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

463 Colleges
$14,726 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Nigerian Students ranking.

We analyzed 463 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Nigerian students. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall value as determined by our Best Colleges for the Money ranking and the percentage of international students on campus.

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

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Provo to be the best affordable school for Nigerian 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 3.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU are Canada, South Korea, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU is about $5,790 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $7,290 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. BYU did well in our overall value rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall best for the money list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Nigerian students list. BYU - I is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rexburg, Idaho. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.5% are international. Students from as far away as Canada, Mexico, and Brazil come to BYU - I to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - I is about $4,208 a year, on average.

BYU - I 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 University of South Florida - Main Campus. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school awarded 8,684 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study. International students at USF Tampa can expect to pay, on average, about $17,324 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $21,126 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. In addition to its great ranking here, USF Tampa is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#4

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

Out of the 463 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, South Dakota State University landed the #4 spot on the list. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.7% are international. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal come to South Dakota State to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at South Dakota State runs, on average, about $12,589. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,675 per year.

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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#5

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Wyoming helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Nigerian students. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UW are China, India, and Canada. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW runs, on average, about $14,803. Graduate students pay around $16,009 a year in average tuition and fees.

UW 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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#6

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Charleston, Illinois, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Nigeria come to EIU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at EIU is about $13,974 a year, on average. 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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#7

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking. Located in Macomb, Illinois, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,785 bachelor’s degrees 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. 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.

WIU 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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Minnesota State University - Mankato ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students list. Mankato, Minnesota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,479 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.2% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Minnesota State Mankato are Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Minnesota State Mankato is about $16,730 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,474 per year.

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

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#9

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking. This small public school is located in Minot, North Dakota, and it awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea come to MSU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at MSU is about $7,592 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,553 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, MSU 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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#10

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. 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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#11

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. Marshall, Minnesota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 484 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Nepal, Taiwan, and Nigeria come to Southwest Minnesota State University to study. International students at Southwest Minnesota State University can expect to pay, on average, about $8,874 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,190 per year.

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#12

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking, coming in at #12. This large public school is located in Lubbock, Texas, and it awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at Texas Tech come from such countries as India, China, and Bangladesh. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Texas Tech runs, on average, about $19,260. 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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#13

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Western Michigan University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students list. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school awarded 3,824 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree 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. 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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#14

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students list. SD Mines is a public institution located in Rapid City, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, China, and Nepal come to SD Mines to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SD Mines runs, on average, about $15,080. Graduate students pay around $19,250 a year in average tuition and fees.

SD Mines 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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#15

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. 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. Students studying at GVSU come from such countries as 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.

GVSU 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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#16

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. Truman State is a medium-sized public school situated in Kirksville, Missouri. It awarded 1,216 bachelor’s degrees 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 Truman State are 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Truman State also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#17

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students list. This large public school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UH are India, China, and Vietnam. International students at UH can expect to pay, on average, about $21,749 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,748 per year.

UH 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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With a ranking of #18, Minnesota State University - Moorhead did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a medium-sized public school located in Moorhead, Minnesota that handed out 1,242 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at MSU Moorhead are Nepal, Nigeria, and Japan. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at MSU Moorhead is about $16,586 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,540 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, MSU Moorhead 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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#19

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

MSU Texas did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking, coming in at #19. Wichita Falls, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,201 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.7% are international. Students from as far away as Dominica, India, and China come to MSU Texas to study. International students at MSU Texas can expect to pay, on average, about $11,329 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,779 per year.

MSU Texas 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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#20

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking, coming in at #20. Warrensburg, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,021 students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCM are 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.

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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#21

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking. St. Cloud State University is located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,065 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at St. Cloud State University is about $16,948 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $12,446 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#22

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota

With a ranking of #22, Dickinson State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. Located in Dickinson, North Dakota, the small public school handed out 267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at DSU come from such countries as Nigeria, Canada, and Nepal. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at DSU runs, on average, about $11,044. Graduate students pay around $6,052 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#23

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Harding University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students. Harding University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Searcy, Arkansas that handed out 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Harding are China, Honduras, and Guatemala. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Harding runs, on average, about $20,530. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $13,892 per year.

Harding 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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#24

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students list. USD is a medium-sized public school situated in Vermillion, South Dakota. It awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USD are China, India, and Nepal. International students at USD can expect to pay, on average, about $12,807 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $12,637 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#25

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian Students ranking, coming in at #25. UIS is a public institution located in Springfield, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 680 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UIS are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UIS is about $18,356 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,176 per year.

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

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for Nigerian students

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#28

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri
#29

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#30

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#31

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota
#32

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas
#34

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#35

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
#36

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri
#37

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
#38

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
#41

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
#42

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#43

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
#44

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
#45

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas
#46

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
#47

Hunter College

New York, New York
#48

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio
#49

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin
#50

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia

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

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Rank College Location
51 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
52 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
53 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
54 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
55 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
56 Queens College Queens, NY
57 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
58 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
59 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
60 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
61 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
62 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
63 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
64 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
65 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Rank College Location
66 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
67 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
68 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
69 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
70 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
71 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
72 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
73 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
74 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
75 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
76 Troy University Troy, AL
77 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
78 Delta State University Cleveland, MS
79 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
80 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
81 Berea College Berea, KY
82 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
83 Baruch College New York, NY
84 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
85 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
Rank College Location
86 Howard University Washington, DC
87 Lee University Cleveland, TN
88 Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS
89 Dakota State University Madison, SD
90 Monroe College Bronx, NY
91 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
92 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
93 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY

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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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