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

361 Colleges
$14,486 Avg Tuition & Fees*
30% 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 Nepali Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 361 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Nepali students. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall value and the total number of international students at the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

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

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

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. BYU also made our overall value list, coming in at #2.

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#2

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at South Dakota State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Nepali students. Brookings, South Dakota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,026 students 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at South Dakota State is about $12,589 a year, on average. 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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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Out of the 361 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Truman State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Kirksville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,216 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 6.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Truman State come from such countries as China, Nepal, and Vietnam. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Truman State is about $15,314 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $16,186 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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A rank of #4 on our list means Minnesota State University - Mankato is a great place for Nepali students working on their bachelor’s degree. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school situated in Mankato, Minnesota. It awarded 2,479 bachelor’s degrees 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Minnesota State Mankato runs, on average, about $16,730. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,474 per year.

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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#5

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Wyoming is a great place for Nepali students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the fairly large public school handed out 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is 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.

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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With a ranking of #6, Brigham Young University - Idaho did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 5,537 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - I is about $4,208 a year, on average.

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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#7

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students list. Saint Cloud, Minnesota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,065 students in 2018-2019.

Around 9.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Nepal, India, and China come to St. Cloud State University to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at St. Cloud State University runs, on average, about $16,948. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,446 per year.

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#8

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, coming in at #8. This medium-sized public school is located in Maryville, Missouri, and it awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.4% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Northwest are India, Nepal, and South Korea. 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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University of South Florida - Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. 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%. 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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#10

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

With a ranking of #10, Iowa State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. Iowa State University is a large public school located in Ames, Iowa that handed out 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Iowa State are China, India, and Malaysia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Iowa State is about $24,508 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,952 per year.

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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#11

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

With a ranking of #11, University of South Dakota did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. USD is a public institution located in Vermillion, South Dakota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.9% are international. Students studying at USD come from such countries as China, India, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USD runs, on average, about $12,807. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,637 per year.

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

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#12

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, coming in at #12. Winona State is a medium-sized public school situated in Winona, Minnesota. It awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 3.2% are international. Students studying at Winona State come from such countries as China, Taiwan, and South Korea. 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.

Winona 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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#13

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students list. Located in Allendale, Michigan, the large public school awarded 5,421 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at GVSU are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at GVSU is about $18,610 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,208 per year.

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

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#14

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Charleston, Illinois, and it awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at EIU come from such countries as India, China, and Nigeria. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at EIU is about $13,974 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,442 per year.

EIU 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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#15

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. UCM is a public institution located in Warrensburg, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,021 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UCM come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UCM runs, on average, about $15,171. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,963 per year.

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

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#16

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, coming in at #16. This large public school is located in Lubbock, Texas, 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. Students from as far away as India, China, and Bangladesh come to Texas Tech to study. International students at Texas Tech can expect to pay, on average, about $19,260 a year to attend the school. 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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Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students list. Southwest Minnesota State University is a public institution located in Marshall, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 484 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Southwest Minnesota State University are Nepal, Taiwan, and Nigeria. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Southwest Minnesota State University is about $8,874 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,190 per year.

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#18

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students list. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a small public school located in Rapid City, South Dakota that handed out 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.4% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at SD Mines come from such countries as India, China, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SD Mines runs, on average, about $15,080. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,250 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, SD Mines 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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#19

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students list. Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the fairly large public school awarded 2,470 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 2.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, Nepal, and China come to Southern Miss to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Southern Miss runs, on average, about $10,896. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $10,896 per year.

Southern Miss 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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#20

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students list. Bemidji State University is located in Bemidji, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,036 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.4% are international. Students studying at Bemidji State University come from such countries as Canada, Nepal, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Bemidji State University is about $8,940 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $8,731 a year in average tuition and fees.

Bemidji State University 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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Minnesota State University - Moorhead came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. MSU Moorhead is a public institution located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,242 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at MSU Moorhead come from such countries as Nepal, Nigeria, and Japan. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at MSU Moorhead is about $16,586 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $9,540 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#22

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

With a ranking of #22, Western Illinois University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. 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.

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.

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

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#23

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

With a ranking of #23, Western Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. Kalamazoo, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,824 students in 2018-2019.

Around 8.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at WMU are 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 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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With a ranking of #24, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. This fairly large public school is located in Fargo, North Dakota, and it awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at North Dakota State University are India, China, and Bangladesh. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at North Dakota State University runs, on average, about $13,757. Graduate students pay around $11,123 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, North Dakota State University 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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#25

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students. This fairly large public school is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and it awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. Students studying at UNI come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico. International students at UNI can expect to pay, on average, about $21,222 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $22,648 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for Nepali 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 Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
#27

Hunter College

New York, New York
#29

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#30

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
#31

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
#32

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio
#33

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#34

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri
#35

Queens College

Queens, New York
#36

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin
#37

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#38

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio
#39

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana
#40

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#41

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota
#42

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas
#43

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#44

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#46

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho
#47

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
#48

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
#49

Baruch College

New York, New York

Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
52 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
53 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
54 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
55 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
56 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
57 Dakota State University Madison, SD
58 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
59 Troy University Troy, AL
60 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
61 Utah State University Logan, UT
62 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
63 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
64 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
65 East Central University Ada, OK
66 University of Mississippi University, MS
67 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
68 Berea College Berea, KY
69 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
70 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
Rank College Location
71 Monroe College Bronx, NY
72 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
73 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO

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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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