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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region

129 Colleges
$35,505 Avg Cost*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value New England Region Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 129 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value in the New England Region. Quality is an important component in this ranking, so it is not just naming the schools with the cheapest price tag. Instead, it is identifying those institutions that offer the most value when taking their educational quality into consideration. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

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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 New England Region

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#1

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

College of the Atlantic tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value in the New England Region. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Bar Harbor, Maine, and it awarded 83 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at College of the Atlantic about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,301 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from College of the Atlantic be around $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%.

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#2

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list means Fitchburg State University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Fitchburg State is a public institution located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Fitchburg State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $25,540 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State is $113,398. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list means University of Maine at Farmington is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Farmington, Maine, the small public school awarded 372 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At UMaine Farmington, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,402. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMaine Farmington is about $104,685. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list means Westfield State University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Westfield, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,555 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Westfield is 4.2 years, and it costs about $27,269 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 Westfield is $114,257. 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 4.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#5

Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

Out of the 129 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Gordon College landed the #5 spot on the list. Gordon College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wenham, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 497 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Gordon College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College be around $135,118. 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 2.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#6

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Clark University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Clark University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Worcester, Massachusetts that handed out 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Clark to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,636. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Clark is $149,841. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#7

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #7, Worcester State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Worcester State is a public institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,217 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Worcester State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,949. This means that the average student pays around $118,306 to get a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

Maine Maritime Academy did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Castine, Maine, the small public school awarded 207 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Maine Maritime about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,895. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Maine Maritime is $151,095. 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 2.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#9

Olin College

Needham, Massachusetts

Olin College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Olin College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Needham, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 78 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Olin College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,248. This means that the average student pays around $168,639 to get a bachelor’s degree from Olin College. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Olin College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#10

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

Saint Anselm College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Saint Anselm College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Manchester, New Hampshire that handed out 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at St. Anselm College graduates in less than 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,623. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College be around $156,037. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 1.9% 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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#11

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, Massachusetts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. MCLA is a public institution located in North Adams, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 310 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at MCLA to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,609. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MCLA is $120,730. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#12

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the large public school handed out 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UMass Amherst about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,349. 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 UMass Amherst is $162,905. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 3.0% 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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#13

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #13, Springfield College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and it awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Springfield College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,131. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College is $138,913. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#14

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at MIT to complete their degree, and it costs about $44,027 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from MIT be around $180,951. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 0.6% 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%. MIT also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges in the New England Region rankings.

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#15

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #15, Simmons University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 543 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Simmons to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $37,065. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Simmons is about $150,113. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The low student loan default rate of 2.1% 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

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts

Stonehill College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Easton, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Stonehill is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,934. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill is about $162,132. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#17

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Mount Holyoke College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Mt. Holyoke is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 683 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Mt. Holyoke to complete their degree, and it costs about $43,806 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mt. Holyoke is $178,290. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Mt. Holyoke also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#18

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

Keene State College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #18. Keene, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 912 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Keene State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,988. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Keene State is $129,220. 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 3.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#19

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 705 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Amherst to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $46,496. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Amherst be around $190,634. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its great value ranking, Amherst is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#20

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Maritime Academy came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, the small public school handed out 391 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Maritime, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,013. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Maritime is about $153,776. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 0.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#21

Assumption University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Assumption University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 571 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Assumption about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $37,766 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Assumption is $153,330. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.4%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#22

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Williams College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Williamstown, Massachusetts that handed out 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Williams is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $48,700. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Williams is $198,696. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Williams did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#23

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, Vermont

Saint Michael’s College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Colchester, Vermont, and it awarded 516 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Saint Michael’s graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,525. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s be around $157,182. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 2.2% 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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#24

Framingham State University

Framingham, Massachusetts

Framingham State University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Framingham State is a medium-sized public school situated in Framingham, Massachusetts. It awarded 862 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Framingham State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,135. 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 Framingham State is $121,543. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#24

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

University of Connecticut landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Storrs, Connecticut is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,052 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at UCONN graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $44,059. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCONN is $183,285. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCONN also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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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%.

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