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Kiplinger's Best College Values

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Sort and compare the top 100 values in liberal-arts colleges. 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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Liberal Arts Colleges

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
1Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA14%889%$60,840$38,701$36,7341%$19,338
2Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA1888658,06239,85035,0601321,538
3Wellesley College, WellesleyMA2978759,83839,3750014,030
4Haverford College, HaverfordPA2399162,75841,1240014,110
5Pomona College, ClaremontCA1489361,43243,4860013,441
6Amherst College, AmherstMA1489062,20645,6040015,466
7Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY2489062,09041,6490016,365
8Bowdoin College, BrunswickME1598860,40040,0251,000721,292
9Williams College, WilliamstownMA1879061,87042,5650012,474
10University of Richmond, RichmondVA3188258,57036,19223,3002822,225
11Colgate University, HamiltonNY2798761,23539,5330018,719
12Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT1898760,16038,38400†17,715
13Davidson College, DavidsonNC26109059,14633,71722,2461125,075
14Hamilton College, ClintonNY2799061,27036,42700†19,426
15Colby College, WatervilleME26108960,20038,4064,680325,079
16Macalester College, St. PaulMN34108557,91233,66310,9091921,939
17Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI50116534,0667,9585,2687525,502
18Grinnell College, GrinnellIA3598157,51735,70115,0934716,570
19Barnard College, New YorkNY21108261,85037,1360018,815
20Bates College, LewistonME24108961,52037,4550022,534
21Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT2098662,79839,47647,003121,635
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN2199060,89633,3162,7571418,000
23Kenyon College, GambierOH38108760,79035,37513,0402218,902
24The Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO22107958,41830,5088,7291420,566
25Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA1298463,11539,09920,635723,273
26Wheaton College, WheatonIL70127941,84018,4455,8213225,413
27College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA33108958,74229,08235,538130,880
28Smith College, NorthamptonMA4398260,47435,86116,2001123,583
29Whitman College, Walla WallaWA5798057,42827,5698,7355017,114
30Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA81117332,50015,7840015,521
31Bucknell University, LewisburgPA3098761,04023,64613,5861322,500
32Centre College, DanvilleKY69108047,94024,27817,7428925,269
33Scripps College, ClaremontCA36108062,74034,09423,5191620,125
34Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN60117648,30023,61910,7764323,721
35Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI67127350,54525,59114,8858127,275
36St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN59128352,20027,95312,4596227,483
37Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA4088160,89035,01311,278721,017
38Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA47107656,09629,71515,7543823,291
39Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA1988665,32732,9909,7434028,255
40Berea College, BereaKY3411477,8923,566006,652
41Rhodes College, MemphisTN58117553,02524,34116,8717926,581
42Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN63118250,59325,32815,6499633,523
43Pitzer College, ClaremontCA15107262,75035,1075,0001†18,030
44Oberlin College, OberlinOH30107662,71231,07113,5417025,018
45Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY3598361,39237,00012,000124,371
46Lafayette College, EastonPA34108560,84033,21821,6621325,281
47Dickinson College, CarlislePA4498360,73930,70710,8702924,739
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN61107454,84629,55716,6381925,305
49Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA42108159,32030,19713,9673628,866
50Hope College, HollandMI70126839,55017,2887,9165830,289
51Connecticut College, New LondonCT3797961,89532,8310023,558
52Wofford College, SpartanburgSC69117849,05029,14414,8665524,721
53Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA3698474,28437,01518,458329,078
54Union College, SchenectadyNY37108261,74031,0809,2504127,911
55Occidental College, Los AngelesCA42108362,22433,5699,1873432,254
56Trinity College, HartfordCT34107762,75639,85026,992324,146
57Christendom College, Front RoyalVA88158133,1007,9248,1834928,084
58Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL58117251,09022,43014,5728731,343
59Beloit College, BeloitWI68117150,97026,40116,1467327,609
60The College of Wooster, WoosterOH56127154,60028,61319,3148826,891
61Transylvania University, LexingtonKY83116843,66022,14714,2029428,026
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA46118155,89523,77811,5575930,363
63Hendrix College, ConwayAR80116351,00025,61823,6589524,939
64Knox College, GalesburgIL75117150,12125,80813,9988228,830
65Principia College, ElsahIL8476738,50023,39115,1639922,984
66St. Lawrence University, CantonNY46127760,73231,11020,2007526,832
67Cornell College, Mount VernonIA59116447,11425,12116,1848226,252
68College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME73105650,39131,7418,0664419,285
69Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX52116547,87025,38817,6758834,997
70Salem College, Winston-SalemNC57116138,32016,37516,6683619,000
71Lawrence University, AppletonWI7396952,36527,25515,8277930,802
72Austin College, ShermanTX59126747,40823,32917,46031NA
73Goshen College, GoshenIN55105540,30018,891NA6326,586
74Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA67116647,83226,59019,7967530,139
75Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR63126755,43227,76613,7864223,427
76Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN75127148,98423,25014,2017535,349
77Millsaps College, JacksonMS4786046,96021,82819,5649127,926
78College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN76127550,35923,88714,6577940,034
79Juniata College, HuntingdonPA74137250,34023,77116,7217828,968
80Furman University, GreenvilleSC64118057,66526,67416,3587527,511
81Luther College, DecorahIA72126746,76021,33915,0853434,395
82Augustana College, Rock IslandIL59127447,67119,40715,9049432,201
83St. John's College, AnnapolisMD8185259,72629,45019,115NA26,510
84Earlham College, RichmondIN64105952,67025,21011,3144027,260
85Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY50117461,33427,09515,7304728,885
86Willamette University, SalemOR58117155,84626,34316,3256728,849
87Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA62116146,55023,37618,5936731,660
88Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN70116447,88020,76115,2507630,118
89Houghton College, HoughtonNY85126537,81213,29610,3812027,588
90William Jewell College, LibertyMO58105041,23018,43913,8697829,178
91Hanover College, HanoverIN67126844,27322,21016,2799528,466
92Wheaton College, NortonMA74117159,20330,12812,6415828,145
93The College of Idaho, CaldwellID65125135,0397,24012,3586427,008
94Bennington College, BenningtonVT6585861,31032,55618,4867226,518
95Marlboro College, MarlboroVT7565349,59022,90811,2114620,051
96Gordon College, WenhamMA43145945,12016,20812,7348537,410
97McDaniel College, WestminsterMD76116448,65025,56217,7877529,554
98Ursinus College, CollegevillePA66127558,58028,27515,9078435,903
99Ripon College, RiponWI75116043,31719,76310,8038631,216
100University of Dallas, IrvingTX90115646,93019,74111,5069131,466
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.
§ - All students admitted receive a 4-year tuition scholarship of $23,400 for the 2014-15 academic year.
SOURCE - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. © 2014 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.