Public Colleges in the Great Plains States

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 located in the Great Plains states: Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Great Plains States Public Colleges

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
University of Iowa Iowa City IA 21,091 $6,293
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls IA 9,997 $6,190
Iowa State University Ames IA 19,760 $6,161
University of Kansas Lawrence KS 19,474 $6,600
Kansas State University Manhattan KS 16,537 $6,235
Washburn University Topeka KS 4,824 $5,636
Wichita State University Wichita KS 8,929 $4,804
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg KS 5,632 $4,060
Emporia State University Emporia KS 4,149 $3,926
Fort Hays State University Hays KS 5,463 $2,685
University of North Dakota Grand Forks ND 9,962 $6,060
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo ND 9,466 $5,985
Valley City State University Valley City ND 776 $5,846
Mayville State University Mayville ND 630 $5,438
Minot State University Minot ND 2,611 $4,774
Dickinson State University Dickinson ND 1,931 $4,773
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln NE 14,837 $6,216
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha NE 9,682 $5,390
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney NE 4,972 $5,098
Peru State College Peru NE 1,380 $4,428
Chadron State College Chadron NE 1,893 $4,340
Wayne State College Wayne NE 2,570 $4,322
Black Hills State University Spearfish SD 2,802 $5,803
University of South Dakota Vermillion SD 5,183 $5,752
Dakota State University Madison SD 2,091 $5,381
South Dakota State University Brookings SD 8,617 $5,373
Northern State University Aberdeen SD 1,977 $5,280