Best Colleges in America, The A-List

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Thinking about going to college and need help deciding where to go? Checking up on your alma mater? Find out how the best colleges and universities in the nation stack up. Don’t worry, this isn’t your typical college ranking list. This list ranks schools based on three things that matter most to you: Affordability, Academic Quality, and Accessibility. No ivy-league bias here.

  • *Based on 2013-2014 data and out-of-state tuition figures
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  1. Brigham Young University, ​Idaho

    Brigham Young University, ​Idaho

    Rexburg, ID#1

    Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho or BYU-I) was founded in 1888 as Ricks College, but became a four-year institution when it became BYU-I in 2001. Since its transition, BYU-I organizes … read more


    • $3,770 In-State Tuition
    • $6,940 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 99% Acceptance Rate
    • 16,262 Students


  2. Grand Valley State University

    Grand Valley State University

    Allendale, MI#2

    Grand Valley State University is a liberal arts school located in Michigan, near the city of Grand Rapids. It is the fifth largest university in the state. The campus is situated on well over … read more


    • $10,454 In-State Tuition
    • $15,114 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 82% Acceptance Rate
    • 24,654 Students


  3. Weber State University

    Weber State University

    Ogden, UT#3

    Weber State University was founded in 1889 as a public university in Ogden, Utah. The school offers technical, liberal arts, and professional certificates in addition to associate, bachelor’s and … read more


    • $4,768 In-State Tuition
    • $12,866 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 26,532 Students


  4. South Dakota State University

    South Dakota State University

    Brookings, SD#4

    Also known as SDSU, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest university with a student population of 12,583. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State was founded under the … read more


    • $7,708 In-State Tuition
    • $9,790 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 92% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,583 Students


  5. Missouri State University

    Missouri State University

    Springfield, MO#5

    Formerly Southwest Missouri State University, and presently also known as MSU or Mo State, Missouri State University is a public university located in Springfield, Missouri. Founded in 1905, … read more


    • $6,908 In-State Tuition
    • $13,388 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 83% Acceptance Rate
    • 20,629 Students


  6. University of Wyoming

    University of Wyoming

    Laramie, WY#6

    The University of Wyoming (or UW), located in Laramie, Wyoming, is a land-grant university that offers more than 190 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. In addition to its main … read more


    • $4,404 In-State Tuition
    • $14,124 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 96% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,903 Students


  7. Indian River State College

    Indian River State College

    Fort Pierce, FL#7

    Indian River State College (abbreviated IRSC) is a public four-year state college located in Fort Pierce, Florida that offers a large selection of undergraduate degree programs. Most students at … read more


    • $2,764 In-State Tuition
    • $10,201 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 17,806 Students


  8. University of South Dakota

    University of South Dakota

    Vermillion, SD#8

    Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, the University of South Dakota is the State’s flagship university. With a student population of over 10,000, the Coyotes, as they are known and represented … read more


    • $8,022 In-State Tuition
    • $10,104 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 89% Acceptance Rate
    • 10,284 Students


  9. Brigham Young University, Provo

    Brigham Young University, Provo

    Provo, UT#9

    Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest … read more


    • $4,850 In-State Tuition
    • $9,700 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,409 Students


  10. Southeast Missouri State University

    Southeast Missouri State University

    Cape Girardeau, MO#10

    Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) is a public liberal arts university located in rural Cape Girardeau, Missouri. SEMO offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and Ed.D. levels in over … read more


    • $6,863 In-State Tuition
    • $12,195 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 97% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,729 Students


  11. Truman State University

    Truman State University

    Kirksville, MO#11

    Founded in 1867 as the First Missouri Normal School and Commercial College, Truman State University today a public liberal arts and sciences university located in Kirksville, Missouri. Its … read more


    • $7,368 In-State Tuition
    • $13,240 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 6,237 Students


  12. University of Oklahoma

    University of Oklahoma

    Norman, OK#12

    The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in Norman, Oklahoma, is a public research university. The coeducational school was established in 1890, 17 years before Oklahoma became an Official State. … read more


    • $7,341 In-State Tuition
    • $19,530 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 79% Acceptance Rate
    • 31,086 Students


  13. Wichita State University

    Wichita State University

    Wichita, KS#13

    Witchita State University, also known as WSU, is a public university in Wichita, Kansas, the third largest of the six state universities under the umbrella of the Kansas Board of Regents. … read more


    • $6,927 In-State Tuition
    • $14,961 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 95% Acceptance Rate
    • 14,893 Students


  14. Iowa State University

    Iowa State University

    Ames, IA#14

    Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public research university located in Ames, Iowa. Commonly known as Iowa State University (ISU), the school is a land and space-grant … read more


    • $7,726 In-State Tuition
    • $20,278 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 83% Acceptance Rate
    • 30,748 Students


  15. Utah State University

    Utah State University

    Logan, UT#15

    Utah State University (USU) is a public research university located in Logan, Utah. It is a land-grant and space-grant institution and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and … read more


    • $6,183 In-State Tuition
    • $17,886 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 97% Acceptance Rate
    • 28,786 Students


  16. University of Central Arkansas

    University of Central Arkansas

    Conway, AR#16

    The University of Central Arkansas (UCA), located in Conway, Arkansas, is the fourth largest university in Arkansas, the third largest college system in Arkansas, and one of the larger … read more


    • $7,595 In-State Tuition
    • $13,340 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 90% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,107 Students


  17. San Jose State University

    San Jose State University

    San Jose, CA#17

    San Jose State University, commonly referred to as San Jose State and abbreviated SJSU, is a public four-year university in San Jose, California. It is the oldest of twenty three California State … read more


    • $9,373 In-State Tuition
    • $13,244 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 30,448 Students


  18. University of Northern Iowa

    University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, IA#18

    The University of Northern Iowa, or UNI for short, is a public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The University was founded in 1876 and was known as Iowa State Normal School. In 1967, after … read more


    • $7,685 In-State Tuition
    • $17,181 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 78% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,273 Students


  19. Marshall University

    Marshall University

    Huntington, WV#19

    Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia, USA, is a coeducational public research university. It was founded in 1837 and named after the fourth Chief Justice of the United States: … read more


    • $6,216 In-State Tuition
    • $14,446 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 13,708 Students


  20. University of Nebraska, ​Kearney

    University of Nebraska, ​Kearney

    Kearney, NE#20

    Founded in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney (also referred to as "UNK", the University of Nebraska at Kearney today is a part of the University of Nebraska system. It traces … read more


    • $6,521 In-State Tuition
    • $12,349 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 85% Acceptance Rate
    • 7,199 Students


  21. University of Texas–​El Paso

    University of Texas–​El Paso

    El Paso, TX#21

    The University of Texas at El Paso, commonly abbreviated as UTEP, is a public university located in El Paso, Texas. Founded in 1914 as a mining and metallurgy school, the University gained … read more


    • $7,018 In-State Tuition
    • $17,639 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 22,749 Students


  22. University of Akron

    University of Akron

    Akron, OH#22

    Located in Akron, Ohio, the University of Akron is a public research University established in 1870. The school began as a small church college and gradually expanded into the coeducational … read more


    • $10,055 In-State Tuition
    • $18,417 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 97% Acceptance Rate
    • 26,580 Students


  23. Murray State University

    Murray State University

    Murray, KY#23

    Murray State University is a public university located in Murray, Kentucky, with nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. U.S. News & World Report ranks Murray State as a top tier … read more


    • $6,840 In-State Tuition
    • $18,600 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 82% Acceptance Rate
    • 10,832 Students


  24. University of Missouri

    University of Missouri

    Columbia, MO#24

    The University of Missouri, Columbia, is a public research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Also known as Mizzou, Missouri or MU, it is the largest institution of higher education in the … read more


    • $9,415 In-State Tuition
    • $23,764 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 82% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,748 Students


  25. University of Kansas

    University of Kansas

    Lawrence, KS#25

    The University of Kansas is commonly referred to as KU. With a student body of more than 29,000 students, it is the largest public research university in the state of Kansas. The main campus sits … read more


    • $10,107 In-State Tuition
    • $24,873 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 92% Acceptance Rate
    • 27,135 Students


  26. West Virginia University

    West Virginia University

    Morgantown, WV#26

    West Virginia University (WVU) is a public research university located in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to its central campus in Morgantown, the university also has campuses in Montgomery … read more


    • $6,456 In-State Tuition
    • $19,632 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 85% Acceptance Rate
    • 29,707 Students


  27. Davenport University

    Davenport University

    Grand Rapids, MI#27

    Davenport University’s main campus is located in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan, just a few minutes from downtown. In addition to its main campus, the university has 11 other campuses … read more


    • $13,192 In-State Tuition
    • $13,192 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 95% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,304 Students


  28. Bemidji State University

    Bemidji State University

    Bemidji, MN#28

    Bemidji State University is a public university located in Bemidji, Minnesota. The peculiar name is derived from Lake Bemidji, the shores on which the city of Bemidji lies. The University’s emblem … read more


    • $8,330 In-State Tuition
    • $8,330 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • 5,017 Students


  29. DeVry University

    DeVry University

    Downers Grove, IL#29

    Launch or advance your career by earning a degree a DeVry University. DeVry University has been helping students prepare to excel in the business world since 1931. With a year-round academic … read more


    • $16,156 In-State Tuition
    • $16,156 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • 79,621 Students


  30. Kent State University

    Kent State University

    Kent, OH#30

    Located in Kent, Ohio, Kent State University is a public research institution that was founded in 1910. It is one of the largest universities in the state of Ohio with the main campus located in … read more


    • $9,816 In-State Tuition
    • $17,776 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 83% Acceptance Rate
    • 28,172 Students






 

RankCollege NameLocationIn-state TuitionOut-of-State TuitionEnrollmentAcceptance Rate
31
East Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN$7,697$15,37215,13389%
32
St. Cloud State UniversitySt. Cloud, MN$7,472$15,11416,45790%
33
University of ToledoToledo, OH$9,054$18,17421,45395%
34
University of New MexicoAlbuquerque, NM$7,274$11,56829,03365%
35
Keiser UniversityFt. Lauderdale, FL$15,664$15,66416,71396%
36
Arkansas Tech UniversityRussellville, AR$6,918$12,88810,95088%
37
Boise State UniversityBoise, ID$5,884$17,32322,67485%
38
Ohio UniversityAthens, OH$10,380$19,34427,40278%
39
Youngstown State UniversityYoungstown, OH$7,712$13,66913,79987%
40
Kansas State UniversityManhattan, KS$8,585$21,53024,37899%
41
University of Central OklahomaEdmond, OK$5,092$12,76717,21179%
42
University of Arkansas, Little RockLittle Rock, AR$6,854$16,06613,176100%
43
University of Wisconsin, ​Eau ClaireEau Claire, WI$8,709$16,28211,04676%
44
University of Wisconsin, ​La CrosseLa Crosse, WI$8,769$16,34210,22771%
45
Washburn UniversityTopeka, KS$5,774$12,9267,20496%
46
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, KY$8,722$22,24821,11092%
47
Fort Hays State UniversityHays, KS$4,320$13,68013,31081%
48
University of Colorado, ​Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, CO$8,658$18,57610,25792%
49
Virginia Polytechnic InstituteBlacksburg, VA$10,930$25,32031,08770%
50
Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, TX$7,050$17,58015,16886%
51
University of UtahSalt Lake City, UT$7,534$24,01832,38883%
52
Appalachian State UniversityBoone, NC$6,462$18,67017,58963%
53
University of South AlabamaMobile, AL$8,152$15,50414,63687%
54
University of IowaIowa City, IA$8,061$26,93130,11978%
55
Arkansas State UniversityState University, AR$7,510$13,12013,87771%
56
University of Wisconsin, ​WhitewaterWhitewater, WI$7,578$15,15112,02873%
57
Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ$10,002$23,65473,37888%
58
Western Washington UniversityBellingham, WA$8,862$19,75214,83380%
59
University of Minnesota, ​DuluthDuluth, MN$12,815$16,48011,49178%
60
Missouri Southern State UniversityJoplin, MO$5,376$10,2255,41796%
61
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammond, LA$5,242$16,10115,60289%
62
Ohio State University, ​ColumbusColumbus, OH$10,037$25,75756,38764%
63
North Dakota State UniversityFargo, ND$7,233$17,47814,44384%
64
College of Staten Island – City University of New YorkStaten Island, NY$6,158$15,72814,321100%
65
Missouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO$6,497$12,4896,056100%
66
Medgar Evers College – City University of New YorkBrooklyn, NY$5,732$11,9426,540100%
67
Cameron UniversityLawton, OK$5,055$12,4956,115100%
68
Metropolitan State UniversitySt. Paul, MN$6,642$13,2278,17097%
69
Idaho State UniversityPocatello, ID$6,070$17,87012,54392%
70
University of Nebraska, ​OmahaOmaha, NE$6,510$16,52014,78680%
71
New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces, NM$6,220$19,64417,65180%
72
Georgia Gwinnett CollegeLawrenceville, GA$5,406$14,8649,39791%
73
Texas State University, ​San MarcosSan Marcos, TX$9,151$19,77134,22577%
74
University of Northern ColoradoGreeley, CO$6,793$18,03712,49789%
75
Tennessee Technological UniversityCookeville, TN$7,500$22,10011,46997%
76
Auburn UniversityAuburn University, AL$9,852$26,36425,13477%
77
Texas A&M University, ​Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, TX$7,668$18,19810,50890%
78
University of North DakotaGrand Forks, ND$7,254$17,17015,25074%
79
Mississippi State UniversityMississippi State, MS$6,722$16,96020,36569%
80
University of Illinois, ​Urbana-​ChampaignChampaign, IL$15,258$29,64044,52063%
81
Cleveland State UniversityCleveland, OH$9,289$12,41117,52563%
82
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWeatherford, OK$5,175$11,5355,10691%
83
California State University, ​Dominguez HillsCarson, CA$6,095$15,02313,93387%
84
Indiana State UniversityTerre Haute, IN$8,256$17,99212,11486%
85
Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryville, MO$7,988$14,2366,83188%
86
University of Louisiana–​MonroeMonroe, LA$5,443$14,2638,54591%
87
Morehead State UniversityMorehead, KY$7,498$18,74611,17285%
88
Texas A&M University, ​College StationCollege Station, TX$8,506$25,12650,22767%
89
Harding UniversitySearcy, AR$16,120$16,1206,71375%
90
University of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas, NV$6,570$20,48027,40288%
91
Oklahoma State UniversityStillwater, OK$7,441$20,02625,54478%
92
Wayne State CollegeWayne, NE$5,574$9,7743,555100%
93
Lamar UniversityBeaumont, TX$9,011$19,63114,28888%
94
Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids, MI$10,466$15,60714,53371%
95
University of Louisiana, ​LafayetteLafayette, LA$5,374$14,34416,68760%
96
Tarleton State UniversityStephenville, TX$5,522$13,94610,27976%
97
University of Houston, ​DowntownHouston, TX$6,267$16,88713,91692%
98
Bowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH$10,721$18,02917,28674%
99
University of Texas, ​San AntonioSan Antonio, TX$8,737$19,45430,47473%
100
University of Wisconsin, ​StoutMenomonie, WI$8,944$16,6909,24780%

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