Tool | December 2015

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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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#
2Harvard University, CambridgeMA6%86%$61,659$44,430$20,8270%$15,117$87,200
8Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88161,43437,0900019,06491,600
19Boston College, Chestnut HillMA348863,93034,72919,189321,09967,000
22Tufts University, MedfordMA178865,30837,147500326,61667,800
27Clark University, WorcesterMA547250,94025,82616,3626824,99044,100
31Bentley University, WalthamMA468359,80529,02516,7613330,60274,900
34Brandeis University, WalthamMA358564,45432,27617,8951028,85558,800
43Emerson College, BostonMA497757,75217,14014,6751823,60644,800
47Boston University, BostonMA358063,95629,85417,5941139,16660,600
62Simmons College, BostonMA526752,70023,63614,0304926,00051,400
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.