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

151 Colleges
$23,026 Avg Tuition & Fees*
37% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen it comes to choosing a college, international students have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 151 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Singaporean 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 Singapore

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Provo to be the best affordable school for Singaporean students in this year’s ranking. BYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Provo, Utah. It awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Canada, South Korea, and China come to BYU to study. International students at BYU can expect to pay, on average, about $5,790 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $7,290 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. BYU not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall value list.

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A rank of #2 on our list means Brigham Young University - Hawaii is a great place for Singaporean students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 623 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 40.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU - H are Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU - H runs, on average, about $5,720.

On top of its placing in this ranking, BYU - H 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

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Iowa State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean students list. This large public school is located in Ames, Iowa, and it awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Iowa State are 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the value of education it offers, Iowa State also is in the top 10% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Florida State University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean students list. Tallahassee, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,688 students in 2018-2019.

Around 4.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Panama come to Florida State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Florida State is about $21,683 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $26,707 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Florida State 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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#5

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a large public school situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UMN Twin Cities is about $33,325 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $28,845 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

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#6

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. UH is located in Houston, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.9% are international. Students studying at UH come from such countries as India, China, and Vietnam. International students at UH can expect to pay, on average, about $21,749 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $18,748 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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California State University - Long Beach did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #7. Long Beach, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,950 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.4% are international. Students studying at CSULB come from such countries as India, China, and Japan. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at CSULB runs, on average, about $18,714. Graduate students pay around $17,772 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#8

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #8. Raleigh, North Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,953 students in 2018-2019.

Around 11.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at NC State are India, China, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at NC State is about $29,220 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,999 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. NC State 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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#9

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

University at Buffalo did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #9. Buffalo, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,273 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 19.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at University at Buffalo come from such countries as India, China, and South Korea. International students at University at Buffalo can expect to pay, on average, about $28,194 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $25,920 a year in average tuition and fees.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#10

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York

Fashion Institute of Technology landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. FIT SUNY is a medium-sized public school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 1,669 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as South Korea, China, and India come to FIT SUNY to study. International students at FIT SUNY can expect to pay, on average, about $22,312 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $24,506 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

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#11

Queens College

Queens, New York

Queens College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students list. This fairly large public school is located in Queens, New York, and it awarded 3,873 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to QC to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at QC is about $15,488 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,042 per year.

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#12

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

San Jose State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. Located in San Jose, California, the large public school awarded 6,826 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 12.2% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at San Jose State are India, China, and Vietnam. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at San Jose State runs, on average, about $19,732. Graduate students pay around $18,790 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%.

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#13

Baruch College

New York, New York

Baruch College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. Baruch is a fairly large public school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Baruch to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Baruch runs, on average, about $15,412. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,880 per year.

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

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#14

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Denton, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UNT come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UNT is about $21,172 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $15,384 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#15

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

With a ranking of #15, Regent University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 705 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 2.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Regent come from such countries as India, Nigeria, and Singapore. International students at Regent can expect to pay, on average, about $18,620 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

Regent 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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Arizona State University - Tempe came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. ASU - Tempe is a public institution located in Tempe, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 16.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to ASU - Tempe to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at ASU - Tempe is about $29,428 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $27,048 per year.

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

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#17

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. SUNY Stony Brook is a large public school situated in Stony Brook, New York. It awarded 4,945 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to SUNY Stony Brook to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook is about $27,845 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,348 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. Stillwater, Oklahoma is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,899 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at OSU come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at OSU runs, on average, about $24,539. Graduate students pay around $23,963 a year in average tuition and fees.

OSU 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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#19

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

West Virginia University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, the large public school handed out 4,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at WVU are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and China. International students at WVU can expect to pay, on average, about $25,320 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $26,154 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#20

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Temple University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. Temple is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,523 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 7.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Temple come from such countries as China, India, and Kuwait. International students at Temple can expect to pay, on average, about $29,882 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $24,236 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.

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#21

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. SHSU is a large public school situated in Huntsville, Texas. It awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 1.4% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at SHSU are China, India, and Turkey. International students at SHSU can expect to pay, on average, about $18,664 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,612 per year.

SHSU 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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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Middletown, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #22. This small public school is located in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Penn State Harrisburg to study. International students at Penn State Harrisburg can expect to pay, on average, about $24,916 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $29,710 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#23

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri - Columbia ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students list. University of Missouri - Columbia is a large public school located in Columbia, Missouri that handed out 6,314 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Mizzou come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at Mizzou can expect to pay, on average, about $28,348 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,577 per year.

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

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. This large public school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 5,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.5% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Pitt are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Pitt runs, on average, about $33,746. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $40,848 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

With a ranking of #25, Oregon State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Singaporean Students. Oregon State is located in Corvallis, Oregon and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,981 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 11.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and India come to Oregon State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Oregon State is about $31,314 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,844 per year.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 Purchase College Purchase, NY
27 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
28 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
29 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
30 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
31 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

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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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