Out of State Colleges and Universities

There are several thousand out of state colleges and universitites.  Each student should take the opportunity throughout high school to explore these options.  

FAQ's regarding out of state colleges.

What is a liberal arts college?

A liberal arts college focuses on the aspects of learning rather than training a student for a career (although that can happen).  The liberal arts education will make students critical thinkers and to be global citizens.  Liberal arts colleges are usually smaller and have a lower pupil/teacher ratio.  The faculty is more accessible and there are few if any teaching assistants, so you can get one on one attention from your professions (they are not using their time for research with their doctoral students).  These schools are a great option for many students and have a high admission rate to graduate and doctoral programs such as medicine and law.

Do some out of states offer in state tuition?


1.  Legacy scholarships - examples Black and Gold at University of Missouri for children of a parent who attended the university will pay in-state tuition.  Kasas also has a similar scholarship.  If your parents attended an out of state college and you are a strong academic student, we would encourage you to research this option.

2.State Agreements that reduce tuition rates.  In Arizona, we belong to the Western Undergraduate Exchange.  This will allow students from Arizona to attend a school for a reduced tuition.  Research this information to see the schools that participate and the tuition reducation:  Western Undergraduate Exchange. The following states are members, but keep in mind that not all schools within each state participate and that the degree program sought by a student may impact the reduced tuition qualification:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorrado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  

3.  College Scholarships that award discounted tuition.  There are many colleges that if a student qualifies for an academic scholarship they may receive instate tuition rates. For example, the University of Houston will allow any student who receives an academic scholarship to qualify for in state tuition for the remaining amount of monies owed.  

What is the best way to research out of state colleges?

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. and it can be overwhelming to know where to start.  One program you may use to narrow down your choices based on preferences such as location, size of school, majors offered, sports and activities is the Arizona Career Information System.  Students created passwords for this website their sophomore year during the counselor class visit. Although anyone can browse, the benefit of logging into the system is to save each of your searches.  The website is:  www.azcis.intocareers.org

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