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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#
18Carleton College, NorthfieldMN23%91%$62,846$34,050$3,09515%$18,302$46,100
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229061,11937,17023,8341522,00058,500
29College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA439060,62432,20733,808428,35463,700
4Pomona College, ClaremontCA129063,67041,4430016,27352,600
10Colgate University, HamiltonNY269063,58041,4280021,40561,500
31Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA149068,05535,63710,5464624,50378,600
8Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT178962,45639,2380017,97553,400
5Kenyon College, GambierOH258962,93038,03913,3112220,32343,700
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA178962,69040,31437,474221,86649,400
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA198964,09043,6890014,17058,100
36Lafayette College, EastonPA308862,68035,41223,4691327,49769,800
15Haverford College, HaverfordPA258865,41042,6210015,54055,600
14Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY248864,23043,0940017,47647,100
11Amherst College, AmherstMA148764,77247,2430014,49056,800
7Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT248764,07841,53248,032122,95950,900
16Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158662,19038,9781,000525,50354,800
38St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN518653,73028,64413,2906328,39644,800
19Hamilton College, ClintonNY268663,37038,7620018,94157,300
23Colby College, WatervilleME288562,46241,033500021,95853,000
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN368560,87934,52711,8562624,15645,700
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA318563,26824,00013,8081522,50068,800
9Grinnell College, GrinnellIA288559,29837,15316,9684516,31545,600
42Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY378563,49238,40012,000122,88743,100
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA208559,20241,47236,2931423,22477,600
20Bates College, LewistonME258463,34038,9210018,92953,500
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA398364,57039,56412,636327,47454,800
27Smith College, NorthamptonMA428262,55838,41715,9821224,75842,700
17Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308262,14039,9880012,95656,700
28Whitman College, Walla WallaWA418259,10228,4849,1045519,14743,000
25Barnard College, New YorkNY248263,89138,8420017,66057,400
22Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO188261,45938,46911,5541119,75641,100
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN618151,69626,39316,66810036,63650,100
50Dickinson College, CarlislePA488162,94132,78610,1513125,39252,100
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA538157,82526,00711,7925829,70256,000
13University of Richmond, RichmondVA328060,31037,19923,6922822,55060,800
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA428064,44635,6619,9283030,42750,100
52Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA458061,40032,45812,4014227,71452,200
34Scripps College, ClaremontCA278065,06034,79219,7122320,06047,200
33Centre College, DanvilleKY728049,32025,49118,7668925,99445,000
30Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA118065,22540,43815,7321023,23263,600
32Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138064,88035,2934,687119,42245,300
63Furman University, GreenvilleSC698058,73431,66517,1666825,90347,500
58Union College, SchenectadyNY418063,77433,9159,0255329,58661,800
24Wheaton College, WheatonIL698043,27020,2556,4283725,93942,600
43Denison University, GranvilleOH517959,51034,25418,5379227,77348,600
59Trinity College, HartfordCT337964,92041,68424,836628,23756,100
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY487862,86531,63620,2257626,79245,500
56Connecticut College, New LondonCT387863,96535,8850028,32151,000
44Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI707752,55226,99016,3588528,40549,400
39Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA557657,69630,70716,8884123,91444,100
46Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407662,99036,40210,8331024,46650,400
35Principia College, ElsahIL797639,25024,59122,6649123,732NA
55Rhodes College, MemphisTN607655,09526,18318,6428427,07750,300
37Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN657650,65026,24710,8834821,27738,200
41Oberlin College, OberlinOH337664,64632,31713,1676725,01838,400
51Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL607553,08623,48015,7609132,10154,600
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN617557,27830,89516,7649127,00547,800
94Wheaton College, NortonMA707560,80531,09012,4867129,65146,400
82Siena College, LoudonvilleNY587543,27217,4237,1065532,67855,100
79Luther College, DecorahIA717448,15022,19716,0623336,91842,500
88Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY507462,46928,39015,5355334,20948,600
76College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN827452,07525,77015,7087839,43747,600
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA687349,38627,24522,1317027,76339,400
66Knox College, GalesburgIL687351,75927,88715,7858329,08541,600
100Washington & Jefferson College, WashingtonPA427255,43213,27015,1297827,00049,900
80Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN797250,83025,27415,1847438,08955,900
86Austin College, ShermanTX547249,27325,92619,2973436,95247,600
92Juniata College, HuntingdonPA747252,74024,99718,0548033,42145,200
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC777151,08529,59815,0576524,99946,800
69Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR677157,01229,33413,3825426,55643,400
70Beloit College, BeloitWI697153,94025,68817,2567328,76837,900
77Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY537166,22534,65016,5826318,48339,700
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL547149,21220,52716,5689531,61249,600
53College of Wooster, WoosterOH597056,60029,65719,3298924,50644,400
60Hope College, HollandMI827040,85018,0448,2865631,71743,300
21Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI537035,5527,9055,5318325,502NA
97University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA796857,22023,41014,8869327,77651,500
91Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN706850,34023,43116,631530,73449,900
90St. John's College, AnnapolisMD876760,63930,56419,2587128,73034,300
99Spelman College, AtlantaGA546740,75114,8420032,91046,400
54Reed College, PortlandOR396763,58039,3290019,15136,200
87Houghton College, HoughtonNY946638,95611,5839,0461626,92339,200
65Lawrence University, AppletonWI736653,85029,11118,0078033,75542,800
73Christendom College, Front RoyalVA916634,4108,2608,7854631,991NA
98Hanover College, HanoverIN646646,19623,57718,2219031,00444,400
85Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX496550,25826,12618,5149130,93547,200
72Earlham College, RichmondIN656554,71030,35012,1433227,42132,300
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826453,21428,85525,7569130,15140,500
71Cornell College, Mount VernonIA746447,38923,44718,2928925,00441,900
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
84Millsaps College, JacksonMS576249,02223,36320,3549029,02145,200
93Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA556148,59025,07920,3136431,99243,800
96Hollins University, RoanokeVA576148,53528,32023,0678137,33237,000
83William Jewell College, LibertyMO635742,01019,64615,2694629,88540,300
81College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME715752,11631,5789,6934423,92627,000
74Goshen College, GoshenIN545641,80020,19513,5696226,58636,300
49Berea College, BereaKY34457,6803,882006,18634,400
95St. John's College, Santa FeNM814260,63929,28810,8057225,57032,300
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.