Tool December 2017

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Compare the 200 top values in liberal-arts colleges or private universities, or create your own custom lists of colleges from our rankings or schools from a particular state.

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Liberal Arts Colleges

Rank
Name
State
Admit
rate
4-yr
grad.
rate
Total
cost
per yr.
Avg
need-
based aid
Avg
non-need-
based aid
% of
non-need-
based aid
Avg
debt at
graduation
Salary
yardstick#
3Pomona College, ClaremontCA9%92%$68,125$46,039$5,0000%$18,738$56,600
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA98670,24542,44515,7441023,37575,000
2Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA138867,11045,53648,720222,95752,500
32Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138573,27839,79911,8224125,41274,200
9Amherst College, AmherstMA148669,50050,3800018,66259,700
29Pitzer College, ClaremontCA148369,50040,4476,187221,56947,100
12Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158966,82042,2061,000423,12058,700
21Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT168568,46445,0355,000018,73655,600
16Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO168266,12442,45113,5731020,74241,900
23Barnard College, New YorkNY178369,91243,1830022,01556,400
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA188668,50048,8850015,49654,100
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT188768,17042,45731,571122,49549,200
28Colby College, WatervilleME198467,51543,9069,595327,95355,000
15Grinnell College, GrinnellIA208164,01439,44417,0265318,78044,300
1Davidson College, DavidsonNC209064,90341,99825,5721420,43154,600
17Haverford College, HaverfordPA218671,61446,0090013,00056,300
30Bates College, LewistonME238467,62041,4780022,84555,700
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN238867,23738,3824,5841122,64152,600
4Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248863,88042,29234,7661426,39772,300
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY268967,17041,8250021,49159,400
26Kenyon College, GambierOH278967,74039,89716,7992126,74644,300
8Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY278769,01047,1760018,46251,400
33Lafayette College, EastonPA288567,64040,28527,3581229,32467,500
53Oberlin College, OberlinOH287269,20837,05914,4347727,11440,200
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA298667,78445,1780013,41560,100
31Colgate University, HamiltonNY298568,54045,7240021,42761,300
48Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY298567,90040,30012,800125,00147,100
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA308468,03628,90011,8171822,60066,200
44Scripps College, ClaremontCA308070,06037,36110,993520,20549,700
66Reed College, PortlandOR316668,92039,9150019,62737,900
18University of Richmond, RichmondVA328463,83039,87422,6583227,67060,700
49Berea College, BereaKY33487,234*4,949007,06231,800
56Trinity College, HartfordCT348069,97044,81229,420629,50658,800
55Connecticut College, New LondonCT358168,44037,7450027,51453,400
91Spelman College, AtlantaGA367143,64212,41035,697338,43046,800
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA368469,36042,7196,820327,13353,600
36Macalester College, St. PaulMN378465,25937,39213,7523623,87545,300
52Union College, SchenectadyNY378168,10936,74810,5445833,04563,200
20Smith College, NorthamptonMA378667,57441,78616,4731423,85744,900
13College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA388965,32035,52140,213225,44665,200
24Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407867,41040,31514,5333523,08153,100
82St. Lawrence University, CantonNY438167,39634,11519,1748337,91946,500
46Dickinson College, CarlislePA438167,36137,81710,9183626,90854,800
51Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA438465,71034,20812,2794331,16953,400
41Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN447959,20027,34112,2756524,43140,600
47Denison University, GranvilleOH447963,97034,57620,7109628,83348,400
14Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI457338,5527,27513,1599226,941NA
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX456653,03028,97520,6229332,80150,000
34St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN458557,43030,46314,9426127,94547,300
60Occidental College, Los AngelesCA467669,03639,27910,5532729,94049,700
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488163,55029,76012,8177231,06355,300
95Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL485349,4007,89221,0989927,77645,600
65Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY507669,46634,79915,1784619,77239,900
97Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA506252,57028,61023,1756435,78244,100
25Whitman College, Walla WallaWA518363,70432,95210,3145318,08946,600
77William Jewell College, LibertyMO515944,06021,40617,5849331,18344,200
69Augustana College, Rock IslandIL527152,22223,44419,4048433,54748,500
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA527862,95032,77324,2443723,87246,100
74St. John's College, AnnapolisMD537064,65936,35519,1129034,21234,400
75Austin College, ShermanTX536452,40929,09122,3559535,47948,300
38Rhodes College, MemphisTN547758,98731,00222,7038825,85949,600
68Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR557462,03431,82815,5387229,91343,600
83Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL576456,60032,75818,9798330,54049,000
98Drew University, MadisonNJ575764,36236,37121,9877324,96450,800
80Hanover College, HanoverIN576748,95024,74119,3059529,74542,500
76College of Wooster, WoosterOH587161,00031,59922,8287729,65045,400
67Earlham College, RichmondIN586556,67034,09717,1834225,78434,500
50Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL587457,23025,89218,2409334,99955,600
87Millsaps College, JacksonMS597053,53026,99722,9819131,41946,300
99Hollins University, RoanokeVA605052,00529,00126,6638734,41432,200
100Wheaton College, NortonMA627664,75830,73715,0977533,28046,700
59Lawrence University, AppletonWI636457,03331,61721,1248734,75041,700
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN636453,10026,37419,9289637,49553,600
96St. John's College, Santa FeNM634364,65832,45516,25010027,79029,900
78University of Dallas, IrvingTX646651,82626,01614,9679832,92144,500
58Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA656753,06528,81126,0298434,02236,500
86College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME654853,88935,18913,4445126,72324,300
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN657861,26734,85917,3509122,77050,700
70Knox College, GalesburgIL656955,52431,00619,1218730,63838,200
57Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI667357,05529,99819,5588427,65347,800
90Goshen College, GoshenIN685644,60021,78415,4306627,53437,000
71Furman University, GreenvilleSC687862,32835,50820,4727636,84645,900
79Luther College, DecorahIA687251,03023,96019,1847735,64243,500
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC707855,29530,78316,2437031,10250,000
89Beloit College, BeloitWI706458,14230,13322,9628028,33241,500
84Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716451,32926,64219,8769431,97541,200
94Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareOH726251,69030,71623,3699535,22143,500
19Centre College, DanvilleKY748552,18028,88020,6899126,74044,100
63Houghton College, HoughtonNY756441,55819,45715,0997923,27739,900
7Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA757632,50014,2250016,98640,100
73Hendrix College, ConwayAR776457,09631,30925,9079030,21340,600
92Willamette University, SalemOR787161,00829,68921,0567929,95849,100
27Wheaton College, WheatonIL798245,79620,6226,3434627,35445,200
64Hope College, HollandMI846843,76019,2448,5275733,96943,500
39Christendom College, Front RoyalVA878936,25612,51110,4524227,005NA
93College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN888055,48028,59817,8148339,53650,000
85Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN887254,47228,25516,4537740,27259,100
42Principia College, ElsahIL916141,35027,44723,3019221,260NA
54Transylvania University, LexingtonKY957148,45024,19617,5139430,51441,700
88Marlboro College, MarlboroVT965952,61130,26617,9377331,74726,100
Cost Data - through November 17, 2017
# - 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.
† - Percentage of all undergraduates without need who received non-need-based aid.
‡ - Number of students who received non-need-based aid is less than 0.5%.
NA - Not available.
* All students admitted receive a 4-year tuition scholarship of $25,200 for the 2017-18 academic year.


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2017 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.