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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in Illinois for Students from Nepal

12 Colleges
$34,224 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois ranking.

After analyzing 12 schools in Illinois, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Nepali students in Illinois. Our ranking methodology focuses on a number of different objective factors - such as the overall value of the school, number of total international students at the school, and the percentage of international students on campus - to make this determination.

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Top Value Colleges in Illinois for Students from Nepal

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Our analysis found Eastern Illinois University to be the best affordable school for Nepali students in Illinois in this year’s ranking. Eastern Illinois University is a medium-sized public school located in Charleston, Illinois that handed out 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. 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 also made our overall value list, coming in at #3.

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#2

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Out of the 12 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Illinois University landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Macomb, Illinois, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,785 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria come to WIU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WIU is about $12,940 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $11,803 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#3

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

A rank of #3 on our list means Illinois State University is a great place for Nepali students in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Normal, Illinois, and 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,030 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Illinois State 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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A rank of #4 on our list means University of Illinois at Chicago is a great place for Nepali students in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. UIC is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 12.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UIC come from such countries as India, China, and Iran. International students at UIC can expect to pay, on average, about $29,514 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $27,140 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#5

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Northern Illinois University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Dekalb, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,441 students 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 Saudi Arabia come to NIU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at NIU is about $14,610 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,280 per year.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Carbondale, Illinois, and it awarded 3,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and China come to SIUC to study. 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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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois. UIUC is located in Champaign, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 22.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UIUC come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UIUC runs, on average, about $36,213. Graduate students pay around $31,490 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#8

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Galesburg, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 367 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Knox are China, Pakistan, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Knox runs, on average, about $48,168.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Knox is ranked #4 for overall value in Illinois.

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#9

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois. DePaul is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,518 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at DePaul come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at DePaul can expect to pay, on average, about $41,202 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $19,974 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#10

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois ranking, coming in at #10. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 600 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Spain come to Illinois Tech to study. International students at Illinois Tech can expect to pay, on average, about $48,749 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $30,937 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

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#11

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois list. Northwestern is a private not-for-profit institution located in Evanston, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.1% are international. Students studying at Northwestern come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Northwestern runs, on average, about $56,691. Graduate students pay around $56,567 a year in average tuition and fees.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#12

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Illinois ranking, coming in at #12. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 25.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UChicago runs, on average, about $59,298. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $61,548 per year.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 12 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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