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Kiplinger's Best College Values

SEE ALSO: College Finder Map| SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2015

Sort and compare the top 100 values in private universities. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by cost and financial-aid measures. For more information on a particular college, click the college's name.

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Private Universities

Rank
Name
State
Admit
rate
Student
per
faculty
4-yr
grad.
rate
Total
cost
per yr.
Avg
need-
based aid
Avg
non-need-
based aid
% of
non-need-
based aid*
Avg
debt at
graduation
1Princeton University, PrincetonNJ7%688%$59,165$37,183$00%$5,552
2Yale University, New HavenCT769060,85044,2680013,009
3Harvard University, CambridgeMA678659,60741,9750012,560
4Rice University, HoustonTX1767954,76634,56511,8332517,856
5Duke University, DurhamNC1278761,87839,27519,8232318,456
6Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN1388760,29439,37323,7891920,303
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA1138257,60335,4740015,010
8Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA888459,24036,2720017,891
9Stanford University, StanfordCA657659,88840,46000†16,640
10Dartmouth College, HanoverNH1088763,29341,3760015,660
11University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaPA1268862,35238,2580019,798
12Cornell University, IthacaNY1698761,83435,6260020,577
13Brown University, ProvidenceRI988460,84838,73800†24,382
14Emory University, AtlantaGA2688458,98036,30420,900626,055
15University of Chicago, ChicagoIL968865,38636,54910,2053323,978
16Georgetown University, WashingtonDC17118861,96836,663NANA24,064
17Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD17128863,02934,53632,787222,808
18University of Notre Dame, Notre DameIN22109060,51130,68910,0141227,827
19Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisMO1688861,80432,6857,6361823,082
20Northwestern University, EvanstonIL1478663,55435,4322,414724,334
21Tufts University, MedfordMA1998762,07734,853500224,266
22Boston College, Chestnut HillMA32138961,62232,33018,337321,139
23Brigham Young University, ProvoUT49193118,322#4,7903,6964315,769
24Clark University, WorcesterMA62107649,33026,37517,4566824,990
25Lehigh University, BethlehemPA31107357,77031,86011,8771033,309
26Wake Forest University, Winston-SalemNC35118260,13832,11617,0341835,902
27University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA2097863,11429,26217,9532728,474
28University of Rochester, RochesterNY36107761,97834,35712,0304229,914
29Yeshiva University, New YorkNY8266551,20425,38821,793NA22,718
30Stevens Institute of Technology, HobokenNJ38104560,53014,5629,5676614,315
31Villanova University, VillanovaPA49128657,43327,91413,6911135,853
32Bentley University, WalthamMA44148157,66027,80316,1653131,208
33Brandeis University, WalthamMA37108662,02530,94819,9231128,647
34Drake University, Des MoinesIA66116642,61615,96512,3417132,106
35Elon University, ElonNC54127742,81413,5876,1582928,327
36Gonzaga University, SpokaneWA68127147,18918,57511,7278332,347
37Trinity University, San AntonioTX6497049,15023,81015,1778338,540
38Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA50127758,47920,97912,4964629,026
39Creighton University, OmahaNE77116746,55621,10814,9106835,510
40The George Washington University, WashingtonDC34137661,73529,87918,7803331,337
41Drury University, SpringfieldMO73114332,47914,1778,0198223,750
42University of Miami, Coral GablesFL40127157,96425,66920,2403127,827
43New York University, New YorkNY32107764,02221,7388,787930,688
44Carnegie Mellon University, PittsburghPA25137463,82227,7788,1141230,798
45Whitworth University, SpokaneWA65116548,55021,13515,1727924,465
46Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandOH42106557,73427,27421,3125834,998
47The University of Tulsa, TulsaOK41115247,5316,85017,0516134,610
48Union University, JacksonTN74115137,8706,00011,9643326,656
49Boston University, BostonMA37138061,69428,24317,1641037,694
50American University, WashingtonDC43127656,81521,08016,3942232,307
51Pepperdine University, MalibuCA37137061,58237,11418,7492930,311
52Rockhurst University, Kansas CityMO75116143,0306,47417,3991916,817
53Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoIL57123253,96526,62019,4407031,073
54Emerson College, BostonMA48138053,44617,83115,3671324,451
55Marquette University, MilwaukeeWI57145747,93816,8779,9308233,775
56Bradley University, PeoriaIL67125541,46415,0169,3625326,989
57Tulane University, New OrleansLA26962‡62,06127,55021,0553929,122
58Franciscan University of Steubenville, SteubenvilleOH76156133,1309,4955,0796333,877
59Southern Methodist University, DallasTX51116761,38518,56418,6864929,829
60Butler University, IndianapolisIN66115648,59018,36611,5847834,922
61Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY41156564,19826,63313,7947232,000
62LeTourneau University, LongviewTX41134237,73014,74411,1851944,584
63Marist College, PoughkeepsieNY37167047,69014,7337,4694632,914
64University of Denver, DenverCO77116755,19726,61114,5635631,501
65University of Portland, PortlandOR67147051,04421,10314,1257827,164
66Providence College, ProvidenceRI60128358,32322,75626,2132031,070
67Samford University, BirminghamAL77124938,06014,0628,9496526,806
68Saint Louis University, St. LouisMO64126249,84619,74013,2074936,808
69Maryville University of Saint Louis, St. LouisMO76125137,65613,99610,7262929,702
70University of Evansville, EvansvilleIN84135343,85622,26116,6495829,574
71Belmont University, NashvilleTN80135640,59011,0667,3933229,296
72Duquesne University, PittsburghPA74146644,72016,5939,9697226,119
73Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma CityOK70114941,97616,52618,0005226,088
74Mercer University, MaconGA69124545,65823,89819,3028029,101
75Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA54116756,99719,1289,8404332,746
76Fordham University, New YorkNY47137662,58722,25113,1654137,607
77University of Dayton, DaytonOH52146051,57016,11311,6766937,551
78John Carroll University, University HeightsOH83136547,30022,52615,5137331,214
79University of San Diego, San DiegoCA49156556,57024,10113,2632629,115
80Webster University, St. LouisMO5794236,10013,3906,6541328,518
81Baldwin Wallace University, BereaOH64135538,31817,59411,8405131,804
82Valparaiso University, ValparaisoIN80145846,14021,95812,7231931,891
83Indiana Wesleyan University, MarionIN97145533,19013,8515,1856229,699
84Point Loma Nazarene University, San DiegoCA67146242,75215,2457,7733736,523
85Chapman University, OrangeCA45145959,90715,66717,1034829,439
86Clarkson University, PotsdamNY64156357,38628,01017,5467927,835
87University of St. Thomas, St. PaulMN86156346,88217,48614,0612336,955
88Syracuse University, SyracuseNY49166957,72225,6709,7202133,455
89Centenary College of Louisiana, ShreveportLA6694946,85020,78514,5448823,760
90Xavier University, CincinnatiOH70126745,98015,33412,8446430,540
91Lipscomb University, NashvilleTN53124439,2404,90113,5015928,356
92Bethel University, St. PaulMN95126243,54017,48610,4054034,884
93Loyola University Maryland, BaltimoreMD58127958,29521,62015,8751834,012
94Saint Michael's College, ColchesterVT75127051,17521,07013,2898133,743
95Rollins College, Winter ParkFL59106155,23827,74518,5415130,634
96Fairfield University, FairfieldCT70117958,11017,26515,2062628,918
97Rochester Institute of Technology, RochesterNY60132848,38618,00010,0002926,000
98Lebanon Valley College, AnnvillePA67126848,67022,11514,3165733,657
99St. John Fisher College, RochesterNY63136541,80814,5619,8766431,267
100DePaul University, ChicagoIL60165448,72712,8429,7172526,848
NA - Not available.
* Percentage of all undergraduates without need who received non-need-based aid.
† - Fewer than 15 students who received non-need-based aid.
# - For non-Mormons; $13,322 for Mormons.
SOURCE - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. © 2014 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.