Best Values in Private Colleges -- 2007

These schools offer aid that slashes the cost of a private education.

On an East Coast campus, students with a passion for social justice hold yard sales for Katrina victims and help schoolchildren hone their reading skills. On a campus 3,000 miles away, students with a passion for science research dwarf planets and dark matter. At both colleges, students enjoy a world-class education at prices even families of modest means can afford.

The combination of academic excellence and financial flexibility puts Swarthmore College, near Philadelphia, and California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, at the top of Kiplinger's 2007 rankings for the best values among private institutions. This year, we compiled two lists: one for liberal arts colleges, which offer mostly undergraduate programs, and the other for universities, which also offer graduate degrees. We applied the same academic and cost measures to each.

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Jane Bennett Clark
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
The late Jane Bennett Clark, who passed away in March 2017, covered all facets of retirement and wrote a bimonthly column that took a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversaw the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheaded the annual "Best Cities" feature. Clark graduated from Northwestern University.