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Kiplinger's Best College Values

SEE ALSO: College Finder Map|Sortable Rankings|SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2014

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
3640University of California, DavisCA46%51%$29,477 $13,164$52,355$36,042$19,285
911University of California, BerkeleyCA187129,28012,65152,15835,52917,964
5265University of California, Santa CruzCA615129,22611,18752,10434,06520,358
9995University of California, RiversideCA634229,00411,79451,88234,67221,373
1821University of California, Santa BarbaraCA446728,99511,51151,87334,38919,325
55University of California, Los AngelesCA227128,85211,48351,73034,36120,409
616University of MichiganMI377624,18610,93051,43638,18027,815
2328University of California, IrvineCA426628,34411,42651,22234,30419,828
22University of VirginiaVA308723,4155,07050,80132,45621,591
1417University of California, San DiegoCA385726,7019,44449,57932,32220,474
46College of William and MaryVA328326,28513,43649,26236,41324,344
7575University of VermontVT776527,32013,23948,24834,16727,588
9098University of Colorado at BoulderCO844224,40516,41146,17338,17923,413
2136University of Texas at AustinTX475121,91013,22045,95437,26426,097
8276Colorado School of MinesCO373528,08822,22943,98838,12933,209
1318University of WashingtonWA595624,35510,35543,92929,92920,800
4157Michigan State UniversityMI715322,71313,68843,60034,57525,821
2522University of ConnecticutCT456724,59416,00743,54234,95524,373
3763Indiana University, BloomingtonIN745520,85810,99242,99933,13328,769
3230University of DelawareDE576724,41216,58142,23234,40133,649
100100University of OregonOR744421,92215,96741,94735,99224,528
5448Miami University (Ohio)OH736825,94918,36141,73934,15127,817
3827University of Illinois at Urbana—ChampaignIL636927,09415,53741,47629,91924,657
11University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC287719,6766,45441,45828,23616,983
5341Pennsylvania State Univ. at University ParkPA546528,77822,25441,35234,82835,100
4838St. Mary's College of MarylandMD727227,49918,15441,29931,95423,834
3346Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA553421,66412,76840,96832,07226,412
3958University of Texas at DallasTX524522,24614,42540,81832,99717,516
4737Rutgers, State Univ. of N.J., New BrunswickNJ615726,62716,39140,65130,41526,656
4051Purdue University (Ind.)IN614021,78210,96240,58429,76427,798
6882University of TennesseeTN673621,90013,71840,39032,20822,860
7053University of Massachusetts—AmherstMA635425,60916,20140,32530,91727,945
1142New College of FloridaFL605616,8678,04839,89531,07618,276
3139Clemson University (S.C.)SC585822,30818,05239,74235,48631,172
6069College of Charleston (S.C.)SC685822,71919,68939,36336,33323,357
7290George Mason University (Va.)VA664220,60814,31439,29232,99825,822
714University of Maryland, College ParkMD476319,97213,13239,15832,31825,276
37University of FloridaFL446416,86310,67939,14032,95619,636
8085Auburn University (Ala.)AL773822,60415,70639,11632,21826,690
4519University of Pittsburgh (Pa.)PA566228,95221,17838,95831,18433,662
1013University of GeorgiaGA565520,42411,99138,63430,20119,621
3545University of South CarolinaSC615320,71915,85738,43133,56925,022
7399Louisiana State UniversityLA763620,17711,14138,09429,05820,125
348College of New JerseyNJ467230,27319,05437,67826,45933,889
9597Georgia College & State UniversityGA663619,56615,40337,46633,30319,852
5686University of IowaIA784718,52111,95337,39130,82328,554
2624Ohio State UniversityOH645321,13512,34036,85528,06026,409
810University of Wisconsin—MadisonWI555419,95712,63636,20728,88624,700
2731Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Univ.VA705920,20513,61135,96129,36725,759
6643Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ476026,33817,40434,98826,05430,053
1732Texas A&M UniversityTX674918,2029,00734,82225,62722,955
6161University of Mary Washington (Va.)VA776921,30814,30834,17827,17823,000
5968University of MissouriMO814719,64711,83533,99626,18424,661
5072University of AlabamaAL534119,40611,78733,90626,28727,639
7666San Diego State University (Cal.)CA313222,32412,22433,48423,38417,600
5147University at Buffalo (SUNY)NY574421,44716,30733,38728,24716,025
8181Missouri Univ. of Science and TechnologyMO902719,27712,31433,36326,40021,659
8877University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD603321,63414,40433,20825,97822,600
2229James Madison University (Va.)VA646218,65611,25133,13425,72922,792
4260University of Central FloridaFL463516,85712,01132,95528,10920,086
6996University of UtahUT832218,31012,31332,89826,901NA
4334Cal. Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis ObispoCA312821,62318,01832,78329,178NA
1923Florida State UniversityFL545417,41913,50732,58528,67322,555
8456Christopher Newport University (Va.)VA655122,41116,82732,31126,72723,250
2920Stony Brook University (SUNY)NY404720,25913,35432,19925,29420,954
1615North Carolina State UniversityNC503918,6989,33832,15322,79322,858
154Binghamton University (SUNY)NY436821,83214,60232,15224,92223,710
8673Towson University (Md.)MD523920,40212,58632,08024,26423,812
8389University of Nebraska—LincolnNE642918,55711,82631,88425,15323,280
9374Western Washington UniversityWA803620,92012,08931,80922,97820,473
9693California State Polytechnic Univ., PomonaCA521120,43211,63731,59222,79718,659
6492University of North FloridaFL522016,71811,34831,05925,68917,000
2425Univ. of North Carolina School of the ArtsNC456017,8019,77330,94622,91826,612
6571University of OklahomaOK793718,48212,96030,67125,14926,005
9287California State University, Long BeachCA311319,32812,77430,48823,934NA
8959Purchase College (SUNY)NY335220,77914,47430,22923,92426,684
6779University of ArkansasAR633518,24011,30129,49622,55724,647
4412University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMN505123,08714,93329,33721,18329,702
203SUNY GeneseoNY466719,67214,93729,12224,38721,000
6264Iowa State UniversityIA833916,4909,88829,04222,44030,374
8791Texas Tech UniversityTX643718,41710,98729,03721,60718,358
7452SUNY OneontaNY435019,48614,77728,93624,22715,373
5870University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC643215,0478,95128,86922,77317,696
4933SUNY New PaltzNY445219,10314,50428,55323,95424,857
7884University of MississippiMS613717,52610,66928,49421,63723,986
9878SUNY PlattsburghNY463718,80512,87928,25522,32925,268
7762West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPA504318,03612,64328,16022,76730,345
9767SUNY FredoniaNY524918,79814,00028,04823,25027,431
6344Salisbury University (Md.)MD534919,66814,47628,01422,82223,159
2826University of North Carolina at WilmingtonNC544915,80410,89327,90722,99625,821
5555University of South FloridaFL432916,66010,98327,57521,89822,623
7988Oklahoma State UniversityOK783515,3909,09327,40521,10822,736
3035Appalachian State University (N.C.)NC634014,3226,92826,53019,13620,016
7180University of Northern IowaIA783916,50512,27826,00121,774NA
4654New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Tech.NM311713,9467,90025,30519,25918,834
9494University of North GeorgiaGA562814,5549,65423,01918,11912,166
5749University of Wisconsin—La CrosseWI713715,0199,83422,59217,40724,863
129Truman State University (Mo.)MO745715,7689,24821,64015,12022,922
9150University of Minnesota, MorrisMN604821,06611,87121,06611,87125,124
8583University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK392810,3522,88516,7849,31718,378
Cost Data - through November 15, 2013. NA - Information not available. * - Percentage of 2012-13 freshman class that scored 600 or higher on verbal/math SATs or 24 or higher on ACT. SOURCE - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. Copyright © 2013 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.