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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Private Universities

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#
10Stanford University, StanfordCA5%75%$66,184$45,318$13,6971%$21,987$85,700
2Harvard University, CambridgeMA58666,60948,59823,954116,70290,900
11Columbia University, New YorkNY68672,62750,7330023,46378,200
7Yale University, New HavenCT68670,57050,5650013,62583,200
1Princeton University, PrincetonNJ78961,14047,497008,90880,500
19University of Chicago, ChicagoIL88973,56043,7920023,85265,500
8Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeMA88565,61241,7670024,95494,200
9California Institute of Technology, PasadenaCA88166,02741,9015,000018,21974,200
17University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaPA98569,88043,8990024,53682,400
15Brown University, ProvidenceRI98469,01044,1058,704023,81063,100
3Duke University, DurhamNC118669,59847,13363,649522,25677,900
4Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN118764,54241,33122,3572124,12264,500
6Dartmouth College, HanoverNH118869,78746,7700017,84970,000
23Northwestern University, EvanstonIL118470,38539,4094,006720,30865,900
14Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD128869,31038,23839,352323,59369,800
22Tufts University, MedfordMA148769,17241,366500224,26766,500
12Cornell University, IthacaNY148768,16339,5950023,38973,600
5Rice University, HoustonTX158360,65836,77219,0191722,49764,300
16Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisMO178868,53140,5096,1111423,57766,300
28University of Southern California, Los AngelesCA177770,40935,01119,6652927,88270,400
21Georgetown University, WashingtonDC179069,56840,2520023,41290,100
20University of Notre Dame, Notre DameIN199067,44537,39012,919928,40671,600
45Carnegie Mellon University, PittsburghPA227570,09434,63211,763630,86681,800
13Emory University, AtlantaGA258564,51040,81625,795729,21761,500
47Tulane University, New OrleansLA267268,69633,00325,7795831,64256,200
51American University, WashingtonDC267662,11725,02414,5791534,65559,200
26Lehigh University, BethlehemPA267764,86037,69912,914834,21577,200
27Trinity University, San AntonioTX276955,48028,82619,0428538,60554,600
44Liberty University, LynchburgVA283635,52610,8318,3436121,47435,200
38Boston University, BostonMA298168,35233,52119,9751141,09862,000
29Wake Forest University, Winston-SalemNC308468,15843,16512,5821233,79760,200
18Boston College, Chestnut HillMA318968,73837,71621,634420,48170,000
46New York University, New YorkNY328269,03229,9716,167831,21059,600
31Brandeis University, WalthamMA338369,46337,35115,2001632,92255,300
53Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandOH356464,02428,15623,4795930,56169,900
55University of Tulsa, TulsaOK375853,8255,67919,5206834,13645,100
58Pepperdine University, MalibuCA377668,36236,28318,5234429,64061,100
30University of Rochester, RochesterNY387468,65439,24613,5975630,74257,500
36University of Miami, Coral GablesFL387063,15029,82719,2474221,50057,800
61Baylor University, WacoTX405857,33322,29113,9767844,54049,400
52George Washington University, WashingtonDC407667,84330,27919,8464333,30567,100
68Marist College, PoughkeepsieNY417552,88017,3718,4404939,58454,700
74Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY446170,13233,11917,9206535,00077,900
83LeTourneau University, LongviewTX443840,75417,26513,3162138,98847,700
32Villanova University, VillanovaPA448766,02230,49715,6141235,54574,500
62Fordham University, New YorkNY457469,44326,41216,7434829,29157,400
35Bentley University, WalthamMA468364,98030,60018,7053531,04680,600
60Emerson College, BostonMA487762,97418,82015,4022023,22543,700
34Santa Clara University, Santa ClaraCA488266,19927,28114,3784127,38569,600
73Southern Methodist University, DallasTX496870,28422,21023,3235029,60157,300
64Howard University, WashingtonDC494040,7018,26427,0952326,18146,800
25Yeshiva University, New YorkNY517155,17429,73322,1805423,55055,900
24Brigham Young University, ProvoUT512919,274§4,8744,3383815,15856,800
69University of San Diego, San DiegoCA516662,18625,65514,5023229,64659,300
77Syracuse University, SyracuseNY526963,78229,43212,8352737,75358,400
59University of Denver, DenverCO536662,48130,82416,7026231,07753,800
72Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesCA547462,49520,44010,0855130,69855,800
91Rochester Institute of Technology, RochesterNY552953,80021,30011,4005038,19860,600
33Clark University, WorcesterMA557254,06025,64819,2746526,87044,500
80Providence College, ProvidenceRI558163,98426,41018,3512839,77560,700
40Elon University, ElonNC607747,04215,0527,3813030,17049,000
84University of Dayton, DaytonOH605855,93023,16615,5166137,57151,600
81Baldwin Wallace University, BereaOH605442,46419,30513,8323134,42344,300
54University of Portland, PortlandOR617557,88023,10917,4368428,24956,600
78Fairfield University, FairfieldCT617862,59526,17014,4454737,91069,800
95Rollins College, Winter ParkFL616464,31531,14520,0425832,20843,700
67Union University, JacksonTN635943,0806,13715,0771531,18141,200
87Centenary College of Louisiana, ShreveportLA644650,35024,25221,0807526,64344,700
92Simmons College, BostonMA646855,68026,52817,2795538,99249,000
99St. John Fisher College, RochesterNY656546,37017,75511,2207335,92545,600
41Saint Louis University, St. LouisMO656654,16222,44616,2837333,29954,400
48Gonzaga University, SpokaneWA677453,98421,40814,5458230,70054,100
97Saint Francis University, LorettoPA675949,90421,03015,7775631,64448,200
88Clarkson University, PotsdamNY685763,87030,64722,1727623,50068,900
76Xavier University, CincinnatiOH696250,49521,81016,4177732,10847,500
94Point Loma Nazarene University, San DiegoCA696246,60417,32510,2703634,84449,100
39Mercer University, MaconGA694948,51524,40919,8138228,19446,700
42Drake University, Des MoinesIA697150,32018,97914,3997233,64956,800
65Bradley University, PeoriaIL705444,44017,04911,0428325,72551,200
66Drury University, SpringfieldMO704835,68115,6008,5527131,01131,500
43Creighton University, OmahaNE717350,65221,06815,1367535,92156,100
79Geneva College, Beaver FallsPA715637,39016,89211,0143836,27838,900
56University of Evansville, EvansvilleIN715948,75626,60819,0265635,34640,300
71Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma CityOK724740,85017,06114,5941923,98440,300
63Butler University, IndianapolisIN735754,20520,02213,5709035,73054,700
96Duquesne University, PittsburghPA746849,90819,26712,1687141,27256,300
98Seattle University, SeattleWA746456,15723,62013,344828,29755,500
57Rockhurst University, Kansas CityMO746347,48021,07419,2873923,75347,900
100Pacific Lutheran University, TacomaWA775852,08223,22616,7558632,86247,700
82Saint Michael's College, ColchesterVT777456,66024,49817,3558738,22646,900
37Franciscan University of Steubenville, SteubenvilleOH796736,03011,6406,3637423,36736,100
86Belmont University, NashvilleTN815945,90014,8577,5614431,02043,000
70Bethel University, St. PaulMN826647,76421,01912,2325036,13245,100
90John Carroll University, University HeightsOH836652,62024,50219,4757731,99351,700
85University of St. Thomas, St. PaulMN836252,26820,37817,3722240,30755,600
75Marquette University, MilwaukeeWI846052,70220,32411,8778535,42159,000
93Seattle Pacific University, SeattleWA875652,97430,27822,0627628,88047,200
89Whitworth University, SpokaneWA896354,52225,94819,3348128,29441,000
50Samford University, BirminghamAL915941,77015,07210,2226529,29246,300
49Maryville University, St. LouisMO935738,55815,55617,4143819,26646,200
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%.
§ - For non-Mormons; $13,814 for Mormons.
NA - Not available.


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2017 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.