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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States

1,472 Colleges
$18,946 Avg Cost*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value United States Schools ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 1,472 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value in the United States. This ranking isn't just a listing of 'cheap' schools. Instead, it is noting which schools offer a high quality education for a reasonable price. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

When determining average cost, we look at total expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses, and then deduct the average amount of financial aid awarded to a student. This estimate is meant to give you a better picture of how much money you'll have to pay each year, either through self-pay, loans, or external scholarships.

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Top Colleges for the Money in the United States

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#1

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California

Our analysis found Soka University of America to be the best school for overall value in the United States in this year’s ranking. Soka University is located in Aliso Viejo, California and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 118 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Soka University to complete their degree, and it costs about $16,398 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Soka University is $66,412. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Soka University also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges ranking.

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A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list means Brigham Young University - Provo is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Provo, Utah is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,007 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $14,128. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $74,031. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, BYU also did well on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

St John's College

Annapolis, Maryland

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend St John’s College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States list. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 81 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at St. John’s Annapolis graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,806. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s Annapolis be around $52,120. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 0.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. St. John’s Annapolis also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Principia College

Elsah, Illinois

Out of the 1,472 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Principia College landed the #4 spot on the list. Principia is a private not-for-profit institution located in Elsah, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Principia to complete their degree, and it costs about $17,395 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Principia is $73,233. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Principia also did well on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Elizabethtown College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States list. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. It awarded 527 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at E - town graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,950. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the E - town is $73,236. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, E - town also did well on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan

With a ranking of #6, University of Detroit Mercy did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UDM is 4.2 years, and it costs about $18,421 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UDM be around $77,737. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UDM also did well on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

With a ranking of #7, Hillsdale College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Hillsdale College is located in Hillsdale, Michigan and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 403 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Hillsdale College is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,069. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Hillsdale College is $102,783. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Hillsdale College also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges ranking.

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#8

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

Centre College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking. Centre College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Danville, Kentucky that handed out 378 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Centre College of Kentucky graduates in less than 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,757. This means that the average student pays around $103,543 to get a bachelor’s degree from Centre College of Kentucky. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Centre College of Kentucky also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Mills College

Oakland, California

Mills College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking. Mills College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Oakland, California that handed out 178 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Mills, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,932. This means that the average student pays around $67,552 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mills. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 3.5% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#10

St. John's College

Santa Fe, New Mexico

St. John’s College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking. St. John’s is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It awarded 70 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at St. John’s to complete their degree, and it costs about $14,734 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s be around $61,588. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#11

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Southern College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the United States ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and it awarded 354 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at BSC about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $8,951. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BSC is $36,610. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#12

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, Missouri

With a ranking of #12, College of the Ozarks did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Hard Work U is located in Point Lookout, Missouri and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 362 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Hard Work U graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $13,777 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Hard Work U is $58,001. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#13

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking, coming in at #13. UMN Morris is a small public school situated in Morris, Minnesota. It awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At UMN Morris, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,264. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Morris is $68,959. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

Mercer University

Macon, Georgia

Mercer University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the United States ranking. Mercer is a private not-for-profit institution located in Macon, Georgia. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,205 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mercer is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,615. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mercer be around $92,728. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Mercer also did well on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking. Kirksville, Missouri is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,216 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Truman State graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,651. This means that the average student pays around $87,560 to get a bachelor’s degree from Truman State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 3.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#16

Canisius College

Buffalo, New York

Canisius College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Canisius is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Buffalo, New York. It awarded 721 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Canisius to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,067 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Canisius is about $82,074. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#17

University of Minnesota - Rochester

Rochester, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Rochester came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the United States ranking. Rochester, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 84 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Rochester is 4.1 years, and it costs about $19,782 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Rochester is $81,700. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#18

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota

With a ranking of #18, Martin Luther College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. MLC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in New Ulm, Minnesota. It awarded 190 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MLC is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,143. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from MLC be around $93,875. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#19

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

College of the Atlantic ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. College of the Atlantic is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bar Harbor, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 83 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at College of the Atlantic to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,301. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from College of the Atlantic is $99,961. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its great value ranking, College of the Atlantic is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges list.

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#20

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

With a ranking of #20, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the fairly large public school awarded 2,211 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UW - La Crosse about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,069. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $98,207. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UW - La Crosse also did well on our Best Colleges list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#20

Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

Presbyterian College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Located in Clinton, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 228 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At PC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,984. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from PC is $97,855. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#22

Berea College

Berea, Kentucky

Berea College landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking. Located in Berea, Kentucky, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 349 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Berea to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,680. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Berea is about $92,574. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#23

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Harding University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking, coming in at #23. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Searcy, Arkansas, and it awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Harding about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,535. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Harding is about $98,027. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#24

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, Virginia

Sweet Briar College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the United States ranking, coming in at #24. Located in Sweet Briar, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 29 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Sweet Briar to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $13,914. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar is $56,630. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student-to-faculty rate of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#25

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana

Hanover College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the United States list. Hanover is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hanover, Indiana. It awarded 247 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Hanover is 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,334. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hanover be around $102,349. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Hanover excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges list.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for the Money in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top-ranked list, but they also landed in the upper 15% of this year’s ranking:

#28

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho
#29

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#30

University of the Sciences

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#31

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
#32

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming
#34

Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina
#35

Cottey College

Nevada, Missouri
#35

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#37

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, Indiana
#38

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
#39

Illinois College

Jacksonville, Illinois
#40

Wells College

Aurora, New York
#41

Freed - Hardeman University

Henderson, Tennessee
#42

Central College

Pella, Iowa
#43

Elmira College

Elmira, New York
#44

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, California
#45

Westminster College Pennsylvania

New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
#46

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#47

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania
#48

Northwestern College

Orange City, Iowa
#49

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
#50

Florida College

Temple Terrace, Florida

Rest of the Top 15% Colleges for the Money in the United States

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Rank College Location
51 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
52 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
53 Knox College Galesburg, IL
54 Earlham College Richmond, IN
55 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
56 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
56 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
58 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
59 Hendrix College Conway, AR
60 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
61 Austin College Sherman, TX
62 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
63 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
63 Ripon College Ripon, WI
65 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
Rank College Location
66 Gallaudet University Washington, DC
66 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
68 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
69 New College of Florida Sarasota, FL
70 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
71 Winona State University Winona, MN
72 Transylvania University Lexington, KY
73 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
74 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
75 Salish Kootenai College Pablo, MT
76 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
77 Brigham Young University - Hawaii Laie, HI
78 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
79 Covenant College Lookout Mountain, GA
80 Monmouth College Monmouth, IL
80 Hollins University Roanoke, VA
82 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
82 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA
84 Luther College Decorah, IA
84 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
86 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
87 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
88 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH
89 Union University Jackson, TN
90 Loras College Dubuque, IA
Rank College Location
91 William Jewell College Liberty, MO
92 Albright College Reading, PA
93 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
94 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
95 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
96 Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA
97 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
98 The Baptist College of Florida Graceville, FL
99 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
100 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
101 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
102 Iowa State University Ames, IA
103 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
104 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
105 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
106 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
107 Albion College Albion, MI
108 Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, MN
109 Drew University Madison, NJ
110 Emmaus Bible College Dubuque, IA
110 Corban University Salem, OR
112 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
113 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
114 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
115 Ave Maria University Ave Maria, FL
Rank College Location
116 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
117 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
118 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
119 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
120 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
120 Lycoming College Williamsport, PA
122 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
123 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
124 Drury University Springfield, MO
125 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
126 Milligan College Milligan College, TN
127 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
128 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
129 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
130 Lyon College Batesville, AR
130 Houghton College Houghton, NY
130 Millsaps College Jackson, MS
133 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
133 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
135 Illinois State University Normal, IL
136 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
137 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
138 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY
138 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
140 Kettering College Kettering, OH
Rank College Location
141 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
142 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
143 Taylor University Upland, IN
144 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
144 Grace College and Theological Seminary Winona Lake, IN
146 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
146 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
148 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
149 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
150 Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK
151 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
152 Bradley University Peoria, IL
152 Johnson University Knoxville, TN
154 University of Georgia Athens, GA
155 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
155 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN
157 Lincoln Christian University Lincoln, IL
157 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
159 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
160 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
161 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
161 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
163 Furman University Greenville, SC
163 Emory and Henry College Emory, VA
163 Howard University Washington, DC
Rank College Location
166 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
167 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
168 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
169 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
170 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
171 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
172 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
173 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
173 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
175 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
175 University of Evansville Evansville, IN
177 Huntington University Huntington, IN
178 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
179 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
179 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
181 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
181 Alma College Alma, MI
183 University of Houston Houston, TX
184 Franklin College Franklin, IN
185 Hobe Sound Bible College Hobe Sound, FL
185 Maharishi University of Management Fairfield, IA
187 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
188 Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA
188 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
188 Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA
Rank College Location
191 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
192 Ozark Christian College Joplin, MO
193 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
194 Salem College Winston-Salem, NC
195 The Master’s College and Seminary Santa Clarita, CA
196 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
196 Columbia International University Columbia, SC
198 Maryville College Maryville, TN
199 Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke, VA
199 Neumont College of Computer Science Salt Lake City, UT
201 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
201 University of Maine at Farmington Farmington, ME
203 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
204 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Ankeny, IA
205 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
205 Geneva College Beaver Falls, PA
207 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
208 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
209 Carroll College Helena, MT
209 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
211 Lawrence University Appleton, WI
211 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD
213 Goshen College Goshen, IN
214 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
215 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
Rank College Location
215 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
217 Warner Pacific College Portland, OR
218 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
219 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
219 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
221 DePauw University Greencastle, IN

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for the Money ranking:

Rank College Location
222 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church Bryn Athyn, PA
223 Blackburn College Carlinville, IL
224 Dordt College Sioux Center, IA
224 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
224 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
227 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
228 Hope College Holland, MI
229 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
230 Wittenberg University Springfield, OH
231 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
231 Cornell College Mount Vernon, IA
233 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
234 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
235 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
235 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
Rank College Location
237 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
238 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
239 Catawba College Salisbury, NC
239 Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI
241 Creighton University Omaha, NE
242 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
243 Simpson College Indianola, IA
244 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY
245 Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fayette, MO
245 Minot State University Minot, ND
247 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX
248 Doane University Crete, NE
248 Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, MS
250 Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY
251 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
252 Dominican University River Forest, IL
253 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
254 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
255 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
256 Ball State University Muncie, IN
Rank College Location
256 Stephens College Columbia, MO
256 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
256 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
256 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
261 Valley City State University Valley City, ND
262 Converse College Spartanburg, SC
263 Westminster College Missouri Fulton, MO
264 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
265 Oklahoma Christian University Edmond, OK
266 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
267 Gordon College Wenham, MA
268 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
269 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
269 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
269 Hastings College Hastings, NE
272 Siena College Loudonville, NY
272 Beloit College Beloit, WI
274 Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
275 Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, WV
276 University of Jamestown Jamestown, ND
Rank College Location
276 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
278 Appalachian Bible College Mount Hope, WV
279 Daemen College Amherst, NY
279 Samford University Birmingham, AL
281 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
281 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
283 University of St. Thomas Houston, TX
283 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
283 Denison University Granville, OH
286 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
287 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
287 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
289 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
290 Northland College Ashland, WI
291 Fisk University Nashville, TN
292 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
293 Davidson College Davidson, NC
294 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
294 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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