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
14Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI457338,5527,27513,1599226,941NA
95Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL485349,4007,89221,0989927,77645,600
91Spelman College, AtlantaGA367143,64212,41035,697338,43046,800
39Christendom College, Front RoyalVA878936,25612,51110,4524227,005NA
7Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA757632,50014,2250016,98640,100
64Hope College, HollandMI846843,76019,2448,5275733,96943,500
63Houghton College, HoughtonNY756441,55819,45715,0997923,27739,900
27Wheaton College, WheatonIL798245,79620,6226,3434627,35445,200
77William Jewell College, LibertyMO515944,06021,40617,5849331,18344,200
90Goshen College, GoshenIN685644,60021,78415,4306627,53437,000
69Augustana College, Rock IslandIL527152,22223,44419,4048433,54748,500
79Luther College, DecorahIA687251,03023,96019,1847735,64243,500
54Transylvania University, LexingtonKY957148,45024,19617,5139430,51441,700
80Hanover College, HanoverIN576748,95024,74119,3059529,74542,500
50Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL587457,23025,89218,2409334,99955,600
78University of Dallas, IrvingTX646651,82626,01614,9679832,92144,500
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN636453,10026,37419,9289637,49553,600
84Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716451,32926,64219,8769431,97541,200
87Millsaps College, JacksonMS597053,53026,99722,9819131,41946,300
41Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN447959,20027,34112,2756524,43140,600
42Principia College, ElsahIL916141,35027,44723,3019221,260NA
85Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN887254,47228,25516,4537740,27259,100
93College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN888055,48028,59817,8148339,53650,000
97Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA506252,57028,61023,1756435,78244,100
58Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA656753,06528,81126,0298434,02236,500
19Centre College, DanvilleKY748552,18028,88020,6899126,74044,100
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA308468,03628,90011,8171822,60066,200
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX456653,03028,97520,6229332,80150,000
99Hollins University, RoanokeVA605052,00529,00126,6638734,41432,200
75Austin College, ShermanTX536452,40929,09122,3559535,47948,300
92Willamette University, SalemOR787161,00829,68921,0567929,95849,100
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488163,55029,76012,8177231,06355,300
57Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI667357,05529,99819,5588427,65347,800
89Beloit College, BeloitWI706458,14230,13322,9628028,33241,500
88Marlboro College, MarlboroVT965952,61130,26617,9377331,74726,100
34St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN458557,43030,46314,9426127,94547,300
94Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareOH726251,69030,71623,3699535,22143,500
100Wheaton College, NortonMA627664,75830,73715,0977533,28046,700
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC707855,29530,78316,2437031,10250,000
38Rhodes College, MemphisTN547758,98731,00222,7038825,85949,600
70Knox College, GalesburgIL656955,52431,00619,1218730,63838,200
73Hendrix College, ConwayAR776457,09631,30925,9079030,21340,600
76College of Wooster, WoosterOH587161,00031,59922,8287729,65045,400
59Lawrence University, AppletonWI636457,03331,61721,1248734,75041,700
68Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR557462,03431,82815,5387229,91343,600
96St. John's College, Santa FeNM634364,65832,45516,25010027,79029,900
83Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL576456,60032,75818,9798330,54049,000
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA527862,95032,77324,2443723,87246,100
25Whitman College, Walla WallaWA518363,70432,95210,3145318,08946,600
67Earlham College, RichmondIN586556,67034,09717,1834225,78434,500
82St. Lawrence University, CantonNY438167,39634,11519,1748337,91946,500
51Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA438465,71034,20812,2794331,16953,400
47Denison University, GranvilleOH447963,97034,57620,7109628,83348,400
65Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY507669,46634,79915,1784619,77239,900
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN657861,26734,85917,3509122,77050,700
86College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME654853,88935,18913,4445126,72324,300
71Furman University, GreenvilleSC687862,32835,50820,4727636,84645,900
13College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA388965,32035,52140,213225,44665,200
74St. John's College, AnnapolisMD537064,65936,35519,1129034,21234,400
98Drew University, MadisonNJ575764,36236,37121,9877324,96450,800
52Union College, SchenectadyNY378168,10936,74810,5445833,04563,200
53Oberlin College, OberlinOH287269,20837,05914,4347727,11440,200
44Scripps College, ClaremontCA308070,06037,36110,993520,20549,700
36Macalester College, St. PaulMN378465,25937,39213,7523623,87545,300
55Connecticut College, New LondonCT358168,44037,7450027,51453,400
46Dickinson College, CarlislePA438167,36137,81710,9183626,90854,800
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN238867,23738,3824,5841122,64152,600
60Occidental College, Los AngelesCA467669,03639,27910,5532729,94049,700
15Grinnell College, GrinnellIA208164,01439,44417,0265318,78044,300
32Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138573,27839,79911,8224125,41274,200
18University of Richmond, RichmondVA328463,83039,87422,6583227,67060,700
26Kenyon College, GambierOH278967,74039,89716,7992126,74644,300
66Reed College, PortlandOR316668,92039,9150019,62737,900
33Lafayette College, EastonPA288567,64040,28527,3581229,32467,500
48Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY298567,90040,30012,800125,00147,100
24Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407867,41040,31514,5333523,08153,100
29Pitzer College, ClaremontCA148369,50040,4476,187221,56947,100
30Bates College, LewistonME238467,62041,4780022,84555,700
20Smith College, NorthamptonMA378667,57441,78616,4731423,85744,900
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY268967,17041,8250021,49159,400
1Davidson College, DavidsonNC209064,90341,99825,5721420,43154,600
12Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158966,82042,2061,000423,12058,700
4Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248863,88042,29234,7661426,39772,300
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA98670,24542,44515,7441023,37575,000
16Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO168266,12442,45113,5731020,74241,900
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT188768,17042,45731,571122,49549,200
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA368469,36042,7196,820327,13353,600
23Barnard College, New YorkNY178369,91243,1830022,01556,400
28Colby College, WatervilleME198467,51543,9069,595327,95355,000
56Trinity College, HartfordCT348069,97044,81229,420629,50658,800
21Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT168568,46445,0355,000018,73655,600
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA298667,78445,1780013,41560,100
2Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA138867,11045,53648,720222,95752,500
31Colgate University, HamiltonNY298568,54045,7240021,42761,300
17Haverford College, HaverfordPA218671,61446,0090013,00056,300
3Pomona College, ClaremontCA99268,12546,0395,000018,73856,600
8Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY278769,01047,1760018,46251,400
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA188668,50048,8850015,49654,100
9Amherst College, AmherstMA148669,50050,3800018,66259,700
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 Databases (© 2018 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.