Top 100 - Most Affordable Mid-size to Large Colleges and Universities


While price is important, getting a good education is more important. But if you look hard, you can find a great education at a great price. Below is our list of top 100 most affordable universities in the United States for 2018. Each offers exceptional value for students looking for a great education – at a great price.




Rank School Name Net Price Student Body
California State University–Dominquez Hills
Carson, CA
$1,640 14,700
University of Texas–Pan American
Edinburg, TX
$2,500 20,050
California State University–Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
$2,735 24,488
CUNY Leman College
Bronx, New York
$2,327 12,400
City College of New York
New York, NY
$7,125 15,580
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
$6,848 5,900
Dalton State College
Dalton, GA
$6,256 4,850
University of Texas–El Paso
El Paso, TX
$5,607 23,000
CUNY New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn, NY
$7,033 17,300
Queens College of the CUNY
Flushing, NY
$10,000 325
California State University–Fresno
Fresno, CA
$5,599 23,179
University of Arkansas&8211;Fort Smith
Fort Smith, AR
$7,679 6,830
Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, OK
$7,211 8,310
California State University–San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
$4,344 18,952
Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY
$7,220 17,390
Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, FL
$5,064 13,248
California State University–Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
$5,542 38,128
Louisiana State University–Shreveport
Shreveport, LA
$7,433 4,186
College of Staten Island
Staten Island, NY
$9,575 14,346
University of Louisiana–Monroe
Monroe, LA
$9,488 9,002
California State University–Stanislaus
Turlock, CA
$6,340 9,045
University of Alaska–Anchorage
Anchorage, AK
$7,715 17,151
East Central University
Ada, OK
$6,058 4,428
University of Texas–Brownsville
New York, NY
$6,083 11,943
Hunter College of the CUNY
New York, NY
$8,129 23,112
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN
$10,000 10,000
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Greensboro, NC
$10,145 10,725
Saint Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, FL
$7,499 32,681
State University of New York College at Old Westbury
West Bury, NY
$13,813 8,106
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
$8,463 17,195
Purdue University North Central
Westville, IN
$7,832 6,177
Indiana University East
Westville, IN
$7,975 4,573
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Natchitoches, LA
$9,488 9,002
Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
$14,708 14,434
University of Texas–Dallas
Richardson, TX
$5,859 2,575
California State University–Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
$5,690 8,720
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
$9,630 12,002
Brigham Young University–Idaho
Rexburg, ID
$7,968 36,624
California State University–Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
$7,672 36,809
University of Alaska–Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
$8,383 8,620
Winston Salem State University
Winston Salem, NC
$7,737 5,220
California State University–Monterey Bay
Sea Side, CA
$8,121 6,631
Marshall University
Huntington, WV
$8,738 13,381
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
$9,074 4,041
Middle Georgia College
Macon, GA
$17,015 6,772
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX
$8,628 8,429
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
$8,661 9,234
Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV
$8,717 4,035
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
$8,372 8,641
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX
$8,596 15,071
51 Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX
$10,172 5,874
52 Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA
$9,369 6,292
53 Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA
$9,544 14,487
54 University of Texas–Permian Basin
Odessa, TX
$8,245 5,560
55 Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
$4,902 1,393
56 California State University–Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
$7,446 29,349
57 Cameron University
Lawton, OK
$9,442 5,537
58 Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
$9,843 14,995
59 Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
$8,298 15,090
60 Utah Valley University
Orem, UT
$6,766 31,332
61 University of Washington–Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
$9,410 4,477
62 Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
$9,252 11,225
63 Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO
$8,700 5,613
64 Kent State University–Stark
North Canton, OH
$10,132 4,678
65 Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
$10,910 22,729
66 University of Hawaii–Hilo
Hilo, HI
$7,063 3,809
67 University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AK
$11,051 11,698
68 University of Wisconsin–Parkside
Kenosha, WI
$9,187 4,543
69 University of Washington–Bothell
Bothell, Washington
$9,209 4,962
70 University of Michigan–Dearborn
Dearborn, MI
$12,347 8,923
71 University of Washington–Seattle
Seattle, WA
$10,374 44,784
72 University of North Carolina–Greensboro
city, state
$10,076 18,647
73 New Jersey City University
city, state
$6,931 8,136
74 University of North Carolina–Pembroke
Pembroke, NC
$10,686 6,269
75 North Carolina Central University–Durham, NC
city, state
$9,701 7,687
76 Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
$10,021 5,834
77 Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
$9,894 4,915
78 Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM
$7,978 3,303
79 Murray State University
Murray, KY
$9,970 11,207
80 University of Arkansas–Little Rock
Little Rock, AK
$12,780 11,645
81 Vincennes University
Vincennes, IN
$9,963 19,205
82 West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
$8,221 2,985
83 Indiana University–Kokomo
Kokomo, IN
$8,633 4,180
84 San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
$10,085 33,483
85 Texas A&M University–Commerce
Commerce, TX
$8,625 12,111
86 University of Houston–Victoria
Victoria, TX
$10,131 4,407
87 Stanford University
Stanford, CA
$17,952 16,963
88 Indiana University–Southeast
New Albany, IN
$11,510 6,442
89 Applalachian State University
Boone, NC
$11,508 18,026
90 Chicago State University
Chicago, IL
$10,610 5,211
91 Weber State University
Ogden, UT
$10,005 25,954
92 Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Weatherford, OK
$6,731 1,460
93 University of North Alabama
Florence, AL
$10,118 6,841
94 Jackson State University
Jackson, MI
$10,417 9,508
95 University of Michigan–Flint
Flint, MI
$11,657 8,574
96 California State University–Northridge
city, state
$10,196 40,131
97 University of North Carolina–Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
$10,000 27,238
98 University of Illinois–Springfield
Springfield, IL
$9,049 5,431
99 Southern Polytechnic State University
Marietta, GA
$11,692 6,786
100 University of Massachusetts–Boston
Boston, MA
$10,376 16,756
Determining what higher education path to pursue will be one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. This path will determine where you study, what you study and will impact your future career choice and earning potential. These days more and more people are attending community colleges because they provide a good return on investment. Attending a community college is inexpensive and allows students to develop targeted skills that are directly applicable in various trades and careers. However, while affordable, an education at community lacks a bit of the prestigious, credential and higher education opportunity provided by a four-year university. For those who are looking to gain a university level education and degree, as affordably as possible, attending any one of the universities listed above is a great option.

So how did we develop our list? We started with a list of just under 2,700 regionally accredited universities provided by the National Center of Education Statistics–a U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences that collects and organizes data on higher education institutions operating in the United States. We then chose to use only those universities with a student body of at least 4,000 (mid-range to large schools)– the list above does not include smaller colleges and universities. We then removed 2-year community colleges, graduate schools, and specialy schools from the list–as well as schools that don't admit first-year freshman. We then selected the top 100 schools from our list based on "net price"–a figure which includes tuition, fees, room and board and other expense students will need to cover.

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