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Kiplinger's Best College Values

SEE ALSO: College Finder Map|SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2016

Sort and compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities. 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#
10091Towson UniversityMD59%43%$21,900 $13,584$33,506$25,190$25,926$49,500
9992Colorado State UniversityCO804022,49215,74339,20132,45223,72144,300
9890Texas Tech UniversityTX663319,17211,98530,87223,68527,87946,100
9799University of ArizonaAZ754022,44311,71743,67032,94422,76144,400
9688College at Brockport, State University of New YorkNY495020,59414,64029,94423,99027,67740,100
9593Georgia College & State UniversityGA764022,28217,82840,63036,17622,95038,500
9498University of California, RiversideCA584430,93914,17355,64738,88121,16648,700
93100University of OregonOR754623,14215,64944,87737,38424,50841,600
9270Salisbury UniversityMD554521,39615,51529,74223,86124,56747,300
9182Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ535826,73817,60935,60326,47429,97248,700
9094University of Colorado BoulderCO844626,08515,70549,11938,73925,12648,000
8985Western Washington UniversityWA854020,06911,00632,42123,35821,52043,200
8878Arizona State University at the Tempe campusAZ844322,62013,61337,60028,59321,92045,200
8758San Diego State UniversityCA343024,60614,70635,76625,86618,40048,700
8675State University of New York at PlattsburghNY484020,34413,71830,19423,56828,14940,600
8596University of VermontVT736529,11814,38251,51036,77427,27644,000
8484University of LouisvilleKY742519,88611,18134,19225,48723,37537,700
8354State University of New York College at OneontaNY435320,91216,20330,76226,05315,37342,400
8245Hunter College of the City University of New YorkNY352222,30115,75432,77126,22413,00044,800
8187University of MississippiMS813718,77211,20932,00224,43926,44340,600
8079Christopher Newport UniversityVA565524,38018,73335,67830,03129,38542,400
7939University of Minnesota, MorrisMN645421,55011,67021,55011,67024,53838,800
7897University of California, Santa CruzCA575530,05211,92754,76036,63522,58344,600
7786West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPA534418,78913,22729,60724,04530,88146,500
7673Purchase College, State University of New YorkNY415822,05015,53631,90025,38626,34834,700
7572University of Nebraska — LincolnNE703319,65912,56233,82626,72923,39543,800
7481Auburn UniversityAL834224,20816,76841,82434,38427,78245,400
7376Western Carolina UniversityNC434016,32110,16326,71420,55623,80635,100
7277Florida International UniversityFL482418,72213,05131,12225,45118,51945,100
7169University of TennesseeTN753923,96014,99942,15033,18923,87042,300
7083Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLA773922,41412,31739,57729,48022,29445,900
6946University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD603423,07415,11735,83827,88125,43553,500
6867Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyIA874016,84010,02629,96023,14628,88047,200
6759University of North FloridaFL612617,44111,38131,15925,09919,25341,600
6680Louisiana Tech UniversityLA653016,0247,64933,02224,64716,85541,100
6561University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK642612,9404,74921,88013,68920,07430,700
6460Oklahoma State UniversityOK753516,99810,38330,19823,58322,59143,400
6344University of WisconsinLa CrosseWI763314,7088,99322,65916,94425,93244,100
6256University of OklahomaOK813720,54614,55133,93227,93723,15146,600
6165Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMO862319,97012,51036,49429,03427,59165,500
6027California State University, Long BeachCA361520,08013,54225,76819,23016,57946,900
5943St. Mary's College of MarylandMD797327,17516,23142,02531,08124,62148,200
5853University of Northern IowaIA543817,03712,68627,22522,87423,16341,700
5795University of IowaIA814819,07211,44938,85831,23528,71648,700
5662University of Massachusetts AmherstMA616327,38417,73143,71734,06430,45349,600
5552University of ArkansasAR623719,40212,69632,70626,00024,12043,600
5455State University of New York at New PaltzNY425520,81715,97730,66725,82725,87446,000
5366University at Buffalo, the State University of New YorkNY585323,63818,21138,71833,29121,22849,700
5274University of South CarolinaSC655622,89617,80441,71236,62028,23342,100
5149University of MissouriMO784620,44111,65836,09827,31525,32146,000
5033Miami UniversityOH666627,07118,31743,77135,01728,88745,800
4957Penn State University ParkPA506630,27423,28744,10637,11936,93547,500
4868University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC733816,2879,65931,90125,27321,10536,000
4740Rutgers University — New BrunswickNJ605927,53516,54042,92531,93025,22854,800
4651University of AlabamaAL513920,17010,99235,95026,77229,32042,400
4526University of South FloridaFL473917,01010,11327,92521,02822,71941,700
4489Indiana University BloomingtonIN765921,41211,27544,76534,62827,30045,300
4323Baruch College of the City University of New YorkNY283524,49817,62834,96828,0987,73754,000
4242University of DelawareDE666825,46616,47544,36635,37532,70554,300
4163University of North Carolina WilmingtonNC594917,23914,81231,10528,67825,64438,700
4071Michigan State UniversityMI665324,10214,51546,90237,31526,12249,800
3964University of California, DavisCA415430,04413,05154,75237,75919,70557,100
3825University of PittsburghPA536529,85421,76940,62032,53536,46648,200
3713State University of New York College at GeneseoNY596621,09315,37530,94325,22523,30846,700
3647University of Central FloridaFL504017,06812,11533,16728,21423,37843,000
3548Texas A&M UniversityTX715020,96011,64539,55330,23825,00552,900
3441James Madison UniversityVA666520,29012,67735,41427,80123,73253,400
3338University of Texas at DallasTX625122,95014,35842,47233,88019,61349,500
3235University of ConnecticutCT506726,38817,63447,93239,17824,99953,900
3121College of New JerseyNJ497329,15417,08040,08528,01133,63556,800
3032Stony Brook University, State University of New YorkNY414821,78714,52636,86729,60624,88455,500
2950University of California, IrvineCA376829,44612,12954,15436,83720,31955,800
2830Appalachian State UniversityNC634415,3977,34029,22221,16521,69336,600
2734Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA696121,88115,14538,52531,78927,86557,900
2617University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaignIL596927,83614,24542,99629,40523,80856,600
254University of Minnesota, Twin Cities CampusMN455924,10414,71632,52423,13626,79647,800
2436Clemson UniversitySC536123,90815,31842,82634,23630,21349,400
2324Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA333723,72014,19843,91234,39024,89174,000
2216Binghamton University, State University of New YorkNY446823,25115,18636,37128,30625,72758,400
2119New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNM362215,2659,75627,78922,28020,94452,800
2028University of California, San DiegoCA335727,80110,17751,82534,20121,79059,600
1937Purdue UniversityIN594621,2529,50840,05428,31028,34352,600
1829University of California, Santa BarbaraCA366929,56311,61554,27136,32321,04552,000
1712Ohio State UniversityOH536222,95113,61640,27930,94426,83042,600
1615Florida State UniversityFL556117,57112,63132,73727,79724,34744,000
155Truman State UniversityMO745716,93610,14223,47516,68123,58542,700
1422New College of FloridaFL605717,0488,56740,07631,59517,553NA
1331University of Texas at AustinTX405222,01212,89446,88237,76427,20752,800
1218University of GeorgiaGA566121,91213,16040,12231,37021,63846,500
119North Carolina State UniversityNC514419,9689,95336,31926,30420,48247,500
107College of William and MaryVA338331,65017,73653,35039,43625,73356,400
920University of WashingtonWA556124,3559,35546,65931,65921,53252,100
88University of Wisconsin — MadisonWI505620,41910,52939,66929,77926,57951,000
711University of Maryland, College ParkMD486722,09813,44243,24634,59025,13159,100
610University of California, Los AngelesCA197329,26610,46053,97435,16820,75959,200
514University of MichiganMI327625,45810,40854,07839,02826,51057,900
46University of California, BerkeleyCA167230,0937,95854,80132,66617,58462,700
32University of VirginiaVA298726,3486,94255,64436,23822,93358,600
23University of FloridaFL476717,33110,55339,60932,83120,64251,300
11University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC288120,9356,14446,01731,22618,94550,400
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.
NA - Information not available.


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