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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in the Great Lakes Region for Students from Nepal

46 Colleges
$21,555 Avg Tuition & Fees*
27% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for international students. College Factual has developed its Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 46 colleges and universities across the Great Lakes Region to determine which were the best for Nepali students in the Great Lakes Region. 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 Great Lakes Region for Students from Nepal

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

Our analysis found Grand Valley State University to be the best affordable school for Nepali students in the Great Lakes Region in this year’s ranking. GVSU is located in Allendale, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 1.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to GVSU to study. 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.

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

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#2

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Eastern Illinois University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali students in the Great Lakes Region list. This medium-sized public school is located in Charleston, Illinois, and it awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at EIU come from such countries as India, China, and Nigeria. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at EIU runs, on average, about $13,974. Graduate students pay around $20,442 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#3

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Western Illinois University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Macomb, Illinois, and it awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.4% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at WIU come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WIU is about $12,940 a year, on average. 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 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#4

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Out of the 46 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Michigan University landed the #4 spot on the list. 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.

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#5

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Toledo. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Toledo, Ohio, and it awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at University of Toledo come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at University of Toledo is about $19,547 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $26,411 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#6

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Stout came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and it awarded 1,625 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.2% are international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, China, and India come to UW - Stout to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW - Stout runs, on average, about $17,430. Graduate students pay around $16,830 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#7

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #7. Youngstown State University is located in Youngstown, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,645 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 3.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, India, and Kuwait come to Youngstown State University to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Youngstown State University runs, on average, about $9,309. Graduate students pay around $9,478 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#8

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Illinois State University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. Illinois State is a large public school situated in Normal, Illinois. It awarded 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

In addition to its great ranking here, Illinois State is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall value list.

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Kent State University at Kent came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This large public school is located in Kent, Ohio, and it awarded 5,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Kent State are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at Kent State can expect to pay, on average, about $19,478 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $21,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#10

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #10. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school situated in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 3.6% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to Central Michigan to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Central Michigan is about $23,331 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,150 per year.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. OHIO Athens is located in Athens, Ohio and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 4.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to OHIO Athens to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at OHIO Athens runs, on average, about $22,406. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,712 per year.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. This fairly large public school is located in Bowling Green, Ohio, and it awarded 3,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at BGSU are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BGSU runs, on average, about $19,305. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,823 per year.

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#13

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

Saginaw Valley State University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in University Center, Michigan, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,527 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Saginaw Valley State University are Saudi Arabia, China, and Nepal. International students at Saginaw Valley State University can expect to pay, on average, about $25,401 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,780 per year.

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#14

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #14, University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the large public school handed out 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.1% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, China, and Iran come to UIC to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UIC is about $29,514 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $27,140 per year.

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#15

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. Cleveland State University is located in Cleveland, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,879 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 7.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait come to Cleveland State University to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Cleveland State University runs, on average, about $15,370. Graduate students pay around $17,268 a year in average tuition and fees.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. Cincinnati, Ohio is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,175 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 9.2% are international. Students studying at UC come from such countries as India, China, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UC runs, on average, about $26,488. Graduate students pay around $26,210 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%.

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#17

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

Northern Illinois University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. NIU is located in Dekalb, Illinois and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,441 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at NIU come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at NIU can expect to pay, on average, about $14,610 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,280 per year.

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

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#18

University of Michigan - Flint

Flint, Michigan

University of Michigan - Flint ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region list. UM Flint is located in Flint, Michigan and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,096 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UM Flint are India, Saudi Arabia, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UM Flint runs, on average, about $23,155. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,523 per year.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Akron Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. University of Akron Main Campus is located in Akron, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,925 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 5.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to University of Akron Main Campus to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at University of Akron Main Campus is about $17,765 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $15,217 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#20

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Oakland University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #20. Oakland is a fairly large public school situated in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It awarded 3,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.7% are international. Students studying at Oakland come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Oakland runs, on average, about $24,735. Graduate students pay around $24,648 a year in average tuition and fees.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the large public school awarded 11,596 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 11.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Ohio State come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Ohio State is about $32,061 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $36,009 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region list. SIUC is located in Carbondale, Illinois and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,120 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 8.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at SIUC are India, Saudi Arabia, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SIUC runs, on average, about $28,906. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $32,728 per year.

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#23

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region list. Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,641 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.1% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UWM are China, Saudi Arabia, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UWM runs, on average, about $21,168. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,282 per year.

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#24

The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

The University of Findlay did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #24. Findlay is located in Findlay, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 622 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Findlay are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. International students at Findlay can expect to pay, on average, about $35,410 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,900 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#25

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in the Great Lakes Region. Detroit, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,652 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.1% are international. Students from as far away as India, Canada, and China come to Wayne State to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Wayne State runs, on average, about $31,499. Graduate students pay around $37,215 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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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