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#
9Amherst College, AmherstMA14%86%$69,500$50,380$00%$18,662$59,700
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA188668,50048,8850015,49654,100
8Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY278769,01047,1760018,46251,400
3Pomona College, ClaremontCA99268,12546,0395,000018,73856,600
17Haverford College, HaverfordPA218671,61446,0090013,00056,300
31Colgate University, HamiltonNY298568,54045,7240021,42761,300
2Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA138867,11045,53648,720222,95752,500
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA298667,78445,1780013,41560,100
21Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT168568,46445,0355,000018,73655,600
56Trinity College, HartfordCT348069,97044,81229,420629,50658,800
28Colby College, WatervilleME198467,51543,9069,595327,95355,000
23Barnard College, New YorkNY178369,91243,1830022,01556,400
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA368469,36042,7196,820327,13353,600
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT188768,17042,45731,571122,49549,200
16Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO168266,12442,45113,5731020,74241,900
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA98670,24542,44515,7441023,37575,000
4Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248863,88042,29234,7661426,39772,300
12Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158966,82042,2061,000423,12058,700
1Davidson College, DavidsonNC209064,90341,99825,5721420,43154,600
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY268967,17041,8250021,49159,400
20Smith College, NorthamptonMA378667,57441,78616,4731423,85744,900
30Bates College, LewistonME238467,62041,4780022,84555,700
29Pitzer College, ClaremontCA148369,50040,4476,187221,56947,100
24Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407867,41040,31514,5333523,08153,100
48Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY298567,90040,30012,800125,00147,100
33Lafayette College, EastonPA288567,64040,28527,3581229,32467,500
66Reed College, PortlandOR316668,92039,9150019,62737,900
26Kenyon College, GambierOH278967,74039,89716,7992126,74644,300
18University of Richmond, RichmondVA328463,83039,87422,6583227,67060,700
32Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138573,27839,79911,8224125,41274,200
15Grinnell College, GrinnellIA208164,01439,44417,0265318,78044,300
60Occidental College, Los AngelesCA467669,03639,27910,5532729,94049,700
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN238867,23738,3824,5841122,64152,600
46Dickinson College, CarlislePA438167,36137,81710,9183626,90854,800
55Connecticut College, New LondonCT358168,44037,7450027,51453,400
36Macalester College, St. PaulMN378465,25937,39213,7523623,87545,300
44Scripps College, ClaremontCA308070,06037,36110,993520,20549,700
53Oberlin College, OberlinOH287269,20837,05914,4347727,11440,200
52Union College, SchenectadyNY378168,10936,74810,5445833,04563,200
98Drew University, MadisonNJ575764,36236,37121,9877324,96450,800
74St. John's College, AnnapolisMD537064,65936,35519,1129034,21234,400
13College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA388965,32035,52140,213225,44665,200
71Furman University, GreenvilleSC687862,32835,50820,4727636,84645,900
86College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME654853,88935,18913,4445126,72324,300
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN657861,26734,85917,3509122,77050,700
65Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY507669,46634,79915,1784619,77239,900
47Denison University, GranvilleOH447963,97034,57620,7109628,83348,400
51Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA438465,71034,20812,2794331,16953,400
82St. Lawrence University, CantonNY438167,39634,11519,1748337,91946,500
67Earlham College, RichmondIN586556,67034,09717,1834225,78434,500
25Whitman College, Walla WallaWA518363,70432,95210,3145318,08946,600
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA527862,95032,77324,2443723,87246,100
83Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL576456,60032,75818,9798330,54049,000
96St. John's College, Santa FeNM634364,65832,45516,25010027,79029,900
68Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR557462,03431,82815,5387229,91343,600
59Lawrence University, AppletonWI636457,03331,61721,1248734,75041,700
76College of Wooster, WoosterOH587161,00031,59922,8287729,65045,400
73Hendrix College, ConwayAR776457,09631,30925,9079030,21340,600
70Knox College, GalesburgIL656955,52431,00619,1218730,63838,200
38Rhodes College, MemphisTN547758,98731,00222,7038825,85949,600
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC707855,29530,78316,2437031,10250,000
100Wheaton College, NortonMA627664,75830,73715,0977533,28046,700
94Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareOH726251,69030,71623,3699535,22143,500
34St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN458557,43030,46314,9426127,94547,300
88Marlboro College, MarlboroVT965952,61130,26617,9377331,74726,100
89Beloit College, BeloitWI706458,14230,13322,9628028,33241,500
57Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI667357,05529,99819,5588427,65347,800
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488163,55029,76012,8177231,06355,300
92Willamette University, SalemOR787161,00829,68921,0567929,95849,100
75Austin College, ShermanTX536452,40929,09122,3559535,47948,300
99Hollins University, RoanokeVA605052,00529,00126,6638734,41432,200
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX456653,03028,97520,6229332,80150,000
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA308468,03628,90011,8171822,60066,200
19Centre College, DanvilleKY748552,18028,88020,6899126,74044,100
58Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA656753,06528,81126,0298434,02236,500
97Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA506252,57028,61023,1756435,78244,100
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
41Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN447959,20027,34112,2756524,43140,600
87Millsaps College, JacksonMS597053,53026,99722,9819131,41946,300
84Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716451,32926,64219,8769431,97541,200
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN636453,10026,37419,9289637,49553,600
78University of Dallas, IrvingTX646651,82626,01614,9679832,92144,500
50Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL587457,23025,89218,2409334,99955,600
80Hanover College, HanoverIN576748,95024,74119,3059529,74542,500
54Transylvania University, LexingtonKY957148,45024,19617,5139430,51441,700
79Luther College, DecorahIA687251,03023,96019,1847735,64243,500
69Augustana College, Rock IslandIL527152,22223,44419,4048433,54748,500
90Goshen College, GoshenIN685644,60021,78415,4306627,53437,000
77William Jewell College, LibertyMO515944,06021,40617,5849331,18344,200
27Wheaton College, WheatonIL798245,79620,6226,3434627,35445,200
63Houghton College, HoughtonNY756441,55819,45715,0997923,27739,900
64Hope College, HollandMI846843,76019,2448,5275733,96943,500
7Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA757632,50014,2250016,98640,100
39Christendom College, Front RoyalVA878936,25612,51110,4524227,005NA
91Spelman College, AtlantaGA367143,64212,41035,697338,43046,800
95Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL485349,4007,89221,0989927,77645,600
14Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI457338,5527,27513,1599226,941NA
49Berea College, BereaKY33487,234*4,949007,06231,800
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.