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Kiplinger's Best College Values

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

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Liberal Arts Colleges

Rank
Name
State
Admit
rate
Student
per
faculty
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
1Washington and Lee University, LexingtonVA19%888%$56,557$38,375$35,24913%$23,409
2Pomona College, ClaremontCA1388958,58037,6110015,714
3Swarthmore College, SwarthmorePA1488659,08037,65142,744220,020
4Williams College, WilliamstownMA1779159,67040,5110012,749
5Amherst College, AmherstMA1388659,71443,4240014,566
6Bowdoin College, BrunswickME1699158,65036,4921,000922,755
7Middlebury College, MiddleburyVT1798858,47036,2452,5000†17,246
8Davidson College, DavidsonNC25108955,68329,06421,7471223,904
9Haverford College, HaverfordPA2389060,43039,7020014,171
10Grinnell College, GrinnellIA3698654,55432,98413,6264416,226
11Hamilton College, ClintonNY2798559,09035,44137,8080†18,568
12Carleton College, NorthfieldMN2699158,90031,3202,6221417,289
13Vassar College, PoughkeepsieNY2388660,02040,0450017,234
14Claremont McKenna College, ClaremontCA1488760,91037,77816,256923,179
15The Colorado College, Colorado SpringsCO23108355,77830,5427,7911319,230
16Wellesley College, WellesleyMA3078459,09238,3930014,189
17Wesleyan University, MiddletownCT2198762,54939,02644,741220,966
18Colby College, WatervilleME29108658,21036,9243,754324,453
19Colgate University, HamiltonNY2998558,93038,2880020,751
20Barnard College, New YorkNY23108460,14642,5720019,931
21College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMA34109056,93230,19128,625326,567
22Centre College, DanvilleKY70118746,50023,64317,2318821,800
23Denison University, GranvilleOH49108455,32030,74916,4508820,162
24Lafayette College, EastonPA34118955,98832,70920,8421226,717
25Kenyon College, GambierOH36108758,71034,24512,0942320,992
26University of Richmond, University of RichmondVA3097756,64036,70323,0052921,825
27Scripps College, ClaremontCA32108560,37034,29620,5572117,487
28Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMI49106532,6907,9585,2687925,502
29Wheaton College, WheatonIL69127640,49018,3825,0682724,067
30Macalester College, St. PaulMN37108656,51531,8649,7291623,285
31Bates College, LewistonME27108560,70036,0580024,515
32Wofford College, SpartanburgSC63117945,79528,91514,7696622,118
33Rhodes College, MemphisTN55108150,80323,53616,3857926,372
34Whitman College, Walla WallaWA4998055,80026,0768,7455616,797
35Bucknell University, LewisburgPA27108659,06023,15013,5621121,163
36Harvey Mudd College, ClaremontCA1988462,46032,61210,3053824,194
37Mount Holyoke College, South HadleyMA42107954,54630,16316,2224422,691
38Oberlin College, OberlinOH3197360,40429,08214,10066NA
39Pitzer College, ClaremontCA16108060,41635,2826,2771†20,900
40Smith College, NorthamptonMA4298158,32434,65417,6911023,071
41Thomas Aquinas College, Santa PaulaCA81127232,45015,4980017,820
42Connecticut College, New LondonCT3698259,78032,8310023,558
43DePauw University, GreencastleIN62107449,70027,53416,7229326,570
44Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrPA4187858,76035,34215,7943423,579
45St. Olaf College, NorthfieldMN60128350,96026,19411,4386427,637
46Sewanee: The University of the South, SewaneeTN59107446,77020,79511,0766023,721
47Gustavus Adolphus College, St. PeterMN63128249,02324,01812,7119028,124
48Trinity College, HartfordCT34107760,81039,13132,371118,868
49Christendom College, Front RoyalVA83157531,65015,1927,1759625,875
50Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsNY4298459,37634,92611,700122,753
51Kalamazoo College, KalamazooMI69127448,72623,90913,4677627,845
52Franklin & Marshall College, LancasterPA3997958,99534,14514,372833,200
53Austin College, ShermanTX59127345,79521,67915,57689NA
54Gettysburg College, GettysburgPA40108057,32027,55013,4443425,530
55Dickinson College, CarlislePA40108158,70830,00411,0842525,574
56Principia College, ElsahIL9376937,48022,68118,4089321,705
57Occidental College, Los AngelesCA40108060,83632,14610,6193723,703
58Union College, SchenectadyNY38107659,74830,9269,1963827,336
59Transylvania University, LexingtonKY85116939,61520,08313,4489226,604
60Illinois Wesleyan University, BloomingtonIL60117849,25220,55413,6618432,964
61Allegheny College, MeadvillePA63127050,02023,73114,35987NA
62Muhlenberg College, AllentownPA46128254,13023,32810,7565425,858
63Berea College, BereaKY3211487,9203,469007,224
64The College of Wooster, WoosterOH58127052,60027,30018,4828826,750
65Beloit College, BeloitWI67116849,10623,78415,9757127,981
66Millsaps College, JacksonMS5586744,98821,54518,1248128,965
67St. Lawrence University, CantonNY48127658,65029,28518,5796825,058
68Hope College, HollandMI85126738,42016,7967,9195837,010
69Southwestern University, GeorgetownTX61106746,86024,30916,4148636,299
70College of the Atlantic, Bar HarborME7195348,80430,4835,9963422,473
71Lewis & Clark College, PortlandOR64126953,35026,30112,6663625,134
72Hendrix College, ConwayAR83116349,53624,49821,1749524,492
73Knox College, GalesburgIL78126948,25222,94912,8708627,542
74Furman University, GreenvilleSC77117955,20824,22716,0495426,661
75Cornell College, Mount VernonIA53126645,73020,43511,5357227,227
76Houghton College, HoughtonNY73125836,74016,49410,7756422,197
77Goshen College, GoshenIN60105538,86017,260NA7821,953
78Luther College, DecorahIA70126845,42020,50314,8333335,619
79Augustana College, Rock IslandIL69127345,93718,37414,3828734,120
80Wabash College, CrawfordsvilleIN67106945,56017,74916,2747528,919
81Juniata College, HuntingdonPA66137148,37022,54416,1227731,213
82Birmingham-Southern College, BirminghamAL65136341,9209,14515,7978727,629
83Westmont College, Santa BarbaraCA66117652,27021,27611,5848831,277
84College of Saint Benedict, Saint JosephMN77127448,57022,14513,8277840,030
85Willamette University, SalemOR60106953,71025,09915,1287226,740
86Coe College, Cedar RapidsIA67116044,59022,29718,4897629,500
87Ursinus College, CollegevillePA70117156,63027,70014,4957926,776
88Earlham College, RichmondIN75106450,91028,68715,4693826,089
89Moravian College, BethlehemPA79127347,16219,87610,27147NA
90Saint John's University, CollegevilleMN75126947,14621,60513,2777634,889
91William Jewell College, LibertyMO61116140,32020,31113,6348031,324
92Agnes Scott College, DecaturGA62115746,32324,64518,1017427,462
93University of Puget Sound, TacomaWA83126953,64824,44712,9247928,923
94University of Dallas, IrvingTX88116044,81019,74114,6449531,466
95McDaniel College, WestminsterMD64116846,80023,28415,8258931,919
96Lawrence University, AppletonWI7695450,62224,46113,8297530,724
97Spelman College, AtlantaGA38116438,57914,0600033,898
98Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-SydneyVA56116348,13623,64912,5279630,248
99Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaNY53117259,15026,85215,3394934,463
100Hanover College, HanoverIN64126342,35020,93815,2029427,626
NA - Not available.
* Percentage of all undergraduates without need who received non-need-based aid.
† - Fewer than 15 students who received non-need-based aid.
# - For non-Mormons; $13,092 for Mormons.
§ - All students admitted receive a 4-year tuition scholarship of $22,100 for the 2013-14 academic year.
SOURCE - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. © 2013 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.