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Kiplinger's Best College Values

SEE ALSO: College Finder Map| SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2016

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
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
Salary
yardstick#
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA20%85%$59,202$41,472$36,29314%$23,224$77,600
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229061,11937,17023,8341522,00058,500
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA178962,69040,31437,474221,86649,400
4Pomona College, ClaremontCA129063,67041,4430016,27352,600
5Kenyon College, GambierOH258962,93038,03913,3112220,32343,700
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA198964,09043,6890014,17058,100
7Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT248764,07841,53248,032122,95950,900
8Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT178962,45639,2380017,97553,400
9Grinnell College, GrinnellIA288559,29837,15316,9684516,31545,600
10Colgate University, HamiltonNY269063,58041,4280021,40561,500
11Amherst College, AmherstMA148764,77247,2430014,49056,800
12Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA836332,50015,7550016,263NA
13University of Richmond, RichmondVA328060,31037,19923,6922822,55060,800
14Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY248864,23043,0940017,47647,100
15Haverford College, HaverfordPA258865,41042,6210015,54055,600
16Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158662,19038,9781,000525,50354,800
17Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308262,14039,9880012,95656,700
18Carleton College, NorthfieldMN239162,84634,0503,0951518,30246,100
19Hamilton College, ClintonNY268663,37038,7620018,94157,300
20Bates College, LewistonME258463,34038,9210018,92953,500
21Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI537035,5527,9055,5318325,502NA
22Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO188261,45938,46911,5541119,75641,100
23Colby College, WatervilleME288562,46241,033500021,95853,000
24Wheaton College, WheatonIL698043,27020,2556,4283725,93942,600
25Barnard College, New YorkNY248263,89138,8420017,66057,400
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN368560,87934,52711,8562624,15645,700
27Smith College, NorthamptonMA428262,55838,41715,9821224,75842,700
28Whitman College, Walla WallaWA418259,10228,4849,1045519,14743,000
29College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA439060,62432,20733,808428,35463,700
30Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA118065,22540,43815,7321023,23263,600
31Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA149068,05535,63710,5464624,50378,600
32Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138064,88035,2934,687119,42245,300
33Centre College, DanvilleKY728049,32025,49118,7668925,99445,000
34Scripps College, ClaremontCA278065,06034,79219,7122320,06047,200
35Principia College, ElsahIL797639,25024,59122,6649123,732NA
36Lafayette College, EastonPA308862,68035,41223,4691327,49769,800
37Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN657650,65026,24710,8834821,27738,200
38St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN518653,73028,64413,2906328,39644,800
39Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA557657,69630,70716,8884123,91444,100
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA318563,26824,00013,8081522,50068,800
41Oberlin College, OberlinOH337664,64632,31713,1676725,01838,400
42Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY378563,49238,40012,000122,88743,100
43Denison University, GranvilleOH517959,51034,25418,5379227,77348,600
44Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI707752,55226,99016,3588528,40549,400
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA398364,57039,56412,636327,47454,800
46Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407662,99036,40210,8331024,46650,400
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN618151,69626,39316,66810036,63650,100
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN617557,27830,89516,7649127,00547,800
49Berea College, BereaKY34457,6803,882006,18634,400
50Dickinson College, CarlislePA488162,94132,78610,1513125,39252,100
51Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL607553,08623,48015,7609132,10154,600
52Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA458061,40032,45812,4014227,71452,200
53College of Wooster, WoosterOH597056,60029,65719,3298924,50644,400
54Reed College, PortlandOR396763,58039,3290019,15136,200
55Rhodes College, MemphisTN607655,09526,18318,6428427,07750,300
56Connecticut College, New LondonCT387863,96535,8850028,32151,000
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA428064,44635,6619,9283030,42750,100
58Union College, SchenectadyNY418063,77433,9159,0255329,58661,800
59Trinity College, HartfordCT337964,92041,68424,836628,23756,100
60Hope College, HollandMI827040,85018,0448,2865631,71743,300
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC777151,08529,59815,0576524,99946,800
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA538157,82526,00711,7925829,70256,000
63Furman University, GreenvilleSC698058,73431,66517,1666825,90347,500
64Transylvania University, LexingtonKY836344,93022,88315,3729328,07941,100
65Lawrence University, AppletonWI736653,85029,11118,0078033,75542,800
66Knox College, GalesburgIL687351,75927,88715,7858329,08541,600
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY487862,86531,63620,2257626,79245,500
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA687349,38627,24522,1317027,76339,400
69Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR677157,01229,33413,3825426,55643,400
70Beloit College, BeloitWI697153,94025,68817,2567328,76837,900
71Cornell College, Mount VernonIA746447,38923,44718,2928925,00441,900
72Earlham College, RichmondIN656554,71030,35012,1433227,42132,300
73Christendom College, Front RoyalVA916634,4108,2608,7854631,991NA
74Goshen College, GoshenIN545641,80020,19513,5696226,58636,300
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL547149,21220,52716,5689531,61249,600
76College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN827452,07525,77015,7087839,43747,600
77Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY537166,22534,65016,5826318,48339,700
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826453,21428,85525,7569130,15140,500
79Luther College, DecorahIA717448,15022,19716,0623336,91842,500
80Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN797250,83025,27415,1847438,08955,900
81College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME715752,11631,5789,6934423,92627,000
82Siena College, LoudonvilleNY587543,27217,4237,1065532,67855,100
83William Jewell College, LibertyMO635742,01019,64615,2694629,88540,300
84Millsaps College, JacksonMS576249,02223,36320,3549029,02145,200
85Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX496550,25826,12618,5149130,93547,200
86Austin College, ShermanTX547249,27325,92619,2973436,95247,600
87Houghton College, HoughtonNY946638,95611,5839,0461626,92339,200
88Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY507462,46928,39015,5355334,20948,600
89University of Dallas, IrvingTX856348,30023,39216,7308832,75545,200
90St. John's College, AnnapolisMD876760,63930,56419,2587128,73034,300
91Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN706850,34023,43116,631530,73449,900
92Juniata College, HuntingdonPA747252,74024,99718,0548033,42145,200
93Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA556148,59025,07920,3136431,99243,800
94Wheaton College, NortonMA707560,80531,09012,4867129,65146,400
95St. John's College, Santa FeNM814260,63929,28810,8057225,57032,300
96Hollins University, RoanokeVA576148,53528,32023,0678137,33237,000
97University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA796857,22023,41014,8869327,77651,500
98Hanover College, HanoverIN646646,19623,57718,2219031,00444,400
99Spelman College, AtlantaGA546740,75114,8420032,91046,400
100Washington & Jefferson College, WashingtonPA427255,43213,27015,1297827,00049,900
Cost Data - through November 23, 2015
# - Based on the median earnings of workers who started at a particular college 10 years earlier and who received federal financial aid. The data don't consider whether the student graduated or went on to graduate school.
† - Percentage of all undergraduates without need who received non-need-based aid.
‡ - Number of students who received non-need-based aid is less than 0.5%.
NA - Not available.
* All students admitted receive a 4-year tuition scholarship of $23,400 for the 2014-15 academic year.


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. (© 2015 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.