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#
1118University of Wisconsin — MadisonWI49%57%$22,134 $11,965$44,384$34,215$26,994$51,600
8949University of Wisconsin — La CrosseWI803615,3679,92123,88818,44225,80544,700
1224University of WashingtonWA536323,2697,76947,30731,80721,18053,700
9284Western Washington UniversityWA824019,1049,84332,84523,58422,35743,600
5894University of VermontVT716830,07815,06453,14238,12827,00643,900
7377Christopher Newport UniversityVA605725,20818,59236,83430,21828,96842,500
3635Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA736222,48615,67739,00532,19628,87359,000
90100George Mason UniversityVA694623,23017,13844,51238,42027,37357,300
46College of William and MaryVA348234,38919,31654,90039,82726,01755,000
6261James Madison UniversityVA736620,65213,57236,42629,34625,67752,600
22University of VirginiaVA308728,4338,29657,77437,63724,90560,100
6178University of UtahUT812819,15612,24637,67730,76719,05649,500
4255Texas A&M UniversityTX665121,45211,63441,63031,81224,27653,900
1326University of Texas at AustinTX395220,87611,78846,52837,44025,34953,000
9690Texas Tech UniversityTX633519,50612,07631,72624,29629,19347,500
3256University of Texas at DallasTX614824,03015,30445,52236,79621,17449,700
4970University of TennesseeTN764324,56015,24242,98033,66224,27242,300
4860University of South CarolinaSC655522,56217,58741,99037,01528,51742,200
2429Clemson UniversitySC516124,34415,39844,22635,28030,27050,800
8686Temple UniversityPA564328,57222,18239,56433,17437,37247,200
4136University of PittsburghPA546430,24821,91441,38833,05438,04548,800
4465Penn State University ParkPA516431,60024,45646,08238,93835,97247,700
9991West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPA594319,65614,23130,74825,32332,03146,100
7799University of OregonOR745024,09416,32446,77439,00425,04941,700
5458University of OklahomaOK783821,87515,90036,19730,22227,25546,700
8269Oklahoma State UniversityOK753418,02411,10832,14625,23024,09543,800
9459University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK662914,1205,51724,47015,86720,07432,000
2533Miami UniversityOH656528,37618,83346,19636,65330,01545,500
2219Ohio State UniversityOH495922,93713,30442,12932,49627,40042,900
6443Queens College of the City University of New YorkNY402822,32214,83529,43221,94514,30747,500
158Binghamton University, State University of New YorkNY426923,86115,31038,94130,39025,84457,400
4023State University of New York College at GeneseoNY736921,44015,32431,29025,17422,30046,200
9571Purchase College, State University of New YorkNY414922,54813,07931,86822,39928,36834,400
3532Stony Brook University, State University of New YorkNY414822,78115,01640,02132,25623,59255,000
9781State University of New York at PlattsburghNY504421,27613,86031,12623,71028,43839,500
2625Baruch College of the City University of New YorkNY324225,32018,05135,79028,5217,91554,900
8038Hunter College of the City University of New YorkNY392516,3288,46623,88816,02613,00045,000
7553State University of New York at New PaltzNY425721,35416,41131,20426,26125,88543,600
5774University at Buffalo, the State University of New YorkNY605524,31818,88341,55836,12319,50048,400
3716New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNM242015,91110,41629,06123,56620,61154,300
3334Rutgers University — New BrunswickNJ585827,98217,28443,63332,93525,33454,500
2922College of New JerseyNJ497229,87518,23941,05229,41636,99456,000
6350Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ536027,46917,39736,46926,39710,71546,000
8179University of Nebraska — LincolnNE763320,22012,89534,74027,41523,30743,500
189North Carolina State UniversityNC504420,59610,68338,11528,20217,46147,600
9392University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC793617,07310,42333,46826,81823,48334,500
6862University of North Carolina WilmingtonNC615018,11611,80432,08425,77226,23439,400
7142Appalachian State UniversityNC664615,9367,69830,45222,21422,69636,400
9883Western Carolina UniversityNC403716,64210,41827,03520,81126,57835,800
10096University of North Carolina at GreensboroNC593216,57810,62331,44025,48526,12336,000
11University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC308221,4944,25046,57629,33220,12751,000
8880University of MississippiMS793918,94610,96833,21425,23627,53540,500
5347University of MissouriMO784621,16011,70037,53428,07426,06046,000
8475Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMO882320,25312,52937,52129,79729,31264,100
315Truman State UniversityMO795517,33910,16823,82316,65224,22043,000
8741University of Minnesota, MorrisMN605121,66011,22923,66013,22926,08738,900
204University of Minnesota, Twin Cities CampusMN455924,51914,60034,18324,26426,00648,300
513University of MichiganMI267526,95211,55257,33041,93026,03457,400
3873Michigan State UniversityMI665124,87315,10548,70038,93226,09149,900
810University of Maryland, College ParkMD457023,13913,85145,00335,71526,81860,500
4557St. Mary's College of MarylandMD796727,83418,06342,98233,21122,40147,700
6763University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD593823,68215,51036,91028,73826,39153,700
4652University of Massachusetts AmherstMA586628,59718,69245,83035,92531,95849,300
7872Louisiana Tech UniversityLA643216,5427,25633,27623,99024,17940,700
6585Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLA774123,51412,62740,19129,30424,50945,800
7676University of LouisvilleKY722620,59411,57135,61626,59323,48838,500
5588Indiana University BloomingtonIN786021,71911,14445,57735,00227,68144,700
3430Purdue UniversityIN594721,2528,41840,05427,22027,71154,300
1620University of Illinois at Urbana — ChampaignIL667128,20614,50443,82830,12625,44856,600
7997University of IowaIA815119,63311,68139,87131,91928,77149,100
8351Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyIA874117,57010,51130,93423,87527,57147,800
8587University of North GeorgiaGA643018,68012,88032,22226,42211,679NA
915Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA324024,16014,05244,35234,24425,18274,500
1011University of GeorgiaGA536322,25613,33340,46631,54322,08747,300
73University of FloridaFL486617,50110,52639,77932,80421,02851,100
1921New College of FloridaFL616317,1258,37340,15331,40114,929NA
5140University of Central FloridaFL494117,07411,81733,17327,91621,82442,900
2812Florida State UniversityFL566217,8119,89432,97725,06022,91244,000
6627University of South FloridaFL454317,31010,14128,22421,05522,89941,000
7264Florida International UniversityFL502818,94412,95531,34225,35318,91843,700
7467University of North FloridaFL572717,36611,03531,77025,43919,39641,100
3946University of DelawareDE636825,69816,64045,11836,06034,10154,900
2737University of ConnecticutCT537027,35217,25049,14439,04224,99954,000
4793University of Colorado BoulderCO804726,92116,67350,46940,22125,60547,700
3066University of California, DavisCA385830,48512,89457,16739,57619,58856,400
37University of California, BerkeleyCA157330,81311,72657,49538,40817,86960,800
614University of California, Los AngelesCA177429,54110,57556,22337,25721,59659,600
5095University of California, Santa CruzCA515530,41611,08157,09837,76322,58043,000
5945San Diego State UniversityCA343023,71413,81434,87424,97420,10047,400
5239California State University, Long BeachCA341220,75614,26930,42823,94116,07746,500
1731University of California, San DiegoCA345828,70410,55755,38637,23921,66059,000
1428University of California, Santa BarbaraCA336829,10910,41155,79137,09320,97851,400
2344University of California, IrvineCA397230,46811,87557,15038,55720,62854,500
2117California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoCA314223,43019,90534,59031,06521,67861,800
6998University of California, RiversideCA564831,68113,96958,36340,65121,46447,200
9189Arizona State University at the West campusAZ765021,77313,53337,06828,82821,797NA
7082Arizona State University at the Tempe campusAZ834522,85913,26338,95929,36322,97245,100
5648University of ArkansasAR603920,19813,33034,54627,67824,76843,400
4368Auburn UniversityAL784424,79417,10442,93835,24828,17045,700
6054University of AlabamaAL544121,22010,47537,70026,95529,32041,900
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.
NA - Information not available.


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