For anyone looking to apply to a university in the United States without breaking the bank, here are some of the cheapest universities in the US. Most of them are located in the Mid-West, away from big cities like New York and Los Angeles. However, the savings in accommodation and food make up for the fact that the universities are in small towns.
Check out the list of affordable univerisities below:
1. Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in the beautiful city of Provo, Utah, just a short distance south of Salt Lake City. Provo is nestled among many of the region’s mountain ranges and provides stunning views. Just over 2,000 students are international representing 86 countries. Although BYU is a large private university, it offers students a very affordable tuition of just over $5,000 per year making this one of the most affordable high-quality colleges on our list.
2. Brigham Young University-Rexburg
Another Brigham Young campus – this one in the small city of Rexburg, Idaho – offers students a quality education in a small town setting. BYU-Idaho offers students a number of educational programs; the top majors for international students include business administration, accounting, and biology. Yearly tuition for BYU-Idaho is the lowest on this list coming in at $3,830.
3. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
If you are looking for great diversity in a mid-western setting, Minnesota can’t be beaten. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN-TC) campus is just one of four Minnesota universities on this list. UMN-TC is straddled between the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. UMN-TC ranks 20th in international student size of all research institutions with a population of approximately 7,000. This large public school offers affordable tuition coming in at just over $22,000 per year.
4. Iowa State University
Just to the south of UMN is Iowa State University located in rural Ames, Iowa. Up to 15% of Iowa State is made up of international students. Top programs for students from other countries include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering. Yearly tuition is just over $20,000.
5. University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming (UW) is a mid-sized public university located in the small town of Laramie, Wyo. UW offers over 200 areas of study and includes popular programs in nursing, teacher education, and general psychology. About 1,000 international students call UW home and represent over 90 countries. The average annual tuition to attend UW is $12,770.
6. University of Minnesota-Morris
Part of the University of Minnesota college system, UMN-Morris is located in the small town of Morris, Minn. If you want a quality education in line with the UMN-Twin Cities campus, but in a much smaller rural setting, Morris may be a good fit for you. UMN-Morris offers numerous international student groups and programs to ensure you are included and feel a part of this small community. Tuition is nearly half of UMN-Twin Cities coming in at just under $13,000 per year.
7. Martin Luther College
Martin Luther College (MLC) is a small Christian liberal arts college located in the small city of New Ulm, Minn. Top majors include teacher education and theological & ministerial studies. If you are looking for a very small campus and student population MLC may be a good fit as the entire student body is under 1,000 students. This makes the international students attending MLC a very close-knit group. Although MLC is a private college, tuition is quite affordable at $13,570 per year.
8. University of South Florida
Over 7% of the enormous 50,000 person student body are international students, making the University of South Florida (USF) very diverse. Students looking for a warmer climate will find beautiful Tampa a great place with warm weather year-round and easy access to some great beaches. USF is likewise very affordable with a yearly tuition of $17,324.
9. Illinois State University
Illinois State University is a large public university located in Normal, Ill. The international student population at Illinois State has grown by about 7% in the past five years. Some of the most popular subjects of study for these students are teacher education, electrical engineering, and business. Yearly tuition is just over $16,000.
10. University of Minnesota-Duluth
The third University of Minnesota campus to make this list, UMN-Duluth offers another take on Minnesota by showing off what northern Minnesota has to offer. Located just minutes from the shores of Lake Superior, UMN-Duluth offers students a choice of 150 liberal arts programs and majors. Popular majors for international students at UMN include economics, electrical engineering, and computer science. Tuition runs about $17,000 per year.
This article was first published on the USATODAYCOLLEGE site.