Advertisement 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. SEE ALSO: College Finder Map| SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2016 Sort and compare the top 100 values in private universities. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by cost and financial-aid measures. For more information on a particular college, click the college's name. How We Rank the Best College Values FAQs on Our Rankings of Best College Values See Past Years' Rankings of Top Private College Values Select category: Private UniversitiesLiberal Arts CollegesPublic CollegesAll Colleges 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 Salaryyardstick# 7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA9%85%$60,084$37,557$00%$12,104$74,000 9Stanford University, StanfordCA57661,85241,6208,9800‡19,23080,900 26University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA187665,63230,65619,0142728,54166,100 30Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA497860,48923,15513,1204326,75967,700 41Pepperdine University, MalibuCA357563,65237,29318,9743131,88461,400 66University of San Diego, San DiegoCA466758,39224,43814,0252730,22556,300 72Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA536958,66319,4029,4325030,24355,600 92Chapman University, OrangeCA475862,65015,84217,0714427,97951,800 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%.§ - For non-Mormons; $13,472 for Mormons.NA - Not available.SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. (© 2015 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.