The Value Test: 300 Colleges That Pass

All the schools on our list, from 1 to 300, are best values.

Ranking colleges is suddenly all the rage. News outlets, Web sites and even the federal government are getting into the act. But helping families choose the right college is nothing new for Kiplinger. We have been ranking the best values in public colleges since 1998 and the top values in private schools since 1999. And we were the first to assess colleges based on a combination of academic quality and affordability (see our 2016 rankings).

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Janet Bodnar
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Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.