10 best colleges for out-of-staters

Want to save on higher education without having to stick too close to home? These US public universities offer great value plus a chance to broaden your horizons.

By Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine

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Mar 22, 2011 7:09PM

I agree with most people's opinions so far. I went to a small state school that does not get much recognition and graduated in engineering. In my professional career (6 years with a major oil/gas company) I have never been held back by the school I attended. I don't believe that the institution you graduate from means much in the real world. If you can't work and perform it doesn't matter what school you went to. It might help you get that first interview but beyond that it's up to you. I work with people from MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and great international schools and most of the best and brightest are farm kids with degrees from small state schools (I did not grow up on a farm and am not biased). Try working alongside someone who enjoys getting up at 4 am and thinks a short work day is less than 12 hours. Most learning will be on-the-job when you graduate. Get a degree (from any school), work hard, show interest and you'll do fine.

Mar 17, 2011 12:49PM
It is interesting that these surveys ignore smaller schools which have much to offer.  For example, attending Northwest Missouri State University as an out-of-state undergraduate carrying fifteen trimester hours costs $6200 which includes both books and a technology fee.  An out-of-state graduate student taking ten hours would pay $5104 which includes the technology fee, but not books.

To check this yourself visit www.nwmissouri.edu/bursar/tuitionandfees.htm

There are scores, maybe hundreds, of excellent state colleges and universities which provide the education one needs that are unknown to the higher education pundits who seem to focus only on schools known to the general public.  To find one check your state of residence first, then adjacent states.

Mar 22, 2011 7:10PM

It is always laughable to witness the absolute indolence (and elitist insolence of East Coast writers of any stripe. Do you guys actually ever leave New York or D.C. and visit anything west of the Mississippi? One time, a reporter for Time Magazine actually climbed down from her ivory perch and came to my hometown looking to write a hack job on the state of education along the Texas border. She asked my mother (the coordinator for an educational foundation) to direct her to the schools with the lowest socio-economic status in the region. When my mom took her to these schools, the writer became incensed because they did not resemble the rotting, ghetto type institutions that are typical in East Coast inner cities. She accused my mom of being deceptive, but the reality was, that while we have our own problems, we tend to care about our public schools and do our best to make them safe and effective learning environments. Since this reality did not jell with the writer’s preconceived notions of our inherent backwardness and inferiority to the superior East Coast, she left with a huff and wrote whatever did resonate with her inflexible view of the world. Thus, do not be surprised by this one-sided, poorly researched article. It is just the typical, lazy write up that is an endemic cancer with this generation.

Mar 22, 2011 6:19PM

This limited & biased report is even worse than I thought  it would be..  I expected it to be typical " Fly over" mentality  with possibly half on the west coast. But this  ''journalist' is obviously just trying to puff up his own resume. Or 'butt kiss' his boss's alumnus.

 My profession has taken me all over the U.S.  Not once was I held back because my degree  was from  Topeka's Washburn University or my Masters from K. U. I often wondered what   Ivy League etc. degree holder  co-workers thought when I was promoted over them.  Or  asked my for help & advice.  Were they  envious when they learned  I had paid off my loans within 1 year while they struggled to pay off theirs. It didn't keep head hunters from seeking me out.   Wake up  Kiplinger. There are 50  states. Check out what numerous of their graduates have contributed to the world....




Mar 22, 2011 7:32PM
What, you found nothing farther west than Minn??????    Survey was clearly done by an east coast elitist who probably was funded by east coast schools.  Shame on you for publishing this biased trash.
Mar 22, 2011 5:03PM

The author of the article obviously did not do the homework on this.

9 of the 10 colleges are in the east.

Mar 22, 2011 7:11PM
Texas?  Florida? Wisconsin? Indiana?  They are bigger and better than most of those on Kiplinger's list and probably cheaper.   There are so many solid state universities that this little list seems extremely skewed.
Mar 22, 2011 7:06PM

Hmmmm......I live in Wyo and my daughter attends BHSU in SD and it is SIGNIFICANTLY less than any of the out of state tuition in this list.....so....only the good schools are in the East....me thinks not!

Mar 22, 2011 6:45PM
what a joke. all but 1 east coast school?
Mar 22, 2011 5:41PM
Wow nothing exist west of the Mississippi River?!?! Someone should tell the gang of NY an NJ kids inhabiting THE UNIVERSITY of ARIZONA......Bear Down.
Mar 22, 2011 6:59PM
Wow....I agree with most of the comments here. This article is pure crapola -- totally unbalanced. Obviously Kiplinger's writer never drove further than one tank of gas in his Prius from his home on Manhattan Island. Must have thrown a dart to get that one school in Minnesota.  

This is a problem in sports too. During baseball season, every ESPN news cast starts with 10 minutes of discussion regarding New York and Boston and then you get 2 minutes for the rest of the country. If a tsunami ever hits New England and destroys those two cities, the news writers in this country will all collapse due to writers block. 
Mar 22, 2011 6:27PM

Really? 3 SUNY schools?? You know why they are on here? Because the SUNY chancellor gave Kiplinger a ton of money to write this article to tout their universities because no one in NY wants to go to them because they are not a value for your money as an 'in-state' student. Go ahead.....compare in-state tuition for Ohio State, Penn State, Kentucky U, etc. to that of SUNY schools. 

Yeah, I'd waaayyy rather go to SUNY Brockport or SUNY Plattsburgh for more money per year/in-state tuition, than wished I lived in Ohio and pay much less for a degree from a school that at least half of the nation and world has at least HEARD OF!

Mar 22, 2011 5:33PM

This is the most biased and uninformed article I have made the mistake of reading in a great while. There are 50 states in the Union and at least half of them will provide competitive programs to any listed here. How's that for an uninformed statement? It is just as valid as the east coast bias exhibited by Kiplinger. No wonder I cancelled my subscription years ago.


Mar 22, 2011 8:44PM
I understand SUNY,It is a great value,online or personally attending.But there are so so many schools in the midwest and west that a much greater value than most of these listed schools. I am almost a professional student,having attended a dozen colleges in as many states. I also went to school in British Columbia and tuition was free.The makers of this survey are either idiots,biased, or just lazy didn't do their homework jerks.

Mar 22, 2011 7:33PM
As a lot of others have noticed there isn't but ONE school that isn't on the east coast.  Wow, how surprising is that?  I cannot believe there isn't a single school that would make the list from somewhere besides the hallowed east coast.  Amazing that the rest of our country can even compose a simple posting!  Get over yourselves people.  As a left coast resident I love to sit back and watch how full of themselves the Atlantic side of our country can be!  
Mar 22, 2011 8:10PM
Any reason the military schools didn't get on this list?  Publishing a list this poorly thought out certainly doesn't help give credibility to anything Kiplinger journalists write.
Mar 22, 2011 6:07PM

Very heavy on larger east coast universities. There are schools outside of that coast with great programs for much better prices than you will get with the bigger and east coast schools.


If you are searching for out of state colleges you should do an independent search, or even one on something like Princeton Review or other like sites that will give you the choices of things like size, major, etc. along with cost instead of relying on articles like this. Heck, you should do that if you are looking at any college, in or out of state, to get the best education that fits your learning style and what you want to get out of your college career. Also, if you want to go out of state but don't care for it to be across the country look into reduced out of state tuition programs such as NEEAR that is available in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Colorado where students get a tuition price break if they are residents of one of the other states in the program. The reduction at the university I went to was almost half the regular out of state tuition and just over $1500 more than regular in state.


I went to an awesome low cost smaller state university (not named for the state) who has a reputation for being an excellent teachers college with the lowest prices in the state for tuition all around. My degree is not in teaching and there are a lot of programs that have nothing to do with becoming a teacher. It's not on this list. Hmmm. Even though my husband and I decided it was the right choice for us and our growing family because of the reasons listed above as well as the fact that it was only $500 more a year in tuition, fees, and books than the junior college we were going to. They have a flat tuition rate where as long as you are taking more than 10 credit hours you are charged for just the 10 credit hours. Many parents like this because they know exactly how much they will have to make that check out for every fall instead of worrying about varying rates for number of hours enrolled and extra fees for classes. Those who did not have parents or other money set aside for college (like myself) love that we knew how much financial aid we would have when the check came in the week before classes started so we could plan paying other bills and know exactly how much we could afford in rent. Go Hornets!

Mar 22, 2011 8:33PM
Why do you not inform people about the Academic Common Market, whereby certain students in certain states get in state tuition even if they do not live in that state - this would be better to inform parents in conjunction with your article
I agree with some of the other comments, what about the rest of the US educational institutions, must have been the only ones close to author. Poor reporting
Mar 22, 2011 7:18PM
Wonder how much it cost some of these schools to get on this list.
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