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#
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA9%85%$63,000$38,983$10,6181%$20,677$77,800
8Stanford University, StanfordCA57563,99643,16713,501121,23886,000
28University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA187767,83132,29119,3512827,92567,700
33Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA497762,86824,93713,8324327,40767,600
53Pepperdine University, MalibuCA387665,85237,02617,9793734,82059,200
71Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA517060,38619,97010,2935030,48754,100
84Chapman University, OrangeCA486564,63816,09616,6404827,85750,100
89University of San Diego, San DiegoCA526660,24225,01014,6563228,59856,900
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.