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

497 Colleges
$16,962 Avg Tuition & Fees*
33% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 497 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Vietnamese students. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall value and the total number of international students at the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

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

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Brigham Young University - Provo tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Vietnamese students. BYU is located in Provo, Utah and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. BYU also took the #2 spot in our overall best for the money rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese students list. 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. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study. International students at USF Tampa can expect to pay, on average, about $17,324 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. As a testament to the value of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 5% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Truman State University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Kirksville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,216 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Truman State come from such countries as China, Nepal, and Vietnam. International students at Truman State can expect to pay, on average, about $15,314 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,186 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Truman State excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#4

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

A rank of #4 on our list means Iowa State University is a great place for Vietnamese students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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. International students at Iowa State can expect to pay, on average, about $24,508 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $25,952 per year.

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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#5

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend South Dakota State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese students list. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at South Dakota State are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal. 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.

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

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Brigham Young University - Idaho came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 5,537 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 15.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Canada, Mexico, and Brazil come to BYU - I to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at BYU - I runs, on average, about $4,208.

BYU - I 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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#7

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. UMN Morris is a public institution located in Morris, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UMN Morris come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Morris can expect to pay, on average, about $15,632 a year to attend the school.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, UMN Morris also is in the top 1% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#8

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students list. Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the fairly large public school handed out 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at UW come from such countries as China, India, and Canada. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW runs, on average, about $14,803. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,009 per year.

UW excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking. This large public school is located in Houston, Texas, and 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. Graduate students pay around $18,748 a year in average tuition and fees.

UH 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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#10

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

With a ranking of #10, Grand Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. Located in Allendale, Michigan, the large public school handed out 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.6% are 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. Graduate students pay around $17,208 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#11

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #11. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is a fairly large public school located in La Crosse, Wisconsin that handed out 2,211 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.2% are international. Students studying at UW - La Crosse come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW - La Crosse runs, on average, about $17,946. 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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#12

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Western Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #12. WMU is a public institution located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 8.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, India, and China come to WMU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WMU is about $16,041 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $31,355 a year in average tuition and fees.

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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#13

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Bangladesh come to Texas Tech to study. 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.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Texas Tech 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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#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese 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 from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UMN Twin Cities to study. 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.

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

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#15

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. Springfield, Missouri is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,756 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Missouri State is about $15,898 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,524 per year.

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

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University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #16. University of Illinois at Springfield is a small public school located in Springfield, Illinois that handed out 680 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

On top of its placing in this ranking, UIS 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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#17

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. This large public school is located in Long Beach, California, and it awarded 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. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at CSULB runs, on average, about $18,714. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,772 per year.

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

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#18

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. This medium-sized public school is located in Winona, Minnesota, and it awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 3.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Taiwan, and South Korea come to Winona State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Winona State is about $15,766 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $12,030 a year in average tuition and fees.

Winona State 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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University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

With a ranking of #19, University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. Duluth, Minnesota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,162 students in 2018-2019.

Around 2.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Duluth are China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Duluth can expect to pay, on average, about $18,880 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,708 a year in average tuition and fees.

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

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese 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.

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. International students at Minnesota State Mankato can expect to pay, on average, about $16,730 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,474 per year.

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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#21

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

With a ranking of #21, Eastern Illinois University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. This medium-sized public school is located in Charleston, Illinois, and it awarded 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. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at EIU is about $13,974 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,442 per year.

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

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#22

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #22. This medium-sized public school is located in Vermillion, South Dakota, and it awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 2.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Nepal come to USD to study. 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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#23

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, New York

SUNY Plattsburgh ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students list. SUNY Plattsburgh is located in Plattsburgh, New York and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,538 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 6.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at SUNY Plattsburgh come from such countries as Vietnam, Japan, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at SUNY Plattsburgh runs, on average, about $18,782. Graduate students pay around $24,902 a year in average tuition and fees.

SUNY Plattsburgh 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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Arkansas State University - Main Campus came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking. A-State is a fairly large public school situated in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It awarded 1,850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at A-State come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at A-State runs, on average, about $15,860. Graduate students pay around $11,408 a year in average tuition and fees.

A-State 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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#25

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese Students. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UNT are India, China, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UNT runs, on average, about $21,172. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,384 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for Vietnamese 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 Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
#27

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#29

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
#30

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
#31

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#32

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#33

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#34

West Texas A&M University

Canyon, Texas
#35

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
#36

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
#37

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California
#38

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas
#40

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota
#42

Hunter College

New York, New York
#44

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
#45

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
#47

Queens College

Queens, New York
#48

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#49

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

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

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Rank College Location
51 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
52 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
53 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
54 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
55 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
56 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
57 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
58 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
59 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
60 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
61 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
62 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
63 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
64 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
65 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
Rank College Location
66 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
67 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
68 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
69 Baruch College New York, NY
70 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
71 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
72 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
73 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
74 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
75 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
76 Utah State University Logan, UT
77 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
78 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
79 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
80 Washington State University Pullman, WA
81 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
82 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
83 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
84 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
85 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
86 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
87 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
88 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
89 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
90 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
Rank College Location
91 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
92 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
93 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
94 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
95 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
96 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
97 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
98 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
99 University at Albany Albany, NY
100 Marshall University Huntington, 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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