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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in the United States for Students from Saudi Arabia

540 Colleges
$17,186 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWith all of the options international students have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 540 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Saudi Arabian students. 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 the U.S. for Students from Saudi Arabia

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Our analysis found University of South Florida - Main Campus to be the best affordable school for Saudi Arabian students in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Tampa, Florida, 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 from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USF Tampa runs, on average, about $17,324. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USF Tampa 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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#2

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Western Michigan University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Saudi Arabian students list. WMU is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.3% are 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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#3

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

A rank of #3 on our list means South Dakota State University is a great place for Saudi Arabian students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,026 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. Graduate students pay around $16,675 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#4

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

Out of the 540 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Wyoming landed the #4 spot on the list. UW is located in Laramie, Wyoming and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,009 per year.

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

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#5

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Northern Iowa. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Saudi Arabian students list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UNI are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico. International students at UNI can expect to pay, on average, about $21,222 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $22,648 per year.

UNI 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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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. 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.

Around 9.2% of the total student population at the school is 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,474 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Minnesota State Mankato 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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#7

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. UCM is located in Warrensburg, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,021 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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. Graduate students pay around $15,963 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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With a ranking of #8, Missouri State University - Springfield did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the large public school awarded 3,756 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and India come to Missouri State to study. International students at Missouri State can expect to pay, on average, about $15,898 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,524 per year.

Missouri State 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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#9

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students list. Ames, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,380 students in 2018-2019.

Around 10.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Iowa State come from such countries as China, India, and Malaysia. International students at Iowa State can expect to pay, on average, about $24,508 a year to attend the school. 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%. In addition to its great ranking here, Iowa State is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#10

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking. This fairly large public school is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and it awarded 2,211 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.2% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UW - La Crosse are China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. International students at UW - La Crosse can expect to pay, on average, about $17,946 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,005 per year.

UW - La Crosse 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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#11

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking, coming in at #11. This medium-sized public school is located in Macomb, Illinois, and it awarded 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. 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.

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 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Stout did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking, coming in at #12. UW - Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,625 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UW - Stout 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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#13

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

With a ranking of #13, Winona State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. This medium-sized public school is located in Winona, Minnesota, and it awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Winona State come from such countries as China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Winona State runs, on average, about $15,766. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,030 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Winona 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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#14

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students list. EIU is located in Charleston, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

EIU 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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#15

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking. Lubbock, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,599 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 Texas Tech are India, China, and Bangladesh. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Texas Tech runs, on average, about $19,260. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,651 per year.

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

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#16

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and it awarded 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at St. Cloud State University come from such countries as Nepal, India, and China. 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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#17

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

With a ranking of #17, Grand Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. 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.

Around 1.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at GVSU are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at GVSU runs, on average, about $18,610. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,208 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, GVSU 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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#18

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking, coming in at #18. This fairly large public school is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and it awarded 1,711 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 Southeast Missouri State University are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Southeast Missouri State University is about $13,830 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $10,513 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#19

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

University of South Alabama did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Mobile, Alabama, the fairly large public school handed out 1,940 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USA are Kuwait, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USA runs, on average, about $16,292. Graduate students pay around $16,112 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#20

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

University of Toledo did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking, coming in at #20. Toledo, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,077 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.8% are international. Students studying at University of Toledo come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and China. International students at University of Toledo can expect to pay, on average, about $19,547 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $26,411 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#21

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking. 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UIS runs, on average, about $18,356. Graduate students pay around $18,176 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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Arkansas State University - Main Campus landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. Jonesboro, Arkansas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,850 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to A-State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at A-State is about $15,860 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,408 per year.

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

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#23

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students ranking, coming in at #23. This fairly large public school is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Central Michigan come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Central Michigan runs, on average, about $23,331. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,150 per year.

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With a ranking of #24, Kent State University at Kent did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students. Located in Kent, Ohio, the large public school handed out 5,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.9% of the total student body at the school. 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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The University of Tennessee - Martin ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students list. UT Martin is a public institution located in Martin, Tennessee. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UT Martin are Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UT Martin runs, on average, about $15,788. Graduate students pay around $16,656 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for Saudi Arabian 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 North Texas

Denton, Texas
#27

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas
#28

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#29

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
#30

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan
#31

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
#32

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
#33

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio
#34

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio
#35

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas
#38

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
#39

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
#40

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#41

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
#42

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#43

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#46

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, Kansas
#47

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
#48

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri
#49

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#50

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi

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 Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
52 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
53 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
54 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
55 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
56 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
57 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
58 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
59 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
60 Utah State University Logan, UT
61 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
62 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
63 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
64 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
65 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
Rank College Location
66 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
67 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
68 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
69 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
70 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
71 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
72 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
73 Morehead State University Morehead, KY
74 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
75 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
76 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
77 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
78 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
79 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
80 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
81 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
82 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
83 Murray State University Murray, KY
84 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
85 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
86 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
87 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
88 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
89 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
90 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
91 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
92 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
93 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
94 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
95 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
96 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
Rank College Location
97 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
98 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
99 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
100 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
101 Hunter College New York, NY
102 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
103 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
104 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
105 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
106 Towson University Towson, MD
107 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
108 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO

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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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