For most families, affordability is one of, if not the biggest deciding factors for higher education — two-thirds of today's college students use some form of financial aid.

What are the best tuition-free colleges of 2020? Here are our top 10:

  1. University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
  2. United States Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point, NY
  3. University of South Florida - Sarasota, FL
  4. University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
  5. University of South Florida - Tampa, FL
  6. Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
  7. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
  8. Florida International University - Miami, FL
  9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC
  10. Maine College of Health Professions - Lewiston, ME

What Are The Notable Tuition-Free Colleges?

Given the pressures of paying for school, students and parents will be happy to learn that there are a handful of schools offering complete financial aid packages in exchange for student work. Tuition may be totally or partially covered by these programs, depending on the school. Most require at least 15 hours of work each week in addition to a full load of classes, and student workers generally serve essential functions in the operation of the school.

Working your way through school is not for every student. Options are limited and often only available to specific student populations. Taking a heavy class load and working part-time can be challenging, particularly to college students who are not used to managing their own time. Even older students may struggle with this requirement when faced with more advanced class work and out-of-class demands like internships and practicums.

Our list details eight institutions that offer four-year degrees at reduced or free tuition in exchange for work. Military schools have been omitted, and graduation rates reflect those who completed their degree within four years of their start date. Acceptance, enrollment and graduation data were reported by the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator.

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1

University of Florida-Online

Gainesville, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 54%

With origins dating back to 1858, the University of Florida is one of the oldest institutions in the State University System of Florida. UF Online prioritizes affordable, accessible, and high-quality programs. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks UF Online fourth in the U.S. for online bachelor's programs and among the top 10 public universities nationwide.

UF is a leader in research, and the school has helped launch more than 190 startups based on researchers' technologies. Additionally, over 56% of UF students graduate without student loan debt. Online students earning a bachelor's can choose from over 100 majors. UF Online also offers over 200 graduate programs.

Distance coursework utilizes an asynchronous format, which allows students to study when their schedule permits. UF Online accepts transfer applicants with at least 60 credits from an accredited institution. Both Florida residents and out-of-state learners may apply.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $129/credit in-state; $552/credit out-of-state

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (352) 294-3290

Email: onestop@ufonline.ufl.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

2

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 84%

Located in Kings Point, Long Island, United States Merchant Marine Academy educates students committed to service across the armed forces. Graduates may choose to complete five years of active duty in any branch of the armed services or serve five years in the maritime industry and eight years as an officer in any of the armed forces reserves.

Students benefit from small classroom sizes with a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. USMMA also ranks among the top colleges for low out-of-state tuition. Academic departments include humanities, mathematics and science, marine engineering, marine transportation, and naval science.

Regardless of students' area of study, USMMA requires field experiences at sea during students' sophomore and junior year. USMMA follows 13-week trimesters and an 11-month academic calendar.

Cost of attendance varies for each student; however, learners typically receive significant financial aid and tuition discounts through the institution and the military.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: Varies

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.5 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (516) 726-5722

Email: admissions@usmma.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

3

University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 54%

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee emerged in 1975 during a politically turbulent era. As a result, USFSM prioritizes diversity, inclusion, community engagement, and social justice. USFSM also offers a public postsecondary experience and student-centered learning. For instance, students benefit from small class sizes that do not exceed a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

USFSM has four colleges for science and mathematics, hospitality and tourism leadership, liberal arts and social sciences, and business. Students can also explore program options through the USFSM school of education. While students can complete their program on campus, USFSM also delivers coursework through the Canvas online learning management system.

Courses follow both asynchronous and synchronous formats. Transfer students may apply. USFSM holds regional accreditation through the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $186/credit in-state undergraduate; $550/credit out-of-state undergraduate; $550/credit in-state graduate; $864/credit out-of-state graduate

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.5 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (941) 359-4331

Email: admissions@sar.usf.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

4

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 73%

Established in 1963, the University of Central Florida stands as one of the nation's most innovative colleges and among the top colleges for low out-of-state tuition. As one of the largest universities in the country, UCF offers over 220 programs, including 99 bachelor's degrees and 89 master's degrees. Students also gain access to a vast student body with nearly 70,000 students enrolled.

UCF boasts that 50% of first-time college students graduate with no school debt. The school continues to develop community partnerships and research initiatives, including in the fields of computer science, engineering, education, healthcare, and business administration, among others.

Top programs include psychology and health sciences. UCF holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $212/credit in-state undergraduate; $749/credit out-of-state undergraduate; $370/credit in-state graduate; $1,194/credit out-of-state graduate

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (407) 823-3000

Email: admission@ucf.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

5

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 73%

Located in Tampa, the University of South Florida offers excellent academic programs and is a leading producer of Fulbright Scholars. USF strives to accommodate nontraditional learners, and as a result, students can earn their degree completely online. USF also stands as a top college with low out-of-state tuition.

Students can choose from over 180 majors across 14 colleges. Notable programs include rehabilitation counseling, library information studies, public health, criminology, healthcare management, and clinical psychology.

Undergraduate admission requires a high school diploma or GED, SAT or ACT scores, and official transcripts. Graduate admission requires a 3.0 GPA at minimum, official transcripts, and GRE scores. USF holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $211/credit in-state undergraduate; $575/credit out-of-state undergraduate; $431/credit in-state graduate; $877/credit out-of-state graduate

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (941) 359-4331

Email: admissions@sar.usf.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 83%

Based in Tallahassee, Florida State University prioritizes academic excellence and student-centered learning. FSU ranks among the top colleges for low out-of-state tuition. Nearly 42,000 students attend FSU each year, creating a diverse postsecondary experience. In fact, the student body represents over 130 countries.

Students can choose from nearly 300 programs, including 104 bachelor's degrees, 111 master's degrees, and 67 doctoral degrees. Notable areas of study include finance, psychology, criminal justice, and marketing. FSU holds a 93% retention rate and ranks first for four-year graduation rates among public universities in the state.

Admissions considers all information submitted for first-time college applicants. Students need to complete the SAT or ACT. Graduate applicants need to complete the GRE or MAT and must hold a 3.0 GPA at minimum.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $215/credit in-state undergraduate on campus; $721/credit out-of-state undergraduate on campus; $479/credit in-state graduate on campus; $1,111/credit out-of-state graduate on campus; $180/credit in-state undergraduate online; $686/credit out-of-state undergraduate online; $444/credit in-state graduate online; $1,075/credit out-of-state graduate online

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.9 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact

Phone: (850) 644-6200

Email: admissions@fsu.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

7

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 81%

North Carolina State University prioritizes engaged learning. Average class sizes do not exceed a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students benefit from a diverse school environment of over 35,000 students. NC State also offers low tuition rates to out-of-state students and invests more than $500 million in research each year.

Students gain access to 10 colleges and top-ranked programs in multiple fields, including veterinary medicine, computer science and IT, business, and engineering. NC State continues to build interdisciplinary partnerships that create real-world opportunities for students.

While students can earn their degree on campus, NC State also offers a number of distance education programs. Undergraduate students can apply through the Common Application or through the NC State Coalition Application, which allows students to begin earning credit as early as ninth grade.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $3,268/semester in-state undergraduate on campus; $13,327/semester out-of-state undergraduate on campus; $4,578/semester in-state graduate on campus; $13,211/semester out-of-state graduate on campus; $1,989/semester in-state undergraduate online; $8,100/semester out-of-state undergraduate online; $4,014/semester in-state graduate online; $11,655/semester out-of-state graduate online

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GMAT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (919) 515-2434

Email: undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

8

Florida International University

Miami, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 58%

Florida International University emphasizes research and prides itself on its status as a public postsecondary research institution. With nearly 54,000 students, FIU hosts a diverse body of learners from all 50 states and over 142 countries. FIU also prioritizes accessible, student-centered education and remains one of the top colleges with low out-of-state tuition.

Students can choose from over 265 programs. U.S. News and World Report ranks FIU among the top 10 largest universities nationwide; top-ranked programs and departments include the undergraduate international business program, the College of Law, and the College of Education.

FIU offers coursework both on campus and at a distance. Distance programs follow an asynchronous format, which allows students to learn when their schedule permits, as long as they meet deadline dates. Students complete two eight-week sessions each semester.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $3,084/semester in-state undergraduate on campus; $9,283/semester out-of-state undergraduate on campus; $4,101 in-state graduate on campus; $9,015/semester out-of-state graduate on campus; $3,432/semester in-state undergraduate online; $5,188/semester out-of-state undergraduate online; $4,310/semester in-state graduate online; $9,224/semester out-of-state graduate online

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.5 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (305) 348-2751

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

9

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 89%

Established in 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation's oldest public institution of higher education. The student body represents all 50 states and over 161 countries. UNC-Chapel Hill also offers a hands-on learning environment with a 13-to1 student-to-faculty ratio.

UNC-Chapel Hill offers 74 bachelor's, 104 master's, and 65 doctoral programs. Top-ranked programs include entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, and production. Distance learners gain access to the same quality coursework as on-campus learners. UNC-Chapel Hill utilizes asynchronous and synchronous learning formats.

While some programs offer completely online options, hybrid programs require periodic in-person attendance. Students should also note that some programs also include field experiences. UNC-Chapel Hill holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $4,490/semester in-state undergraduate; $18,080/semester out-of-state undergraduate; graduate varies by program

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: ACT; SAT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (919) 966-3621

Email: unchelp@unc.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

10

Maine College of Health Professions

Lewiston, ME Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 100%

Located in Lewiston, Maine College of Health Professions values community engagement, academic excellence, and individualized learning. In fact, average class sizes do not exceed a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. MCHP boasts a 100% job placement rate and also ranks among the top colleges that offer low out-of-state tuition.

MCHP programs emphasize practical, hands-on opportunities and clinical experiences, which begin during students' first semester. Students can choose from a bachelor of science in nursing, an associate of applied science in nursing, an associate of applied science in radiologic technology, and an associate of health sciences.

Some programs require applicants to complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam. MCHP holds regional accreditation through the New England Commission of Higher Education.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: Varies by course

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: Hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.5 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; HESI

Contact

Phone: (207) 795-2840

Email: admissions@mchp.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

11

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 94%

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1819. UVA has been ranked highly by publications such as Princeton Review and Forbes. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school in fourth place for best public national universities and second place for best value. UVA also stands among the top colleges for low out-of-state tuition.

UVA offers a diverse college experience, with nearly 24,000 students on campus alone. Students gain access to 13 schools and colleges, including the UVA law school. Students earning a degree in health sciences also benefit from hands-on experience at the top-ranked hospital in Virginia.

UVA boasts an 89% four-year and a 94% six-year graduation rate. The university accepts transfer students from accredited institutions. UVA holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The school meets 100% of students' demonstrated financial need.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: Varies

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (on campus/online); on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: ACT; SAT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (434) 924-6338

Email: undergradadmission@virginia.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

12

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 98%

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University stands as the oldest higher institution of higher education in the country. Over 36,000 students attend Harvard, and learners benefit from a vast alumni network with over 371,000 living members. U.S. News and World Report ranks Harvard in second place for best value schools, and the school holds status as one of the top colleges for low out-of-state tuition.

Harvard offers highly esteemed programs in fields such as architecture, divinity, theology, and international relations. Students can choose from 12 schools and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Learners can earn their degree on campus and online. Harvard even offers free online courses.

Students may apply using the Common Application, Universal College Application, and the Coalition Application. Harvard holds accreditation through the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Harvard meets 100% of each student's demonstrated financial need.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $47,730/year

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: ACT; SAT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (617) 496-6100

Email: admiss@fas.harvard.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

13

Stanford University

Stanford, CA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 94%

Established in 1891, in California, Stanford University stands as one of the leading research universities in the country. Stanford prioritizes engaged learning and academic excellence. Average class sizes do not exceed a 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing for one-on-one engagement and meaningful relationships between students and faculty members.

Stanford also ranks among the top five schools for innovation and best value. Students can choose from seven schools, including business, energy and environmental sciences, education, engineering, humanities and sciences, law, and medicine. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school highly for its undergraduate programs in biomedical, chemical, electrical, computer, and environmental engineering.

Students may earn their degree in a traditional classroom or at a distance. Stanford provides multiple online resources. Distance learners use the Stanford Training and Registration System, a specialized online platform, to access coursework.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $17,619/quarter undergraduate; graduate varies by program

Schedule: Quarter

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (650) 736-2091

Email: admission@stanford.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

14

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 78%

Founded in 1944, the Fashion Institute of Technology offers a metropolitan postsecondary experience in Manhattan, New York. FIT stands among the top colleges with low out-of-state tuition. FIT prioritizes academic excellence and ranks among the top schools for innovation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Students prepare for professional success in design and business, develop leadership qualities, and participate in community engagement. FIT maintains five departments: the School of Art and Design, the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Center for Continuing Professional Studies.

FIT strives to accommodate nontraditional learners through distance programs. The school prefers undergraduate applicants with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must submit SAT and ACT scores. Graduate applicants must take the GRE.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $2,595/semester in-state associate; $7,785/semester out-of-state associate; $3,535/semester in-state bachelor's; $10,696/semester out-of-state bachelor's; $5,551/semester in-state graduate; $11,793/semester out-of-state graduate

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (212) 217-7715

Email: fit_registrar@fitnyc.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

15

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 83%

The University of Texas at Austin values social responsibility, innovation, and individual opportunity. According to U.S. News and World Report, UT Austin ranks among the top public schools and national universities in the country. The student body, made up of 51,000 learners, represents all 50 states and 124 countries.

Undergraduate students can choose from over 170 areas of study, while graduate students can access 237 programs. Top business programs include accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and quantitative analysis. UT Austin also offers top-ranked engineering programs, including chemical and petroleum specializations.

Applicants must provide written essays, official transcripts, and appropriate standardized test scores. Additional requirements may vary by major. UT Austin holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: Varies by program

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (on campus/online); on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT; GRE; GMAT

Contact

Phone: (512) 471-3506

Email: admissions@austin.utexas.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

16

New York School of Interior Design

New York, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 63%

Located in New York City, the New York School of Interior Design prioritizes small, focused learning environments. Average class sizes do not exceed a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. NYSID boasts a 100% employment rate for undergraduate and graduate students within six months of graduating.

NYSID offers an associate in applied science in interior design, a bachelor and master of fine arts in interior design, a master of professional studies in sustainable interior environments, and a master of professional studies in lighting design.

Admission requires SAT or ACT scores, a resume, a professional portfolio, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. NYSID holds national accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $1,060/credit undergraduate; graduate varies by course

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact

Phone: (212) 472-1500

Email: admissions@nysid.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 93%

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University values innovation and stands as the first research university in the country. The school has an international reach, with study abroad partnerships in over 120 countries and an alumni network in 140 countries.

Johns Hopkins divisions include the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the Carey Business School, the School of Education, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Peabody Institute, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Undergraduate students can access 1,389 bachelor's degrees. Johns Hopkins also offers top-ranked graduate programs in a number of fields.

Undergraduate admission requires teacher evaluations and SAT or ACT scores. Students can apply using the Common Application or the Coalition for College Application. Johns Hopkins holds regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $55,350/year undergraduate; graduate varies by program

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT; GRE or GMAT

Contact

Phone: (410) 235-0545

Email: gotojhu@jhu.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

18

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 84%

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ranks among the top public postsecondary institutions in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. U of I values community engagement and diversity. The student body includes over 47,000 students who represent all 50 states and 78 countries.

U of I also values academic excellence and offers multiple top-ranked programs. While undergraduate students can choose from over 150 fields of study, notable programs include materials engineering, civil engineering, and accounting. Distinguished graduate programs include condensed matter physics and agricultural engineering.

U of I provides ample academic resources, including one of the largest public university libraries in the world. U of I also focuses on research and ranks among the top five universities for research funded by the National Science Foundation. U of I holds programmatic accreditation through the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $16,776-$21,870/year in-state undergraduate; $34,226-$39,320/year out-of-state undergraduate; graduate varies by program

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0 minimum

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT; GRE or GMAT

Contact

Phone: (217) 333-3280

Email: admissions@illinois.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

19

Bryan College of Health Sciences

Lincoln, NE Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 69%

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Bryan College of Health Sciences offers degrees that lead to careers in health. With an emphasis on engaged, hands-on learning in clinical settings, Bryan Health prioritizes academic and clinical excellence, healthcare community engagement, and ethical practices. Additionally, Bryan Health ranks among the top colleges with low out-of-state tuition.

Students benefit from a 6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. First-time college students can choose from programs such as an associate in health professions and biomedical sciences. Graduate students also gain access to high-quality programs such as a master of science in nursing or a doctorate in nurse anesthesia.

Students can earn their degree on campus or at a distance. Bryan Health provides distance learners with classroom support, a peer mentor program, academic advisers, and technical support. Bryan Health holds regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $588/credit undergraduate; graduate varies by program

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (on campus/online); on campus

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.75 minimum

Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (402) 481-8697

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

20

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 93%

Hamilton College offers degrees at all levels through its campus in Clinton, New York. School values include academic excellence and engaged learning. Over 97% of professors hold the highest degree in their field, and aspiring students often rank in the top 10% of their high school class. Students also access intimate class sizes that do not exceed a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Students can earn high-quality degrees in nearly any content area. Hamilton also remains one of a few colleges in the U.S. to offer an open curriculum, which allows students to choose courses based on personal interests.

Hamilton provides ample support for both traditional and distance learners. Students can access academic student center and librarian research assistance. Hamilton holds regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $27,985/semester

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: Hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (315) 859-4457

Email: admission@hamilton.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 86%

Established in 1785 and located in Athens, the University of Georgia ranks third in the nation for producing Rhodes Scholars. Over 37,000 students attend UGA. Students also gain access to a vast alumni network with over 315,000 members.

UGA also maintains research partnerships with over 50 countries, which provides students with an international reach. UGA follows a semester-based academic calendar. Students can choose from nearly 20 different schools and colleges that offer degrees at all levels.

UGA also offers multiple dual-degree programs, including the Double Dawgs program, which allows students to earn their bachelor's and master's degree in under five years. UGA also offers an honors program and online learning. Distance programs use a cohort structure.


School Overview

School Status: Public

Tuition: $9,790/year in-state undergraduate; $28,830/year out-of-state undergraduate; $8,716/year in-state graduate; $24,724/year out-of-state graduate

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (on campus/online); on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

GPA: 2.8 minimum

Standardized Tests: GACE; SAT; ACT; GRE

Contact

Phone: (706) 452-7945

Email: undergrad@admissions.uga.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Brigham Young University-Provo

Provo, UT Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 86%

Located in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University offers faith-based education. BYU boasts the largest undergraduate enrollment of any private university nationwide, with over 33,000 students who represent all 50 states and over 103 countries. One of the top colleges with low out-of-state tuition, BYU ranks fifth for graduate students with the least amount of debt, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Students can enroll into highly esteemed degrees at all levels. For instance, the bachelor's in accounting, master's in accounting, and MBA all are highly regarded nationwide.

BYU offers ample student support, including a research and writing center, online databases, and tutoring. BYU follows traditional semesters. Transfer students from accredited universities may apply. BYU holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $2,895/semester undergraduate members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; $5,790 other undergraduate students; graduate varies by program

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: Hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT; GMAT or GRE

Contact

Phone: (801) 422-2507

Email: admissions@byu.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 91%

Founded in 1800, Middlebury College offers a small postsecondary experience. Enrollment includes about 2,500 undergraduate students and 750 graduate students. Class sizes do not exceed an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio on average, which allows students and professors to build meaningful relationships.

U.S. News and World Report ranks Middlebury among the top 10 national liberal arts colleges. Students can access 44 majors and 850 courses. Additionally, Middlebury offers study abroad experiences in Haiti, Europe, Tibet, and China. Undergraduate admission requires SAT or ACT scores, official transcripts, and an interview.

Middlebury utilizes a 4-1-4 academic calendar, where students complete four classes during each of the longer terms and one class during the short term. Middlebury holds regional accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $55,790/year

Schedule: Semester

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact

Phone: (802) 443-3000

Email: admissions@middlebury.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 96%

Located in New Jersey, Princeton University is world-renowned for its top academics and research. Hands-on learning remains a top priority for the university, and class sizes do not exceed a 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio on average. Princeton boasts 21 Rhodes Scholar recipients in the past decade. As a private institution, Princeton also remains one of the top colleges with low out-of-state tuition.

Princeton offers top-of-the-line programs. According to U.S. News and World Report, Princeton University ranks first among national universities. Highly ranked programs include teaching, computer engineering, chemical engineering, and writing in the disciplines.

Princeton welcomes nontraditional learners, and online students can access coursework through the MOOC learning management system. The university provides academic and career counselors, librarian research support, and technical support. Princeton holds regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The average undergraduate student receives more than $56,500 in grants each year.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $51,870/year undergraduate; $53,770/year graduate

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Synchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT; ACT

Contact

Phone: (609) 258-3060

Email: uaoffice@princeton.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 74%

San Diego State University is the oldest and the third-largest postsecondary institution in Southern California. SDSU enrolls nearly 34,000 students, and the alumni network includes over 400,000 members. SDSU also values research-based education, global awareness, and cultural diversity.

SDSU offers nearly 200 degrees, including 96 bachelor's, 80 master's, and 21 doctoral programs. Students also gain access to over 650 study abroad programs. Top-ranked undergraduate programs include engineering, business, and education. SDSU also offers a number of graduate programs, including rehabilitation counseling, nursing, and psychology.

SDSU students can earn their degree on campus or online. Program options include fully online and hybrid tracks. However, out-of-state online students should check to see if SDSU services their state.


School Overview

School Status: Private

Tuition: $3,755/term in-state undergraduate; $4,472/term in-state graduate; out-of-state students pay an additional $396/unit

Schedule: Semester

Delivery

Format: 100% online; hybrid (online/on campus); on campus

Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT; GMAT or GRE

Contact

Phone: (619) 594-6336

Email: admissions@sdsu.edu

Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter