50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students

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Many students dream of spending their college years far from home, learning, living, and growing on their own for the first time. Unfortunately, that experience comes at a price. According to the College Board, out-of-state tuition at public universities is more than twice as expensive as in-state tuition on average.

Some students may qualify for in-state tuition at an out-of-state school, however. Through tuition reciprocity agreements, certain colleges may offer in-state tuition to certain students, generally those hailing from a nearby state. Often, these agreements are made between universities belonging to a regional consortium, such as the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Additionally, there are a number of schools that simply offer lower out-of-state tuition than most colleges. Whether they’re trying to increase enrollment or cater to students from different parts of the country, the relatively low-tuition available at the schools on our list attracts students from all over the country. Ultimately, the axiom that in-state schools are more affordable than out-of-state colleges is more of a guideline than a rule. The following 50 schools provide students with an opportunity to get a quality education far from home at an in-state price.

50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students
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Truman State University

Value Score 8.20
Average Tuition $13,438

Located in the small town of Kirksville, MO, Truman State is a liberal arts college where students can pursue a range of affordable courses and programs. TSU offers 48 undergraduate majors and 59 minors, as well as eight graduate and graduate certificate programs. The university prides itself on not only its high-quality learning environment, but also its small-town feel and close-knit academic community, where professors all know their students' names. With over 240 student clubs and organizations, TSU features a diverse student population where students can follow their passions and thrive in their chosen fields. Truman also offers many of its courses online during the summer and interim sessions.


University of Minnesota - Morris

Value Score 7.70
Average Tuition $12,583

Less than an hour from the South Dakota border sits the University of Minnesota-Morris, an affordable school that provides low tuition for out-of-staters and financial aid to almost the entire student body. The 60-year-old university offers its 1,900 students 35 majors and minors, eight pre-professional programs, and the opportunity to study abroad in over 50 countries. An intentionally small public school, Morris celebrates diversity, making it a top-tier learning environment with a small-town feel. Morris also maintains a low 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio, fostering open communication between students and professors. For distance learners interested in studying online, Morris has a great virtual learning platform for nontraditional students, advanced high school students looking to earn PSEO credits, and college students hoping to fulfill learning requirements for a different university.


South Dakota State University

Value Score 7.24
Average Tuition $10,485

With over 183 programs, South Dakota State offers affordable tuition and one of the most impressive catalogs in the nation. Students can expect a low student-to-faculty ratio and a personalized, quality education within their chosen discipline. SDSU is home to over 12,000 students. Undergraduates can follow their passions in programs ranging from creative writing to zoology. The school also offers several degrees entirely online. Distance learners receive the same high-quality education as traditional students, complete with the freedom and convenience inherent in an online program. Bachelor's degrees are available in interdisciplinary studies and sociology; graduate students can pursue a master's in chemistry and educational administration, among other offerings.


Minot State University

Value Score 7.19
Average Tuition $6,225

Minot State offers more than 50 majors, along with undergraduate and graduate certificates and select pre-professional courses. MSU prides itself on providing a well-rounded experience for undergrads. The school features a vibrant undergraduate community and a diverse student body. Using blackboard, students also have the opportunity to learn online from the comfort of their own homes. A total of nine bachelor's degrees at MSU are available entirely online, along with seven graduate degrees and four certificate programs.


Southern University and A&M College

Value Score 7.17
Average Tuition $8,274

Located in vibrant Baton Rouge, Southern has one of the most affordable out-of-state tuition rates among mid-sized universities in the country. Most students also receive some form of financial aid. Southern's mission is to provide opportunities to a diverse student population. Through its partnership with Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO), the school also offers nine degrees entirely online, including an AAS in health information technology, a BS in criminal justice, a BS in computer science, and an executive master of public administration.


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Value Score 7.14
Average Tuition $12,939

Founded in 1889 as a teacher's college, Slippery Rock is now home to over 8,500 students majoring in a variety of undergraduate and graduate disciplines. SRU provides students with a community rich with culture, diversity, and opportunity. Students can choose a major from over 50 different subjects while participating Greek life, or joining one of the school's 150-plus recognized clubs and organizations. Slippery Rock also has an online learning program, where undergrads and graduate students can take classes or pursue their degree. True to the school's name, the campus recreation center boasts a two-story rock climbing wall; the rock itself is not slippery.


Dickinson State University

Value Score 7.13
Average Tuition $8,495

Located in the small town of Dickinson, North Dakota, DSU offers a low tuition rate and generous financial aid packages. The school's low student-to-faculty ratio encourages close relationships between professors and students, and ensures each attendee plenty of individual attention. DSU offers a variety of rigorous academic programs, including several degrees in STEM disciplines. Students here also have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree online.


SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Value Score 7.12
Average Tuition $17,048

Founded in 1911, SUNY ESF is not only one of the region's oldest, but also one of the most well-respected U.S. colleges dedicated solely to the study of the environment. Unique to New York state universities, ESF's 2,250 graduate and undergraduate students have access to the 25,000 acres in Adirondack National Park and dozens of other campuses located throughout central New York. Additionally, ESF students have the opportunity to take classes and join clubs at Syracuse University.


University of Nebraska at Kearney

Value Score 7.09
Average Tuition $12,744

Part of the Nebraska state-school system, UNK students have access to all of the resources at other University of Nebraska campuses, including the state's flagship campus in Lincoln. "The UNK difference" allows UNK students to participate in experiential learning within a caring community. Students can pursue one of the school's 170 majors and 20 pre-professional programs. With so much to choose from, UNK has become a destination for students from all over the world hoping to earn a graduate degree or pursue online coursework. The school's eCampus now offers over 30 online degrees, and, because of recent campus advances in technology, professors and students alike have more capacity to interact than ever before. The school also recently opened a state-of-the-art Medical Center Health Science Education Complex, a great resource for pre-med and allied health profession majors.


SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

Value Score 7.02
Average Tuition $14,256

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred's mission is to provide residents with a career-focused technology education enriched by a liberal arts curriculum. Alfred State also offers affordable out-of-state tuition rates, and 95% of students receive financial aid. After aid, students pay an average of just $10,700 annually. Using the Blackboard Learning Management System, online learners at Alfred State have access to one of the top online colleges in the region, and may earn an associate degree in court and real-time reporting or health information technology, a bachelor's in nursing or technology management, or one of two certificates.


State University of New York at New Paltz

Value Score 7.00
Average Tuition $17,068

With a diverse undergraduate population representing more than 45 countries, approximately 28% of New Paltz's students identify as people of color. The only residential public university in the mid-Hudson region, New Paltz offers over 100 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs across its six schools. One of the region's oldest colleges, New Paltz first opened its doors in 1828. Now, nearly two centuries later, the school boasts one of the country's groundbreaking 3-D printing initiatives, which has garnered over $12 million in state and private funding. New Paltz also hosts several programs online.


Dakota State University

Value Score 6.99
Average Tuition $9,986

Students at Dakota State are immersed in an environment where they can challenge themselves academically and as young adults. Located in Madison, South Dakota, DSU's small-town feel contributes to a close-knit community of about 3,000 students on campus. Established in 1882, the school offers dozens of majors, minors, and certificates, including several digital arts and design programs. DSU also has a robust online program, which has classes taught by the very same professors who teach on campus.


Southwest Minnesota State University

Value Score 6.98
Average Tuition $8,074

SMSU, located in cozy Marshall, MN, is a four-year public university offering a premier education in the liberal arts. Out-of-state students at SMSU will appreciate the school's financial aid packages and affordable tuition. Across four schools -- agriculture, business and public affairs, education, and graduate studies -- SMSU offers over 45 undergraduate degrees and three master's programs. Students will also enjoy the school's Liberal Education Program, which combines broad, comprehensive coverage of the wider world with specific expertise in a particular field of interest. These courses help students develop their communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills. In cooperation with the Minnesota State College & University system, MSMU offers online courses for highly disciplined students with strong time management skills.


SUNY College at Cortland

Value Score 6.96
Average Tuition $17,369

Nestled in the rolling hills of south-central New York, Cortland is a residential college. Approximately 50% of undergraduates live on campus, which helps foster a vibrant on-campus community. With approximately 7,000 students, Cortland is a mid-sized school with a low student-to-faculty ratio. The college offers 68 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate degrees, and five certificates. As part of the SUNY system, Cortland's students have access to more than 600 study abroad programs available to all students that are part of the SUNY state-school system. Current and visiting students can participate in a variety of online courses, taking classes either entirely online or in a hybrid format where video learning is supplemented with traditional instruction.


Northwest Missouri State University

Value Score 6.90
Average Tuition $11,526

Located just a couple hours from Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State is a mid-sized, four-year university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, along with several certificate programs. The school features 135 undergraduate majors, 36 graduate programs, and affordable tuition. In part because of its affordability, 37% of the school's student population hails from outside of Missouri. All full-time students receive a school-issued laptop computer to use throughout their time at NMSU. The school also has available several online-learning options, including nine undergraduate and graduate programs and several certifications, all of which are available entirely online.


University of South Florida

Value Score 6.83
Average Tuition $17,324

Part of USF's appeal is the school's impressive freshman retention rate, which sits at a robust 89%. Because of its size -- the school has three campuses -- USF also has an impressive annual budget of $1.6 billion. Such a high budget allows the system to dedicate funding for research projects, new equipment, and state-of-the-art facilities. Home to USF Health, many of the school's students are aspiring doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals. USF also offers a variety of courses and majors online. Popular online undergraduate degrees include nursing, criminal justice, and public health. Distance graduate programs include electrical engineering, public administration, and global sustainability, among others.


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Value Score 6.82
Average Tuition $13,560

Offering premier science and engineering programs since 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology enrolls about 600 new students each year. Originally opened as a mining school, SDSMT now offers a variety of science, technology, and liberal arts degrees. At Mines, students receive personalized attention from instructors, and enjoy a 14:1 student-to-teacher ratio and small class sizes. Mines prides itself on its track record of job placement, which, over the last two decades has seen graduates launch successful careers with an average starting salary of $63,000. Much of this success stems from the school's hallmark internship program, which helps students find paid and relevant positions in their field of choice.


University of Wyoming

Value Score 6.82
Average Tuition $14,876

Surrounded by three national wildlife refuges, and just a short drive from the Roosevelt National Forest, the rugged, picturesque scenery at the University of Wyoming is second to none. With a total enrollment of 14,000 students, this large university offers over 200 degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level. Online programs are available through the school's Outreach Credit Programs, which provide learning opportunities through audio and video conferencing, correspondence study, and online courses. Wyoming also offers the second cheapest out-of-state tuition in the U.S. among flagship campuses.


SUNY at Fredonia

Value Score 6.82
Average Tuition $17,391

SUNY at Fredonia has six schools, including a graduate college, and students can pursue one of 85 programs. In addition to strong communications and music departments, the university also boasts an impressive visual arts and new media program, where students can focus in animation and illustration, ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, film, video arts, photography, or sculpture. Out-of-state tuition and fees are below the national average, especially when factoring in the high percentage of students who receive financial aid. Fredonia partners with OpenSUNY, which features accredited online courses that are offered by most of the SUNY colleges and universities.


SUNY College at Oswego

Value Score 6.81
Average Tuition $17,231

For school president Deborah F. Stanley, SUNY Oswego's appeal speaks for itself: "With a student body of nearly 8,000 students, we are large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study, yet small enough for students to form quality relationships with each other and caring faculty." SUNY Oswego also has one of the most affordable out-of-state tuition rates for a public university in the country, particularly considering the annual $6 million in merit-based scholarships and $80 million in need-based grants the school awards. Enrolled students in need of a strong financial aid package will also be competitive for campus work-study awards. Part of the 64-campus SUNY system, Oswego allows its students to take courses at other campuses, along with online offerings through the state's distance-learning interface, OpenSUNY.


New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Value Score 6.81
Average Tuition $18,184

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) lies in central New Mexico's Rio Grand Valley, an hour's drive south of Albuquerque. Home to just over 2,000 students, NMT offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in several STEM and engineering fields. NMIMT's distance-learning platform, called Distance Education, is brought to e-learners through the school's Academic Center for Technology, and offers four graduate programs. Distance learners can earn their master's degree in mechanical engineering, engineering management, science teaching, or hydrology.


SUNY College at Potsdam

Value Score 6.80
Average Tuition $17,203

Located in the beautiful northwest corner of New York, SUNY Potsdam thrives on the creative energy of its students. Offering a range of creative degrees in the fine and performing arts, SUNY Potsdam fosters an appreciation of and respect for the variety of the human experience. The school emphasizes community, with the belief that an open community protects freedom of thought, belief, and expression. SUNY Potsdam's thriving arts campus offers degrees in dance, fine arts, music, theater, performing arts, and creative writing. Students also have the opportunity to join a variety of student clubs and organizations, ranging from Greek fraternities and sororities to clubs as eclectic as the Harry Potter Alliance. Through the Moodle learning management system, SUNY Potsdam also offers select programs online.


SUNY Oneonta

Value Score 6.79
Average Tuition $17,218

A mid-size public university offering programs in both the sciences and liberal arts, SUNY Oneonta equips students with the tools to be successful in their chosen careers. Located in idyllic central New York, SUNY Oneonta boasts an average class size of 25 students and a respectable 19:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Oneonta's students can study in one of the school's 70 majors and 71 minors, in disciplines as far-ranging as fashion and textiles and food service and restaurant administration. Asynchronous distance courses are also available, though Oneonta doesn't offer any degrees entirely online.


Mississippi Valley State University

Value Score 6.75
Average Tuition $5,916

With affordable out-of-state tuition, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and a variety of financial aid opportunities, Mississippi Valley State is a tremendous value. Located in Itta Bena, the school offers an array of bachelor's and master's degrees in a competitive academic environment. Spanning across four schools, MVSU equips students with the tools to become valuable contributors to society. Part of MSVU's pride is in its diversity -- it is a public university comprised of professors from all over the country and students from all over the world. While the university does not yet offer online degrees attainable entirely online, it does offer distance-learning classes.


Bemidji State University

Value Score 6.73
Average Tuition $8,134

Bemidji State derives its name from its location on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Minnesota. Informed by the American Indian heritage of the surrounding region, Bemidji State strives to promote an educational program that values nature and encourages community service and responsible citizenry. In addition to offering a variety of majors and minors on campus, students may pursue online undergraduate and graduate degrees in disciplines like accounting, business administration, and marketing communication. To help promote community, Bemidji State offers residence halls and dining facilities, various student organizations including sororities and fraternities, and a number of sports teams.


Delta State University

Value Score 6.73
Average Tuition $6,562

Delta State's student body includes undergraduates from all 50 states and 20 countries. Originally founded as a teacher's college, the university continues to excel in training the next generation of educators while also providing quality instruction in a variety of other disciplines, including commercial aviation and music. Although the university does not offer online programs to undergrads, graduate students have many online degree options to choose from. Notable online programs include master's programs in commercial aviation and community development, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. On campus, students enjoy a robust student life experience, with access to over 120 student clubs and organizations, including sororities, fraternities, and honors societies.


Louisiana State University - Shreveport

Value Score 6.71
Average Tuition $6,168

Founded only 50 years ago, LSU-Shreveport has quickly grown into a prominent regional school. Students can pursue a variety of majors in the liberal arts and sciences. Although they can not earn their degree entirely online, many individual distance courses are available. Graduate students can earn online degrees, with common programs including master's degrees in business administration and health administration. Student life at LSU-Shreveport is rich and lively. The campus features an Olympic-sized weightlifting center and a recreational sports center, and students can also enjoy getting involved with their championship debate team and student newspaper.


University of South Dakota

Value Score 6.69
Average Tuition $10,794

Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, USD sits atop a beautiful city surrounded by lush trees and natural beauty. The campus itself is stunning, combining both new and old world elements into its design and architecture. Life on campus features the kinds of vibrant student organizations one encounters at a major university, along with top-notch residence and dining halls, a wellness recreation center, and student counseling center. Students may learn on campus or online. Although most online degree programs are offered to graduate students, the university does provide a few undergraduate programs and several courses entirely online. With 92% of students receiving scholarships and other types of financial aid, the university works hard to ensure that even students paying out-of-state tuition receive adequate assistance.


Midwestern State University

Value Score 6.69
Average Tuition $9,703

Midwestern State is the only college in Texas that belongs to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Students may choose from an assortment of majors and pre-professional programs, including spanish, respiratory care, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary studies. Students can also join the school's Air Force ROTC program. Traditions such as Homecoming and its associated parade, Family Day, the Fish Fry, and the Bonfire & Torchlight Parade build community and keep campus life buzzing with excitement. Like other notable public universities, Midwestern State also hosts recreational sports, student organizations, honors societies, and fraternities and sororities.


Northern State University

Value Score 6.67
Average Tuition $10,042

Northern State's out-of-state tuition is one of the most affordable rates of its kind in the country, making the school a cost-effective option. The university's campus is located within walking distance of Aberdeen, South Dakota, where students can go pheasant hunting, enjoy live theatre, and escape from the big city. Northern also offers eight undergraduate and four graduate degrees entirely online. Popular undergraduate distance programs include international business studies, management, and business administration. The campus is home to a number of student organizations and facilities, including a counseling center and a sleek and modern student center that beautifully complements the campus's classic architecture.


University of Maine at Fort Kent

Value Score 6.66
Average Tuition $10,875

In addition to cheap out-of-state tuition, Maine at Fort Kent makes learning more convenient by offering several undergraduate programs and dozens of individual courses entirely online. Traditional students can live on campus in one of two residence halls or in an apartment-style complex. The campus also features gourmet dining services. Those who wish to learn and travel can participate in one of several study abroad exchange programs.


Arkansas State University

Value Score 6.64
Average Tuition $13,480

Arkansas State's mission is to train the next generation of critical thinkers and leaders. Keeping with this mission, the school offers 175 degree programs, several of which are available entirely online. Popular distance programs include clinical laboratory science, civil engineering, and wildlife ecology and management. Thanks in part to a competitive out-of-state tuition and fee rate, the university features students from every state and many countries. To celebrate and enhance its diverse makeup, the school hosts a multicultural center that plans events and diversity initiatives. The state-of-the-art Red W.O.L.F. Center for fitness, 80,000-square-foot Student Activity Center, and Leadership Center also enrich campus life.


Fort Hays State University

Value Score 6.63
Average Tuition $13,159

Fort Hays State is located in Hays, Kansas, lying at the midpoint between Denver and Kansas City. The city of Hays is home to a lively arts scene, trendy restaurants, and a rich frontier history mixed with modern achievements. Inspired by the city's heritage, the university attracts self-motivated, entrepreneurial-minded students. In addition to offering lively on campus instruction, the university makes it easy to take courses online. With almost 30 online degree programs to choose from, over half of the school's student body takes distance courses.


SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

Value Score 6.60
Average Tuition $11,700

Located in Delhi, a small New York State village at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, SUNY Delhi's 625-acre campus is about 3.5 hours from New York City and two from Albany. The college offers a rich residential life experience. Its campus features 44 buildings, including six residence halls and an apartment style complex, along with a full golf course. SUNY Delhi also offers three undergraduate and one graduate program entirely online to help. With competitive out-of-state tuition and ample opportunities for scholarships and other sources of financial aid, SUNY Delhi is a great school for students from all over the country.


Valley City State University

Value Score 6.57
Average Tuition $15,070

Valley City State's campus, located on the bank of the Sheyenne River in North Dakota, is listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Founded as a teacher's school in 1890, Valley City State has grown into one of the finest colleges in the Great Plains, offering a variety of teaching and traditional degrees. Students who wish to study teaching have several online degree programs to choose from, including business education, history education, and technology education. Students pursuing traditional degrees may live on campus and eat at the university's excellent dining hall. All students are welcome to use the Student Center, an all-purpose facility for learning, recreation, events, and more.


CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Value Score 6.56
Average Tuition $13,371

Like its home city of New York, Baruch College is a cultural melting pot. Students hail from over 170 countries and speak more than 110 languages, making Baruch a distinctly unique and vibrant place to study. After a day of classes, students can return home to a state-of-the-art residence hall located within walking distance of New York's iconic Central Park and the East River Promenade. The residence hall features a full gym and laundry machines that will text residents when their clothes are ready. The college does not offer a meal plan, but the residence hall features a communal kitchen and is steps away from several excellent restaurants.


SUNY Maritime College

Value Score 6.55
Average Tuition $17,096

SUNY Maritime College is one of just six maritime colleges in the country. With a nearly 100% job placement rate and competitive out-of-state tuition, SUNY Maritime provides students with an excellent and practical education at a great value. Located just 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, the college is perfectly located to train leaders for the global maritime industry. Off-campus, students can also enjoy New York City's world-class restaurants, live theatre, iconic parks, and other artistic and recreational attractions. With 11 undergraduate majors, including five different engineering programs, students can pursue a variety of rewarding and practical degrees.


SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Value Score 6.55
Average Tuition $17,167

SUNY College at Plattsburgh is in the small city of Plattsburgh, New York. Students may choose from a multitude of majors and minors, and three graduate degrees are available completely online. Though the college does not offer online undergraduate degrees, students do have the flexibility to take some online courses as a way of supplementing their current studies. Financial aid to help cover the cost of out-of-state tuition is available to the vast majority of students, making SUNY College at Plattsburgh another solid choice of school.


Pennsylvania State University

Value Score 6.55
Average Tuition $13,516

The World Campus of Pennsylvania State is the online companion to the brick-and-mortar university. Because students who earn their degree online receive the exact same credentials as those who attend physical classes, Penn State's out-of-state tuition is similarly priced to one of the university's physical campuses. World Campus students may choose from a variety of programs including biobehavioral health, energy and sustainability policy, international politics, law and society, and turfgrass science. Several master's and doctoral degrees are also available. Professors structure classes specifically for the online format and students get access to a nationally recognized research library. Online students are also supported by academic advisors and student services staff members who work extended hours.


Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Value Score 6.54
Average Tuition $7,137

Oklahoma Panhandle State prepares students for careers in agriculture, business, public service, and industry at one of the cheapest out-of-state tuition rates in the country. As the only four-year college within a 125-mile radius in the High Plains, Oklahoma Panhandle offers a unique experience for its students. The school also offers a variety of courses online to its distance learners; most students in the distance program are working professionals or other non-traditional learners.


SUNY College at Brockport

Value Score 6.52
Average Tuition $17,212

While SUNY Brockport offers one fully online program for graduate students, both undergraduates and graduates may take many individual classes online and count them toward their degree progress. Students may live on campus in one of 12 corridor-, apartment-, or townhouse-style residence halls, or commute from nearby Rochester and Buffalo. Regardless of where they live, all students are welcome to use the campus' fitness centers, study lounges, dining halls, and other amenities. Students also enjoy a vibrant community that is built through events and student organizations.


University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Value Score 6.51
Average Tuition $16,368

Wisconsin-La Crosse offers students many benefits at an affordable tuition rate. The school offers a number of convenient service, including an on-campus daycare center for parents to send their children while they attend classes. Students are also encouraged to use the campus' libraries, fitness centers, lounges, and other facilities. To help students experience a new form of learning and better accommodate their busy schedules, a variety of online classes are available as well. Online courses are taught by the same accomplished faculty who teach traditional classes.


SUNY at Purchase College

Value Score 6.50
Average Tuition $17,583

Consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the county, SUNY at Purchase College features competitive out-of-state tuition. In addition to offering rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the college also offers an innovative conservatory-based fine arts program. Though most majors and minors are taught traditionally, the college offers four online degree programs designed for adult learners. These include programs in communication, liberal studies, liberal studies: arts, and liberal studies: legal studies. Students who live on campus enjoy residence and dining halls, athletic and wellness centers, and a counseling center -- all on one of the greenest college campuses in the United States. The campus also features the Nueberger Museum of Art and a Performing Arts Center.


Wayne State College

Value Score 6.48
Average Tuition $9,804

Wayne State was founded as a teacher's college in 1891. Though the school now offers over 90 academic programs, one out of every 10 Nebraska teachers still holds a degree from Wayne State. The college offers online courses for undergraduates and features a highly rated online graduate program in business administration. All students are encouraged to participate in the service learning program, which continues their education outside the classroom through a practical application of ideas in the local community. Students may live in one of seven residence halls and enjoy various dining options around the campus.


Grand Valley State University

Value Score 6.46
Average Tuition $15,408

Grand Valley State is a thriving college in Allendale, Michigan. The university offers several online undergraduate programs completely online, along with a wide selection of hybrid options. Overall, students can choose from among the 122 majors available across the university's live and online curricula. Over 4,000 study abroad opportunities are also available. The university has a dedicated career and counseling center tailored specifically to suit the needs of its veteran students. Additionally, the Veterans Student Organization and Veterans Congressional Internship program help give these students extra support.


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Value Score 6.44
Average Tuition $17,920

As the state's premier public liberal arts school, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts combines rigorous academics with affordable out-of-state tuition. The college offers more than 50 majors including arts management, fine and performing arts, mathematics, physics, and psychology. Online classes are available, including three hybrid degree-completion programs. Campus life offers many rewarding opportunities, including access to student organizations, dining options, fitness centers, and more. The college also hosts three dedicated diversity centers -- one committed to multicultural education, one to women's issues, and one to the LGBTQ community -- to help its diverse student body feel welcome and at home.


University of Minnesota - Crookston

Value Score 6.43
Average Tuition $11,468

Serving the northwestern part of Minnesota, Crookston is one of the University of Minnesota's five campuses spread throughout the state. In addition to offering approximately 50 majors in a traditional format, Crookston students may choose from a number of fully online undergraduate majors, including accounting, communication, finance, marketing, and sport & recreation management. Online minors in some of these concentrations are also available. Students looking to live on campus may select from one of five residence halls, two of which are traditional, two apartment-style, and one suite-style.


University of Central Missouri

Value Score 6.40
Average Tuition $13,659

The University of Central Missouri values teaching through hands-on application of course material. To that effect, UCM provides many service learning opportunities that allow students to engage with and help the greater community. Not only does the school offer competitively priced out-of-state tuition, UCM also charges in-state tuition rates when students choose to study abroad in one of 60 countries. Students may also pursue undergraduate and graduate studies online. Undergraduates may select from six online degree programs, including a bachelor of science in nursing. Like other public universities, UCM offers students on-campus housing, dining halls, a host of traditions, sports teams, fraternities and sororities, clubs, and much more.


Peru State College

Value Score 6.39
Average Tuition $6,272

Peru State, established in 1867 on a historic part of the Missouri River, is Nebraska's first college. Originally founded as a teacher's college, Peru State has grown to offer a variety of majors in both live and online formats. Like its out-of-state tuition in general, Peru State's online program is highly affordable and does not require additional application or processing fees. Prospective students may even "test drive" an online class for free from the university's website. Among the nine online undergraduate degrees available are popular programs in accounting, criminal justice, and psychology. The college also features an active student government and is home to a number of reputable honors and professional societies.


University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Value Score 6.39
Average Tuition $15,210

With a total student body enrollment of just over 1,000 students, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has one of the cheapest out-of-state tuition rates for a public university in the United States. The school's award-winning faculty, small classes, high retention rate, and great undergraduate research opportunities puts USAO among the best -- and most affordable -- public universities in the nation. The university has many undergraduate degree programs, including several pre-med options in dentistry, veterinary studies, and general medical practice. The catalog is further diversified by several bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees, which can be earned in drawing, painting, designing, photography, sculpture, and jewelry, among other artistic disciplines. Founded in 1908, originally as a women's institution, USAO has greatly diversified its offerings, and is now celebrating an entire century as Oklahoma's only public liberal arts college.

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