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#
88Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL53%53%$47,679$8,145$20,25295%$20,387$44,200
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826655,12028,92925,7249330,21340,500
7Pomona College, ClaremontCA109165,85742,0640013,38151,400
31Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138367,19240,2204,808221,95145,100
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA117767,88540,78116,0591025,42266,400
38Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138670,51737,87411,3324627,48367,200
24Scripps College, ClaremontCA288667,46436,44416,9272618,69247,800
58Occidental College, Los AngelesCA458266,78035,81411,6383229,94748,500
4Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA758132,50014,9770016,90130,200
20Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO178263,80840,5399,3601122,06839,700
63Connecticut College, New LondonCT407966,00035,8470034,09851,700
62Trinity College, HartfordCT338167,44042,96926,799630,60954,700
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT229266,06241,24446,841124,86048,400
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA626150,99227,33624,4767433,05038,800
87Spelman College, AtlantaGA486942,10912,27627,768232,55046,000
14Grinnell College, GrinnellIA257961,63838,61217,5335515,98243,100
74Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716649,96426,00719,5199230,79040,900
83Luther College, DecorahIA676949,58023,80018,3373335,81441,800
37Principia College, ElsahIL757140,01026,23921,7928520,068NA
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL497150,65821,73818,0429335,48847,900
100Shimer College, ChicagoIL841946,68614,2578,7755725,125NA
55Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL627855,12024,22016,9369235,21954,400
23Wheaton College, WheatonIL718144,41021,3806,2284226,59342,500
76Knox College, GalesburgIL647153,51529,39318,3048432,64441,700
95Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL556454,92630,27017,5559533,01847,100
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN617051,65025,19219,1579032,91652,600
85Goshen College, GoshenIN665343,42021,11214,1996725,40337,800
89Hanover College, HanoverIN616547,56423,47918,0849528,52641,900
46DePauw University, GreencastleIN657659,60832,44616,4839225,99047,700
80Earlham College, RichmondIN626056,07029,46017,2225225,78433,400
42Berea College, BereaKY36457,742*2,910007,92833,400
60Transylvania University, LexingtonKY937046,69023,66316,4499426,93739,700
34Centre College, DanvilleKY718350,75026,88619,6579028,51543,300
41Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA507860,25631,10118,0494025,33944,100
8Amherst College, AmherstMA148867,44649,1340015,75656,300
93Wheaton College, NortonMA657662,45230,39411,8786632,34444,100
15College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA378962,86533,71437,530225,61363,100
30Smith College, NorthamptonMA388264,71438,04014,1781120,51444,400
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308665,01644,2180012,45556,500
9Williams College, WilliamstownMA188866,28046,0070016,59354,200
94St. John's College, AnnapolisMD786362,87132,34719,1308434,21235,200
91Washington College, ChestertownMD547155,49627,16616,7667436,99144,000
11Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158664,34041,5821,000520,88355,300
77College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME765953,88932,64011,1495623,00226,400
27Bates College, LewistonME228366,55039,9330019,91751,600
12Colby College, WatervilleME239164,79542,468394223,34252,300
50Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI727754,85628,29418,3178428,76451,700
22Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI506436,9228,0795,9939326,225NA
64Hope College, HollandMI726542,17018,6808,1605932,18842,900
90Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN746852,62426,77815,7097340,06756,100
79College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN757753,80627,26016,6207939,11047,200
51Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN678253,14027,43518,35510035,24748,900
33St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN368455,26030,18214,2916529,61745,000
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN398663,02835,88712,9573021,93746,500
21Carleton College, NorthfieldMN219164,89336,4823,0781420,06349,500
65William Jewell College, LibertyMO495643,01023,55915,7638231,58142,300
92Millsaps College, JacksonMS535952,03025,65222,0489231,41945,600
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229062,92340,14021,0911819,92951,800
45Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY368365,66439,30013,500122,55743,000
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY468266,04034,22820,1518326,75645,500
86Houghton College, HoughtonNY946640,09011,35113,3866930,49441,800
48Union College, SchenectadyNY388265,87435,5009,5005531,82064,000
13Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY268666,39045,1090017,84749,300
25Barnard College, New YorkNY208567,14240,6610020,00856,800
18Colgate University, HamiltonNY278666,07043,3210020,85960,300
16Hamilton College, ClintonNY258765,25041,1700017,65454,800
28Kenyon College, GambierOH248465,23039,62815,2042127,00044,700
49Denison University, GranvilleOH487863,13034,81220,0899227,77349,500
47Oberlin College, OberlinOH297566,94234,55713,6716825,01840,300
59College of Wooster, WoosterOH557858,90029,84220,9589227,94646,400
84Willamette University, SalemOR787159,76727,84319,1205726,64349,300
61Reed College, PortlandOR356966,35039,3040019,01035,200
82Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR636659,48429,83614,5716426,25741,100
1Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA128764,84044,25643,564218,26248,500
19Haverford College, HaverfordPA258567,91945,3900014,75056,600
52Dickinson College, CarlislePA478165,12935,34310,5173128,10853,300
29Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA397865,16038,63712,4053922,91453,600
32Lafayette College, EastonPA308765,10537,49524,7701231,15468,800
44Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA328166,81041,6598,650326,16252,700
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA258565,51625,00011,7641622,50069,100
56Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA408063,50033,13912,0164330,54452,600
53Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488360,70031,25912,0576530,52756,300
57Wofford College, SpartanburgSC727753,08030,03215,3236629,25249,700
99Presbyterian College, ClintonSC626248,45626,87717,0006227,16940,800
69Furman University, GreenvilleSC657960,29833,77418,7257032,59446,700
39Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN417455,70025,91710,9395422,36240,600
43Rhodes College, MemphisTN477657,13527,93820,9728528,00851,800
73University of Dallas, IrvingTX516650,02625,11318,3978833,51144,800
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX446951,39027,58018,7119333,09347,400
70Austin College, ShermanTX547150,46227,00119,7943933,51447,800
3Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248861,44742,32233,7561321,68372,900
97Hollins University, RoanokeVA615550,23528,50924,1898134,16132,100
17University of Richmond, RichmondVA318361,98038,98524,1233126,25059,900
54Christendom College, Front RoyalVA967035,22010,68512,1375129,069NA
6Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT179265,33241,7780017,79755,100
98University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA797259,35224,25315,3899533,13049,400
36Whitman College, Walla WallaWA438061,17230,7219,5955221,19243,800
96Ripon College, RiponWI666047,66126,64316,4938439,49142,000
66Lawrence University, AppletonWI686355,39829,62219,9888433,34341,100
71Beloit College, BeloitWI697056,20628,19920,1497331,30837,900
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.