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#
49Berea College, BereaKY33%48%$7,234*$4,949$00%$7,062$31,800
17Haverford College, HaverfordPA218671,61446,0090013,00056,300
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA298667,78445,1780013,41560,100
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA188668,50048,8850015,49654,100
7Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA757632,50014,2250016,98640,100
25Whitman College, Walla WallaWA518363,70432,95210,3145318,08946,600
8Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY278769,01047,1760018,46251,400
9Amherst College, AmherstMA148669,50050,3800018,66259,700
21Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT168568,46445,0355,000018,73655,600
3Pomona College, ClaremontCA99268,12546,0395,000018,73856,600
15Grinnell College, GrinnellIA208164,01439,44417,0265318,78044,300
66Reed College, PortlandOR316668,92039,9150019,62737,900
65Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY507669,46634,79915,1784619,77239,900
44Scripps College, ClaremontCA308070,06037,36110,993520,20549,700
1Davidson College, DavidsonNC209064,90341,99825,5721420,43154,600
16Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO168266,12442,45113,5731020,74241,900
42Principia College, ElsahIL916141,35027,44723,3019221,260NA
31Colgate University, HamiltonNY298568,54045,7240021,42761,300
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY268967,17041,8250021,49159,400
29Pitzer College, ClaremontCA148369,50040,4476,187221,56947,100
23Barnard College, New YorkNY178369,91243,1830022,01556,400
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT188768,17042,45731,571122,49549,200
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA308468,03628,90011,8171822,60066,200
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN238867,23738,3824,5841122,64152,600
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN657861,26734,85917,3509122,77050,700
30Bates College, LewistonME238467,62041,4780022,84555,700
2Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA138867,11045,53648,720222,95752,500
24Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407867,41040,31514,5333523,08153,100
12Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158966,82042,2061,000423,12058,700
63Houghton College, HoughtonNY756441,55819,45715,0997923,27739,900
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA98670,24542,44515,7441023,37575,000
20Smith College, NorthamptonMA378667,57441,78616,4731423,85744,900
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA527862,95032,77324,2443723,87246,100
36Macalester College, St. PaulMN378465,25937,39213,7523623,87545,300
41Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN447959,20027,34112,2756524,43140,600
98Drew University, MadisonNJ575764,36236,37121,9877324,96450,800
48Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY298567,90040,30012,800125,00147,100
32Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138573,27839,79911,8224125,41274,200
13College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA388965,32035,52140,213225,44665,200
67Earlham College, RichmondIN586556,67034,09717,1834225,78434,500
38Rhodes College, MemphisTN547758,98731,00222,7038825,85949,600
4Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248863,88042,29234,7661426,39772,300
86College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME654853,88935,18913,4445126,72324,300
19Centre College, DanvilleKY748552,18028,88020,6899126,74044,100
26Kenyon College, GambierOH278967,74039,89716,7992126,74644,300
46Dickinson College, CarlislePA438167,36137,81710,9183626,90854,800
14Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI457338,5527,27513,1599226,941NA
39Christendom College, Front RoyalVA878936,25612,51110,4524227,005NA
53Oberlin College, OberlinOH287269,20837,05914,4347727,11440,200
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA368469,36042,7196,820327,13353,600
27Wheaton College, WheatonIL798245,79620,6226,3434627,35445,200
55Connecticut College, New LondonCT358168,44037,7450027,51453,400
90Goshen College, GoshenIN685644,60021,78415,4306627,53437,000
57Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI667357,05529,99819,5588427,65347,800
18University of Richmond, RichmondVA328463,83039,87422,6583227,67060,700
95Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL485349,4007,89221,0989927,77645,600
96St. John's College, Santa FeNM634364,65832,45516,25010027,79029,900
34St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN458557,43030,46314,9426127,94547,300
28Colby College, WatervilleME198467,51543,9069,595327,95355,000
89Beloit College, BeloitWI706458,14230,13322,9628028,33241,500
47Denison University, GranvilleOH447963,97034,57620,7109628,83348,400
33Lafayette College, EastonPA288567,64040,28527,3581229,32467,500
56Trinity College, HartfordCT348069,97044,81229,420629,50658,800
76College of Wooster, WoosterOH587161,00031,59922,8287729,65045,400
80Hanover College, HanoverIN576748,95024,74119,3059529,74542,500
68Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR557462,03431,82815,5387229,91343,600
60Occidental College, Los AngelesCA467669,03639,27910,5532729,94049,700
92Willamette University, SalemOR787161,00829,68921,0567929,95849,100
73Hendrix College, ConwayAR776457,09631,30925,9079030,21340,600
54Transylvania University, LexingtonKY957148,45024,19617,5139430,51441,700
83Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL576456,60032,75818,9798330,54049,000
70Knox College, GalesburgIL656955,52431,00619,1218730,63838,200
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488163,55029,76012,8177231,06355,300
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC707855,29530,78316,2437031,10250,000
51Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA438465,71034,20812,2794331,16953,400
77William Jewell College, LibertyMO515944,06021,40617,5849331,18344,200
87Millsaps College, JacksonMS597053,53026,99722,9819131,41946,300
88Marlboro College, MarlboroVT965952,61130,26617,9377331,74726,100
84Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716451,32926,64219,8769431,97541,200
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX456653,03028,97520,6229332,80150,000
78University of Dallas, IrvingTX646651,82626,01614,9679832,92144,500
52Union College, SchenectadyNY378168,10936,74810,5445833,04563,200
100Wheaton College, NortonMA627664,75830,73715,0977533,28046,700
69Augustana College, Rock IslandIL527152,22223,44419,4048433,54748,500
64Hope College, HollandMI846843,76019,2448,5275733,96943,500
58Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA656753,06528,81126,0298434,02236,500
74St. John's College, AnnapolisMD537064,65936,35519,1129034,21234,400
99Hollins University, RoanokeVA605052,00529,00126,6638734,41432,200
59Lawrence University, AppletonWI636457,03331,61721,1248734,75041,700
50Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL587457,23025,89218,2409334,99955,600
94Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareOH726251,69030,71623,3699535,22143,500
75Austin College, ShermanTX536452,40929,09122,3559535,47948,300
79Luther College, DecorahIA687251,03023,96019,1847735,64243,500
97Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA506252,57028,61023,1756435,78244,100
71Furman University, GreenvilleSC687862,32835,50820,4727636,84645,900
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN636453,10026,37419,9289637,49553,600
82St. Lawrence University, CantonNY438167,39634,11519,1748337,91946,500
91Spelman College, AtlantaGA367143,64212,41035,697338,43046,800
93College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN888055,48028,59817,8148339,53650,000
85Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN887254,47228,25516,4537740,27259,100
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.