Top 100 best values in liberal-arts colleges or private universities rankings

Rank College / University State 4-Year Graduate Rate Total Cost Per Year Avg. Need Based Aid Avg. Non-Need Based Aid % of Non-Need Based Aid Avg. Debt at Graduation
1 Princeton University NJ 90.10% $ 50,269 $ 34,719 $ 0 0% $ 5,225
2 Yale University CT 89 $ 53,700 $ 38,914 $ 0 0% $ 9,254
3 California Institute of Technology CA 80.7 $ 50,703 $ 31,030 $ 40,888 5% $ 10,760
4 Rice University TX 82.5 $ 48,621 $ 27,671 $ 14,772 33% $ 13,944
5 Harvard University MA 87.2 $ 53,652 $ 39,156 $ 0 0% $ 10,102
6 University of Pennsylvania PA 88.4 $ 55,136 $ 32,443 $ 0 0% $ 17,013
7 Duke University NC 86.8 $ 55,245 $ 35,578 $ 21,158 13% $ 21,884
8 Columbia University NY 87.9 $ 59,208 $ 38,356 $ 0 0% NA
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA 84.5 $ 53,557 $ 35,504 $ 0 0% $ 15,228
10 Stanford University CA 78.4 $ 54,798 $ 37,930 $ 3,329 25% $ 14,058
11 Brown University RI 85.6 $ 54,494 $ 33,861 $ 11,600 0% $ 22,468
12 University of Richmond VA 81.3 $ 53,470 $ 35,002 $ 23,209 26% $ 23,070
13 Emory University GA 82 $ 53,892 $ 31,710 $ 20,859 13% $ 26,311
14 Dartmouth College NH 88.1 $ 57,376 $ 36,401 $ 0 0% $ 18,792
15 Washington University in St. Louis MO 85.6 $ 55,966 $ 29,457 $ 6,893 20% NA
16 University of Chicago IL 86.5 $ 58,955 $ 35,540 $ 7,772 NA $ 22,359
17 Georgetown University DC 87 $ 55,818 $ 30,715 $ 0 0% $ 25,315
18 University of Notre Dame IN 90.1 $ 54,267 $ 28,184 $ 7,871 7% $ 30,341
19 Vanderbilt University TN 85.1 $ 57,118 $ 36,352 $ 22,182 17% $ 18,605
20 Northwestern University IL 86.3 $ 56,560 $ 28,910 $ 3,064 9% $ 20,959
21 Cornell University NY 85.9 $ 55,501 $ 32,511 $ 0 0% $ 20,648
22 Boston College MA 87.2 $ 55,978 $ 27,691 $ 16,604 4% $ 20,598
23 Brandeis University MA 84 $ 54,954 $ 27,772 $ 23,117 24% $ 21,351
24 Tufts University MA 84.9 $ 55,274 $ 29,916 $ 500 3% $ 27,443
25 The Johns Hopkins University MD 84.4 $ 56,942 $ 25,595 $ 27,491 2% $ 24,307
26 Wake Forest University NC 83 $ 54,011 $ 27,995 $ 15,023 17% $ 32,237
27 Trinity University TX 68.1 $ 43,322 $ 19,487 $ 13,234 67% NA
28 Clark University MA 73.2 $ 41,250 $ 23,789 $ 13,763 63% $ 24,000
29 Lehigh University PA 77.2 $ 52,800 $ 29,498 $ 10,232 11% $ 31,922
30 Gonzaga University WA 68.4 $ 41,622 $ 17,477 $ 10,673 82% $ 27,136
31 Villanova University PA 85.2 $ 53,940 $ 23,525 $ 10,361 10% $ 37,267
32 The George Washington University DC 86.6 $ 55,748 $ 27,633 $ 13,050 19% $ 32,547
33 Bentley University MA 79.3 $ 51,948 $ 23,502 $ 15,176 27% $ 32,710
34 Elon University NC 74.6 $ 36,375 $ 10,846 $ 5,380 31% $ 27,163
35 Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA 71.7 $ 52,964 $ 18,707 $ 16,005 77% NA
36 University of Miami FL 68.1 $ 52,222 $ 23,552 $ 19,971 30% $ 26,438
37 Emerson College MA 76 $ 47,126 $ 15,444 $ 12,713 14% $ 17,459
38 Marist College NY 73.2 $ 42,590 $ 16,909 $ 7,180 43% $ 25,135
39 University of Southern California CA 71.7 $ 56,396 $ 24,777 $ 15,639 25% $ 30,090
40 Tulane University LA 58.5 $ 53,306 $ 25,204 $ 21,316 38% $ 27,510
41 Case Western Reserve University OH 64.8 $ 52,683 $ 23,585 $ 19,476 50% $ 39,236
42 University of Rochester NY 68.8 $ 55,196 $ 28,429 $ 10,258 46% $ 28,100
43 Northeastern University MA NA $ 52,362 $ 15,619 $ 9,430 49% NA
44 Santa Clara University CA 80.4 $ 52,701 $ 18,666 $ 11,557 42% $ 25,575
45 Carnegie Mellon University PA 69.2 $ 56,120 $ 24,819 $ 11,851 14% $ 30,744
46 University of Portland OR 66.9 $ 45,070 $ 18,359 $ 12,119 65% $ 26,831
47 American University DC 74.6 $ 52,773 $ 14,487 $ 18,780 29% $ 36,206
48 Providence College RI 84.4 $ 54,070 $ 18,866 $ 26,763 17% $ 32,850
49 University of Denver CO 63.4 $ 50,273 $ 22,351 $ 12,114 54% $ 25,578
50 Boston University MA 80.7 $ 55,050 $ 23,454 $ 19,843 11% $ 31,809
51 Syracuse University NY 72.8 $ 52,243 $ 22,250 $ 9,100 25% $ 30,813
52 Pepperdine University CA 71.1 $ 53,796 $ 37,160 $ 17,071 13% $ 31,429
53 Stevens Institute of Technology NJ 30.2 $ 53,720 $ 12,871 $ 9,973 29% $ 14,113
54 Marquette University WI 62 $ 43,122 $ 15,219 $ 8,480 63% $ 32,824
55 Loyola University Maryland MD 76.3 $ 53,720 $ 17,910 $ 13,980 23% $ 26,740
56 Southern Methodist University TX 60.1 $ 53,445 $ 18,433 $ 15,334 50% $ 24,569
57 New York University NY 78.3 $ 57,858 $ 18,459 $ 6,920 12% $ 41,300
58 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY 64.5 $ 57,179 $ 22,831 $ 12,958 85% $ 30,125
59 Fordham University NY 74.6 $ 56,160 $ 18,140 $ 10,264 41% $ 33,365
60 Loyola Marymount University CA 71.1 $ 52,506 $ 18,301 $ 10,310 23% $ 29,906
61 Union University TN 74.4 $ 31,950 $ 29,907 $ 10,538 20% $ 25,621
62 Whitworth University WA 67.2 $ 41,564 $ 17,804 $ 10,780 49% $ 22,540
63 Creighton University NE 65.4 $ 42,132 $ 19,622 $ 12,524 64% $ 32,152
64 Drake University IA 62.1 $ 37,692 $ 14,579 $ 11,072 71% $ 35,027
65 Samford University AL 54 $ 32,738 $ 12,791 $ 7,742 30% $ 20,328
66 Drury University MO 54.6 $ 29,490 $ 6,885 $ 415 81% $ 20,500
67 Point Loma Nazarene University CA 63.9 $ 38,766 $ 14,436 $ 6,556 43% $ 25,607
68 Brigham Young University UT 31.4 $ 17,280 $ 5,491 $ 3,436 41% $ 13,354
69 Bradley University IL 54.1 $ 35,954 $ 12,988 $ 6,718 74% $ 18,887
70 Ithaca College NY 69.5 $ 49,472 $ 19,199 $ 9,716 59% NA
71 Xavier University OH 69.8 $ 42,080 $ 13,747 $ 11,130 58% $ 25,881
72 Baylor University TX 50.2 $ 41,712 $ 16,079 $ 9,913 68% NA
73 Franciscan University of Steubenville OH 56.7 $ 29,520 $ 8,526 $ 4,366 31% $ 32,380
74 Rollins College FL 59.3 $ 51,220 $ 29,649 $ 16,999 33% $ 25,294
75 Yeshiva University NY 45.5 $ 47,074 $ 20,988 $ 18,543 23% $ 21,654
76 Centenary College of Louisiana LA 51.3 $ 35,220 $ 18,453 $ 9,767 78% $ 22,920
77 Rochester Institute of Technology NY 28.4 $ 43,700 $ 16,000 $ 8,000 NA $ 23,800
78 Saint Michael’s College VT 73 $ 46,470 $ 16,639 $ 9,960 70% $ 29,410
79 Lebanon Valley College PA 69 $ 43,000 $ 19,787 $ 12,532 51% $ 32,428
80 George Fox University OR 59.2 $ 39,380 $ 15,040 $ 7,016 14% $ 18,428
81 John Carroll University OH 63.4 $ 42,000 $ 19,440 $ 10,152 73% $ 28,830
82 Hood College MD 66.1 $ 42,320 $ 20,186 $ 13,967 44% $ 17,144
83 Baker University KS 49.3 $ 31,830 $ 11,940 $ 10,445 73% $ 23,500
84 Butler University IN 55.8 $ 43,278 $ 16,943 $ 11,452 76% $ 30,581
85 University of Tulsa OK 46.8 $ 42,039 $ 6,433 $ 14,777 61% NA
86 Rockhurst University MO 60.1 $ 37,160 $ 6,962 $ 13,392 16% $ 24,841
87 Indiana Wesleyan University IN 54.6 $ 30,370 $ 12,723 $ 7,388 59% $ 28,657
88 Chapman University CA 50.5 $ 54,262 $ 24,076 $ 17,256 32% $ 23,917
89 Seattle University WA 58.7 $ 43,995 $ 15,010 $ 9,985 13% $ 26,607
90 University of Dayton OH 58.3 $ 42,590 $ 12,490 $ 9,961 80% $ 35,421
91 Illinois Institute of Technology IL 49 $ 46,689 $ 22,054 $ 14,481 77% NA
92 Valparaiso University IN 59.8 $ 40,996 $ 17,177 $ 9,427 70% $ 33,024
93 Maryville University of Saint Louis MO 51.3 $ 33,374 $ 10,798 $ 7,051 10% $ 22,636
94 Canisius College NY 59.5 $ 42,773 $ 19,366 $ 14,220 53% $ 33,918
95 University of San Diego CA 60.1 $ 51,990 $ 22,077 $ 13,525 27% $ 29,928
96 University of St. Thomas MN 61.2 $ 44,600 $ 15,632 $ 12,598 23% $ 32,705
97 Manhattan College NY 63.9 $ 41,520 $ 7,177 $ 8,187 32% $ 18,816
98 Loyola University New Orleans LA 48.2 $ 45,362 $ 20,219 $ 14,681 69% $ 22,319
99 Baldwin-Wallace College OH 53 $ 35,076 $ 15,052 $ 8,923 37% $ 30,096
100 Bethel University MN 58 $ 39,000 $ 14,664 $ 5,908 38% $ 32,698