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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#
100Washington & Jefferson College, WashingtonPA42%72%$55,432$13,270$15,12978%$27,000$49,900
99Spelman College, AtlantaGA546740,75114,8420032,91046,400
98Hanover College, HanoverIN646646,19623,57718,2219031,00444,400
97University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA796857,22023,41014,8869327,77651,500
96Hollins University, RoanokeVA576148,53528,32023,0678137,33237,000
95St. John's College, Santa FeNM814260,63929,28810,8057225,57032,300
94Wheaton College, NortonMA707560,80531,09012,4867129,65146,400
93Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA556148,59025,07920,3136431,99243,800
92Juniata College, HuntingdonPA747252,74024,99718,0548033,42145,200
91Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN706850,34023,43116,631530,73449,900
90St. John's College, AnnapolisMD876760,63930,56419,2587128,73034,300
89University of Dallas, IrvingTX856348,30023,39216,7308832,75545,200
88Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY507462,46928,39015,5355334,20948,600
87Houghton College, HoughtonNY946638,95611,5839,0461626,92339,200
86Austin College, ShermanTX547249,27325,92619,2973436,95247,600
85Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX496550,25826,12618,5149130,93547,200
84Millsaps College, JacksonMS576249,02223,36320,3549029,02145,200
83William Jewell College, LibertyMO635742,01019,64615,2694629,88540,300
82Siena College, LoudonvilleNY587543,27217,4237,1065532,67855,100
81College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME715752,11631,5789,6934423,92627,000
80Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN797250,83025,27415,1847438,08955,900
79Luther College, DecorahIA717448,15022,19716,0623336,91842,500
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826453,21428,85525,7569130,15140,500
77Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY537166,22534,65016,5826318,48339,700
76College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN827452,07525,77015,7087839,43747,600
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL547149,21220,52716,5689531,61249,600
74Goshen College, GoshenIN545641,80020,19513,5696226,58636,300
73Christendom College, Front RoyalVA916634,4108,2608,7854631,991NA
72Earlham College, RichmondIN656554,71030,35012,1433227,42132,300
71Cornell College, Mount VernonIA746447,38923,44718,2928925,00441,900
70Beloit College, BeloitWI697153,94025,68817,2567328,76837,900
69Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR677157,01229,33413,3825426,55643,400
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA687349,38627,24522,1317027,76339,400
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY487862,86531,63620,2257626,79245,500
66Knox College, GalesburgIL687351,75927,88715,7858329,08541,600
65Lawrence University, AppletonWI736653,85029,11118,0078033,75542,800
64Transylvania University, LexingtonKY836344,93022,88315,3729328,07941,100
63Furman University, GreenvilleSC698058,73431,66517,1666825,90347,500
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA538157,82526,00711,7925829,70256,000
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC777151,08529,59815,0576524,99946,800
60Hope College, HollandMI827040,85018,0448,2865631,71743,300
59Trinity College, HartfordCT337964,92041,68424,836628,23756,100
58Union College, SchenectadyNY418063,77433,9159,0255329,58661,800
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA428064,44635,6619,9283030,42750,100
56Connecticut College, New LondonCT387863,96535,8850028,32151,000
55Rhodes College, MemphisTN607655,09526,18318,6428427,07750,300
54Reed College, PortlandOR396763,58039,3290019,15136,200
53College of Wooster, WoosterOH597056,60029,65719,3298924,50644,400
52Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA458061,40032,45812,4014227,71452,200
51Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL607553,08623,48015,7609132,10154,600
50Dickinson College, CarlislePA488162,94132,78610,1513125,39252,100
49Berea College, BereaKY34457,6803,882006,18634,400
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN617557,27830,89516,7649127,00547,800
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN618151,69626,39316,66810036,63650,100
46Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407662,99036,40210,8331024,46650,400
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA398364,57039,56412,636327,47454,800
44Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI707752,55226,99016,3588528,40549,400
43Denison University, GranvilleOH517959,51034,25418,5379227,77348,600
42Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY378563,49238,40012,000122,88743,100
41Oberlin College, OberlinOH337664,64632,31713,1676725,01838,400
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA318563,26824,00013,8081522,50068,800
39Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA557657,69630,70716,8884123,91444,100
38St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN518653,73028,64413,2906328,39644,800
37Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN657650,65026,24710,8834821,27738,200
36Lafayette College, EastonPA308862,68035,41223,4691327,49769,800
35Principia College, ElsahIL797639,25024,59122,6649123,732NA
34Scripps College, ClaremontCA278065,06034,79219,7122320,06047,200
33Centre College, DanvilleKY728049,32025,49118,7668925,99445,000
32Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138064,88035,2934,687119,42245,300
31Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA149068,05535,63710,5464624,50378,600
30Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA118065,22540,43815,7321023,23263,600
29College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA439060,62432,20733,808428,35463,700
28Whitman College, Walla WallaWA418259,10228,4849,1045519,14743,000
27Smith College, NorthamptonMA428262,55838,41715,9821224,75842,700
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN368560,87934,52711,8562624,15645,700
25Barnard College, New YorkNY248263,89138,8420017,66057,400
24Wheaton College, WheatonIL698043,27020,2556,4283725,93942,600
23Colby College, WatervilleME288562,46241,033500021,95853,000
22Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO188261,45938,46911,5541119,75641,100
21Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI537035,5527,9055,5318325,502NA
20Bates College, LewistonME258463,34038,9210018,92953,500
19Hamilton College, ClintonNY268663,37038,7620018,94157,300
18Carleton College, NorthfieldMN239162,84634,0503,0951518,30246,100
17Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308262,14039,9880012,95656,700
16Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158662,19038,9781,000525,50354,800
15Haverford College, HaverfordPA258865,41042,6210015,54055,600
14Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY248864,23043,0940017,47647,100
13University of Richmond, RichmondVA328060,31037,19923,6922822,55060,800
12Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA836332,50015,7550016,263NA
11Amherst College, AmherstMA148764,77247,2430014,49056,800
10Colgate University, HamiltonNY269063,58041,4280021,40561,500
9Grinnell College, GrinnellIA288559,29837,15316,9684516,31545,600
8Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT178962,45639,2380017,97553,400
7Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT248764,07841,53248,032122,95950,900
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA198964,09043,6890014,17058,100
5Kenyon College, GambierOH258962,93038,03913,3112220,32343,700
4Pomona College, ClaremontCA129063,67041,4430016,27352,600
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA178962,69040,31437,474221,86649,400
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229061,11937,17023,8341522,00058,500
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA208559,20241,47236,2931423,22477,600
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.