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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#
25Barnard College, New YorkNY24%82%$63,891$38,842$00%$17,660$57,400
20Bates College, LewistonME258463,34038,9210018,92953,500
19Hamilton College, ClintonNY268663,37038,7620018,94157,300
15Haverford College, HaverfordPA258865,41042,6210015,54055,600
14Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY248864,23043,0940017,47647,100
54Reed College, PortlandOR396763,58039,3290019,15136,200
12Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA836332,50015,7550016,263NA
11Amherst College, AmherstMA148764,77247,2430014,49056,800
10Colgate University, HamiltonNY269063,58041,4280021,40561,500
17Wellesley College, WellesleyMA308262,14039,9880012,95656,700
8Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT178962,45639,2380017,97553,400
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA198964,09043,6890014,17058,100
56Connecticut College, New LondonCT387863,96535,8850028,32151,000
4Pomona College, ClaremontCA129063,67041,4430016,27352,600
49Berea College, BereaKY34457,6803,882006,18634,400
99Spelman College, AtlantaGA546740,75114,8420032,91046,400
23Colby College, WatervilleME288562,46241,033500021,95853,000
16Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158662,19038,9781,000525,50354,800
18Carleton College, NorthfieldMN239162,84634,0503,0951518,30246,100
32Pitzer College, ClaremontCA138064,88035,2934,687119,42245,300
21Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI537035,5527,9055,5318325,502NA
24Wheaton College, WheatonIL698043,27020,2556,4283725,93942,600
82Siena College, LoudonvilleNY587543,27217,4237,1065532,67855,100
60Hope College, HollandMI827040,85018,0448,2865631,71743,300
73Christendom College, Front RoyalVA916634,4108,2608,7854631,991NA
58Union College, SchenectadyNY418063,77433,9159,0255329,58661,800
87Houghton College, HoughtonNY946638,95611,5839,0461626,92339,200
28Whitman College, Walla WallaWA418259,10228,4849,1045519,14743,000
81College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME715752,11631,5789,6934423,92627,000
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA428064,44635,6619,9283030,42750,100
50Dickinson College, CarlislePA488162,94132,78610,1513125,39252,100
31Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA149068,05535,63710,5464624,50378,600
95St. John's College, Santa FeNM814260,63929,28810,8057225,57032,300
46Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407662,99036,40210,8331024,46650,400
37Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN657650,65026,24710,8834821,27738,200
22Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO188261,45938,46911,5541119,75641,100
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA538157,82526,00711,7925829,70256,000
26Macalester College, St. PaulMN368560,87934,52711,8562624,15645,700
42Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY378563,49238,40012,000122,88743,100
72Earlham College, RichmondIN656554,71030,35012,1433227,42132,300
52Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA458061,40032,45812,4014227,71452,200
94Wheaton College, NortonMA707560,80531,09012,4867129,65146,400
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA398364,57039,56412,636327,47454,800
41Oberlin College, OberlinOH337664,64632,31713,1676725,01838,400
38St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN518653,73028,64413,2906328,39644,800
5Kenyon College, GambierOH258962,93038,03913,3112220,32343,700
69Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR677157,01229,33413,3825426,55643,400
74Goshen College, GoshenIN545641,80020,19513,5696226,58636,300
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA318563,26824,00013,8081522,50068,800
97University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA796857,22023,41014,8869327,77651,500
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC777151,08529,59815,0576524,99946,800
100Washington & Jefferson College, WashingtonPA427255,43213,27015,1297827,00049,900
80Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN797250,83025,27415,1847438,08955,900
83William Jewell College, LibertyMO635742,01019,64615,2694629,88540,300
64Transylvania University, LexingtonKY836344,93022,88315,3729328,07941,100
88Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY507462,46928,39015,5355334,20948,600
76College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN827452,07525,77015,7087839,43747,600
30Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA118065,22540,43815,7321023,23263,600
51Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL607553,08623,48015,7609132,10154,600
66Knox College, GalesburgIL687351,75927,88715,7858329,08541,600
27Smith College, NorthamptonMA428262,55838,41715,9821224,75842,700
79Luther College, DecorahIA717448,15022,19716,0623336,91842,500
44Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI707752,55226,99016,3588528,40549,400
75Augustana College, Rock IslandIL547149,21220,52716,5689531,61249,600
77Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY537166,22534,65016,5826318,48339,700
91Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN706850,34023,43116,631530,73449,900
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN618151,69626,39316,66810036,63650,100
89University of Dallas, IrvingTX856348,30023,39216,7308832,75545,200
48DePauw University, GreencastleIN617557,27830,89516,7649127,00547,800
39Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA557657,69630,70716,8884123,91444,100
9Grinnell College, GrinnellIA288559,29837,15316,9684516,31545,600
63Furman University, GreenvilleSC698058,73431,66517,1666825,90347,500
70Beloit College, BeloitWI697153,94025,68817,2567328,76837,900
65Lawrence University, AppletonWI736653,85029,11118,0078033,75542,800
92Juniata College, HuntingdonPA747252,74024,99718,0548033,42145,200
98Hanover College, HanoverIN646646,19623,57718,2219031,00444,400
71Cornell College, Mount VernonIA746447,38923,44718,2928925,00441,900
85Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX496550,25826,12618,5149130,93547,200
43Denison University, GranvilleOH517959,51034,25418,5379227,77348,600
55Rhodes College, MemphisTN607655,09526,18318,6428427,07750,300
33Centre College, DanvilleKY728049,32025,49118,7668925,99445,000
90St. John's College, AnnapolisMD876760,63930,56419,2587128,73034,300
86Austin College, ShermanTX547249,27325,92619,2973436,95247,600
53College of Wooster, WoosterOH597056,60029,65719,3298924,50644,400
34Scripps College, ClaremontCA278065,06034,79219,7122320,06047,200
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY487862,86531,63620,2257626,79245,500
93Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA556148,59025,07920,3136431,99243,800
84Millsaps College, JacksonMS576249,02223,36320,3549029,02145,200
68Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA687349,38627,24522,1317027,76339,400
35Principia College, ElsahIL797639,25024,59122,6649123,732NA
96Hollins University, RoanokeVA576148,53528,32023,0678137,33237,000
36Lafayette College, EastonPA308862,68035,41223,4691327,49769,800
13University of Richmond, RichmondVA328060,31037,19923,6922822,55060,800
2Davidson College, DavidsonNC229061,11937,17023,8341522,00058,500
59Trinity College, HartfordCT337964,92041,68424,836628,23756,100
78Hendrix College, ConwayAR826453,21428,85525,7569130,15140,500
29College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA439060,62432,20733,808428,35463,700
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA208559,20241,47236,2931423,22477,600
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA178962,69040,31437,474221,86649,400
7Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT248764,07841,53248,032122,95950,900
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.