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#
72Marquette University, MilwaukeeWI74%58%$50,918$18,681$10,77283%$37,048$56,000
75Whitworth University, SpokaneWA846552,57224,33117,9698029,29741,100
91Seattle Pacific University, SeattleWA825351,20027,27121,3537328,14945,000
38Gonzaga University, SpokaneWA737351,98020,60913,5987829,45953,000
95Saint Michael's College, ColchesterVT766954,55523,03116,2958736,62546,600
52Liberty University, LynchburgVA213634,02610,6187,7633521,06735,600
24Brigham Young University, ProvoUT483118,860§5,0684,1133115,72057,200
79Southern Methodist University, DallasTX496767,28320,74621,7574930,82654,600
26Trinity University, San AntonioTX487253,31427,89917,9558136,62654,000
78LeTourneau University, LongviewTX454039,80016,54112,3411139,16748,300
6Rice University, HoustonTX168158,44836,02516,3991825,52864,500
64Baylor University, WacoTX445455,34421,22813,5467740,72148,200
4Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN128762,59840,26722,0302021,50660,700
92Lipscomb University, NashvilleTN614042,7963,70514,2866530,65838,000
86Belmont University, NashvilleTN805744,12013,1317,3303828,47741,800
77Union University, JacksonTN695542,1706,02812,5193131,78439,500
93Providence College, ProvidenceRI578161,70023,82519,2803437,74057,700
9Brown University, ProvidenceRI98366,10643,0459,907022,19759,700
16University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaPA108767,28041,5980026,15779,700
32Villanova University, VillanovaPA488763,47330,02014,5951133,58873,900
27Lehigh University, BethlehemPA307462,01034,87813,602934,94076,700
46Carnegie Mellon University, PittsburghPA247267,98031,41711,570631,44476,200
70Geneva College, Beaver FallsPA735236,35016,50310,4138032,94338,900
58University of Portland, PortlandOR627155,27222,68916,0198328,95353,800
74University of Tulsa, TulsaOK445253,8255,64817,8666437,00843,600
65Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma CityOK704942,04016,61214,4111528,46440,100
96Xavier University, CincinnatiOH726648,88016,82914,9137532,13147,300
59University of Dayton, DaytonOH586254,62022,64514,5416535,74050,600
47Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandOH366361,50428,34723,3766228,56268,600
45Franciscan University of Steubenville, SteubenvilleOH797035,18010,7275,9177330,87935,000
42New York University, New YorkNY338167,71027,69912,6881430,48058,800
66Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY426368,24430,94317,1566631,00079,600
98Clarkson University, PotsdamNY685361,80829,66321,0477229,00068,300
99St. John Fisher College, RochesterNY626144,72017,75511,2207133,87045,200
30University of Rochester, RochesterNY327466,34237,46713,7715530,87356,400
61Fordham University, New YorkNY487566,93025,49315,7244825,06956,200
82Niagara University, Niagara UniversityNY635644,70020,23114,1614530,83040,900
12Columbia University, New YorkNY68970,04847,4900025,16775,200
90St. Bonaventure University, St. BonaventureNY665444,60418,89912,5728935,62744,100
85Rochester Institute of Technology, RochesterNY573451,89220,00011,0004138,19859,300
100Ithaca College, IthacaNY676957,96624,76014,0886739,77150,400
14Cornell University, IthacaNY158665,81338,3770024,39472,100
73Marist College, PoughkeepsieNY456850,86016,3047,9264634,86553,300
83Syracuse University, SyracuseNY486861,67928,43510,9502236,50056,600
37Yeshiva University, New YorkNY806054,02926,02120,8093722,36456,000
60Stevens Institute of Technology, HobokenNJ443863,53813,29917,7517126,72283,700
1Princeton University, PrincetonNJ79061,14044,890008,57777,900
11Dartmouth College, HanoverNH118667,83944,7800019,13567,800
34Creighton University, OmahaNE707249,40621,28314,2557233,79257,100
2Duke University, DurhamNC118666,96344,72561,141519,10476,700
44Elon University, ElonNC577945,49914,1247,1622931,62246,500
25Wake Forest University, Winston-SalemNC298265,45640,74014,5161036,54659,800
48Maryville University of Saint Louis, St. LouisMO725638,04614,90011,3592632,07745,700
21Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisMO178666,34637,6176,8131524,24362,800
56Saint Louis University, St. LouisMO636452,56621,41515,0635533,48753,800
57Rockhurst University, Kansas CityMO746446,71021,57320,9672425,62145,600
49Drury University, SpringfieldMO654534,88515,1998,2497826,45131,700
68University of St. Thomas, St. PaulMN846050,35419,27916,1342440,40356,200
88Bethel University, St. PaulMN956246,45620,00611,5794934,80345,000
19Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD138867,10636,68727,941324,70265,900
87Loyola University Maryland, BaltimoreMD617661,71522,24514,9603434,37563,000
29Clark University, WorcesterMA557752,40026,62817,5236828,04842,800
31Bentley University, WalthamMA428362,15029,75517,8523529,54776,900
20Boston College, Chestnut HillMA298966,36436,75519,645420,84966,700
35Brandeis University, WalthamMA348066,92535,79817,4161330,85056,800
23Tufts University, MedfordMA168868,20039,908500226,18565,000
10Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88263,66239,7750023,48589,200
3Harvard University, CambridgeMA68664,56546,40924,686016,72395,500
62Emerson College, BostonMA497860,19617,92715,5031822,54344,900
50Boston University, BostonMA338066,11032,39717,9251040,36559,500
97Centenary College of Louisiana, ShreveportLA674649,61021,13616,7558425,77040,400
43Tulane University, New OrleansLA307266,05431,39723,8475432,04052,900
67Butler University, IndianapolisIN705352,62219,98712,9288735,52055,000
69University of Evansville, EvansvilleIN705846,85622,21717,5905431,01340,600
15University of Notre Dame, Notre DameIN209165,09335,80715,2301527,23770,100
18University of Chicago, ChicagoIL88670,54242,4670021,29164,000
54Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoIL533858,07629,73322,5957530,56969,300
22Northwestern University, EvanstonIL138267,96440,2082,905823,05164,400
81Bradley University, PeoriaIL665343,33015,80110,4675628,09351,400
39Drake University, Des MoinesIA676846,15617,77013,5147230,74255,700
13Emory University, AtlantaGA248362,66439,44028,745826,98359,400
51Mercer University, MaconGA674847,43624,77019,8307926,32146,800
80Rollins College, Winter ParkFL606462,22028,86117,9966829,45542,700
36University of Miami, Coral GablesFL386861,24411,66219,0714719,00054,500
76Howard University, WashingtonDC494039,9998,16525,0402632,07146,000
41George Washington University, WashingtonDC467665,72529,91718,7563433,08165,400
55American University, WashingtonDC357660,17923,61214,7881932,39455,900
17Georgetown University, WashingtonDC179066,70940,1040023,06784,000
5Yale University, New HavenCT78868,23047,9600015,52174,200
94Fairfield University, FairfieldCT657861,01024,47213,5275838,78068,500
63University of Denver, DenverCO736759,64329,64415,2536029,94751,700
89University of San Diego, San DiegoCA526660,24225,01014,6563228,59856,900
53Pepperdine University, MalibuCA387665,85237,02617,9793734,82059,200
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA98563,00038,98310,618120,67777,800
84Chapman University, OrangeCA486564,63816,09616,6404827,85750,100
33Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA497762,86824,93713,8324327,40767,600
28University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA187767,83132,29119,3512827,92567,700
71Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA517060,38619,97010,2935030,48754,100
8Stanford University, StanfordCA57563,99643,16713,501121,23886,000
40Samford University, BirminghamAL935940,23214,8049,6756723,77245,800
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.