10 Best Values in Private Universities, 2015

Here is the crème de la crème of privately funded universities based on Kiplinger's rankings for best value.

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Here is the crème de la crème of privately funded universities based on Kiplinger's rankings (opens in new tab) for best value. Unlike private liberal arts colleges, private universities offer a full range of advanced degrees, such as PhDs, JDs and MAs, in additional to undergraduate bachelor’s degrees.

What makes the following universities special in our book? Highest-quality academics are combined with unusually generous aid packages that bring the price of attending to less than half the sticker price. These top schools confer a treasure of financial help to the small fraction of students who are admitted. Take a look.

All of the schools featured here have a student-faculty ratio of 8:1 or less.

Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.