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

308 Colleges
$17,997 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% 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 Pakistani Students ranking.

Our analysis looked at 308 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Pakistani 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 Pakistan

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Our analysis found University of South Florida - Main Campus to be the best affordable school for Pakistani students in this year’s ranking. USF Tampa is a large public school situated in Tampa, Florida. It awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at USF Tampa are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at USF Tampa is about $17,324 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, USF Tampa 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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#2

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Iowa State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani students list. Iowa State is a public institution located in Ames, Iowa. The school has a large population, and it awarded 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. 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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#3

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

A rank of #3 on our list means University of Wyoming is a great place for Pakistani 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UW are China, India, and Canada. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UW is about $14,803 a year, on average. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Minnesota State University - Mankato. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. 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. 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. Graduate students pay around $8,474 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Western Michigan University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Pakistani students. WMU is a large public school situated in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 8.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at WMU come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WMU is about $16,041 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $31,355 per year.

WMU 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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#6

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. University of Northern Iowa is a fairly large public school located in Cedar Falls, Iowa that handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UNI come from such countries as 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.

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

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#7

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking, coming in at #7. Texas Tech University is a large public school located in Lubbock, Texas that handed out 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Bangladesh come to Texas Tech to study. 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 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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#8

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students list. St. Cloud State University is a fairly large public school situated in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. It awarded 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at St. Cloud State University are Nepal, India, and China. International students at St. Cloud State University can expect to pay, on average, about $16,948 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,446 per year.

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. UH is a large public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,748 per year.

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

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#10

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

With a ranking of #10, Eastern Illinois University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at EIU runs, on average, about $13,974. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,442 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, EIU 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

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 Pakistani Students. USD is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 2.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at USD come from such countries as China, India, and Nepal. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at USD is about $12,807 a year, on average. 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

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking. 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.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UCM are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. International students at UCM can expect to pay, on average, about $15,171 a year to attend the school. 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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North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students list. North Dakota State University is a public institution located in Fargo, North Dakota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.4% of the total student body at the school. 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,123 per year.

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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#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Twin Cities can expect to pay, on average, about $33,325 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,845 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#15

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking, coming in at #15. University of Central Florida is a large public school located in Orlando, Florida that handed out 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UCF are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UCF is about $22,467 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,657 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCF 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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#16

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking, coming in at #16. Minot State University is a small public school located in Minot, North Dakota that handed out 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at MSU are Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at MSU runs, on average, about $7,592. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $9,553 per year.

MSU 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

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students list. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, the large public school awarded 2,613 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.8% are international. Students studying at UAB come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UAB runs, on average, about $20,400. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,188 per year.

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#18

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students list. Located in Denton, Texas, the large public school awarded 7,639 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.9% are international. Students studying at UNT come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UNT runs, on average, about $21,172. Graduate students pay around $15,384 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#19

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking. Southern Miss is a public institution located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,470 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.7% are international. Students studying at Southern Miss come from such countries as India, Nepal, and China. 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 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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#20

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students list. 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 from as far away as China, India, and Panama come to Florida State to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Florida State runs, on average, about $21,683. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,707 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#21

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of North Dakota did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking, coming in at #21. Grand Forks, North Dakota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,231 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and Japan come to UND to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UND runs, on average, about $15,895. Graduate students pay around $19,958 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#22

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

With a ranking of #22, Illinois State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. Located in Normal, Illinois, the large public school awarded 4,822 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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 Illinois State are India, Panama, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Illinois State is about $20,427 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $11,030 a year in average tuition and fees.

Illinois 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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#23

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. New York, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,496 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Hunter to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Hunter runs, on average, about $15,332. Graduate students pay around $20,828 a year in average tuition and fees.

Hunter 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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Florida International University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students. FIU is a public institution located in Miami, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Venezuela, and India come to FIU to study. International students at FIU can expect to pay, on average, about $18,963 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $24,211 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#25

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Pakistani Students list. This fairly large public school is located in Wichita, Kansas, and it awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at WSU are India, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at WSU runs, on average, about $17,480. Graduate students pay around $14,845 a year in average tuition and fees.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges for Pakistani students

Not only did these schools make the top 47 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, New York
#27

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
#28

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
#29

Queens College

Queens, New York
#31

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
#32

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
#33

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#35

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
#36

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#37

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#40

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#41

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio
#42

Baruch College

New York, New York
#43

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#44

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#46

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio
#47

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
48 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
49 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
50 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
51 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
52 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
53 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
54 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
55 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
56 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
57 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
58 Utah State University Logan, UT
59 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
60 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
61 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
62 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
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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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