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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Private Universities

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#
15University of Notre Dame, Notre DameIN20%91%$65,093$35,807$15,23015%$27,237$70,100
1Princeton University, PrincetonNJ79061,14044,890008,57777,900
17Georgetown University, WashingtonDC179066,70940,1040023,06784,000
12Columbia University, New YorkNY68970,04847,4900025,16775,200
20Boston College, Chestnut HillMA298966,36436,75519,645420,84966,700
19Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD138867,10636,68727,941324,70265,900
5Yale University, New HavenCT78868,23047,9600015,52174,200
23Tufts University, MedfordMA168868,20039,908500226,18565,000
32Villanova University, VillanovaPA488763,47330,02014,5951133,58873,900
16University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaPA108767,28041,5980026,15779,700
4Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN128762,59840,26722,0302021,50660,700
21Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisMO178666,34637,6176,8131524,24362,800
14Cornell University, IthacaNY158665,81338,3770024,39472,100
2Duke University, DurhamNC118666,96344,72561,141519,10476,700
11Dartmouth College, HanoverNH118667,83944,7800019,13567,800
3Harvard University, CambridgeMA68664,56546,40924,686016,72395,500
18University of Chicago, ChicagoIL88670,54242,4670021,29164,000
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA98563,00038,98310,618120,67777,800
31Bentley University, WalthamMA428362,15029,75517,8523529,54776,900
9Brown University, ProvidenceRI98366,10643,0459,907022,19759,700
13Emory University, AtlantaGA248362,66439,44028,745826,98359,400
25Wake Forest University, Winston-SalemNC298265,45640,74014,5161036,54659,800
22Northwestern University, EvanstonIL138267,96440,2082,905823,05164,400
10Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88263,66239,7750023,48589,200
93Providence College, ProvidenceRI578161,70023,82519,2803437,74057,700
6Rice University, HoustonTX168158,44836,02516,3991825,52864,500
42New York University, New YorkNY338167,71027,69912,6881430,48058,800
35Brandeis University, WalthamMA348066,92535,79817,4161330,85056,800
50Boston University, BostonMA338066,11032,39717,9251040,36559,500
44Elon University, ElonNC577945,49914,1247,1622931,62246,500
94Fairfield University, FairfieldCT657861,01024,47213,5275838,78068,500
62Emerson College, BostonMA497860,19617,92715,5031822,54344,900
29Clark University, WorcesterMA557752,40026,62817,5236828,04842,800
28University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA187767,83132,29119,3512827,92567,700
33Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA497762,86824,93713,8324327,40767,600
87Loyola University Maryland, BaltimoreMD617661,71522,24514,9603434,37563,000
55American University, WashingtonDC357660,17923,61214,7881932,39455,900
53Pepperdine University, MalibuCA387665,85237,02617,9793734,82059,200
41George Washington University, WashingtonDC467665,72529,91718,7563433,08165,400
8Stanford University, StanfordCA57563,99643,16713,501121,23886,000
61Fordham University, New YorkNY487566,93025,49315,7244825,06956,200
30University of Rochester, RochesterNY327466,34237,46713,7715530,87356,400
27Lehigh University, BethlehemPA307462,01034,87813,602934,94076,700
38Gonzaga University, SpokaneWA737351,98020,60913,5987829,45953,000
26Trinity University, San AntonioTX487253,31427,89917,9558136,62654,000
43Tulane University, New OrleansLA307266,05431,39723,8475432,04052,900
34Creighton University, OmahaNE707249,40621,28314,2557233,79257,100
46Carnegie Mellon University, PittsburghPA247267,98031,41711,570631,44476,200
58University of Portland, PortlandOR627155,27222,68916,0198328,95353,800
45Franciscan University of Steubenville, SteubenvilleOH797035,18010,7275,9177330,87935,000
71Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA517060,38619,97010,2935030,48754,100
100Ithaca College, IthacaNY676957,96624,76014,0886739,77150,400
95Saint Michael's College, ColchesterVT766954,55523,03116,2958736,62546,600
83Syracuse University, SyracuseNY486861,67928,43510,9502236,50056,600
39Drake University, Des MoinesIA676846,15617,77013,5147230,74255,700
36University of Miami, Coral GablesFL386861,24411,66219,0714719,00054,500
73Marist College, PoughkeepsieNY456850,86016,3047,9264634,86553,300
79Southern Methodist University, DallasTX496767,28320,74621,7574930,82654,600
63University of Denver, DenverCO736759,64329,64415,2536029,94751,700
96Xavier University, CincinnatiOH726648,88016,82914,9137532,13147,300
89University of San Diego, San DiegoCA526660,24225,01014,6563228,59856,900
84Chapman University, OrangeCA486564,63816,09616,6404827,85750,100
75Whitworth University, SpokaneWA846552,57224,33117,9698029,29741,100
80Rollins College, Winter ParkFL606462,22028,86117,9966829,45542,700
56Saint Louis University, St. LouisMO636452,56621,41515,0635533,48753,800
57Rockhurst University, Kansas CityMO746446,71021,57320,9672425,62145,600
47Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandOH366361,50428,34723,3766228,56268,600
66Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY426368,24430,94317,1566631,00079,600
88Bethel University, St. PaulMN956246,45620,00611,5794934,80345,000
59University of Dayton, DaytonOH586254,62022,64514,5416535,74050,600
99St. John Fisher College, RochesterNY626144,72017,75511,2207133,87045,200
68University of St. Thomas, St. PaulMN846050,35419,27916,1342440,40356,200
37Yeshiva University, New YorkNY806054,02926,02120,8093722,36456,000
40Samford University, BirminghamAL935940,23214,8049,6756723,77245,800
72Marquette University, MilwaukeeWI745850,91818,68110,7728337,04856,000
69University of Evansville, EvansvilleIN705846,85622,21717,5905431,01340,600
86Belmont University, NashvilleTN805744,12013,1317,3303828,47741,800
82Niagara University, Niagara UniversityNY635644,70020,23114,1614530,83040,900
48Maryville University of Saint Louis, St. LouisMO725638,04614,90011,3592632,07745,700
77Union University, JacksonTN695542,1706,02812,5193131,78439,500
90St. Bonaventure University, St. BonaventureNY665444,60418,89912,5728935,62744,100
64Baylor University, WacoTX445455,34421,22813,5467740,72148,200
67Butler University, IndianapolisIN705352,62219,98712,9288735,52055,000
91Seattle Pacific University, SeattleWA825351,20027,27121,3537328,14945,000
81Bradley University, PeoriaIL665343,33015,80110,4675628,09351,400
98Clarkson University, PotsdamNY685361,80829,66321,0477229,00068,300
70Geneva College, Beaver FallsPA735236,35016,50310,4138032,94338,900
74University of Tulsa, TulsaOK445253,8255,64817,8666437,00843,600
65Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma CityOK704942,04016,61214,4111528,46440,100
51Mercer University, MaconGA674847,43624,77019,8307926,32146,800
97Centenary College of Louisiana, ShreveportLA674649,61021,13616,7558425,77040,400
49Drury University, SpringfieldMO654534,88515,1998,2497826,45131,700
92Lipscomb University, NashvilleTN614042,7963,70514,2866530,65838,000
76Howard University, WashingtonDC494039,9998,16525,0402632,07146,000
78LeTourneau University, LongviewTX454039,80016,54112,3411139,16748,300
60Stevens Institute of Technology, HobokenNJ443863,53813,29917,7517126,72283,700
54Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoIL533858,07629,73322,5957530,56969,300
52Liberty University, LynchburgVA213634,02610,6187,7633521,06735,600
85Rochester Institute of Technology, RochesterNY573451,89220,00011,0004138,19859,300
24Brigham Young University, ProvoUT483118,860§5,0684,1133115,72057,200
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.