Smaller 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 fewer 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.

Smaller Public Colleges in the Midwest

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield IL 2,218 $6,348
Chicago State University Chicago IL 3,895 $7,730
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 6,857 $5,641
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 9,301 $7,033
Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 9,920 $7,990
Indiana University-East Richmond IN 1,597 $5,292
Indiana University-Kokomo Kokomo IN 1,876 $5,325
Purdue University-North Central Campus Westville IN 2,639 $5,817
Indiana University-Northwest Gary IN 3,249 $5,398
Indiana University-Southeast New Albany IN 4,106 $5,375
Indiana University-South Bend South Bend IN 4,455 $5,490
Purdue University-Calumet Campus Hammond IN 6,165 $5,757
Indiana State University Terre Haute IN 8,084 $6,812
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne IN 8,147 $5,681
University of Southern Indiana Evansville IN 8,155 $4,458
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie MI 2,330 $7,246
University of Michigan-Flint Flint MI 4,487 $6,966
University of Michigan-Dearborn Dearborn MI 5,290 $7,519
Michigan Technological University Houghton MI 5,384 $9,829
Saginaw Valley State University University Center MI 6,837 $6,258
Northern Michigan University Marquette MI 8,120 $6,709
Ferris State University Big Rapids MI 8,972 $7,668
University of Minnesota-Crookston Crookston MN 1,312 $8,821
University of Minnesota-Morris Morris MN 1,677 $9,331
Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall MN 3,390 $6,518
Metropolitan State University Saint Paul MN 4,017 $5,262
Bemidji State University Bemidji MN 4,598 $6,738
Minnesota State University-Moorhead Moorhead MN 6,361 $5,948
Winona State University Winona MN 7,555 $7,324
University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth MN 9,357 $9,093
Harris-Stowe State University Saint Louis MO 1,364 $1,364
Lincoln University Jefferson City MO 2,219 $4,816
Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph MO 3,992 $5,026
University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla MO 4,178 $8,085
Missouri Southern State University Joplin MO 4,613 $4,006
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville MO 4,738 $5,193
Truman State University Kirksville MO 5,278 $6,432
University of Missouri-Kansas City Kansas City MO 6,836 $7,450
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau MO 7,489 $5,925
University of Missouri-St Louis Saint Louis MO 7,938 $8,264
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg MO 7,991 $5,104
Ohio University-Eastern Campus Saint Clairsville OH 592 $4,395
Central State University Wilberforce OH 1,716 $5,294
Shawnee State University Portsmouth OH 2,996 $5,832
Cleveland State University Cleveland OH 8,403 $7,945
University of Wisconsin-Superior Superior WI 2,193 $5,912
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha WI 3,943 $5,756
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay WI 4,711 $5,960
University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls WI 5,431 $5,886
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville WI 5,612 $5,747
University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie WI 6,966 $7,273
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Stevens Point WI 7,998 $5,831
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse WI 8,160 $5,851
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater WI 8,685 $5,860
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh WI 9,142 $5,690
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire WI 9,416 $5,841