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






 

Rank College Name Location In-state Tuition Out-of-State Tuition Enrollment Acceptance Rate
31
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN $7,697 $15,372 15,133 89%
32
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, MN $7,472 $15,114 16,457 90%
33
University of Toledo Toledo, OH $9,054 $18,174 21,453 95%
34
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM $7,274 $11,568 29,033 65%
35
Keiser University Ft. Lauderdale, FL $15,664 $15,664 16,713 96%
36
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR $6,918 $12,888 10,950 88%
37
Boise State University Boise, ID $5,884 $17,323 22,674 85%
38
Ohio University Athens, OH $10,380 $19,344 27,402 78%
39
Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH $7,712 $13,669 13,799 87%
40
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS $8,585 $21,530 24,378 99%
41
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK $5,092 $12,767 17,211 79%
42
University of Arkansas, Little Rock Little Rock, AR $6,854 $16,066 13,176 100%
43
University of Wisconsin, ​Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI $8,709 $16,282 11,046 76%
44
University of Wisconsin, ​La Crosse La Crosse, WI $8,769 $16,342 10,227 71%
45
Washburn University Topeka, KS $5,774 $12,926 7,204 96%
46
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY $8,722 $22,248 21,110 92%
47
Fort Hays State University Hays, KS $4,320 $13,680 13,310 81%
48
University of Colorado, ​Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO $8,658 $18,576 10,257 92%
49
Virginia Polytechnic Institute Blacksburg, VA $10,930 $25,320 31,087 70%
50
Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX $7,050 $17,580 15,168 86%
51
University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT $7,534 $24,018 32,388 83%
52
Appalachian State University Boone, NC $6,462 $18,670 17,589 63%
53
University of South Alabama Mobile, AL $8,152 $15,504 14,636 87%
54
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA $8,061 $26,931 30,119 78%
55
Arkansas State University State University, AR $7,510 $13,120 13,877 71%
56
University of Wisconsin, ​Whitewater Whitewater, WI $7,578 $15,151 12,028 73%
57
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ $10,002 $23,654 73,378 88%
58
Western Washington University Bellingham, WA $8,862 $19,752 14,833 80%
59
University of Minnesota, ​Duluth Duluth, MN $12,815 $16,480 11,491 78%
60
Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO $5,376 $10,225 5,417 96%
61
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA $5,242 $16,101 15,602 89%
62
Ohio State University, ​Columbus Columbus, OH $10,037 $25,757 56,387 64%
63
North Dakota State University Fargo, ND $7,233 $17,478 14,443 84%
64
College of Staten Island – City University of New York Staten Island, NY $6,158 $15,728 14,321 100%
65
Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO $6,497 $12,489 6,056 100%
66
Medgar Evers College – City University of New York Brooklyn, NY $5,732 $11,942 6,540 100%
67
Cameron University Lawton, OK $5,055 $12,495 6,115 100%
68
Metropolitan State University St. Paul, MN $6,642 $13,227 8,170 97%
69
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID $6,070 $17,870 12,543 92%
70
University of Nebraska, ​Omaha Omaha, NE $6,510 $16,520 14,786 80%
71
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM $6,220 $19,644 17,651 80%
72
Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA $5,406 $14,864 9,397 91%
73
Texas State University, ​San Marcos San Marcos, TX $9,151 $19,771 34,225 77%
74
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO $6,793 $18,037 12,497 89%
75
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN $7,500 $22,100 11,469 97%
76
Auburn University Auburn University, AL $9,852 $26,364 25,134 77%
77
Texas A&M University, ​Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX $7,668 $18,198 10,508 90%
78
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND $7,254 $17,170 15,250 74%
79
Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS $6,722 $16,960 20,365 69%
80
University of Illinois, ​Urbana-​Champaign Champaign, IL $15,258 $29,640 44,520 63%
81
Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH $9,289 $12,411 17,525 63%
82
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK $5,175 $11,535 5,106 91%
83
California State University, ​Dominguez Hills Carson, CA $6,095 $15,023 13,933 87%
84
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN $8,256 $17,992 12,114 86%
85
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO $7,988 $14,236 6,831 88%
86
University of Louisiana–​Monroe Monroe, LA $5,443 $14,263 8,545 91%
87
Morehead State University Morehead, KY $7,498 $18,746 11,172 85%
88
Texas A&M University, ​College Station College Station, TX $8,506 $25,126 50,227 67%
89
Harding University Searcy, AR $16,120 $16,120 6,713 75%
90
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV $6,570 $20,480 27,402 88%
91
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK $7,441 $20,026 25,544 78%
92
Wayne State College Wayne, NE $5,574 $9,774 3,555 100%
93
Lamar University Beaumont, TX $9,011 $19,631 14,288 88%
94
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI $10,466 $15,607 14,533 71%
95
University of Louisiana, ​Lafayette Lafayette, LA $5,374 $14,344 16,687 60%
96
Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX $5,522 $13,946 10,279 76%
97
University of Houston, ​Downtown Houston, TX $6,267 $16,887 13,916 92%
98
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH $10,721 $18,029 17,286 74%
99
University of Texas, ​San Antonio San Antonio, TX $8,737 $19,454 30,474 73%
100
University of Wisconsin, ​Stout Menomonie, WI $8,944 $16,690 9,247 80%

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