Larger Public Colleges in the Midwest

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the public colleges and universities with more than 10,000 full-time undergrads located in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Larger Public Colleges in the Midwest

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Western Illinois University Macomb IL 10,648 $8,079
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 12,896 $8,899
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 14,459 $10,546
Illinois State University Normal IL 16,800 $9,019
Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 17,193 $8,588
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 32,144 $11,130
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis IN 16,974 $6,850
Ball State University Muncie IN 17,186 $7,212
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington IN 29,609 $7,837
Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette IN 32,087 $7,416
Oakland University Rochester Hills MI 11,838 $7,575
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI 15,859 $7,490
Wayne State University Detroit MI 16,027 $7,844
Grand Valley State University Allendale MI 18,177 $7,240
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI 18,392 $9,120
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo MI 19,034 $7,260
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 25,386 $10,447
Michigan State University East Lansing MI 34,436 $9,690
Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato MN 12,011 $6,050
Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud MN 12,697 $5,955
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis MN 33,100 $9,598
Missouri State University Springfield MO 14,143 $5,988
University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia MO 19,922 $7,603
Youngstown State University Youngstown OH 10,583 $6,721
Wright State University-Main Campus Dayton OH 11,204 $7,018
University of Toledo-Main Campus Toledo OH 14,836 $7,982
Miami University-Oxford Oxford OH 15,185 $10,554
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Bowling Green OH 15,717 $9,060
University of Akron Main Campus Akron OH 15,723 $8,382
Kent State University-Kent Campus Kent OH 16,391 $8,430
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati OH 17,529 $9,399
Ohio University-Main Campus Athens OH 17,738 $8,907
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus OH 40,196 $8,676
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee WI 20,492 $6,954
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison WI 26,958 $7,185