% are international. Students studying at St. Cloud State University come from such countries as Nepal, India, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at St. Cloud State University is about $16,948 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $12,446 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#22

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

Kansas State University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. Kansas State University is a large public school located in Manhattan, Kansas that handed out 4,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.4% are international. Students studying at K -State come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at K -State is about $26,316 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,115 per year.

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With a ranking of #23, Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. This large public school is located in Tempe, Arizona, and it awarded 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.2% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at ASU - Tempe are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at ASU - Tempe runs, on average, about $29,428. Graduate students pay around $27,048 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#24

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students ranking, coming in at #24. 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 studying at Texas Tech come from such countries as India, China, and Bangladesh. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Texas Tech is about $19,260 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $15,651 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#25

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a ranking of #25, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Kuwaiti Students. This large public school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.0% are international. 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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

Not only did these schools make the top 29 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#27

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#28

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
30 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
31 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
32 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
33 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
34 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
35 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
36 University of North Texas Denton, TX
37 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT
38 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

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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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