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Tool | December 2015

Kiplinger's Best College Values

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.

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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#
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA9%85%$60,084$37,557$00%$12,104$74,000
9Stanford University, StanfordCA57661,85241,6208,980019,23080,900
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.