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#
3Harvard University, CambridgeMA6%86%$64,565$46,409$24,6860%$16,723$95,500
10Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88263,66239,7750023,48589,200
20Boston College, Chestnut HillMA298966,36436,75519,645420,84966,700
23Tufts University, MedfordMA168868,20039,908500226,18565,000
29Clark University, WorcesterMA557752,40026,62817,5236828,04842,800
31Bentley University, WalthamMA428362,15029,75517,8523529,54776,900
35Brandeis University, WalthamMA348066,92535,79817,4161330,85056,800
50Boston University, BostonMA338066,11032,39717,9251040,36559,500
62Emerson College, BostonMA497860,19617,92715,5031822,54344,900
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.