Tool December 2016

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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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#
3Harvard University, CambridgeMA6%86%$64,565$46,409$24,6860%$16,723$95,500
10Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88263,66239,7750023,48589,200
8Stanford University, StanfordCA57563,99643,16713,501121,23886,000
17Georgetown University, WashingtonDC179066,70940,1040023,06784,000
60Stevens Institute of Technology, HobokenNJ443863,53813,29917,7517126,72283,700
16University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaPA108767,28041,5980026,15779,700
66Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY426368,24430,94317,1566631,00079,600
1Princeton University, PrincetonNJ79061,14044,890008,57777,900
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA98563,00038,98310,618120,67777,800
31Bentley University, WalthamMA428362,15029,75517,8523529,54776,900
27Lehigh University, BethlehemPA307462,01034,87813,602934,94076,700
2Duke University, DurhamNC118666,96344,72561,141519,10476,700
46Carnegie Mellon University, PittsburghPA247267,98031,41711,570631,44476,200
12Columbia University, New YorkNY68970,04847,4900025,16775,200
5Yale University, New HavenCT78868,23047,9600015,52174,200
32Villanova University, VillanovaPA488763,47330,02014,5951133,58873,900
14Cornell University, IthacaNY158665,81338,3770024,39472,100
15University of Notre Dame, Notre DameIN209165,09335,80715,2301527,23770,100
54Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoIL533858,07629,73322,5957530,56969,300
47Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandOH366361,50428,34723,3766228,56268,600
94Fairfield University, FairfieldCT657861,01024,47213,5275838,78068,500
98Clarkson University, PotsdamNY685361,80829,66321,0477229,00068,300
11Dartmouth College, HanoverNH118667,83944,7800019,13567,800
28University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA187767,83132,29119,3512827,92567,700
33Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA497762,86824,93713,8324327,40767,600
20Boston College, Chestnut HillMA298966,36436,75519,645420,84966,700
19Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD138867,10636,68727,941324,70265,900
41George Washington University, WashingtonDC467665,72529,91718,7563433,08165,400
23Tufts University, MedfordMA168868,20039,908500226,18565,000
6Rice University, HoustonTX168158,44836,02516,3991825,52864,500
22Northwestern University, EvanstonIL138267,96440,2082,905823,05164,400
18University of Chicago, ChicagoIL88670,54242,4670021,29164,000
87Loyola University Maryland, BaltimoreMD617661,71522,24514,9603434,37563,000
21Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisMO178666,34637,6176,8131524,24362,800
4Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN128762,59840,26722,0302021,50660,700
25Wake Forest University, Winston-SalemNC298265,45640,74014,5161036,54659,800
9Brown University, ProvidenceRI98366,10643,0459,907022,19759,700
50Boston University, BostonMA338066,11032,39717,9251040,36559,500
13Emory University, AtlantaGA248362,66439,44028,745826,98359,400
85Rochester Institute of Technology, RochesterNY573451,89220,00011,0004138,19859,300
53Pepperdine University, MalibuCA387665,85237,02617,9793734,82059,200
42New York University, New YorkNY338167,71027,69912,6881430,48058,800
93Providence College, ProvidenceRI578161,70023,82519,2803437,74057,700
24Brigham Young University, ProvoUT483118,860§5,0684,1133115,72057,200
34Creighton University, OmahaNE707249,40621,28314,2557233,79257,100
89University of San Diego, San DiegoCA526660,24225,01014,6563228,59856,900
35Brandeis University, WalthamMA348066,92535,79817,4161330,85056,800
83Syracuse University, SyracuseNY486861,67928,43510,9502236,50056,600
30University of Rochester, RochesterNY327466,34237,46713,7715530,87356,400
68University of St. Thomas, St. PaulMN846050,35419,27916,1342440,40356,200
61Fordham University, New YorkNY487566,93025,49315,7244825,06956,200
72Marquette University, MilwaukeeWI745850,91818,68110,7728337,04856,000
37Yeshiva University, New YorkNY806054,02926,02120,8093722,36456,000
55American University, WashingtonDC357660,17923,61214,7881932,39455,900
39Drake University, Des MoinesIA676846,15617,77013,5147230,74255,700
67Butler University, IndianapolisIN705352,62219,98712,9288735,52055,000
79Southern Methodist University, DallasTX496767,28320,74621,7574930,82654,600
36University of Miami, Coral GablesFL386861,24411,66219,0714719,00054,500
71Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA517060,38619,97010,2935030,48754,100
26Trinity University, San AntonioTX487253,31427,89917,9558136,62654,000
58University of Portland, PortlandOR627155,27222,68916,0198328,95353,800
56Saint Louis University, St. LouisMO636452,56621,41515,0635533,48753,800
73Marist College, PoughkeepsieNY456850,86016,3047,9264634,86553,300
38Gonzaga University, SpokaneWA737351,98020,60913,5987829,45953,000
43Tulane University, New OrleansLA307266,05431,39723,8475432,04052,900
63University of Denver, DenverCO736759,64329,64415,2536029,94751,700
81Bradley University, PeoriaIL665343,33015,80110,4675628,09351,400
59University of Dayton, DaytonOH586254,62022,64514,5416535,74050,600
100Ithaca College, IthacaNY676957,96624,76014,0886739,77150,400
84Chapman University, OrangeCA486564,63816,09616,6404827,85750,100
78LeTourneau University, LongviewTX454039,80016,54112,3411139,16748,300
64Baylor University, WacoTX445455,34421,22813,5467740,72148,200
96Xavier University, CincinnatiOH726648,88016,82914,9137532,13147,300
51Mercer University, MaconGA674847,43624,77019,8307926,32146,800
95Saint Michael's College, ColchesterVT766954,55523,03116,2958736,62546,600
44Elon University, ElonNC577945,49914,1247,1622931,62246,500
76Howard University, WashingtonDC494039,9998,16525,0402632,07146,000
40Samford University, BirminghamAL935940,23214,8049,6756723,77245,800
48Maryville University of Saint Louis, St. LouisMO725638,04614,90011,3592632,07745,700
57Rockhurst University, Kansas CityMO746446,71021,57320,9672425,62145,600
99St. John Fisher College, RochesterNY626144,72017,75511,2207133,87045,200
91Seattle Pacific University, SeattleWA825351,20027,27121,3537328,14945,000
88Bethel University, St. PaulMN956246,45620,00611,5794934,80345,000
62Emerson College, BostonMA497860,19617,92715,5031822,54344,900
90St. Bonaventure University, St. BonaventureNY665444,60418,89912,5728935,62744,100
74University of Tulsa, TulsaOK445253,8255,64817,8666437,00843,600
29Clark University, WorcesterMA557752,40026,62817,5236828,04842,800
80Rollins College, Winter ParkFL606462,22028,86117,9966829,45542,700
86Belmont University, NashvilleTN805744,12013,1317,3303828,47741,800
75Whitworth University, SpokaneWA846552,57224,33117,9698029,29741,100
82Niagara University, Niagara UniversityNY635644,70020,23114,1614530,83040,900
69University of Evansville, EvansvilleIN705846,85622,21717,5905431,01340,600
97Centenary College of Louisiana, ShreveportLA674649,61021,13616,7558425,77040,400
65Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma CityOK704942,04016,61214,4111528,46440,100
77Union University, JacksonTN695542,1706,02812,5193131,78439,500
70Geneva College, Beaver FallsPA735236,35016,50310,4138032,94338,900
92Lipscomb University, NashvilleTN614042,7963,70514,2866530,65838,000
52Liberty University, LynchburgVA213634,02610,6187,7633521,06735,600
45Franciscan University of Steubenville, SteubenvilleOH797035,18010,7275,9177330,87935,000
49Drury University, SpringfieldMO654534,88515,1998,2497826,45131,700
Cost Data - through November 11, 2016
# - 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%.
§ - For non-Mormons; $13,560 for Mormons.
NA - Not available.


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2016 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.