10 Affordable Private Colleges
Jun 16, 2011
Interested in finding a private college that's meets your educational needs, but won't break the bank? Read on for information about some of the least expensive private schools in the U.S.
By Erin Tigro
Information About Affordable Private Schools
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, tuition and base fees for 4-year private colleges during the 2009-2010 school year averaged $23,210. Among the data collected, Idaho, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming, North Dakota, Hawaii, Delaware, Mississippi, New Mexico and Arkansas had the cheapest private school tuitions in the country. The following is a list of the top ten least expensive private colleges as reported in June of 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.
Private Schools with Tuition and Fees Less Than $5,000 Annually
1. Berea College in Berea, Kentucky
This college was ranked as a 2011 'Best College' by the publication. Here, admitted students get to attend tuition-free courtesy of a generous well of donations and endowments. Each freshman is required to participate in a paid work experience, which they continue throughout their time at the school. The school has a student population of over 1,500, and some of the most popular majors include visual and performing arts, business management and engineering technology.
2. Brigham Young University - Hawaii in Laie
This Mormon-based institution has a student population of approximately 2,400. Tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 school year were $4,330. Some of the most popular undergraduate majors as indicated by the Princeton Review include information science, diversity studies and international business.
3. Brigham Young University - Provo in Utah
In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU - Provo 75th among all national universities. This campus boasts over 30,000 students, and the college's annual tuition and fees were $4,420 for the 2010-2011 school year. The majority of graduating students for the 2009 year majored in business management, biological and biomedical sciences, education and social sciences.
Private Schools with Tuition and Fees Less Than $10,000 Annually
4. Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi
This college is a Baptist Christian-centered liberal arts school. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked it a 25th 'Best Regional College.' The total student population is less than 500, and for the 2010-2011 year, tuition and fees were $8,870. Over half of 2009 graduates majored in education; biblical studies was the second most popular major.
5. Life University in Marietta, Georgia
This 4-year private school has a total student population of just over 2,000. For the 2010-2011 academic year, tuition and base fees were $8,622. According to the Princeton Review, some of the most popular majors include biology, nutrition and dietetics, business administration, computer information management, psychology and sports health science.
6. Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas
Ranked as 71st 'Best Regional College,' this private university boasts a Methodist Christian foundation. Less than 700 students attend this school, and over half major in a business field, such as general business administration, management or operations. Tuition and fees were $9,450 for the 2010-2011 year.
7. Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky
This college was listed as 2011's 35th 'Best Regional College' by U.S. News & World Report. The college has less than 600 attendees and offers many local area residents free tuition. Some of the most popular majors are in the biomedical and biological sciences and education. The price to attend was $9,500 for the 2010-2011 year.
8. Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
This national liberal arts college has a student population of over 2,100. The school has roots in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is known for readying students to work in the Church. Other popular majors include education, business management and marketing, law enforcement and biological sciences. For 2010-2011, the cost of attendance was $8,000.
9. Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia
Over 5,000 students attend this university. Some of the most popular fields of study include health professions, health sciences, business management and marketing. Tuition and base fees were $9,000 for 2010-2011.
10. Park University in Parkville, Missouri
Over 12,000 students attended this university during 2010-2011, during which time tuition and fees ran just under $9,000. According to the Princeton Review, some of the most popular majors include business, human resources and management information systems.