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#
8Amherst College, AmherstMA14%88%$67,446$49,134$00%$15,756$56,300
9Williams College, WilliamstownMA188866,28046,0070016,59354,200
19Haverford College, HaverfordPA258567,91945,3900014,75056,600
13Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY268666,39045,1090017,84749,300
1Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA128764,84044,25643,564218,26248,500
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308665,01644,2180012,45556,500
18Colgate University, HamiltonNY278666,07043,3210020,85960,300
62Trinity College, HartfordCT338167,44042,96926,799630,60954,700
12Colby College, WatervilleME239164,79542,468394223,34252,300
3Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248861,44742,32233,7561321,68372,900
7Pomona College, ClaremontCA109165,85742,0640013,38151,400
6Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT179265,33241,7780017,79755,100
44Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA328166,81041,6598,650326,16252,700
11Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158664,34041,5821,000520,88355,300
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT229266,06241,24446,841124,86048,400
16Hamilton College, ClintonNY258765,25041,1700017,65454,800
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA117767,88540,78116,0591025,42266,400
25Barnard College, New YorkNY208567,14240,6610020,00856,800
20Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO178263,80840,5399,3601122,06839,700
31Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138367,19240,2204,808221,95145,100
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229062,92340,14021,0911819,92951,800
27Bates College, LewistonME228366,55039,9330019,91751,600
28Kenyon College, GambierOH248465,23039,62815,2042127,00044,700
61Reed College, PortlandOR356966,35039,3040019,01035,200
45Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY368365,66439,30013,500122,55743,000
17University of Richmond, RichmondVA318361,98038,98524,1233126,25059,900
29Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA397865,16038,63712,4053922,91453,600
14Grinnell College, GrinnellIA257961,63838,61217,5335515,98243,100
30Smith College, NorthamptonMA388264,71438,04014,1781120,51444,400
38Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138670,51737,87411,3324627,48367,200
32Lafayette College, EastonPA308765,10537,49524,7701231,15468,800
21Carleton College, NorthfieldMN219164,89336,4823,0781420,06349,500
24Scripps College, ClaremontCA288667,46436,44416,9272618,69247,800
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN398663,02835,88712,9573021,93746,500
63Connecticut College, New LondonCT407966,00035,8470034,09851,700
58Occidental College, Los AngelesCA458266,78035,81411,6383229,94748,500
48Union College, SchenectadyNY388265,87435,5009,5005531,82064,000
52Dickinson College, CarlislePA478165,12935,34310,5173128,10853,300
49Denison University, GranvilleOH487863,13034,81220,0899227,77349,500
47Oberlin College, OberlinOH297566,94234,55713,6716825,01840,300
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY468266,04034,22820,1518326,75645,500
69Furman University, GreenvilleSC657960,29833,77418,7257032,59446,700
15College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA378962,86533,71437,530225,61363,100
56Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA408063,50033,13912,0164330,54452,600
77College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME765953,88932,64011,1495623,00226,400
46DePauw University, GreencastleIN657659,60832,44616,4839225,99047,700
94St. John's College, AnnapolisMD786362,87132,34719,1308434,21235,200
53Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488360,70031,25912,0576530,52756,300
41Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA507860,25631,10118,0494025,33944,100
36Whitman College, Walla WallaWA438061,17230,7219,5955221,19243,800
93Wheaton College, NortonMA657662,45230,39411,8786632,34444,100
95Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL556454,92630,27017,5559533,01847,100
33St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN368455,26030,18214,2916529,61745,000
57Wofford College, SpartanburgSC727753,08030,03215,3236629,25249,700
59College of Wooster, WoosterOH557858,90029,84220,9589227,94646,400
82Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR636659,48429,83614,5716426,25741,100
66Lawrence University, AppletonWI686355,39829,62219,9888433,34341,100
80Earlham College, RichmondIN626056,07029,46017,2225225,78433,400
76Knox College, GalesburgIL647153,51529,39318,3048432,64441,700
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826655,12028,92925,7249330,21340,500
97Hollins University, RoanokeVA615550,23528,50924,1898134,16132,100
50Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI727754,85628,29418,3178428,76451,700
71Beloit College, BeloitWI697056,20628,19920,1497331,30837,900
43Rhodes College, MemphisTN477657,13527,93820,9728528,00851,800
84Willamette University, SalemOR787159,76727,84319,1205726,64349,300
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX446951,39027,58018,7119333,09347,400
51Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN678253,14027,43518,35510035,24748,900
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA626150,99227,33624,4767433,05038,800
79College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN757753,80627,26016,6207939,11047,200
91Washington College, ChestertownMD547155,49627,16616,7667436,99144,000
70Austin College, ShermanTX547150,46227,00119,7943933,51447,800
34Centre College, DanvilleKY718350,75026,88619,6579028,51543,300
99Presbyterian College, ClintonSC626248,45626,87717,0006227,16940,800
90Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN746852,62426,77815,7097340,06756,100
96Ripon College, RiponWI666047,66126,64316,4938439,49142,000
37Principia College, ElsahIL757140,01026,23921,7928520,068NA
74Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716649,96426,00719,5199230,79040,900
39Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN417455,70025,91710,9395422,36240,600
92Millsaps College, JacksonMS535952,03025,65222,0489231,41945,600
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN617051,65025,19219,1579032,91652,600
73University of Dallas, IrvingTX516650,02625,11318,3978833,51144,800
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA258565,51625,00011,7641622,50069,100
98University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA797259,35224,25315,3899533,13049,400
55Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL627855,12024,22016,9369235,21954,400
83Luther College, DecorahIA676949,58023,80018,3373335,81441,800
60Transylvania University, LexingtonKY937046,69023,66316,4499426,93739,700
65William Jewell College, LibertyMO495643,01023,55915,7638231,58142,300
89Hanover College, HanoverIN616547,56423,47918,0849528,52641,900
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL497150,65821,73818,0429335,48847,900
23Wheaton College, WheatonIL718144,41021,3806,2284226,59342,500
85Goshen College, GoshenIN665343,42021,11214,1996725,40337,800
64Hope College, HollandMI726542,17018,6808,1605932,18842,900
4Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA758132,50014,9770016,90130,200
100Shimer College, ChicagoIL841946,68614,2578,7755725,125NA
87Spelman College, AtlantaGA486942,10912,27627,768232,55046,000
86Houghton College, HoughtonNY946640,09011,35113,3866930,49441,800
54Christendom College, Front RoyalVA967035,22010,68512,1375129,069NA
88Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL535347,6798,14520,2529520,38744,200
22Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI506436,9228,0795,9939326,225NA
42Berea College, BereaKY36457,742*2,910007,92833,400
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.