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