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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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#
9Stanford University, StanfordCA5%76%$61,852$41,620$8,9800%$19,230$80,900
2Harvard University, CambridgeMA68661,65944,43020,827015,11787,200
5Yale University, New HavenCT68763,25045,7100014,85366,000
1Princeton University, PrincetonNJ79058,66042,097006,60075,100
8Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88161,43437,0900019,06491,600
7California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA98560,08437,5570012,10474,000
12Brown University, ProvidenceRI98563,49640,9179,452024,30059,700
13University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaPA108764,77640,0440019,44278,200
6Duke University, DurhamNC118764,59341,91020,7142120,55676,700
11Dartmouth College, HanoverNH128865,09442,2630021,53367,100
3Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN138861,47039,95322,3722020,79060,900
15Northwestern University, EvanstonIL138565,60337,6742,480819,86464,100
14Cornell University, IthacaNY148763,68437,5590021,41170,900
4Rice University, HoustonTX158256,70334,95413,7302122,24159,900
18Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD158864,96034,46230,165323,62769,200
17Georgetown University, WashingtonDC179164,38536,8780022,46483,300
22Tufts University, MedfordMA178865,30837,147500326,61667,800
20Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisMO179064,35035,5558,6651823,85862,300
26University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA187665,63230,65619,0142728,54166,100
16University of Notre Dame, Notre DameIN219062,82533,02515,8041226,67469,400
46Carnegie Mellon University, PittsburghPA257265,89530,06810,867631,90572,000
10Emory University, AtlantaGA278460,66837,65722,538524,74159,000
48Tulane University, New OrleansLA287064,02228,23321,3253731,65352,400
19Boston College, Chestnut HillMA348863,93034,72919,189321,09967,000
24Wake Forest University, Winston-SalemNC348362,07835,55116,0551034,74561,000
23Lehigh University, BethlehemPA347659,51032,99512,424931,87776,800
47Boston University, BostonMA358063,95629,85417,5941139,16660,600
53New York University, New YorkNY357266,40024,2467,512927,97758,800
41Pepperdine University, MalibuCA357563,65237,29318,9743131,88461,400
34Brandeis University, WalthamMA358564,45432,27617,8951028,85558,800
28University of Rochester, RochesterNY367363,96635,07613,6175330,60455,500
39Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandOH386459,61026,98322,0876133,34367,000
79Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY386166,17228,52715,8607041,81481,700
37University of Miami, Coral GablesFL386959,72025,95018,8463526,79352,400
57Marist College, PoughkeepsieNY396849,00015,4477,6194634,80154,400
54University of Tulsa, TulsaOK405251,4015,86217,8296429,16143,200
38George Washington University, WashingtonDC447263,76029,91718,7563631,12864,500
44Stevens Institute of Technology, HobokenNJ444061,69013,30817,7657826,72282,800
66University of San Diego, San DiegoCA466758,39224,43814,0252730,22556,300
52American University, WashingtonDC467658,25722,75713,9892132,54655,900
31Bentley University, WalthamMA468359,80529,02516,7613330,60274,900
21Brigham Young University, ProvoUT473018,622§4,8973,9443714,02157,400
92Chapman University, OrangeCA475862,65015,84217,0714427,97951,800
25Trinity University, San AntonioTX487251,21825,80916,5838135,31853,200
83Fordham University, New YorkNY487564,67923,88314,5944435,17055,400
93Howard University, WashingtonDC484240,7847,29124,8352532,07146,500
30Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA497860,48923,15513,1204326,75967,700
35Villanova University, VillanovaPA498561,27329,62914,0671135,12273,700
76LeTourneau University, LongviewTX493539,03015,1228,0371538,21150,000
43Emerson College, BostonMA497757,75217,14014,6751823,60644,800
59Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoIL512856,06628,26219,8546531,90768,200
74Southern Methodist University, DallasTX526764,76519,67420,4794934,67152,200
62Simmons College, BostonMA526752,70023,63614,0304926,00051,400
72Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA536958,66319,4029,4325030,24355,600
82Syracuse University, SyracuseNY536959,61026,77010,2902134,58456,600
27Clark University, WorcesterMA547250,94025,82616,3626824,99044,100
29Elon University, ElonNC547644,07013,7226,6032827,17644,500
94Lipscomb University, NashvilleTN564541,1563,79913,4356130,48039,000
97Rollins College, Winter ParkFL576359,91426,63519,1345526,68942,200
80Rochester Institute of Technology, RochesterNY573049,56419,00010,0003826,00056,900
55University of Dayton, DaytonOH595952,28020,50812,5406335,27852,300
58Saint Louis University, St. LouisMO606151,06620,29113,8805235,61555,200
89Loyola University Maryland, BaltimoreMD607759,92522,56514,6752734,19062,100
77Clarkson University, PotsdamNY625859,89029,17919,1917428,00068,400
69Providence College, ProvidenceRI638359,73022,86020,0503132,47559,600
75Loyola University Chicago, ChicagoIL636554,93618,87513,2205231,08950,600
51University of Portland, PortlandOR637353,11221,98114,9658326,55751,700
67Bradley University, PeoriaIL645142,38015,01610,0127027,27752,400
91Baldwin Wallace University, BereaOH645139,79216,20112,0804832,52644,000
88Centenary College of Louisiana, ShreveportLA664247,45021,90915,8639827,69239,300
63Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma CityOK664941,90816,08218,9315027,81939,400
60Marquette University, MilwaukeeWI675949,39817,78210,2948335,21155,600
65Mercer University, MaconGA675047,11024,04319,1457430,01846,600
42Gonzaga University, SpokaneWA687349,91719,30512,0838729,51352,800
50Butler University, IndianapolisIN686250,06518,70411,9798235,79752,400
95St. John Fisher College, RochesterNY686143,25015,06010,0617632,98244,800
36Drake University, Des MoinesIA697044,39216,66912,8897231,54655,700
68Union University, JacksonTN695939,8805,88612,8893229,18737,400
99Nazareth College of Rochester, RochesterNY706545,80315,32715,5947035,39643,900
96St. Bonaventure University, St. BonaventureNY705543,31718,89912,5729135,62745,200
78Geneva College, Beaver FallsPA715336,08015,1899,9524032,67337,500
56Maryville University of Saint Louis, St. LouisMO724938,99814,3239,5593231,69644,500
81Fairfield University, FairfieldCT727759,54515,68215,4525527,91869,000
33Creighton University, OmahaNE737147,91622,66514,2006833,42857,800
100Xavier University, CincinnatiOH736347,46015,74513,7746934,36548,800
71Duquesne University, PittsburghPA736546,59618,05910,8047634,52254,300
64Whitworth University, SpokaneWA756550,69822,97416,8977826,13241,200
61University of Denver, DenverCO766657,62028,59714,7245829,05051,400
70Rockhurst University, Kansas CityMO776245,8903,20920,6362024,97147,600
45Franciscan University of Steubenville, SteubenvilleOH786134,2809,9885,4385532,44335,500
86Saint Michael's College, ColchesterVT807353,00521,99914,5256436,96746,300
40Drury University, SpringfieldMO814634,49514,9878,2637725,33632,200
32Yeshiva University, New YorkNY825952,00426,23221,8403624,10155,600
84Valparaiso University, ValparaisoIN826047,88022,43313,0036235,44948,100
49Samford University, BirminghamAL824838,77014,0469,6366726,54345,800
73Belmont University, NashvilleTN835640,97012,0967,4383228,30639,100
90University of Evansville, EvansvilleIN835345,38622,77817,0456029,44140,000
85Seattle Pacific University, SeattleWA836048,48025,94720,2776628,84443,900
87University of St. Thomas, St. PaulMN876048,52518,35215,0982437,13154,300
98Bethel University, St. PaulMN956345,06018,21710,4974933,68544,000
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.