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Past Years' Rankings of Best College Values

Swarthmore College, located in Swarthmore, Penn. (Photo: Ugen64 via Wikimedia Commons)

Since 2015, Kiplinger's Personal Finance has combined its lists of the 100 best public colleges, 100 best private universities and 100 best liberal-arts colleges into a blended list of the 300 best college values. Our exclusive rankings are based on a set of criteria that includes both academic quality and affordability. Many schools appear in our rankings from year to year, demonstrating a commitment to delivering good value to students.

See Also: Past Years' Rankings of the Top Public College Values

Click a link below to access any previous year's list of Best College Values:

1. Swarthmore College
2. Davidson College
3. Princeton University
4. Duke University
5. Washington and Lee University
6. Harvard University
7. Thomas Aquinas College
8. Vanderbilt University
9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
10. Wellesley College
11. Middlebury College
12. Pomona College
13. Yale University
14. Amherst College
15. Williams College
16. Wesleyan University
17. Rice University
18. Bowdoin College
19. California Institute of Technology
20. Stanford University
21. Brown University
22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
23. Colby College
24. Vassar College
25. Grinnell College
26. Dartmouth College
27. College of the Holy Cross
28. Columbia University
29. Hamilton College
30. Emory University
31. University of Richmond
32. Colgate University
33. Haverford College
34. Colorado College
35. Carleton College
36. Hillsdale College
37. Cornell University
38. Wheaton College
39. University of Notre Dame
40. University of Pennsylvania
41. Georgetown University
42. University of Chicago
43. Johns Hopkins University
44. Scripps College
45. Barnard College
46. University of Virginia
47. Boston College
48. Macalester College
49. Bates College
50. Kenyon College
51. Bryn Mawr College
52. Smith College
53. University of Florida
54. Pitzer College
55. Lafayette College
56. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
57. St. Olaf College
58. Washington University in St. Louis
59. Northwestern University
60. Truman State University
61. Tufts University
62. Centre College
63. Claremont McKenna College
64. Whitman College
65. Principia College
66. College of William and Mary
67. Brigham Young University
68. Harvey Mudd College
69. Sewanee: The University of the South
70. Bucknell University
71. Mount Holyoke College
72. University of California, Berkeley
73. Berea College
74. Rhodes College
75. Binghamton University, State University of New York
76. North Carolina State University
77. Wake Forest University
78. Franklin & Marshall College
79. Skidmore College
80. University of Maryland, College Park
81. Trinity University
82. DePauw University
83. Oberlin College
84. University of Georgia
85. Florida State University
86. University of Michigan
87. Lehigh University
88. University of Southern California
89. Union College
90. University of California, Los Angeles
91. Denison University
92. Georgia Institute of Technology
93. Kalamazoo College
94. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
95. Gustavus Adolphus College
96. Clark University
97. Dickinson College
98. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
99. University of Rochester
100. Muhlenberg College
101. Bentley University
102. University of Wisconsin — Madison
103. Christendom College
104. Illinois Wesleyan University
105. Villanova University
106. Gettysburg College
107. Ohio State University
108. University of Illinois at Urbana — Champaign
109. Wofford College
110. New College of Florida
111. Occidental College
112. College of Wooster
113. College of New Jersey
114. Transylvania University
115. State University of New York College at Geneseo
116. Santa Clara University
117. University of Washington
118. Baruch College of the City University of New York
119. Reed College
120. University of Texas at Austin
121. Trinity College
122. Creighton University
123. Brandeis University
124. University of Miami
125. Yeshiva University
126. University of South Florida
127. Gonzaga University
128. Drake University
129. Connecticut College
130. Samford University
131. University of California, Santa Barbara
132. George Washington University
133. Clemson University
134. Purdue University
135. Hope College
136. William Jewell College
137. New York University
138. Tulane University
139. University of California, San Diego
140. Elon University
141. Lawrence University
142. Stony Brook University, State University of New York
143. Franciscan University of Steubenville
144. Carnegie Mellon University
145. Case Western Reserve University
146. Maryville University of Saint Louis
147. Miami University
148. Rutgers University — New Brunswick
149. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
150. St. Lawrence University
151. University of Pittsburgh
152. University of Connecticut
153. Drury University
154. Hunter College of the City University of New York
155. Agnes Scott College
156. California State University, Long Beach
157. Boston University
158. Furman University
159. Austin College
160. Beloit College
161. University of Central Florida
162. Mercer University
163. Southwestern University
164. University of Minnesota, Morris
165. University of Dallas
166. Cornell College
167. Appalachian State University
168. Liberty University
169. Queens College of the City University of New York
170. Augustana College
171. Pepperdine University
172. Knox College
173. College of the Atlantic
174. University of California, Irvine
175. Illinois Institute of Technology
176. Hendrix College
177. San Diego State University
178. American University
179. University of Delaware
180. University of Missouri
181. University of Arkansas
182. University of Wisconsin — La Crosse
183. Saint Louis University
184. Ramapo College of New Jersey
185. Iowa State University of Science and Technology
186. University of Massachusetts Amherst
187. College of Saint Benedict
188. Rockhurst University
189. University of Portland
190. Earlham College
191. University of Dayton
192. Wabash College
193. State University of New York at New Paltz
194. Stevens Institute of Technology
195. University of Alabama
196. Lewis & Clark College
197. Fordham University
198. Texas A&M University
199. University of Texas at Dallas
200. Emerson College
201. University of Denver
202. Luther College
203. St. Mary's College of Maryland
204. Willamette University
205. University of Oklahoma
206. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
207. Baylor University
208. University of South Carolina
209. James Madison University
210. University of North Carolina Wilmington
211. Goshen College
212. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
213. Florida International University
214. Oklahoma City University
215. Houghton College
216. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
217. Penn State University Park
218. University of California, Davis
219. Spelman College
220. University of North Florida
221. Auburn University
222. Butler University
223. Birmingham-Southern College
224. Hanover College
225. University of St. Thomas
226. University of Evansville
227. Oklahoma State University
228. Saint John's University
229. Geneva College
230. Loyola Marymount University
231. Marquette University
232. Washington College
233. University of Tennessee
234. Purchase College, State University of New York
235. Louisiana Tech University
236. Michigan State University
237. University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
238. Millsaps College
239. Wheaton College
240. Missouri University of Science and Technology
241. University of Louisville
242. Marist College
243. Christopher Newport University
244. University of Utah
245. University of Nebraska — Lincoln
246. University of Mississippi
247. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
248. University of Tulsa
249. Whitworth University
250. Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
251. Howard University
252. St. John's College
253. Union University
254. Western Carolina University
255. LeTourneau University
256. Western Washington University
257. Southern Methodist University
258. Rollins College
259. Lake Forest College
260. Bradley University
261. Ripon College
262. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
263. Niagara University
264. Syracuse University
265. Chapman University
266. Rochester Institute of Technology
267. Temple University
268. Hollins University
269. Belmont University
270. University of Puget Sound
271. University of North Georgia
272. Indiana University Bloomington
273. Loyola University Maryland
274. Bethel University
275. Presbyterian College
276. Arizona State University at the West campus
277. University of San Diego
278. Texas Tech University
279. St. Bonaventure University
280. Seattle Pacific University
281. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
282. University of North Carolina at Asheville
283. University of Colorado Boulder
284. Lipscomb University
285. Providence College
286. Fairfield University
287. University of Vermont
288. University of California, Santa Cruz
289. Saint Michael's College
290. Xavier University
291. Centenary College of Louisiana
292. Clarkson University
293. Shimer College
294. St. John Fisher College
295. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
296. University of Iowa
297. Ithaca College
298. University of California, Riverside
299. University of Oregon
300. George Mason University

1. Washington and Lee University
2. Princeton University
3. Harvard University
4. Davidson College
5. Swarthmore College
6. Vanderbilt University
7. Rice University
8. Pomona College
9. Yale University
10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
11. Duke University
12. Kenyon College
13. Williams College
14. Wesleyan University
15. California Institute of Technology
16. Middlebury College
17. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
18. Grinnell College
19. Colgate University
20. Amherst College
21. Stanford University
22. Thomas Aquinas College
23. Emory University
24. University of Richmond
25. Vassar College
26. Haverford College
27. Dartmouth College
28. Bowdoin College
29. Wellesley College
30. Carleton College
31. Brown University
32. Hamilton College
33. University of Pennsylvania
34. Bates College
35. Cornell University
36. Hillsdale College
37. Colorado College
38. Colby College
39. Wheaton College
40. Barnard College
41. Macalester College
42. University of Virginia
43. Smith College
44. Whitman College
45. Northwestern University
46. University of Notre Dame
47. Georgetown University
48. College of the Holy Cross
49. Claremont McKenna College
50. Harvey Mudd College
51. Pitzer College
52. University of Florida
53. Johns Hopkins University
54. Boston College
55. Centre College
56. Scripps College
57. Washington University in St. Louis
58. Principia College
59. Lafayette College
60. Sewanee: The University of the South
61. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
62. Brigham Young University
63. St. Olaf College
64. Tufts University
65. Truman State University
66. Mount Holyoke College
67. Bucknell University
68. Oberlin College
69. University of California, Berkeley
70. Lehigh University
71. College of William and Mary
72. Skidmore College
73. Denison University
74. University of Wisconsin — Madison
75. North Carolina State University
76. University of California, Los Angeles
77. University of Maryland, College Park
78. Kalamazoo College
79. Wake Forest University
80. Ohio State University
81. State University of New York College at Geneseo
82. Franklin & Marshall College
83. University of Michigan
84. Florida State University
85. Binghamton University, State University of New York
86. Bryn Mawr College
87. Gustavus Adolphus College
88. Trinity University
89. DePauw University
90. University of Southern California
91. University of Illinois at UrbanañChampaign
92. University of Georgia
93. Berea College
94. Clark University
95. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
96. University of Rochester
97. Dickinson College
98. Illinois Wesleyan University
99. Gettysburg College
100. College of Wooster
101. Reed College
102. Elon University
103. Santa Clara University
104. Rhodes College
105. University of Washington
106. Connecticut College
107. Occidental College
108. Bentley University
109. Union College
110. College of New Jersey
111. Yeshiva University
112. Creighton University
113. Trinity College
114. Brandeis University
115. Hope College
116. Wofford College
117. New College of Florida
118. Baruch College of the City University of New York
119. Villanova University
120. Georgia Institute of Technology
121. Muhlenberg College
122. Drake University
123. University of Miami
124. University of Pittsburgh
125. Furman University
126. George Washington University
127. Transylvania University
128. University of South Florida
129. California State University, Long Beach
130. Case Western Reserve University
131. University of California, San Diego
132. University of California, Santa Barbara
133. Appalachian State University
134. Lawrence University
135. Knox College
136. University of Texas at Austin
137. Stony Brook University, State University of New York
138. Miami University
139. Drury University
140. St. Lawrence University
141. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
142. Pepperdine University
143. University of Connecticut
144. Clemson University
145. Purdue University
146. Agnes Scott College
147. Gonzaga University
148. University of Texas at Dallas
149. Emerson College
150. Lewis & Clark College
151. Beloit College
152. Stevens Institute of Technology
153. University of Minnesota, Morris
154. Rutgers University — New Brunswick
155. Franciscan University of Steubenville
156. Cornell College
157. Carnegie Mellon University
158. Earlham College
159. Boston University
160. Christendom College
161. Goshen College
162. Tulane University
163. Augustana College
164. James Madison University
165. Samford University
166. Butler University
167. University of Delaware
168. University of Portland
169. College of Saint Benedict
170. St. Mary's College of Maryland
171. Sarah Lawrence College
172. University of WisconsinñLa Crosse
173. Hunter College of the City University of New York
174. American University
175. New York University
176. Hendrix College
177. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
178. University of Central Florida
179. Luther College
180. Texas A&M University
181. University of Missouri
182. University of California, Irvine
183. Saint John's University
184. University of Alabama
185. College of the Atlantic
186. Siena College
187. University of Arkansas
188. University of Northern Iowa
189. University of Tulsa
190. William Jewell College
191. State University of New York College at Oneonta
192. University of Dayton
193. Millsaps College
194. Southwestern University
195. Maryville University of Saint Louis
196. State University of New York at New Paltz
197. Marist College
198. University of Oklahoma
199. Austin College
200. Penn State University Park
201. Houghton College
202. Saint Louis University
203. Illinois Institute of Technology
204. San Diego State University
205. University of North Florida
206. Oklahoma State University
207. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
208. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
209. University of Massachusetts Amherst
210. University of North Carolina Wilmington
211. University of California, Davis
212. Marquette University
213. Missouri University of Science and Technology
214. University of Dallas
215. University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
216. Iowa State University of Science and Technology
217. University of North Carolina at Asheville
218. St. John's College
219. University of Denver
220. Simmons College
221. University of Tennessee
222. Salisbury University
223. Wabash College
224. Oklahoma City University
225. Michigan State University
226. Whitworth University
227. Mercer University
228. University of Nebraska — Lincoln
229. University of San Diego
230. Bradley University
231. Purchase College, State University of New York
232. University of South Carolina
233. Juniata College
234. Union University
235. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
236. Western Carolina University
237. Providence College
238. Coe College
239. Florida International University
240. Wheaton College
241. Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
242. St. John's College
243. Christopher Newport University
244. Hollins University
245. Rockhurst University
246. Duquesne University
247. Loyola Marymount University
248. Belmont University
249. Louisiana Tech University
250. Southern Methodist University
251. Loyola University Chicago
252. University of Puget Sound
253. Auburn University
254. LeTourneau University
255. Ramapo College of New Jersey
256. Clarkson University
257. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
258. Geneva College
259. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
260. Hanover College
261. Rochester Institute of Technology
262. University of Louisville
263. Fairfield University
264. Western Washington University
265. Syracuse University
266. Spelman College
267. Fordham University
268. Valparaiso University
269. Seattle Pacific University
270. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
271. Saint Michael's College
272. Washington & Jefferson College
273. University of St. Thomas
274. Centenary College of Louisiana
275. University of Mississippi
276. Loyola University Maryland
277. University of Evansville
278. College at Brockport, State University of New York
279. Baldwin Wallace University
280. Indiana University Bloomington
281. Chapman University
282. Texas Tech University
283. Towson University
284. Howard University
285. Lipscomb University
286. St. John Fisher College
287. St. Bonaventure University
288. Rollins College
289. Colorado State University
290. Georgia College & State University
291. University of Colorado Boulder
292. University of Iowa
293. Bethel University
294. University of Vermont
295. University of California, Santa Cruz
296. Nazareth College of Rochester
297. Xavier University
298. University of California, Riverside
299. University of Arizona
300. University of Oregon

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1. Princeton University
2. Yale University
3. Swarthmore College
4. Washington and Lee University
5. Wellesley College
6. Harvard University
7. Rice University
8. Haverford College
9. Pomona College
10. Duke University
11. Amherst College
12. Vassar College
13. Bowdoin College
14. Williams College
15. Vanderbilt University
16. California Institute of Technology
17. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
18. University of Richmond
19. Colgate University
20. Stanford University
21. Middlebury College
22. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
23. Dartmouth College
24. Davidson College
25. Hamilton College
26. University of Pennsylvania
27. Cornell University
28. Brown University
29. Colby College
30. Macalester College
31. Hillsdale College
32. Grinnell College
33. Barnard College
34. Emory University
35. Bates College
36. Wesleyan University
37. Carleton College
38. Kenyon College
39. The Colorado College
40. University of Chicago
41. Claremont McKenna College
42. University of Virginia
43. Wheaton College
44. Georgetown University
45. College of the Holy Cross
46. Johns Hopkins University
47. University of Notre Dame
48. Washington University in St. Louis
49. Smith College
50. Northwestern University
51. Whitman College
52. Thomas Aquinas College
53. Bucknell University
54. Tufts University
55. Boston College
56. Centre College
57. State University of New York College at Geneseo
58. Brigham Young University
59. Scripps College
60. Sewanee: The University of the South
61. University of WisconsinñMadison
62. The College of William and Mary
63. Kalamazoo College
64. St. Olaf College
65. Bryn Mawr College
66. University of California, Berkeley
67. Mount Holyoke College
68. Harvey Mudd College
69. Berea College
70. Rhodes College
71. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
72. University of Florida
73. Binghamton University, State University of New York
74. The Ohio State University
75. University of California, Los Angeles
76. Gustavus Adolphus College
77. Clark University
78. Truman State University
79. Pitzer College
80. Oberlin College
81. Lehigh University
82. Wake Forest University
83. University of Michigan
84. University of Maryland, College Park
85. North Carolina State University
86. Skidmore College
87. Lafayette College
88. University of Southern California
89. The College of New Jersey
90. Dickinson College
91. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
92. University of Rochester
93. DePauw University
94. Yeshiva University
95. Gettysburg College
96. University of Georgia
97. Hope College
98. Connecticut College
99. Stevens Institute of Technology
100. Wofford College
101. Franklin & Marshall College
102. Union College
103. Occidental College
104. Villanova University
105. Trinity College
106. Florida State University
107. Christendom College
108. Bentley University
109. Illinois Wesleyan University
110. Beloit College
111. The College of Wooster
112. Transylvania University
113. Brandeis University
114. Drake University
115. University of Minnesota, Morris
116. Baruch College of the City University of New York
117. Elon University
118. Gonzaga University
119. Muhlenberg College
120. University of Illinois at UrbanañChampaign
121. New College of Florida
122. Georgia Institute of Technology
123. Trinity University
124. Santa Clara University
125. Creighton University
126. Stony Brook University, State University of New York
127. University of Connecticut
128. Hendrix College
129. Hunter College of the City University of New York
130. University of Washington
131. Knox College
132. The George Washington University
133. James Madison University
134. Drury University
135. University of California, Santa Barbara
136. Miami University
137. Principia College
138. University of Miami
139. St. Lawrence University
140. University of South Florida
141. New York University
142. Carnegie Mellon University
143. Cornell College
144. College of the Atlantic
145. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
146. Whitworth University
147. Southwestern University
148. Salem College
149. Lawrence University
150. University of Pittsburgh
151. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
152. The University of Texas at Dallas
153. Austin College
154. Case Western Reserve University
155. Goshen College
156. Queens College of the City University of New York
157. Clemson University
158. The University of Tulsa
159. The University of Texas at Austin
160. Agnes Scott College
161. University of California, San Diego
162. Union University
163. Boston University
164. St. Mary's College of Maryland
165. Texas A&M University
166. American University
167. Pepperdine University
168. Lewis & Clark College
169. Rockhurst University
170. Missouri University of Science and Technology
171. Illinois Institute of Technology
172. Saint John's University
173. Emerson College
174. University of Arkansas
175. Millsaps College
176. Marquette University
177. College of Saint Benedict
178. Juniata College
179. The University of North Carolina Wilmington
180. Appalachian State University
181. California State University, Long Beach
182. The University of Alabama
183. Furman University
184. Bradley University
185. University of North Carolina at Asheville
186. University of California, Irvine
187. State University of New York College at Oneonta
188. Tulane University
189. Purdue University
190. University of South Carolina
191. Franciscan University of Steubenville
192. Southern Methodist University
193. University of Delaware
194. Butler University
195. Luther College
196. University of Oklahoma
197. Oklahoma State University
198. University of California, Davis
199. Salisbury University
200. Augustana College
201. Iowa State University of Science and Technology
202. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
203. University of WisconsinñLa Crosse
204. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
205. University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
206. LeTourneau University
207. University of Missouri
208. Marist College
209. St. John's College
210. University of Denver
211. University of Portland
212. University of NebraskañLincoln
213. Providence College
214. Samford University
215. Saint Louis University
216. Maryville University of Saint Louis
217. University of Evansville
218. Florida International University
219. University of Mississippi
220. University of North Florida
221. Penn State University Park
222. Earlham College
223. Belmont University
224. Duquesne University
225. University of Central Florida
226. Oklahoma City University
227. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
228. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
229. State University of New York at New Paltz
230. Willamette University
231. Coe College
232. Purchase College, State University of New York
233. Wabash College
234. Houghton College
235. Mercer University
236. Loyola Marymount University
237. William Jewell College
238. San Diego State University
239. Fordham University
240. Hanover College
241. Wheaton College
242. Rowan University
243. The College of Idaho
244. Western Carolina University
245. University of Dayton
246. Bennington College
247. The University of Tennessee
248. Western Washington University
249. Michigan State University
250. Marlboro College
251. John Carroll University
252. University of San Diego
253. University of Massachusetts Amherst
254. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
255. Webster University
256. Baldwin Wallace University
257. Gordon College
258. Valparaiso University
259. Ramapo College of New Jersey
260. McDaniel College
261. Ursinus College
262. Auburn University
263. Christopher Newport University
264. University of Mary Washington
265. Indiana Wesleyan University
266. Point Loma Nazarene University
267. University of Louisville
268. Texas Tech University
269. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
270. Chapman University
271. Clarkson University
272. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
273. University of Northern Iowa
274. University of St. Thomas
275. Syracuse University
276. Ripon College
277. Indiana University Bloomington
278. Centenary College of Louisiana
279. State University of New York at Oswego
280. Xavier University
281. Lipscomb University
282. Bethel University
283. Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
284. Loyola University Maryland
285. University of Dallas
286. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
287. Saint Michael's College
288. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
289. Temple University
290. University at Albany, State University of New York
291. Illinois State University
292. Colorado State University
293. Rollins College
294. Fairfield University
295. Rochester Institute of Technology
296. Lebanon Valley College
297. St. John Fisher College
298. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
299. University of California, Santa Cruz
300. DePaul University

See Also: Past Years' Rankings of the Top Private College Values