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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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#
90100George Mason UniversityVA69%46%$23,230 $17,138$44,512$38,420$27,373$57,300
7799University of OregonOR745024,09416,32446,77439,00425,04941,700
6998University of California, RiversideCA564831,68113,96958,36340,65121,46447,200
7997University of IowaIA815119,63311,68139,87131,91928,77149,100
10096University of North Carolina at GreensboroNC593216,57810,62331,44025,48526,12336,000
5095University of California, Santa CruzCA515530,41611,08157,09837,76322,58043,000
5894University of VermontVT716830,07815,06453,14238,12827,00643,900
4793University of Colorado BoulderCO804726,92116,67350,46940,22125,60547,700
9392University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC793617,07310,42333,46826,81823,48334,500
9991West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPA594319,65614,23130,74825,32332,03146,100
9690Texas Tech UniversityTX633519,50612,07631,72624,29629,19347,500
9189Arizona State University at the West campusAZ765021,77313,53337,06828,82821,797NA
5588Indiana University BloomingtonIN786021,71911,14445,57735,00227,68144,700
8587University of North GeorgiaGA643018,68012,88032,22226,42211,679NA
8686Temple UniversityPA564328,57222,18239,56433,17437,37247,200
6585Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLA774123,51412,62740,19129,30424,50945,800
9284Western Washington UniversityWA824019,1049,84332,84523,58422,35743,600
9883Western Carolina UniversityNC403716,64210,41827,03520,81126,57835,800
7082Arizona State University at the Tempe campusAZ834522,85913,26338,95929,36322,97245,100
9781State University of New York at PlattsburghNY504421,27613,86031,12623,71028,43839,500
8880University of MississippiMS793918,94610,96833,21425,23627,53540,500
8179University of Nebraska — LincolnNE763320,22012,89534,74027,41523,30743,500
6178University of UtahUT812819,15612,24637,67730,76719,05649,500
7377Christopher Newport UniversityVA605725,20818,59236,83430,21828,96842,500
7676University of LouisvilleKY722620,59411,57135,61626,59323,48838,500
8475Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMO882320,25312,52937,52129,79729,31264,100
5774University at Buffalo, the State University of New YorkNY605524,31818,88341,55836,12319,50048,400
3873Michigan State UniversityMI665124,87315,10548,70038,93226,09149,900
7872Louisiana Tech UniversityLA643216,5427,25633,27623,99024,17940,700
9571Purchase College, State University of New YorkNY414922,54813,07931,86822,39928,36834,400
4970University of TennesseeTN764324,56015,24242,98033,66224,27242,300
8269Oklahoma State UniversityOK753418,02411,10832,14625,23024,09543,800
4368Auburn UniversityAL784424,79417,10442,93835,24828,17045,700
7467University of North FloridaFL572717,36611,03531,77025,43919,39641,100
3066University of California, DavisCA385830,48512,89457,16739,57619,58856,400
4465Penn State University ParkPA516431,60024,45646,08238,93835,97247,700
7264Florida International UniversityFL502818,94412,95531,34225,35318,91843,700
6763University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD593823,68215,51036,91028,73826,39153,700
6862University of North Carolina WilmingtonNC615018,11611,80432,08425,77226,23439,400
6261James Madison UniversityVA736620,65213,57236,42629,34625,67752,600
4860University of South CarolinaSC655522,56217,58741,99037,01528,51742,200
9459University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK662914,1205,51724,47015,86720,07432,000
5458University of OklahomaOK783821,87515,90036,19730,22227,25546,700
4557St. Mary's College of MarylandMD796727,83418,06342,98233,21122,40147,700
3256University of Texas at DallasTX614824,03015,30445,52236,79621,17449,700
4255Texas A&M UniversityTX665121,45211,63441,63031,81224,27653,900
6054University of AlabamaAL544121,22010,47537,70026,95529,32041,900
7553State University of New York at New PaltzNY425721,35416,41131,20426,26125,88543,600
4652University of Massachusetts AmherstMA586628,59718,69245,83035,92531,95849,300
8351Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyIA874117,57010,51130,93423,87527,57147,800
6350Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ536027,46917,39736,46926,39710,71546,000
8949University of Wisconsin — La CrosseWI803615,3679,92123,88818,44225,80544,700
5648University of ArkansasAR603920,19813,33034,54627,67824,76843,400
5347University of MissouriMO784621,16011,70037,53428,07426,06046,000
3946University of DelawareDE636825,69816,64045,11836,06034,10154,900
5945San Diego State UniversityCA343023,71413,81434,87424,97420,10047,400
2344University of California, IrvineCA397230,46811,87557,15038,55720,62854,500
6443Queens College of the City University of New YorkNY402822,32214,83529,43221,94514,30747,500
7142Appalachian State UniversityNC664615,9367,69830,45222,21422,69636,400
8741University of Minnesota, MorrisMN605121,66011,22923,66013,22926,08738,900
5140University of Central FloridaFL494117,07411,81733,17327,91621,82442,900
5239California State University, Long BeachCA341220,75614,26930,42823,94116,07746,500
8038Hunter College of the City University of New YorkNY392516,3288,46623,88816,02613,00045,000
2737University of ConnecticutCT537027,35217,25049,14439,04224,99954,000
4136University of PittsburghPA546430,24821,91441,38833,05438,04548,800
3635Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA736222,48615,67739,00532,19628,87359,000
3334Rutgers University — New BrunswickNJ585827,98217,28443,63332,93525,33454,500
2533Miami UniversityOH656528,37618,83346,19636,65330,01545,500
3532Stony Brook University, State University of New YorkNY414822,78115,01640,02132,25623,59255,000
1731University of California, San DiegoCA345828,70410,55755,38637,23921,66059,000
3430Purdue UniversityIN594721,2528,41840,05427,22027,71154,300
2429Clemson UniversitySC516124,34415,39844,22635,28030,27050,800
1428University of California, Santa BarbaraCA336829,10910,41155,79137,09320,97851,400
6627University of South FloridaFL454317,31010,14128,22421,05522,89941,000
1326University of Texas at AustinTX395220,87611,78846,52837,44025,34953,000
2625Baruch College of the City University of New YorkNY324225,32018,05135,79028,5217,91554,900
1224University of WashingtonWA536323,2697,76947,30731,80721,18053,700
4023State University of New York College at GeneseoNY736921,44015,32431,29025,17422,30046,200
2922College of New JerseyNJ497229,87518,23941,05229,41636,99456,000
1921New College of FloridaFL616317,1258,37340,15331,40114,929NA
1620University of Illinois at Urbana — ChampaignIL667128,20614,50443,82830,12625,44856,600
2219Ohio State UniversityOH495922,93713,30442,12932,49627,40042,900
1118University of Wisconsin — MadisonWI495722,13411,96544,38434,21526,99451,600
2117California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoCA314223,43019,90534,59031,06521,67861,800
3716New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNM242015,91110,41629,06123,56620,61154,300
915Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA324024,16014,05244,35234,24425,18274,500
614University of California, Los AngelesCA177429,54110,57556,22337,25721,59659,600
513University of MichiganMI267526,95211,55257,33041,93026,03457,400
2812Florida State UniversityFL566217,8119,89432,97725,06022,91244,000
1011University of GeorgiaGA536322,25613,33340,46631,54322,08747,300
810University of Maryland, College ParkMD457023,13913,85145,00335,71526,81860,500
189North Carolina State UniversityNC504420,59610,68338,11528,20217,46147,600
158Binghamton University, State University of New YorkNY426923,86115,31038,94130,39025,84457,400
37University of California, BerkeleyCA157330,81311,72657,49538,40817,86960,800
46College of William and MaryVA348234,38919,31654,90039,82726,01755,000
315Truman State UniversityMO795517,33910,16823,82316,65224,22043,000
204University of Minnesota, Twin Cities CampusMN455924,51914,60034,18324,26426,00648,300
73University of FloridaFL486617,50110,52639,77932,80421,02851,100
22University of VirginiaVA308728,4338,29657,77437,63724,90560,100
11University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC308221,4944,25046,57629,33220,12751,000
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.


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