Tool | December 2015

Find the Best College for You

Kiplinger's College Finder helps you to identify the best college matches for you or your son or daughter.

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Kiplinger's College Finder helps you to identify the best college matches for you or your son or daughter. Filter our list of the 300 best college values by the college-search criteria most important to you. Select as many as five specific colleges to add to your Compare List for side-by-side evaluation.

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COLLEGE TYPE

Public Colleges
Private Liberal-Arts Colleges
Private Universities

SCHOOL SIZE

Small (<5,000 students)
Medium (5,000 - 15,000 students)
Large (>15,000 students)

REGION

Mid-Atlantic
Midwest
New England
Southeast/Mid-South
West/Southwest

ADMISSION RATE

Low Admission Rate (fewer than 30% of applicants accepted)
High Admission Rate (greater than 75% of applicants accepted)

TOTAL ANNUAL COST

Includes tuition, fees, room and board. Based on out-of-state attendance.

Less than $25,000
Less than $35,000
Less than $45,000
Less than $55,000

TOTAL ANNUAL COST AFTER AID

Reflects need-based aid. Based on out-of-state attendance.

Less than $20,000
Less than $25,000
Less than $30,000
Less than $35,000

AVERAGE DEBT AT GRADUATION

Less than $20,000
Less than $30,000

4-YEAR GRADUATION RATE

85% or higher
75% or higher
60% or higher
50% or higher

SALARY YARDSTICK

Annual median earnings 10 years after starting school with federal aid

$40,000 or higher
$50,000 or higher
$60,000 or higher
$70,000 or higher