Top 3 Free Universities in America

By Mick Travis , last updated December 22, 2011

It may be hard to believe, but there are a handful of universities in the U.S. which offer a tuition free education. Though the list isn't a long one, the opportunity to receive a free college education does exist, though future undergraduates should bear in mind that these universities often come with stipulations regarding the course of study, or require adhering to a particular religious faith.

Berea College

Located in Berea, KY, Berea College is a Christian-affiliated, liberal arts university which offers many different majors and minors, but which also promotes Christian values and the value of public service. Founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Christian abolitionists, Berea College offers 32 different majors and minors in the arts and sciences, the option of designing an independent major, and specialized programs in nursing and teacher education.

All Berea College students are awarded a scholarship covering full tuition costs, an award currently worth over $25,000. Further financial assistance is provided via the work study labor program, which helps substantially curtail the additional education costs that come with room and board. Lastly, all Berea College students receive a free laptop from the university upon successful matriculation.

Webb Institute

For students who wish to pursue an education in engineering, the Webb Institute provides a first-rate, four year course of study, as well as a scholarship which covers tuition in its entirety. Located in Glen Cove, NY, the Institute only offers one major, a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering major, making it rather narrow in its educational scope. Successful applicants receive free housing in the campus mansion, take part in paid internships while enrolled, and enjoy small classroom sizes and the increased instructor interaction that comes with it. Post graduate career services through Webb Institute are fantastic, with a 100% job placement rate for Webb graduates.

College of the Ozarks

Located in Point Lookout, MO, the College of the Ozarks was founded in 1906, and is another Christian-affiliated university which possesses a politically conservative bent. Tuition is completely paid for by the university, though students are required to work 15 hours a week for the duration of their studies in order to receive this reimbursement. The College of the Ozarks is a liberal arts university, with a wide variety of majors and minors to choose from, though an emphasis is also placed on teaching principles of the Christian faith, along with fostering patriotism and creating a strong work ethic.

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