WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The University of Florida is the cheapest college in the United States. Florida State University comes in second, and the University of South Florida is in fourth.
The website looked at more than 1,700 colleges and universities in the US and its regions to find out how much their tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies cost on average. The report only named the top 88 schools. The University of Miami, a private school in Florida, was ranked 45th, leaving it as the only Florida school to make the list.
When it comes to cost, the University of Florida in Gainesville was the most reasonable college. It only costs $20,045 per year, which makes it the cheapest college in the country. The cost of books and materials is $810, and the cost of room and board is $10,950 per year. Typical tuition is $8,285.
Research website also puts UF as the ninth-best public college in the country and the 48th-best college in the United States overall.
It costs the second least to go to college at Florida State University and get a good education. The average cost of room and board is $11,565 and the cost of books and materials is $1,000. The cost of tuition is about $7,493. That all adds up to $20,058 for the school in Tallahassee. At $20,078, the University of South Florida in Tampa costs just $18 more than New Mexico State University over the course of a year. The cost of tuition is $6,410 per year, room and board is $12,568 per year, and books and tools cost $1,100 per year.
“Every year, college graduates leave with thousands of dollars in debt,” Dr. Pawel Dabrowski PhD, a data scientist who works on the Research.com rankings, said, “Every year, college graduates leave with thousands of dollars in debt. Because of this, the cost of going to college—including tuition, housing, books, and supplies—has never been more important when choosing where to study.”
The mean Transfer-out Rate for all of the schools on the list is only 9%, which shows that students really like them. Also, 86% of students graduate on average, and 73% of candidates get a bachelor’s degree in four years, which is better than the cross-country average.
He said that the acceptance rate is another important thing to think about. The acceptance rate at UF is 30%, at Florida State it’s 47%, and at South Florida, it’s 49%.
He said, “This data gives us a fascinating look into which colleges can offer a high-quality degree at an affordable price.” A 28% acceptance rate at the University of Miami, where tuition and fees cost an average of $57,194 per year.