Tool | December 2017

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities, or create your own custom lists of individual colleges or schools from a particular state.

Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by critical cost and financial-aid metrics. For more information on a particular college, click the college's name for a complete data sheet.

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Rank
(in-
state)
Rank
(out-of-
state)
Name
State
Admit rate
4-yr-
grad rate
Total cost
per yr. (in-
state)
Cost after need-
based aid
(in-
state)
Total cost
per yr.
(out-of-
state)
Cost after need-
based aid
(out-of-
state)
Avg.
debt at
graduation
Salary
yardstick#
99100George Mason UniversityVA81%47%$24,214 $17,801$46,660$40,247$30,132$58,100
9799University of OregonOR785025,14616,82648,18639,86625,54243,200
9598University of Mary WashingtonVA746223,96520,61339,21135,85919,44450,500
6697University of California, Santa CruzCA595231,23511,19459,24939,20822,58243,700
10096University at Albany, State University of New YorkNY545624,15416,39439,03431,27421,21750,600
9495University of North GeorgiaGA662819,16616,30532,97830,11710,06240,600
6894University of Colorado BoulderCO774727,88416,85852,01840,99227,40548,100
8093University of VermontVT696230,96215,31554,57838,93126,96445,200
5592University of IowaIA814820,36512,96642,00934,61027,71550,200
8991University of HoustonTX592321,80613,68537,25629,13523,66549,900
8490Arizona State University at the West campusAZ784522,63814,03338,37529,77022,25145,400
9089Georgia State UniversityGA532315,87910,88225,16620,16929,95941,200
9388Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLA764224,28413,26440,96129,94124,69947,600
9687State University of New York College at OneontaNY535822,16014,92131,81024,57127,04542,000
3386Indiana University BloomingtonIN796021,82510,84246,13735,15428,03946,100
8185Oklahoma State UniversityOK753918,56611,27333,60426,31124,25244,300
4784University of California, DavisCA425531,77113,50059,78541,51419,27656,300
9183Temple UniversityPA524429,33622,52441,09634,28437,70848,600
8682Purchase College, State University of New YorkNY445423,08213,35832,73223,00831,18835,800
4081Michigan State UniversityMI665225,52015,33750,46540,28231,57951,500
8380University of Nebraska—LincolnNE753620,95513,47636,25528,77623,23143,700
9279Western Washington UniversityWA834020,23811,23934,75025,75119,72744,400
7578University of MississippiMS783719,99211,43135,25626,69528,16241,100
9877Salisbury UniversityMD664722,43216,38931,47225,42926,94047,800
8576University of TennesseeTN774325,26415,50443,68433,92424,42043,400
7775Queens College of the City University of New YorkNY413123,85416,07134,72426,94114,38347,400
7374University of LouisvilleKY732820,59411,42835,61626,45023,55340,300
7673State University of New York at New PaltzNY435422,45517,43932,10527,08926,28343,700
8872Arizona State University at the Tempe campusAZ835024,12614,05240,70630,63222,90345,400
6171University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC783917,60110,82334,32427,54622,02634,200
5470University at Buffalo, State University of New YorkNY595824,78717,62542,29735,13519,50049,900
7469University of MissouriMO754421,83512,02838,55428,74726,68546,100
6268University of North Carolina WilmingtonNC725317,91012,81531,92626,83125,11239,600
4967University of UtahUT762919,92312,89439,16632,13721,08151,000
8266Christopher Newport UniversityVA626326,12219,39138,31831,58730,45143,600
6965Auburn UniversityAL814725,50017,81044,17236,48228,17047,100
2464Texas A&M UniversityTX665221,63311,39648,38438,14724,07255,500
4263James Madison UniversityVA726521,66814,36838,03230,73228,40753,800
7162University of North FloridaFL652617,36611,51631,77025,92018,68542,100
7861St. Mary's College of MarylandMD806528,11218,30443,56333,75524,21348,100
6760University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK662814,2004,84324,47015,11322,76032,300
4859University of AlabamaAL534421,95410,35739,27427,67733,81642,700
5158Penn State University ParkPA566831,55623,87146,78439,09937,21348,500
5957University of ArkansasAR634220,81213,78736,05829,03324,18243,100
8756San Diego State UniversityCA353425,28015,68037,16027,56019,96948,300
5655Florida International UniversityFL492518,94413,29031,34225,68819,91544,200
4154University of Texas at DallasTX685124,84015,72146,95637,83720,43251,100
6053University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD573824,20415,78938,34029,92525,32254,100
6552Louisiana Tech UniversityLA633418,7868,74627,69917,65923,00141,000
7251Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ536127,82918,28436,96327,41811,27548,000
4650University of South CarolinaSC685422,91417,76643,01437,86629,01243,000
5249University of OklahomaOK704022,77116,67338,15232,05428,44448,700
5848Western Carolina UniversityNC413717,2876,36527,68016,75820,20136,200
7047California State University, Long BeachCA321421,20614,68931,68225,16515,16547,100
6346Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyIA874418,17611,05132,01224,88728,61748,600
6445University of Wisconsin—La CrosseWI823615,24810,43623,91719,10526,48744,700
5744University of Massachusetts AmherstMA606728,85418,60546,92036,67131,39749,700
3843University of DelawareDE657126,29217,01246,28237,00233,15055,100
2642University of California, IrvineCA417128,7709,62156,78437,63520,46655,100
3641University of Central FloridaFL504017,53111,87533,63027,97421,91143,300
7940University of Minnesota, MorrisMN585122,12212,02724,14214,04725,73239,500
2839Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA716123,07016,06740,85433,85128,88460,500
3538University of ConnecticutCT497028,24417,71150,31239,77928,14755,800
2037University of California, San DiegoCA365928,55510,14356,56938,15721,83058,600
5036Miami UniversityOH656629,47619,38948,72838,64129,95645,200
3135Clemson UniversitySC515925,65016,58846,59237,53030,13650,900
3234Stony Brook University, State University of New YorkNY415223,60315,37641,11332,88624,65655,100
2233University of California, Santa BarbaraCA366931,77012,77159,78440,78521,00152,500
4332University of PittsburghPA556430,80321,51442,36533,07638,61250,700
3431Rutgers University—New BrunswickNJ575928,44017,04144,38132,98225,97556,400
4530Hunter College of the City University of New YorkNY392416,9999,24427,86920,11413,00045,100
829University of Texas at AustinTX405521,13011,54347,47637,88925,33854,900
1628New College of FloridaFL715417,3808,54840,40831,57616,577NA
4427Baruch College of the City University of New YorkNY313925,52518,25636,39529,1267,91555,300
5326State University of New York College at GeneseoNY677122,62220,38032,27230,03024,78446,700
1525Purdue UniversityIN564921,1927,78839,99426,59027,53055,000
2524Ohio State UniversityOH545924,07714,52943,18133,63327,93043,700
3923University of South FloridaFL474417,93510,57128,84921,48522,33741,800
2922Appalachian State UniversityNC684916,1776,32430,98421,13122,05836,800
3721College of New JerseyNJ497530,54918,59841,97830,02735,79856,200
1720Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA264124,71013,64045,30634,23632,16975,800
1319University of Wisconsin—MadisonWI535722,57511,63246,82535,88227,83154,200
3018University of Illinois at Urbana—ChampaignIL607028,37614,13244,49630,25225,22257,600
717University of WashingtonWA456523,9168,91648,48033,48021,90054,800
1016University of Maryland, College ParkMD486923,73114,28746,93837,49427,55961,700
415University of MichiganMI297627,0729,39959,72242,04925,71260,100
2114New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNM231916,49110,82930,29924,63720,75952,900
2713California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoCA294824,43120,90736,31132,78722,41363,100
612University of California, Los AngelesCA187430,06610,48958,08038,50321,32358,700
1211University of GeorgiaGA546322,86413,74841,43832,32221,73048,500
2310University of Minnesota, Twin Cities CampusMN446125,26915,12937,45527,31526,64449,800
119College of William and MaryVA378535,24319,35156,29840,40626,40055,400
198Truman State UniversityMO685717,63610,00024,42016,78424,81143,700
97North Carolina State UniversityNC464720,99410,99039,34229,33821,50749,300
186Binghamton University, State University of New YorkNY417125,10016,43339,98031,31325,71859,200
55University of California, BerkeleyCA177630,78013,54858,79441,56218,78961,800
144Florida State UniversityFL586117,9658,96533,13124,13123,67944,900
33University of VirginiaVA308829,3218,34159,85638,87624,59860,700
22University of FloridaFL466717,50110,41839,77932,69621,64553,100
11University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC278422,1654,90547,74830,48820,85254,100
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.
NA - Information not available.


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