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

241 Colleges
$16,888 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 241 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Malaysian 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 Malaysia

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Provo to be the best affordable school for Malaysian students in this year’s ranking. Brigham Young University - Provo is a large private not-for-profit school located in Provo, Utah that handed out 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at BYU come from such countries as Canada, South Korea, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU runs, on average, about $5,790. Graduate students pay around $7,290 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. BYU not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall value list.

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#2

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Iowa State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian students list. 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 from as far away as China, India, and Malaysia come to Iowa State to study. 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. Iowa State 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.5% are 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.

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

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Florida - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Malaysian students. This large public school is located in Tampa, Florida, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at USF Tampa are 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USF Tampa also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#5

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Minnesota - Morris helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Malaysian students. UMN Morris is located in Morris, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 10.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Morris are 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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#6

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Western Michigan University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school handed out 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 8.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, India, and China come to WMU to study. International students at WMU can expect to pay, on average, about $16,041 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $31,355 per year.

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

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#7

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. Kirksville, Missouri is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,216 students 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 Truman State are China, Nepal, and Vietnam. International students at Truman State can expect to pay, on average, about $15,314 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,186 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. As a testament to the value of education it offers, Truman State also is in the top 1% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#8

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire is a fairly large public school located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin that handed out 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.2% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UW - Eau Claire come from such countries as Malaysia, China, and South Korea. International students at UW - Eau Claire can expect to pay, on average, about $17,115 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,540 per year.

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

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#9

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

With a ranking of #9, Winona State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students. Located in Winona, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.2% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Winona State are China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Winona State runs, on average, about $15,766. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,030 per year.

Winona 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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#10

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. UMN Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UMN Twin Cities to study. International students at UMN Twin Cities can expect to pay, on average, about $33,325 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,845 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#11

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the fairly large public school awarded 2,387 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW runs, on average, about $14,803. 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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#12

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Duluth, Minnesota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,162 students in 2018-2019.

Around 2.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Duluth are China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Duluth can expect to pay, on average, about $18,880 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,708 per year.

UMN Duluth 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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#13

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the fairly large public school handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico come to UNI to study. 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.

UNI 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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#14

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students. 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.

Around 9.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at St. Cloud State University come from such countries as Nepal, India, and China. International students at St. Cloud State University can expect to pay, on average, about $16,948 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,446 per year.

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#15

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

University of Nebraska - Lincoln did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #15. UNL is a large public school situated in Lincoln, Nebraska. It awarded 4,859 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Malaysia, and India come to UNL to study. International students at UNL can expect to pay, on average, about $25,806 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $18,879 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UNL 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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#16

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. GVSU is a public institution located in Allendale, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.6% are international. Students studying at GVSU come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at GVSU can expect to pay, on average, about $18,610 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $17,208 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, GVSU 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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#17

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #17. 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.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Texas Tech are India, China, and Bangladesh. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Texas Tech runs, on average, about $19,260. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,651 per year.

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

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#18

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. Located in Warrensburg, Missouri, the fairly large public school awarded 2,021 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at UCM come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UCM is about $15,171 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $15,963 a year in average tuition and fees.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, UCM also is in the top 20% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#19

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Located in Minot, North Dakota, the small public school awarded 607 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.8% are international. Students studying at MSU come from such countries as Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea. International students at MSU can expect to pay, on average, about $7,592 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,553 per year.

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

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#20

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Wichita, Kansas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,231 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.4% are international. Students studying at WSU come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka. 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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#21

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #21. Long Beach, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,950 students in 2018-2019.

Around 6.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at CSULB are 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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#22

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Located in Macomb, Illinois, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at WIU are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at WIU runs, on average, about $12,940. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,803 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, WIU 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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#23

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students. UH is a large public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, China, and Vietnam come to UH to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UH is about $21,749 a year, on average. 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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#24

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students. University of Minnesota - Crookston is a small public school located in Crookston, Minnesota that handed out 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UMN Crookston to study. International students at UMN Crookston can expect to pay, on average, about $12,116 a year to attend the school.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UMN Crookston 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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#25

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Missouri State is a public institution located in Springfield, Missouri. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,756 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and India come to Missouri State to study. 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 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges for Malaysian students

Not only did these schools make the top 37 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#28

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
#29

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
#32

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
#33

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#34

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas
#36

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#37

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
38 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
39 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
40 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
41 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
42 Queens College Queens, NY
43 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
44 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
45 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
46 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
47 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
48 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
49 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

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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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