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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#
87Houghton College, HoughtonNY94%66%$38,956$11,583$9,04616%$26,923$39,200
73Christendom College, Front RoyalVA916634,4108,2608,7854631,991NA
90St. John's College, AnnapolisMD876760,63930,56419,2587128,73034,300
89University of Dallas, IrvingTX856348,30023,39216,7308832,75545,200
64Transylvania University, LexingtonKY836344,93022,88315,3729328,07941,100
12Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA836332,50015,7550016,263NA
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826453,21428,85525,7569130,15140,500
76College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN827452,07525,77015,7087839,43747,600
60Hope College, HollandMI827040,85018,0448,2865631,71743,300
95St. John's College, Santa FeNM814260,63929,28810,8057225,57032,300
80Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN797250,83025,27415,1847438,08955,900
35Principia College, ElsahIL797639,25024,59122,6649123,732NA
97University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA796857,22023,41014,8869327,77651,500
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC777151,08529,59815,0576524,99946,800
71Cornell College, Mount VernonIA746447,38923,44718,2928925,00441,900
92Juniata College, HuntingdonPA747252,74024,99718,0548033,42145,200
65Lawrence University, AppletonWI736653,85029,11118,0078033,75542,800
33Centre College, DanvilleKY728049,32025,49118,7668925,99445,000
79Luther College, DecorahIA717448,15022,19716,0623336,91842,500
81College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME715752,11631,5789,6934423,92627,000
94Wheaton College, NortonMA707560,80531,09012,4867129,65146,400
91Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN706850,34023,43116,631530,73449,900
44Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI707752,55226,99016,3588528,40549,400
63Furman University, GreenvilleSC698058,73431,66517,1666825,90347,500
24Wheaton College, WheatonIL698043,27020,2556,4283725,93942,600
70Beloit College, BeloitWI697153,94025,68817,2567328,76837,900
66Knox College, GalesburgIL687351,75927,88715,7858329,08541,600
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA687349,38627,24522,1317027,76339,400
69Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR677157,01229,33413,3825426,55643,400
72Earlham College, RichmondIN656554,71030,35012,1433227,42132,300
37Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN657650,65026,24710,8834821,27738,200
98Hanover College, HanoverIN646646,19623,57718,2219031,00444,400
83William Jewell College, LibertyMO635742,01019,64615,2694629,88540,300
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN617557,27830,89516,7649127,00547,800
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN618151,69626,39316,66810036,63650,100
51Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL607553,08623,48015,7609132,10154,600
55Rhodes College, MemphisTN607655,09526,18318,6428427,07750,300
53College of Wooster, WoosterOH597056,60029,65719,3298924,50644,400
82Siena College, LoudonvilleNY587543,27217,4237,1065532,67855,100
84Millsaps College, JacksonMS576249,02223,36320,3549029,02145,200
96Hollins University, RoanokeVA576148,53528,32023,0678137,33237,000
39Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA557657,69630,70716,8884123,91444,100
93Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA556148,59025,07920,3136431,99243,800
99Spelman College, AtlantaGA546740,75114,8420032,91046,400
86Austin College, ShermanTX547249,27325,92619,2973436,95247,600
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL547149,21220,52716,5689531,61249,600
74Goshen College, GoshenIN545641,80020,19513,5696226,58636,300
77Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY537166,22534,65016,5826318,48339,700
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA538157,82526,00711,7925829,70256,000
21Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI537035,5527,9055,5318325,502NA
38St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN518653,73028,64413,2906328,39644,800
43Denison University, GranvilleOH517959,51034,25418,5379227,77348,600
88Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY507462,46928,39015,5355334,20948,600
85Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX496550,25826,12618,5149130,93547,200
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY487862,86531,63620,2257626,79245,500
50Dickinson College, CarlislePA488162,94132,78610,1513125,39252,100
52Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA458061,40032,45812,4014227,71452,200
29College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA439060,62432,20733,808428,35463,700
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA428064,44635,6619,9283030,42750,100
27Smith College, NorthamptonMA428262,55838,41715,9821224,75842,700
100Washington & Jefferson College, WashingtonPA427255,43213,27015,1297827,00049,900
58Union College, SchenectadyNY418063,77433,9159,0255329,58661,800
28Whitman College, Walla WallaWA418259,10228,4849,1045519,14743,000
46Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407662,99036,40210,8331024,46650,400
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA398364,57039,56412,636327,47454,800
54Reed College, PortlandOR396763,58039,3290019,15136,200
56Connecticut College, New LondonCT387863,96535,8850028,32151,000
42Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY378563,49238,40012,000122,88743,100
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN368560,87934,52711,8562624,15645,700
49Berea College, BereaKY34457,6803,882006,18634,400
41Oberlin College, OberlinOH337664,64632,31713,1676725,01838,400
59Trinity College, HartfordCT337964,92041,68424,836628,23756,100
13University of Richmond, RichmondVA328060,31037,19923,6922822,55060,800
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA318563,26824,00013,8081522,50068,800
17Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308262,14039,9880012,95656,700
36Lafayette College, EastonPA308862,68035,41223,4691327,49769,800
23Colby College, WatervilleME288562,46241,033500021,95853,000
9Grinnell College, GrinnellIA288559,29837,15316,9684516,31545,600
34Scripps College, ClaremontCA278065,06034,79219,7122320,06047,200
19Hamilton College, ClintonNY268663,37038,7620018,94157,300
10Colgate University, HamiltonNY269063,58041,4280021,40561,500
5Kenyon College, GambierOH258962,93038,03913,3112220,32343,700
20Bates College, LewistonME258463,34038,9210018,92953,500
15Haverford College, HaverfordPA258865,41042,6210015,54055,600
14Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY248864,23043,0940017,47647,100
7Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT248764,07841,53248,032122,95950,900
25Barnard College, New YorkNY248263,89138,8420017,66057,400
18Carleton College, NorthfieldMN239162,84634,0503,0951518,30246,100
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229061,11937,17023,8341522,00058,500
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA208559,20241,47236,2931423,22477,600
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA198964,09043,6890014,17058,100
22Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO188261,45938,46911,5541119,75641,100
8Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT178962,45639,2380017,97553,400
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA178962,69040,31437,474221,86649,400
16Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158662,19038,9781,000525,50354,800
11Amherst College, AmherstMA148764,77247,2430014,49056,800
31Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA149068,05535,63710,5464624,50378,600
32Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138064,88035,2934,687119,42245,300
4Pomona College, ClaremontCA129063,67041,4430016,27352,600
30Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA118065,22540,43815,7321023,23263,600
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.