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#
42Berea College, BereaKY36%45%$7,742*$2,910$00%$7,928$33,400
22Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI506436,9228,0795,9939326,225NA
88Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL535347,6798,14520,2529520,38744,200
54Christendom College, Front RoyalVA967035,22010,68512,1375129,069NA
86Houghton College, HoughtonNY946640,09011,35113,3866930,49441,800
87Spelman College, AtlantaGA486942,10912,27627,768232,55046,000
100Shimer College, ChicagoIL841946,68614,2578,7755725,125NA
4Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA758132,50014,9770016,90130,200
64Hope College, HollandMI726542,17018,6808,1605932,18842,900
85Goshen College, GoshenIN665343,42021,11214,1996725,40337,800
23Wheaton College, WheatonIL718144,41021,3806,2284226,59342,500
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL497150,65821,73818,0429335,48847,900
89Hanover College, HanoverIN616547,56423,47918,0849528,52641,900
65William Jewell College, LibertyMO495643,01023,55915,7638231,58142,300
60Transylvania University, LexingtonKY937046,69023,66316,4499426,93739,700
83Luther College, DecorahIA676949,58023,80018,3373335,81441,800
55Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL627855,12024,22016,9369235,21954,400
98University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA797259,35224,25315,3899533,13049,400
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA258565,51625,00011,7641622,50069,100
73University of Dallas, IrvingTX516650,02625,11318,3978833,51144,800
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN617051,65025,19219,1579032,91652,600
92Millsaps College, JacksonMS535952,03025,65222,0489231,41945,600
39Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN417455,70025,91710,9395422,36240,600
74Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716649,96426,00719,5199230,79040,900
37Principia College, ElsahIL757140,01026,23921,7928520,068NA
96Ripon College, RiponWI666047,66126,64316,4938439,49142,000
90Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN746852,62426,77815,7097340,06756,100
99Presbyterian College, ClintonSC626248,45626,87717,0006227,16940,800
34Centre College, DanvilleKY718350,75026,88619,6579028,51543,300
70Austin College, ShermanTX547150,46227,00119,7943933,51447,800
91Washington College, ChestertownMD547155,49627,16616,7667436,99144,000
79College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN757753,80627,26016,6207939,11047,200
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA626150,99227,33624,4767433,05038,800
51Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN678253,14027,43518,35510035,24748,900
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX446951,39027,58018,7119333,09347,400
84Willamette University, SalemOR787159,76727,84319,1205726,64349,300
43Rhodes College, MemphisTN477657,13527,93820,9728528,00851,800
71Beloit College, BeloitWI697056,20628,19920,1497331,30837,900
50Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI727754,85628,29418,3178428,76451,700
97Hollins University, RoanokeVA615550,23528,50924,1898134,16132,100
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826655,12028,92925,7249330,21340,500
76Knox College, GalesburgIL647153,51529,39318,3048432,64441,700
80Earlham College, RichmondIN626056,07029,46017,2225225,78433,400
66Lawrence University, AppletonWI686355,39829,62219,9888433,34341,100
82Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR636659,48429,83614,5716426,25741,100
59College of Wooster, WoosterOH557858,90029,84220,9589227,94646,400
57Wofford College, SpartanburgSC727753,08030,03215,3236629,25249,700
33St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN368455,26030,18214,2916529,61745,000
95Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL556454,92630,27017,5559533,01847,100
93Wheaton College, NortonMA657662,45230,39411,8786632,34444,100
36Whitman College, Walla WallaWA438061,17230,7219,5955221,19243,800
41Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA507860,25631,10118,0494025,33944,100
53Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488360,70031,25912,0576530,52756,300
94St. John's College, AnnapolisMD786362,87132,34719,1308434,21235,200
46DePauw University, GreencastleIN657659,60832,44616,4839225,99047,700
77College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME765953,88932,64011,1495623,00226,400
56Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA408063,50033,13912,0164330,54452,600
15College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA378962,86533,71437,530225,61363,100
69Furman University, GreenvilleSC657960,29833,77418,7257032,59446,700
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY468266,04034,22820,1518326,75645,500
47Oberlin College, OberlinOH297566,94234,55713,6716825,01840,300
49Denison University, GranvilleOH487863,13034,81220,0899227,77349,500
52Dickinson College, CarlislePA478165,12935,34310,5173128,10853,300
48Union College, SchenectadyNY388265,87435,5009,5005531,82064,000
58Occidental College, Los AngelesCA458266,78035,81411,6383229,94748,500
63Connecticut College, New LondonCT407966,00035,8470034,09851,700
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN398663,02835,88712,9573021,93746,500
24Scripps College, ClaremontCA288667,46436,44416,9272618,69247,800
21Carleton College, NorthfieldMN219164,89336,4823,0781420,06349,500
32Lafayette College, EastonPA308765,10537,49524,7701231,15468,800
38Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138670,51737,87411,3324627,48367,200
30Smith College, NorthamptonMA388264,71438,04014,1781120,51444,400
14Grinnell College, GrinnellIA257961,63838,61217,5335515,98243,100
29Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA397865,16038,63712,4053922,91453,600
17University of Richmond, RichmondVA318361,98038,98524,1233126,25059,900
45Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY368365,66439,30013,500122,55743,000
61Reed College, PortlandOR356966,35039,3040019,01035,200
28Kenyon College, GambierOH248465,23039,62815,2042127,00044,700
27Bates College, LewistonME228366,55039,9330019,91751,600
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229062,92340,14021,0911819,92951,800
31Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138367,19240,2204,808221,95145,100
20Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO178263,80840,5399,3601122,06839,700
25Barnard College, New YorkNY208567,14240,6610020,00856,800
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA117767,88540,78116,0591025,42266,400
16Hamilton College, ClintonNY258765,25041,1700017,65454,800
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT229266,06241,24446,841124,86048,400
11Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158664,34041,5821,000520,88355,300
44Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA328166,81041,6598,650326,16252,700
6Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT179265,33241,7780017,79755,100
7Pomona College, ClaremontCA109165,85742,0640013,38151,400
3Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248861,44742,32233,7561321,68372,900
12Colby College, WatervilleME239164,79542,468394223,34252,300
62Trinity College, HartfordCT338167,44042,96926,799630,60954,700
18Colgate University, HamiltonNY278666,07043,3210020,85960,300
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308665,01644,2180012,45556,500
1Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA128764,84044,25643,564218,26248,500
13Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY268666,39045,1090017,84749,300
19Haverford College, HaverfordPA258567,91945,3900014,75056,600
9Williams College, WilliamstownMA188866,28046,0070016,59354,200
8Amherst College, AmherstMA148867,44649,1340015,75656,300
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.