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

331 Colleges
$17,283 Avg Tuition & Fees*
33% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 331 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Mexican 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 Mexico

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Brigham Young University - Provo tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Mexican students. Located in Provo, Utah, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 7,007 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Canada, South Korea, and China come to BYU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU runs, on average, about $5,790. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,290 per year.

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 Mexican 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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Out of the 331 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brigham Young University - Idaho landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 15.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU - I are Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. International students at BYU - I can expect to pay, on average, about $4,208 a year to attend the school.

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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Out of the 331 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brigham Young University - Hawaii landed the #3 spot on the list. Laie, Hawaii is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 623 students in 2018-2019.

Around 40.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at BYU - H come from such countries as Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - H is about $5,720 a year, on average.

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

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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 #4 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.8% are international. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USF Tampa runs, on average, about $17,324. 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 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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#5

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Northwest Missouri State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Mexican students. Located in Maryville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,101 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 from as far away as India, Nepal, and South Korea come to Northwest to study. 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.

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

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#6

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and it awarded 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UNI runs, on average, about $21,222. Graduate students pay around $22,648 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#7

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #7. This fairly large public school is located in Laramie, Wyoming, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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. Graduate students pay around $16,009 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. Located in Ames, Iowa, the large public school handed out 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.5% are 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#9

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the large public school handed out 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is 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 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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#10

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #10. South Dakota State is located in Brookings, South Dakota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 6.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at South Dakota State come from such countries as 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. Graduate students pay around $16,675 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, South Dakota 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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#11

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Harding University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking. Harding is a private not-for-profit institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Honduras, and Guatemala come to Harding to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Harding is about $20,530 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $13,892 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Harding 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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#12

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Western Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school awarded 3,824 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.3% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at WMU are 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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#13

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the large public school awarded 3,756 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and India come to Missouri State to study. International students at Missouri State can expect to pay, on average, about $15,898 a year to attend the school. 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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#14

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. Located in Houston, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Vietnam come to UH to study. 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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#15

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #15. Macomb, Illinois is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,785 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.4% are international. Students studying at WIU come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. International students at WIU can expect to pay, on average, about $12,940 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,803 per year.

WIU 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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#16

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Northern State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #16. Northern State University is a small public school located in Aberdeen, South Dakota that handed out 305 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at NSU are South Korea, China, and Mexico. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at NSU runs, on average, about $11,821. Graduate students pay around $11,814 a year in average tuition and fees.

NSU 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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#17

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

With a ranking of #17, Florida State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. Florida State is located in Tallahassee, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 4.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Florida State come from such countries as China, India, and Panama. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Florida State is about $21,683 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,707 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. 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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#18

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a large public school situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.0% are international. 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. 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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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. Minnesota State Mankato is located in Mankato, Minnesota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,479 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato 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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With a ranking of #20, The University of Tennessee - Martin did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. This medium-sized public school is located in Martin, Tennessee, and it awarded 1,176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan come to UT Martin to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UT Martin is about $15,788 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $16,656 a year in average tuition and fees.

UT Martin 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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#21

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. This large public school is located in Long Beach, California, and it awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.4% are international. Students studying at CSULB come from such countries as India, China, and Japan. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at CSULB is about $18,714 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $17,772 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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#22

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking. UNT is a large public school situated in Denton, Texas. It awarded 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UNT are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at UNT can expect to pay, on average, about $21,172 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $15,384 a year in average tuition and fees.

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Florida International University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students list. Florida International University is a large public school located in Miami, Florida that handed out 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at FIU come from such countries as China, Venezuela, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at FIU is about $18,963 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,211 per year.

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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#24

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, New York

With a ranking of #24, SUNY Oswego did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students. Located in Oswego, New York, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,806 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at SUNY Oswego are South Korea, China, and Canada. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SUNY Oswego runs, on average, about $18,627. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,280 per year.

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

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University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

University of Florida came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Mexican Students ranking. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UF to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UF is about $28,659 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $30,130 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UF 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 50 Best Value Colleges for Mexican 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

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#27

Hunter College

New York, New York
#29

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
#30

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#31

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
#32

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
#33

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
#34

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
#35

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#36

Queens College

Queens, New York
#37

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#38

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#40

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
#41

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
#42

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
#45

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
#47

Gods Bible School and College

Cincinnati, Ohio
#48

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#49

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico
#50

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
51 Baruch College New York, NY
52 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
53 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
54 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
55 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
56 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
57 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
58 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
59 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
60 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
61 University at Albany Albany, NY
62 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
63 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
64 University of Mississippi University, MS
65 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
Rank College Location
66 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
67 University of Toledo Toledo, 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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