Tool December 2016

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Compare the 200 top values in liberal-arts colleges or private universities, or create your own custom lists of colleges from our rankings or schools from a particular state.

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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#
25Barnard College, New YorkNY20%85%$67,142$40,661$00%$20,008$56,800
18Colgate University, HamiltonNY278666,07043,3210020,85960,300
42Berea College, BereaKY36457,742*2,910007,92833,400
16Hamilton College, ClintonNY258765,25041,1700017,65454,800
63Connecticut College, New LondonCT407966,00035,8470034,09851,700
13Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY268666,39045,1090017,84749,300
27Bates College, LewistonME228366,55039,9330019,91751,600
19Haverford College, HaverfordPA258567,91945,3900014,75056,600
9Williams College, WilliamstownMA188866,28046,0070016,59354,200
8Amherst College, AmherstMA148867,44649,1340015,75656,300
61Reed College, PortlandOR356966,35039,3040019,01035,200
4Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA758132,50014,9770016,90130,200
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308665,01644,2180012,45556,500
6Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT179265,33241,7780017,79755,100
7Pomona College, ClaremontCA109165,85742,0640013,38151,400
45Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY368365,66439,30013,500122,55743,000
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT229266,06241,24446,841124,86048,400
1Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA128764,84044,25643,564218,26248,500
31Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138367,19240,2204,808221,95145,100
15College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA378962,86533,71437,530225,61363,100
87Spelman College, AtlantaGA486942,10912,27627,768232,55046,000
12Colby College, WatervilleME239164,79542,468394223,34252,300
44Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA328166,81041,6598,650326,16252,700
11Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158664,34041,5821,000520,88355,300
62Trinity College, HartfordCT338167,44042,96926,799630,60954,700
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA117767,88540,78116,0591025,42266,400
20Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO178263,80840,5399,3601122,06839,700
30Smith College, NorthamptonMA388264,71438,04014,1781120,51444,400
32Lafayette College, EastonPA308765,10537,49524,7701231,15468,800
3Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248861,44742,32233,7561321,68372,900
21Carleton College, NorthfieldMN219164,89336,4823,0781420,06349,500
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA258565,51625,00011,7641622,50069,100
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229062,92340,14021,0911819,92951,800
28Kenyon College, GambierOH248465,23039,62815,2042127,00044,700
24Scripps College, ClaremontCA288667,46436,44416,9272618,69247,800
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN398663,02835,88712,9573021,93746,500
52Dickinson College, CarlislePA478165,12935,34310,5173128,10853,300
17University of Richmond, RichmondVA318361,98038,98524,1233126,25059,900
58Occidental College, Los AngelesCA458266,78035,81411,6383229,94748,500
83Luther College, DecorahIA676949,58023,80018,3373335,81441,800
70Austin College, ShermanTX547150,46227,00119,7943933,51447,800
29Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA397865,16038,63712,4053922,91453,600
41Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA507860,25631,10118,0494025,33944,100
23Wheaton College, WheatonIL718144,41021,3806,2284226,59342,500
56Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA408063,50033,13912,0164330,54452,600
38Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138670,51737,87411,3324627,48367,200
54Christendom College, Front RoyalVA967035,22010,68512,1375129,069NA
36Whitman College, Walla WallaWA438061,17230,7219,5955221,19243,800
80Earlham College, RichmondIN626056,07029,46017,2225225,78433,400
39Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN417455,70025,91710,9395422,36240,600
48Union College, SchenectadyNY388265,87435,5009,5005531,82064,000
14Grinnell College, GrinnellIA257961,63838,61217,5335515,98243,100
77College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME765953,88932,64011,1495623,00226,400
84Willamette University, SalemOR787159,76727,84319,1205726,64349,300
100Shimer College, ChicagoIL841946,68614,2578,7755725,125NA
64Hope College, HollandMI726542,17018,6808,1605932,18842,900
99Presbyterian College, ClintonSC626248,45626,87717,0006227,16940,800
82Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR636659,48429,83614,5716426,25741,100
33St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN368455,26030,18214,2916529,61745,000
53Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488360,70031,25912,0576530,52756,300
57Wofford College, SpartanburgSC727753,08030,03215,3236629,25249,700
93Wheaton College, NortonMA657662,45230,39411,8786632,34444,100
85Goshen College, GoshenIN665343,42021,11214,1996725,40337,800
47Oberlin College, OberlinOH297566,94234,55713,6716825,01840,300
86Houghton College, HoughtonNY946640,09011,35113,3866930,49441,800
69Furman University, GreenvilleSC657960,29833,77418,7257032,59446,700
71Beloit College, BeloitWI697056,20628,19920,1497331,30837,900
90Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN746852,62426,77815,7097340,06756,100
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA626150,99227,33624,4767433,05038,800
91Washington College, ChestertownMD547155,49627,16616,7667436,99144,000
79College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN757753,80627,26016,6207939,11047,200
97Hollins University, RoanokeVA615550,23528,50924,1898134,16132,100
65William Jewell College, LibertyMO495643,01023,55915,7638231,58142,300
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY468266,04034,22820,1518326,75645,500
76Knox College, GalesburgIL647153,51529,39318,3048432,64441,700
94St. John's College, AnnapolisMD786362,87132,34719,1308434,21235,200
96Ripon College, RiponWI666047,66126,64316,4938439,49142,000
66Lawrence University, AppletonWI686355,39829,62219,9888433,34341,100
50Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI727754,85628,29418,3178428,76451,700
43Rhodes College, MemphisTN477657,13527,93820,9728528,00851,800
37Principia College, ElsahIL757140,01026,23921,7928520,068NA
73University of Dallas, IrvingTX516650,02625,11318,3978833,51144,800
34Centre College, DanvilleKY718350,75026,88619,6579028,51543,300
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN617051,65025,19219,1579032,91652,600
92Millsaps College, JacksonMS535952,03025,65222,0489231,41945,600
55Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL627855,12024,22016,9369235,21954,400
59College of Wooster, WoosterOH557858,90029,84220,9589227,94646,400
49Denison University, GranvilleOH487863,13034,81220,0899227,77349,500
46DePauw University, GreencastleIN657659,60832,44616,4839225,99047,700
74Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716649,96426,00719,5199230,79040,900
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX446951,39027,58018,7119333,09347,400
22Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI506436,9228,0795,9939326,225NA
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL497150,65821,73818,0429335,48847,900
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826655,12028,92925,7249330,21340,500
60Transylvania University, LexingtonKY937046,69023,66316,4499426,93739,700
98University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA797259,35224,25315,3899533,13049,400
95Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL556454,92630,27017,5559533,01847,100
89Hanover College, HanoverIN616547,56423,47918,0849528,52641,900
88Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL535347,6798,14520,2529520,38744,200
51Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN678253,14027,43518,35510035,24748,900
Cost Data - through November 11, 2016
# - 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 $24,900 for the 2016-17 academic year.


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2016 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.