Attending a big, affordable public university doesn't doom a student to huge lecture halls. U.S. News has found dozens of lower-priced colleges in which at least half of all classes have fewer than 20 students. Beware, though: Many times these smaller classes are led by graduate students or part-time professors who may not have office hours or the expertise of a full-time professor.
The chart below lists colleges and universities where in-state tuition and fees were under $10,000 in 2008. The percentage of small classes—those with 19 or fewer students—is in bold.
|Institution Name||% Classes with 19 of Fewer Students||Total Number of Undergraduates||% Faculty Who Are Full-time||Selectivity*||In-State Tuition and Fees||Out-of-State Tuition and Fees|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||77||1633||84||more selective||$5,793||$13,693|
|University of Montana—Western||73||1190||70||less selective||$4,866||$13,050|
|New College of Florida||66||785||83||more selective||$4,805||$26,407|
|Dakota State University (South Dakota)||64||2296||74||less selective||$6,872||$8,245|
|University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma||62||1158||60||selective||$4,440||$10,560|
|Concord University (West Virginia)||62||2816||56||selective||$4,976||$11,052|
|New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology||62||1344||83||more selective||$4,607||$13,118|
|University of California—Berkeley||60||25151||74||most selective||$8,352||$30,022|
|Montana Tech of the University of Montana||60||2293||66||selective||$5,833||$16,109|
|Bemidji State University (Minnesota)||57||4223||76||selective||$7,262||$7,262|
|University of South Carolina—Aiken||57||3078||68||selective||$7,950||$15,682|
|University of South Carolina—Upstate||55||4999||55||selective||$8,817||$17,459|
|University of California—Los Angeles||54||26536||75||most selective||$8,228||$29,897|
|Winston-Salem State University (North Carolina)||54||5975||82||less selective||$3,522||$12,508|
|Western Washington University||53||13406||70||selective||$6,159||$17,190|
|Keene State College (New Hampshire)||52||5147||45||less selective||$9,314||$17,484|
|University of Tennessee—Martin||51||7127||50||selective||$5,510||$16,790|
|Lander University (South Carolina)||51||2555||62||less selective||$8,770||$16,570|
|Alice Lloyd College (Kentucky)||51||609||76||more selective||$9,000||$9,000|
|University of Illinois—Springfield||51||2889||59||selective||$9,168||$18,318|
|University of Central Arkansas||50||11048||72||more selective||$6,698||$12,153|
|University of Colorado—Boulder||50||26725||65||more selective||$7,932||$28,186|
|Murray State University (Kentucky)||50||8171||71||selective||$5,976||$16,236|
|SUNY College of Technology—Alfred||50||3282||N/A||less selective||$6,162||$14,062|
|University of Iowa||50||20823||95||more selective||$6,824||$22,198|
|University of Montevallo (Alabama)||50||2572||67||selective||$7,010||$13,550|
* Schools are designated "most selective," "more selective," "selective," "less selective," or "least selective," based on a formula that accounts for enrollees' test scores and class standing and the school's acceptance rate (the percentage of applicants who are accepted).
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