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

242 Colleges
$17,997 Avg Tuition & Fees*
31% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for international students. 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 Thai Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 242 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Thai 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 Thailand

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Provo to be the best affordable school for Thai students in this year’s ranking. Located in Provo, Utah, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 7,007 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Canada, South Korea, and China come to BYU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU runs, on average, about $5,790. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,290 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. In addition to its Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, BYU is ranked #2 for overall value in the United States.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Florida - Main Campus helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Thai students. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,684 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.8% are international. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. 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.

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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#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 Thai 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.5% are international. Students studying at Iowa State come from such countries as China, India, and Malaysia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Iowa State is about $24,508 a year, on average. 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. 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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#4

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Out of the 242 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Michigan University landed the #4 spot on the list. Western Michigan University is a large public school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan that handed out 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at WMU come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at WMU runs, on average, about $16,041. Graduate students pay around $31,355 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#5

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

A rank of #5 on our list means Western Illinois University is a great place for Thai students working on their bachelor’s degree. WIU is a medium-sized public school situated in Macomb, Illinois. It awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria come to WIU to study. International students at WIU can expect to pay, on average, about $12,940 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $11,803 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#6

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.0% are international. 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. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,845 per year.

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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#7

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

With a ranking of #7, Texas Tech University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Texas Tech is a large public school situated in Lubbock, Texas. It awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Texas Tech is about $19,260 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,651 per year.

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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#8

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Birmingham, Alabama is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,613 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.8% of the total student body at the school. 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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#9

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking, coming in at #9. This fairly large public school is located in Warrensburg, Missouri, and it awarded 2,021 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal come to UCM to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UCM is about $15,171 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $15,963 a year in average tuition and fees.

UCM 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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#10

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking. This large public school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 3,496 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Hunter come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India. International students at Hunter can expect to pay, on average, about $15,332 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $20,828 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#11

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. UH is a large public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UH are India, China, and Vietnam. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UH is about $21,749 a year, on average. 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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Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking, coming in at #12. 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. Students from as far away as Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia come to Minnesota State Mankato to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Minnesota State Mankato runs, on average, about $16,730. 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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#13

Queens College

Queens, New York

Queens College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Located in Queens, New York, the fairly large public school handed out 3,873 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to QC to study. International students at QC can expect to pay, on average, about $15,488 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $21,042 a year in average tuition and fees.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking, coming in at #14. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school situated in Fargo, North Dakota. It awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.4% are international. 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. Graduate students pay around $11,123 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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#15

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Located in Long Beach, California, the large public school handed out 8,950 bachelor’s degrees 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at CSULB is about $18,714 a year, on average. 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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#16

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking. University of North Texas is a large public school located in Denton, Texas that handed out 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.9% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to UNT to study. International students at UNT can expect to pay, on average, about $21,172 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $15,384 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#17

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia

With a ranking of #17, Marshall University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Marshall University is a public institution located in Huntington, West Virginia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,741 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.4% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Marshall University are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. International students at Marshall University can expect to pay, on average, about $19,266 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,062 per year.

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#18

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of North Dakota came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Thai Students ranking. UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and Japan come to UND to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UND is about $15,895 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,958 per year.

UND 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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#19

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the fairly large public school handed out 2,470 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.7% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Southern Miss are India, Nepal, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Southern Miss is about $10,896 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $10,896 per year.

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

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#20

Baruch College

New York, New York

With a ranking of #20, Baruch College did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Baruch is a fairly large public school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Baruch come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Baruch is about $15,412 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,880 per year.

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

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#21

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. This large public school is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and it awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees 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 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. 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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#22

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

With a ranking of #22, University of Toledo did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. This fairly large public school is located in Toledo, Ohio, and it awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at University of Toledo is about $19,547 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $26,411 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#23

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

With a ranking of #23, Lindenwood University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Located in Saint Charles, Missouri, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,829 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Lindenwood University are Venezuela, Panama, and Canada. International students at Lindenwood University can expect to pay, on average, about $18,100 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $18,100 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#24

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. Orlando, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 14,087 students in 2018-2019.

Around 4.0% of the total student population at the school is international. 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. Graduate students pay around $28,657 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the value of education it offers, UCF also is in the top 15% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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With a ranking of #25, Florida International University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Thai Students. FIU is a large public school situated in Miami, Florida. 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 studying at FIU come from such countries as China, Venezuela, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at FIU runs, on average, about $18,963. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $24,211 per year.

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

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

Not only did these schools make the top 37 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#28

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
#29

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#30

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#32

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan
#33

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#35

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
#36

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
#37

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
38 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
39 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
40 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
41 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
42 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
43 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
44 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
45 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
46 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
47 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
48 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
49 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

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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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