Tool | December 2015

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.

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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#
4651University of AlabamaAL51%39%$20,170 $10,992$35,950$26,772$29,320$42,400
7481Auburn UniversityAL834224,20816,76841,82434,38427,78245,400
5552University of ArkansasAR623719,40212,69632,70626,00024,12043,600
8878Arizona State University at the Tempe campusAZ844322,62013,61337,60028,59321,92045,200
9799University of ArizonaAZ754022,44311,71743,67032,94422,76144,400
1829University of California, Santa BarbaraCA366929,56311,61554,27136,32321,04552,000
2028University of California, San DiegoCA335727,80110,17751,82534,20121,79059,600
3964University of California, DavisCA415430,04413,05154,75237,75919,70557,100
7897University of California, Santa CruzCA575530,05211,92754,76036,63522,58344,600
6027California State University, Long BeachCA361520,08013,54225,76819,23016,57946,900
2950University of California, IrvineCA376829,44612,12954,15436,83720,31955,800
8758San Diego State UniversityCA343024,60614,70635,76625,86618,40048,700
46University of California, BerkeleyCA167230,0937,95854,80132,66617,58462,700
610University of California, Los AngelesCA197329,26610,46053,97435,16820,75959,200
9498University of California, RiversideCA584430,93914,17355,64738,88121,16648,700
9992Colorado State UniversityCO804022,49215,74339,20132,45223,72144,300
9094University of Colorado BoulderCO844626,08515,70549,11938,73925,12648,000
3235University of ConnecticutCT506726,38817,63447,93239,17824,99953,900
4242University of DelawareDE666825,46616,47544,36635,37532,70554,300
7277Florida International UniversityFL482418,72213,05131,12225,45118,51945,100
23University of FloridaFL476717,33110,55339,60932,83120,64251,300
3647University of Central FloridaFL504017,06812,11533,16728,21423,37843,000
6759University of North FloridaFL612617,44111,38131,15925,09919,25341,600
1615Florida State UniversityFL556117,57112,63132,73727,79724,34744,000
1422New College of FloridaFL605717,0488,56740,07631,59517,553NA
4526University of South FloridaFL473917,01010,11327,92521,02822,71941,700
2324Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA333723,72014,19843,91234,39024,89174,000
9593Georgia College & State UniversityGA764022,28217,82840,63036,17622,95038,500
1218University of GeorgiaGA566121,91213,16040,12231,37021,63846,500
5795University of IowaIA814819,07211,44938,85831,23528,71648,700
5853University of Northern IowaIA543817,03712,68627,22522,87423,16341,700
6867Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyIA874016,84010,02629,96023,14628,88047,200
2617University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignIL596927,83614,24542,99629,40523,80856,600
4489Indiana University BloomingtonIN765921,41211,27544,76534,62827,30045,300
1937Purdue UniversityIN594621,2529,50840,05428,31028,34352,600
8484University of LouisvilleKY742519,88611,18134,19225,48723,37537,700
6680Louisiana Tech UniversityLA653016,0247,64933,02224,64716,85541,100
7083Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLA773922,41412,31739,57729,48022,29445,900
5662University of Massachusetts AmherstMA616327,38417,73143,71734,06430,45349,600
10091Towson UniversityMD594321,90013,58433,50625,19025,92649,500
9270Salisbury UniversityMD554521,39615,51529,74223,86124,56747,300
711University of Maryland, College ParkMD486722,09813,44243,24634,59025,13159,100
6946University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD603423,07415,11735,83827,88125,43553,500
5943St. Mary's College of MarylandMD797327,17516,23142,02531,08124,62148,200
4071Michigan State UniversityMI665324,10214,51546,90237,31526,12249,800
514University of MichiganMI327625,45810,40854,07839,02826,51057,900
254University of Minnesota, Twin Cities CampusMN455924,10414,71632,52423,13626,79647,800
7939University of Minnesota, MorrisMN645421,55011,67021,55011,67024,53838,800
6165Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMO862319,97012,51036,49429,03427,59165,500
5149University of MissouriMO784620,44111,65836,09827,31525,32146,000
155Truman State UniversityMO745716,93610,14223,47516,68123,58542,700
8187University of MississippiMS813718,77211,20932,00224,43926,44340,600
4163University of North Carolina WilmingtonNC594917,23914,81231,10528,67825,64438,700
11University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC288120,9356,14446,01731,22618,94550,400
4868University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC733816,2879,65931,90125,27321,10536,000
7376Western Carolina UniversityNC434016,32110,16326,71420,55623,80635,100
119North Carolina State UniversityNC514419,9689,95336,31926,30420,48247,500
2830Appalachian State UniversityNC634415,3977,34029,22221,16521,69336,600
7572University of Nebraska — LincolnNE703319,65912,56233,82626,72923,39543,800
4740Rutgers University — New BrunswickNJ605927,53516,54042,92531,93025,22854,800
3121College of New JerseyNJ497329,15417,08040,08528,01133,63556,800
9182Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ535826,73817,60935,60326,47429,97248,700
2119New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNM362215,2659,75627,78922,28020,94452,800
8354State University of New York College at OneontaNY435320,91216,20330,76226,05315,37342,400
2216Binghamton University, State University of New YorkNY446823,25115,18636,37128,30625,72758,400
8245Hunter College of the City University of New YorkNY352222,30115,75432,77126,22413,00044,800
8675State University of New York at PlattsburghNY484020,34413,71830,19423,56828,14940,600
9688College at Brockport, State University of New YorkNY495020,59414,64029,94423,99027,67740,100
3032Stony Brook University, State University of New YorkNY414821,78714,52636,86729,60624,88455,500
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
7673Purchase College, State University of New YorkNY415822,05015,53631,90025,38626,34834,700
4323Baruch College of the City University of New YorkNY283524,49817,62834,96828,0987,73754,000
3713State University of New York College at GeneseoNY596621,09315,37530,94325,22523,30846,700
1712Ohio State UniversityOH536222,95113,61640,27930,94426,83042,600
5033Miami UniversityOH666627,07118,31743,77135,01728,88745,800
6256University of OklahomaOK813720,54614,55133,93227,93723,15146,600
6460Oklahoma State UniversityOK753516,99810,38330,19823,58322,59143,400
6561University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK642612,9404,74921,88013,68920,07430,700
93100University of OregonOR754623,14215,64944,87737,38424,50841,600
4957Penn State University ParkPA506630,27423,28744,10637,11936,93547,500
7786West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPA534418,78913,22729,60724,04530,88146,500
3825University of PittsburghPA536529,85421,76940,62032,53536,46648,200
2436Clemson UniversitySC536123,90815,31842,82634,23630,21349,400
5274University of South CarolinaSC655622,89617,80441,71236,62028,23342,100
7169University of TennesseeTN753923,96014,99942,15033,18923,87042,300
1331University of Texas at AustinTX405222,01212,89446,88237,76427,20752,800
9890Texas Tech UniversityTX663319,17211,98530,87223,68527,87946,100
3548Texas A&M UniversityTX715020,96011,64539,55330,23825,00552,900
3338University of Texas at DallasTX625122,95014,35842,47233,88019,61349,500
32University of VirginiaVA298726,3486,94255,64436,23822,93358,600
107College of William and MaryVA338331,65017,73653,35039,43625,73356,400
8079Christopher Newport UniversityVA565524,38018,73335,67830,03129,38542,400
2734Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA696121,88115,14538,52531,78927,86557,900
3441James Madison UniversityVA666520,29012,67735,41427,80123,73253,400
8596University of VermontVT736529,11814,38251,51036,77427,27644,000
8985Western Washington UniversityWA854020,06911,00632,42123,35821,52043,200
920University of WashingtonWA556124,3559,35546,65931,65921,53252,100
6344University of Wisconsin–La CrosseWI763314,7088,99322,65916,94425,93244,100
88University of Wisconsin — MadisonWI505620,41910,52939,66929,77926,57951,000
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.
NA - Information not available.


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