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Best Value Colleges & Universities
Top 100 Most Affordable Consensus Ranked Schools 2020

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Best Value Colleges Universities

In the age of rapidly rising tuition – college costs have risen far faster than the rate of inflation in the 21st century, and even faster than financial aid – affordability is no joke. With our Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities, College Consensus is lighting up the way to a college education students can actually afford. With student debt representing the second-largest consumer debt class (after mortgages), earning a college degree without setting yourself up for a life of loan repayment – which never goes away, not even in bankruptcy – has turned into the Holy Grail: much sought, found by only a lucky few. If you’re interested in an affordable online degree, be sure to check out our ranking of the Best Value Online Colleges & Universities.

To create our ranking of the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities we started with schools that qualified for a College Consensus score and then ordered them from lowest to highest according to the most recent out-of-state tuition & fee information published by the National Center for Education Statistics. College Consensus is happy to show prospective students and their families where to find a school that not only won’t break the bank, but will also provide a quality, respected degree to take into the marketplace.

1

Brigham Young University-Provo
Provo, UT

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.9
College Consensus
69.8
Publisher Consensus
82.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$5,620

2

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

WCU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.6
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$7,926

3

Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND

dickinson state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
54.9
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$9,546

4

National Louis University
Chicago, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.4
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$10,710

5

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
45.2
College Consensus
22.7
Publisher Consensus
67.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$11,788

6

University of Minnesota-Crookston
Crookston, MN

University of Minnesota Crookston
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62
College Consensus
50.1
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$11,822

7

Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.3
College Consensus
63.4
Publisher Consensus
63.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$11,895

8

North Dakota State University-Main Campus
Fargo, ND

NDSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
46.3
College Consensus
21.5
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$13,393

9

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

truman
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,601

10

CUNY City College
New York, NY

city college CUNY
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.8
College Consensus
43.3
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,810

11

CUNY Hunter College
New York, NY

Hunter College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.8
College Consensus
54.1
Publisher Consensus
63.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,852

12

CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.2
College Consensus
67.1
Publisher Consensus
65.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,880

13

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
81.5
Publisher Consensus
66.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,910

14

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, NY

Baruch College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
65.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,932

15

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.9
College Consensus
77.1
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$14,940

16

CUNY Queens College
Queens, NY

CUNY Queens College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.9
College Consensus
46
Publisher Consensus
63.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$15,008

17

Coppin State University
Baltimore, MD

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
49
College Consensus
29.2
Publisher Consensus
68.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$15,144

18

University of Minnesota-Morris
Morris, MN

University of Minnesota Morris
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$15,342

19

Winona State University
Winona, MN

Winona State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.7
College Consensus
34.5
Publisher Consensus
71
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$15,348

20

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, WI

University of Wisconsin Platteville
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.2
College Consensus
28.2
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$15,646

21

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.9
College Consensus
42.9
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$16,434

22

Westfield State University
Westfield, MA

Westfield State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.9
College Consensus
52.8
Publisher Consensus
67
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$16,509

23

Framingham State University
Framingham, MA

framingham state university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
48.9
College Consensus
34
Publisher Consensus
63.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$16,600

24

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

University Wisconsin Eau Claire
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.8
College Consensus
52.7
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,095

25

Valley City State University
Valley City, ND

valley city
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.9
College Consensus
53.4
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,166

26

University of South Florida-Main Campus
Tampa, FL

University South Florida Main
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.1
College Consensus
45.7
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,324

27

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

Wyoming
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.9
College Consensus
40.5
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,490

28

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee, FL

FAMU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.3
College Consensus
31.9
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,725

29

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, TX

UTRG
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.9
College Consensus
45.2
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,773

30

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

University Wisconsin La Crosse
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
60.4
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,776

31

SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
55
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,871

32

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
43.5
College Consensus
33.9
Publisher Consensus
53.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$17,923

33

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Utica, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.4
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
62.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,018

34

State University of New York at New Paltz
New Paltz, NY

new paltz
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.7
College Consensus
73.7
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,034

35

SUNY Maritime College
Throggs Neck, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.8
College Consensus
67.6
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,063

36

Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale, NY

Farmingdale State College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
63.5
Publisher Consensus
62
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,086

37

SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY

SUNY plattsburgh
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.2
College Consensus
46
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,149

38

SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY

SUNYBrockport
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
64.2
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,192

39

SUNY College at Oswego
Oswego, NY

SUNY College Oswego
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.3
College Consensus
49.3
Publisher Consensus
69.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,220

40

SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY

Cortland oldmain building
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72
College Consensus
72
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,316

41

SUNY College at Geneseo
Geneseo, NY

Geneseo SUNY
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
51.7
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,431

42

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Fresno State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.9
College Consensus
53.9
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,467

43

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Calstate LosAngeles
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.2
College Consensus
85.2
Publisher Consensus
65.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,629

44

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY

ESF campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58
College Consensus
42.3
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,654

45

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

California State University Long Beach
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.6
College Consensus
75.2
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,678

46

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,697

47

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

California State University Fullerton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.2
College Consensus
66.8
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,766

48

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

CSU Northridge
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73
College Consensus
80
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,773

49

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.7
College Consensus
65.3
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,786

50

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

CSU San Bernardino 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.1
College Consensus
74.1
Publisher Consensus
70.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,802

51

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.3
College Consensus
77.7
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,822

52

California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.3
College Consensus
48.8
Publisher Consensus
61.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,863

53

California State University Maritime Academy
Vallejo, CA

California Maritime Academy
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.7
College Consensus
86.7
Publisher Consensus
60.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,936

54

California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

CSU Stanislaus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82
College Consensus
88.2
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,952

55

Florida International University
Miami, FL

FIU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
53.8
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$18,954

56

California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.1
College Consensus
85.3
Publisher Consensus
64.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,023

57

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
49.6
College Consensus
22
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,040

58

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.7
College Consensus
70.8
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,140

59

California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

CSU Sacramento
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
60.4
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,190

60

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Pomona, CA

CalyPoly Pomona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,233

61

The University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

University West Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,241

62

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

sdsu 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
48.6
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,340

63

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.1
College Consensus
64.2
Publisher Consensus
68
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,360

64

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

U Northern Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.2
College Consensus
63.9
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,480

65

California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

California State University Chico
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.2
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,488

66

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.5
College Consensus
46.5
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,504

67

Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
55.1
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,526

68

California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

CSU San Marcos
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.5
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,593

69

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

San Jose State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.8
College Consensus
49.6
Publisher Consensus
68
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,676

70

Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.8
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,678

71

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

UAB
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
50.7
College Consensus
26.6
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$19,704

72

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
68.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$20,578

73

Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

stockton u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.7
College Consensus
51.5
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$20,866

74

University of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

backpacks college college students 1454360
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
61.6
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,076

75

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Wayne, NJ

auditorium benches chairs 207691
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.3
College Consensus
37.9
Publisher Consensus
64.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,260

76

University of Houston
Houston, TX

University of Houston
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
43.4
College Consensus
17
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,273

77

University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL

University of Illinois at Springfield
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.7
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,338

78

Ashland University
Ashland, OH

Ashland University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.5
College Consensus
32.7
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,342

79

Southwestern Adventist University
Keene, TX

Southwestern Adventist University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.8
College Consensus
50.6
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,564

80

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

CalPoly
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.3
College Consensus
75.8
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,696

81

Madonna University
Livonia, MI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
50.4
College Consensus
37.7
Publisher Consensus
63.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,900

82

Texas State University
San Marcos, TX

Texas State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
47.2
College Consensus
18.9
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$21,900

83

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

App state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.1
College Consensus
44.6
Publisher Consensus
77.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$22,171

84

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
69.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$22,236

85

University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV

UN Reno
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
50.9
College Consensus
33.5
Publisher Consensus
68.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$22,236

86

Concordia University-Saint Paul
Saint Paul, MN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.7
College Consensus
43.4
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$22,275

87

Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

rowan
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52
College Consensus
38.2
Publisher Consensus
65.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$22,339

88

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.4
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$22,467

89

Wesleyan College
Macon, GA

Wesleyan College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.4
College Consensus
50
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$23,000

90

Towson University
Towson, MD

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$23,208

91

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$23,392

92

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$23,540

93

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahwah, NJ

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
66.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$23,715

94

Washington Adventist University
Takoma Park, MD

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51
College Consensus
41
Publisher Consensus
61.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$23,900

95

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Stillwater, OK

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.8
College Consensus
30.7
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$24,539

96

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.3
College Consensus
43.8
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$25,038

97

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
48.4
College Consensus
21.8
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$25,168

98

The Master’s University and Seminary
Santa Clarita, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.3
College Consensus
38
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$25,390

99

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.9
College Consensus
39.4
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$25,771

100

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$25,820

101

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.5
College Consensus
43.9
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Total out-of-state tuition & fees
$26,040

What Makes the Most Affordable Colleges and Universities?

So how does College Consensus determine what makes the most affordable colleges and universities? It’s pretty easy to say what makes a college affordable: low tuition, obviously. But as for what makes an affordable college really worthwhile – that takes a little more explanation. After all, it’s no secret that college is more expensive than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition rate for public universities in 2015-2016 academic year was more than $19,000; by contrast, 30 years earlier, the same education would have cost $3800. But everything was cheaper in 1985 – except that, adjusted for inflation, 1985 tuition was less than $8500 in 2015 dollars. That means tuition is going up insanely fast – way faster than inflation.

That raises the question: is a college degree still worth it? The short answer is, yes, almost without a doubt. Why? Because, on average, people still make a lot more money with a college degree than without – more than 60% higher, according to NCES data. Male and female, young and old, every race, the stats hold true: a college degree holder makes more money than a worker without a college degree. However, that average can be a bit misleading. For one, a Georgetown University study shows that the major you choose – and, therefore, the career you go into – makes a huge difference. Engineering and science majors make far more than the average, while social work and education majors make far lower; business majors fall right along the median. Some jobs just make more money than others.

Meanwhile, the average 2016 graduate is more than $37,000 in student debt, and considering that many people have no student debt, thanks to loans, grants, or helpful parents, that means plenty of graduates are entering with workforce with far more debt than that. So, when you’re thinking about an affordable college degree, the most affordable colleges and universities aren’t just the ones with the lowest tuition – they’re the ones with the most value.(And almost as good as a tuition-free college). So plan carefully; think very seriously about how you are preparing for college, because financial smarts are just as important as book smarts. Reasonable costs, market-ready skills, in-demand professions: these are the things that make the most affordable colleges in the US a smart investment for tomorrow’s professionals and leaders.

How Do We Rank the Most Affordable Colleges & Universities?

College Consensus is the most unique college ranking site you’re likely to see. The Consensus method combines two different sets of data: first, we gather results from the most reputable rankings, including Money, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Wallethub, and Washington Monthly . Then, we pull together the most legitimate, verified student reviews from sites like Students Review, My Plan, Cappex, and others. Combining the Publisher Rating and the Student Review Rating, we calculate the Consensus Rating, which provides a solid average that we use to rank colleges and universities across a wide range of specializations, regions, and other categories.

For the Consensus ranking of the Best Value Colleges & Universities, College Consensus took a long, detailed look at the colleges and universities with the lowest tuition rates. That makes for a highly diverse assortment of colleges, including large regional public universities, small liberal arts colleges, evangelical and Catholic colleges, military academies, historically black colleges and universities, and even some of the fastest-growing up-and-coming universities in the US. The most affordable colleges and universities recognize that college students are real people with real needs, real dreams, and real futures, and they work to make sure students can live up to their potential without being dragged down by debt. They’re the heroes in the higher education landscape, and with the College Consensus ranking, they get to stand on their own merits, recognized not only for excellence and reputation, but for being the most affordable colleges in the US.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

Most college rankings don’t take the long view – they look at their own particular criteria and make their rankings from a narrow set of qualifications. That’s precisely where College Consensus is different. Instead of working from its own subjective standards, College Consensus aggregates rankings and reviews to take in all of the perspectives. College Consensus brings together the expert assessment and the lived experience, all treated on an equal plane so that no voice gets the priority. With the Consensus method, every college and university gets its due place in the higher education landscape. Read more about our ranking methodology and sources on our about page.