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
1Davidson College, DavidsonNC209064,90341,99825,5721420,43154,600
39Christendom College, Front RoyalVA878936,25612,51110,4524227,005NA
26Kenyon College, GambierOH278967,74039,89716,7992126,74644,300
13College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA388965,32035,52140,213225,44665,200
12Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158966,82042,2061,000423,12058,700
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY268967,17041,8250021,49159,400
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN238867,23738,3824,5841122,64152,600
2Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA138867,11045,53648,720222,95752,500
4Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248863,88042,29234,7661426,39772,300
8Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY278769,01047,1760018,46251,400
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT188768,17042,45731,571122,49549,200
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA188668,50048,8850015,49654,100
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA298667,78445,1780013,41560,100
20Smith College, NorthamptonMA378667,57441,78616,4731423,85744,900
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA98670,24542,44515,7441023,37575,000
17Haverford College, HaverfordPA218671,61446,0090013,00056,300
9Amherst College, AmherstMA148669,50050,3800018,66259,700
34St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN458557,43030,46314,9426127,94547,300
33Lafayette College, EastonPA288567,64040,28527,3581229,32467,500
32Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138573,27839,79911,8224125,41274,200
21Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT168568,46445,0355,000018,73655,600
19Centre College, DanvilleKY748552,18028,88020,6899126,74044,100
31Colgate University, HamiltonNY298568,54045,7240021,42761,300
48Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY298567,90040,30012,800125,00147,100
36Macalester College, St. PaulMN378465,25937,39213,7523623,87545,300
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA308468,03628,90011,8171822,60066,200
51Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA438465,71034,20812,2794331,16953,400
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA368469,36042,7196,820327,13353,600
30Bates College, LewistonME238467,62041,4780022,84555,700
18University of Richmond, RichmondVA328463,83039,87422,6583227,67060,700
28Colby College, WatervilleME198467,51543,9069,595327,95355,000
25Whitman College, Walla WallaWA518363,70432,95210,3145318,08946,600
23Barnard College, New YorkNY178369,91243,1830022,01556,400
29Pitzer College, ClaremontCA148369,50040,4476,187221,56947,100
27Wheaton College, WheatonIL798245,79620,6226,3434627,35445,200
16Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO168266,12442,45113,5731020,74241,900
46Dickinson College, CarlislePA438167,36137,81710,9183626,90854,800
82St. Lawrence University, CantonNY438167,39634,11519,1748337,91946,500
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488163,55029,76012,8177231,06355,300
52Union College, SchenectadyNY378168,10936,74810,5445833,04563,200
55Connecticut College, New LondonCT358168,44037,7450027,51453,400
15Grinnell College, GrinnellIA208164,01439,44417,0265318,78044,300
44Scripps College, ClaremontCA308070,06037,36110,993520,20549,700
56Trinity College, HartfordCT348069,97044,81229,420629,50658,800
93College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN888055,48028,59817,8148339,53650,000
47Denison University, GranvilleOH447963,97034,57620,7109628,83348,400
41Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN447959,20027,34112,2756524,43140,600
24Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407867,41040,31514,5333523,08153,100
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC707855,29530,78316,2437031,10250,000
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA527862,95032,77324,2443723,87246,100
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN657861,26734,85917,3509122,77050,700
71Furman University, GreenvilleSC687862,32835,50820,4727636,84645,900
38Rhodes College, MemphisTN547758,98731,00222,7038825,85949,600
65Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY507669,46634,79915,1784619,77239,900
60Occidental College, Los AngelesCA467669,03639,27910,5532729,94049,700
100Wheaton College, NortonMA627664,75830,73715,0977533,28046,700
7Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA757632,50014,2250016,98640,100
68Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR557462,03431,82815,5387229,91343,600
50Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL587457,23025,89218,2409334,99955,600
57Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI667357,05529,99819,5588427,65347,800
14Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI457338,5527,27513,1599226,941NA
79Luther College, DecorahIA687251,03023,96019,1847735,64243,500
53Oberlin College, OberlinOH287269,20837,05914,4347727,11440,200
85Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN887254,47228,25516,4537740,27259,100
91Spelman College, AtlantaGA367143,64212,41035,697338,43046,800
92Willamette University, SalemOR787161,00829,68921,0567929,95849,100
69Augustana College, Rock IslandIL527152,22223,44419,4048433,54748,500
54Transylvania University, LexingtonKY957148,45024,19617,5139430,51441,700
76College of Wooster, WoosterOH587161,00031,59922,8287729,65045,400
87Millsaps College, JacksonMS597053,53026,99722,9819131,41946,300
74St. John's College, AnnapolisMD537064,65936,35519,1129034,21234,400
70Knox College, GalesburgIL656955,52431,00619,1218730,63838,200
64Hope College, HollandMI846843,76019,2448,5275733,96943,500
80Hanover College, HanoverIN576748,95024,74119,3059529,74542,500
58Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA656753,06528,81126,0298434,02236,500
78University of Dallas, IrvingTX646651,82626,01614,9679832,92144,500
66Reed College, PortlandOR316668,92039,9150019,62737,900
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX456653,03028,97520,6229332,80150,000
67Earlham College, RichmondIN586556,67034,09717,1834225,78434,500
63Houghton College, HoughtonNY756441,55819,45715,0997923,27739,900
59Lawrence University, AppletonWI636457,03331,61721,1248734,75041,700
89Beloit College, BeloitWI706458,14230,13322,9628028,33241,500
84Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716451,32926,64219,8769431,97541,200
75Austin College, ShermanTX536452,40929,09122,3559535,47948,300
83Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL576456,60032,75818,9798330,54049,000
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN636453,10026,37419,9289637,49553,600
73Hendrix College, ConwayAR776457,09631,30925,9079030,21340,600
97Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA506252,57028,61023,1756435,78244,100
94Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareOH726251,69030,71623,3699535,22143,500
42Principia College, ElsahIL916141,35027,44723,3019221,260NA
88Marlboro College, MarlboroVT965952,61130,26617,9377331,74726,100
77William Jewell College, LibertyMO515944,06021,40617,5849331,18344,200
98Drew University, MadisonNJ575764,36236,37121,9877324,96450,800
90Goshen College, GoshenIN685644,60021,78415,4306627,53437,000
95Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL485349,4007,89221,0989927,77645,600
99Hollins University, RoanokeVA605052,00529,00126,6638734,41432,200
49Berea College, BereaKY33487,234*4,949007,06231,800
86College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME654853,88935,18913,4445126,72324,300
96St. John's College, Santa FeNM634364,65832,45516,25010027,79029,900
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.