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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#
49Berea College, BereaKY34%45%$7,680$3,882$00%$6,186$34,400
17Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308262,14039,9880012,95656,700
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA198964,09043,6890014,17058,100
11Amherst College, AmherstMA148764,77247,2430014,49056,800
15Haverford College, HaverfordPA258865,41042,6210015,54055,600
12Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA836332,50015,7550016,263NA
4Pomona College, ClaremontCA129063,67041,4430016,27352,600
9Grinnell College, GrinnellIA288559,29837,15316,9684516,31545,600
14Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY248864,23043,0940017,47647,100
25Barnard College, New YorkNY248263,89138,8420017,66057,400
8Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT178962,45639,2380017,97553,400
18Carleton College, NorthfieldMN239162,84634,0503,0951518,30246,100
77Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY537166,22534,65016,5826318,48339,700
20Bates College, LewistonME258463,34038,9210018,92953,500
19Hamilton College, ClintonNY268663,37038,7620018,94157,300
28Whitman College, Walla WallaWA418259,10228,4849,1045519,14743,000
54Reed College, PortlandOR396763,58039,3290019,15136,200
32Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138064,88035,2934,687119,42245,300
22Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO188261,45938,46911,5541119,75641,100
34Scripps College, ClaremontCA278065,06034,79219,7122320,06047,200
5Kenyon College, GambierOH258962,93038,03913,3112220,32343,700
37Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN657650,65026,24710,8834821,27738,200
10Colgate University, HamiltonNY269063,58041,4280021,40561,500
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA178962,69040,31437,474221,86649,400
23Colby College, WatervilleME288562,46241,033500021,95853,000
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229061,11937,17023,8341522,00058,500
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA318563,26824,00013,8081522,50068,800
13University of Richmond, RichmondVA328060,31037,19923,6922822,55060,800
42Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY378563,49238,40012,000122,88743,100
7Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT248764,07841,53248,032122,95950,900
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA208559,20241,47236,2931423,22477,600
30Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA118065,22540,43815,7321023,23263,600
35Principia College, ElsahIL797639,25024,59122,6649123,732NA
39Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA557657,69630,70716,8884123,91444,100
81College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME715752,11631,5789,6934423,92627,000
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN368560,87934,52711,8562624,15645,700
46Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407662,99036,40210,8331024,46650,400
31Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA149068,05535,63710,5464624,50378,600
53College of Wooster, WoosterOH597056,60029,65719,3298924,50644,400
27Smith College, NorthamptonMA428262,55838,41715,9821224,75842,700
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC777151,08529,59815,0576524,99946,800
71Cornell College, Mount VernonIA746447,38923,44718,2928925,00441,900
41Oberlin College, OberlinOH337664,64632,31713,1676725,01838,400
50Dickinson College, CarlislePA488162,94132,78610,1513125,39252,100
21Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI537035,5527,9055,5318325,502NA
16Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158662,19038,9781,000525,50354,800
95St. John's College, Santa FeNM814260,63929,28810,8057225,57032,300
63Furman University, GreenvilleSC698058,73431,66517,1666825,90347,500
24Wheaton College, WheatonIL698043,27020,2556,4283725,93942,600
33Centre College, DanvilleKY728049,32025,49118,7668925,99445,000
69Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR677157,01229,33413,3825426,55643,400
74Goshen College, GoshenIN545641,80020,19513,5696226,58636,300
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY487862,86531,63620,2257626,79245,500
87Houghton College, HoughtonNY946638,95611,5839,0461626,92339,200
100Washington & Jefferson College, WashingtonPA427255,43213,27015,1297827,00049,900
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN617557,27830,89516,7649127,00547,800
55Rhodes College, MemphisTN607655,09526,18318,6428427,07750,300
72Earlham College, RichmondIN656554,71030,35012,1433227,42132,300
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA398364,57039,56412,636327,47454,800
36Lafayette College, EastonPA308862,68035,41223,4691327,49769,800
52Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA458061,40032,45812,4014227,71452,200
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA687349,38627,24522,1317027,76339,400
43Denison University, GranvilleOH517959,51034,25418,5379227,77348,600
97University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA796857,22023,41014,8869327,77651,500
64Transylvania University, LexingtonKY836344,93022,88315,3729328,07941,100
59Trinity College, HartfordCT337964,92041,68424,836628,23756,100
56Connecticut College, New LondonCT387863,96535,8850028,32151,000
29College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA439060,62432,20733,808428,35463,700
38St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN518653,73028,64413,2906328,39644,800
44Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI707752,55226,99016,3588528,40549,400
90St. John's College, AnnapolisMD876760,63930,56419,2587128,73034,300
70Beloit College, BeloitWI697153,94025,68817,2567328,76837,900
84Millsaps College, JacksonMS576249,02223,36320,3549029,02145,200
66Knox College, GalesburgIL687351,75927,88715,7858329,08541,600
58Union College, SchenectadyNY418063,77433,9159,0255329,58661,800
94Wheaton College, NortonMA707560,80531,09012,4867129,65146,400
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA538157,82526,00711,7925829,70256,000
83William Jewell College, LibertyMO635742,01019,64615,2694629,88540,300
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826453,21428,85525,7569130,15140,500
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA428064,44635,6619,9283030,42750,100
91Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN706850,34023,43116,631530,73449,900
85Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX496550,25826,12618,5149130,93547,200
98Hanover College, HanoverIN646646,19623,57718,2219031,00444,400
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL547149,21220,52716,5689531,61249,600
60Hope College, HollandMI827040,85018,0448,2865631,71743,300
73Christendom College, Front RoyalVA916634,4108,2608,7854631,991NA
93Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA556148,59025,07920,3136431,99243,800
51Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL607553,08623,48015,7609132,10154,600
82Siena College, LoudonvilleNY587543,27217,4237,1065532,67855,100
89University of Dallas, IrvingTX856348,30023,39216,7308832,75545,200
99Spelman College, AtlantaGA546740,75114,8420032,91046,400
92Juniata College, HuntingdonPA747252,74024,99718,0548033,42145,200
65Lawrence University, AppletonWI736653,85029,11118,0078033,75542,800
88Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY507462,46928,39015,5355334,20948,600
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN618151,69626,39316,66810036,63650,100
79Luther College, DecorahIA717448,15022,19716,0623336,91842,500
86Austin College, ShermanTX547249,27325,92619,2973436,95247,600
96Hollins University, RoanokeVA576148,53528,32023,0678137,33237,000
80Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN797250,83025,27415,1847438,08955,900
76College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN827452,07525,77015,7087839,43747,600
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.