Tool | December 2016

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities, or create your own custom lists of individual colleges or schools from a particular state.

Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by critical cost and financial-aid metrics. For more information on a particular college, click the college's name for a complete data sheet.

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Public Colleges

Rank
(in-
state)
Rank
(out-of-
state)
Name
State
Admit rate
4-yr-
grad rate
Total cost
per yr. (in-
state)
Cost after need-
based aid
(in-
state)
Total cost
per yr.
(out-of-
state)
Cost after need-
based aid
(out-of-
state)
Avg.
debt at
graduation
Salary
yardstick#
22University of VirginiaVA30%87%$28,433 $8,296$57,774$37,637$24,905$60,100
46College of William and MaryVA348234,38919,31654,90039,82726,01755,000
3635Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA736222,48615,67739,00532,19628,87359,000
6261James Madison UniversityVA736620,65213,57236,42629,34625,67752,600
7377Christopher Newport UniversityVA605725,20818,59236,83430,21828,96842,500
90100George Mason UniversityVA694623,23017,13844,51238,42027,37357,300
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.
NA - Information not available.


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2016 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.