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Tool | March 2014

Kiplinger's Best College Values

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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. 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
Student
per
faculty
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
7Stanford University, StanfordCA7%580%$57,911$39,897$14,0100%†$18,833
9California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA1237955,36834,8310015,090
29University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA2097460,85028,34517,4912528,575
39Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA51127956,41219,98512,2284728,672
43Pepperdine University, MalibuCA38137359,29240,96118,2682630,101
69Point Loma Nazarene University, San DiegoCA56146141,88015,2378,0494431,851
71University of San Diego, San DiegoCA43166555,01222,91413,5222829,874
94Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA50116655,52518,9629,5844034,629
NA - Not available.
* Percentage of all undergraduates without need who received non-need-based aid.
† - Fewer than 15 students who received non-need-based aid.
# - For non-Mormons; $13,092 for Mormons.
SOURCE - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. © 2013 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.