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#
2Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA13%88%$67,110$45,536$48,7202%$22,957$52,500
13College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA388965,32035,52140,213225,44665,200
91Spelman College, AtlantaGA367143,64212,41035,697338,43046,800
4Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA248863,88042,29234,7661426,39772,300
10Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT188768,17042,45731,571122,49549,200
56Trinity College, HartfordCT348069,97044,81229,420629,50658,800
33Lafayette College, EastonPA288567,64040,28527,3581229,32467,500
99Hollins University, RoanokeVA605052,00529,00126,6638734,41432,200
58Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA656753,06528,81126,0298434,02236,500
73Hendrix College, ConwayAR776457,09631,30925,9079030,21340,600
1Davidson College, DavidsonNC209064,90341,99825,5721420,43154,600
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA527862,95032,77324,2443723,87246,100
94Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareOH726251,69030,71623,3699535,22143,500
42Principia College, ElsahIL916141,35027,44723,3019221,260NA
97Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA506252,57028,61023,1756435,78244,100
87Millsaps College, JacksonMS597053,53026,99722,9819131,41946,300
89Beloit College, BeloitWI706458,14230,13322,9628028,33241,500
76College of Wooster, WoosterOH587161,00031,59922,8287729,65045,400
38Rhodes College, MemphisTN547758,98731,00222,7038825,85949,600
18University of Richmond, RichmondVA328463,83039,87422,6583227,67060,700
75Austin College, ShermanTX536452,40929,09122,3559535,47948,300
98Drew University, MadisonNJ575764,36236,37121,9877324,96450,800
59Lawrence University, AppletonWI636457,03331,61721,1248734,75041,700
95Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL485349,4007,89221,0989927,77645,600
92Willamette University, SalemOR787161,00829,68921,0567929,95849,100
47Denison University, GranvilleOH447963,97034,57620,7109628,83348,400
19Centre College, DanvilleKY748552,18028,88020,6899126,74044,100
72Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX456653,03028,97520,6229332,80150,000
71Furman University, GreenvilleSC687862,32835,50820,4727636,84645,900
81Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN636453,10026,37419,9289637,49553,600
84Cornell College, Mount VernonIA716451,32926,64219,8769431,97541,200
57Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI667357,05529,99819,5588427,65347,800
69Augustana College, Rock IslandIL527152,22223,44419,4048433,54748,500
80Hanover College, HanoverIN576748,95024,74119,3059529,74542,500
79Luther College, DecorahIA687251,03023,96019,1847735,64243,500
82St. Lawrence University, CantonNY438167,39634,11519,1748337,91946,500
70Knox College, GalesburgIL656955,52431,00619,1218730,63838,200
74St. John's College, AnnapolisMD537064,65936,35519,1129034,21234,400
83Lake Forest College, Lake ForestIL576456,60032,75818,9798330,54049,000
50Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL587457,23025,89218,2409334,99955,600
88Marlboro College, MarlboroVT965952,61130,26617,9377331,74726,100
93College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN888055,48028,59817,8148339,53650,000
77William Jewell College, LibertyMO515944,06021,40617,5849331,18344,200
54Transylvania University, LexingtonKY957148,45024,19617,5139430,51441,700
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN657861,26734,85917,3509122,77050,700
67Earlham College, RichmondIN586556,67034,09717,1834225,78434,500
15Grinnell College, GrinnellIA208164,01439,44417,0265318,78044,300
26Kenyon College, GambierOH278967,74039,89716,7992126,74644,300
20Smith College, NorthamptonMA378667,57441,78616,4731423,85744,900
85Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN887254,47228,25516,4537740,27259,100
96St. John's College, Santa FeNM634364,65832,45516,25010027,79029,900
61Wofford College, SpartanburgSC707855,29530,78316,2437031,10250,000
35Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA98670,24542,44515,7441023,37575,000
68Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR557462,03431,82815,5387229,91343,600
90Goshen College, GoshenIN685644,60021,78415,4306627,53437,000
65Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleNY507669,46634,79915,1784619,77239,900
63Houghton College, HoughtonNY756441,55819,45715,0997923,27739,900
100Wheaton College, NortonMA627664,75830,73715,0977533,28046,700
78University of Dallas, IrvingTX646651,82626,01614,9679832,92144,500
34St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN458557,43030,46314,9426127,94547,300
24Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA407867,41040,31514,5333523,08153,100
53Oberlin College, OberlinOH287269,20837,05914,4347727,11440,200
36Macalester College, St. PaulMN378465,25937,39213,7523623,87545,300
16Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO168266,12442,45113,5731020,74241,900
86College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME654853,88935,18913,4445126,72324,300
14Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI457338,5527,27513,1599226,941NA
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA488163,55029,76012,8177231,06355,300
48Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY298567,90040,30012,800125,00147,100
51Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA438465,71034,20812,2794331,16953,400
41Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN447959,20027,34112,2756524,43140,600
32Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA138573,27839,79911,8224125,41274,200
40Bucknell University, LewisburgPA308468,03628,90011,8171822,60066,200
44Scripps College, ClaremontCA308070,06037,36110,993520,20549,700
46Dickinson College, CarlislePA438167,36137,81710,9183626,90854,800
60Occidental College, Los AngelesCA467669,03639,27910,5532729,94049,700
52Union College, SchenectadyNY378168,10936,74810,5445833,04563,200
39Christendom College, Front RoyalVA878936,25612,51110,4524227,005NA
25Whitman College, Walla WallaWA518363,70432,95210,3145318,08946,600
28Colby College, WatervilleME198467,51543,9069,595327,95355,000
64Hope College, HollandMI846843,76019,2448,5275733,96943,500
45Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA368469,36042,7196,820327,13353,600
27Wheaton College, WheatonIL798245,79620,6226,3434627,35445,200
29Pitzer College, ClaremontCA148369,50040,4476,187221,56947,100
3Pomona College, ClaremontCA99268,12546,0395,000018,73856,600
21Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT168568,46445,0355,000018,73655,600
22Carleton College, NorthfieldMN238867,23738,3824,5841122,64152,600
12Bowdoin College, BrunswickME158966,82042,2061,000423,12058,700
7Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA757632,50014,2250016,98640,100
30Bates College, LewistonME238467,62041,4780022,84555,700
6Williams College, WilliamstownMA188668,50048,8850015,49654,100
31Colgate University, HamiltonNY298568,54045,7240021,42761,300
5Wellesley College, WellesleyMA298667,78445,1780013,41560,100
8Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY278769,01047,1760018,46251,400
66Reed College, PortlandOR316668,92039,9150019,62737,900
9Amherst College, AmherstMA148669,50050,3800018,66259,700
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY268967,17041,8250021,49159,400
23Barnard College, New YorkNY178369,91243,1830022,01556,400
17Haverford College, HaverfordPA218671,61446,0090013,00056,300
49Berea College, BereaKY33487,234*4,949007,06231,800
55Connecticut College, New LondonCT358168,44037,7450027,51453,400
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.