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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 in the 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 of the U.S.

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#1

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

Our 2021 rankings named College of the Atlantic the best school for overall value in the New England Region for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Bar Harbor, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 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 average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,301. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from College of the Atlantic be around $99,961. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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.

The average student at Fitchburg State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $25,540 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State be around $113,398. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Maine at Farmington. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region list. University of Maine at Farmington is a small public school located in Farmington, Maine that handed out 372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At UMaine Farmington, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,402. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMaine Farmington is $104,685. 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 4.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Out of the 129 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Westfield State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Westfield, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Westfield, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $27,269 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Westfield is $114,257. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 4.9% 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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#5

Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list means Gordon College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Wenham, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 497 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Gordon College is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,171. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College is about $135,118. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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#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. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school 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. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Clark be around $149,841. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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#7

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,217 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Worcester State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,949 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State is about $118,306. 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. Maine Maritime is a small public school situated in Castine, Maine. It awarded 207 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Maine Maritime, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $34,895 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the 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 did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #9. Needham, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 78 students in 2018-2019.

At Olin College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $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.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Olin College also did well on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

With a ranking of #10, Saint Anselm 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 Manchester, New Hampshire, and it awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at St. Anselm College about 4.0 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,623. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College is $156,037. 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 1.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#11

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, Massachusetts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #11. MCLA is located in North Adams, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 310 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at MCLA to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,609. 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 MCLA is $120,730. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#12

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. UMass Amherst is a public institution located in Amherst, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at UMass Amherst graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $39,349 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst be around $162,905. 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 3.0%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#13

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Springfield College about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $34,131 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 Springfield College is $138,913. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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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. MIT is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 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. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MIT is $180,951. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student-to-faculty rate of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. MIT not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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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. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 543 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Simmons graduates in less than 4.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $37,065. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Simmons is $150,113. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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.

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#16

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts

Stonehill College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #16. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Easton, Massachusetts, and it awarded 719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Stonehill, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,934. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill is $162,132. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#17

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Mount Holyoke College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #17. Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 683 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Mt. Holyoke to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $43,806. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mt. Holyoke be around $178,290. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Mt. Holyoke also did well on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#18

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

With a ranking of #18, Keene State College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. 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 average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,988. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Keene State is $129,220. 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 3.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#19

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Amherst graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $46,496. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Amherst is $190,634. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Amherst 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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#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. This small public school is located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, and it awarded 391 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Maritime, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,013. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Maritime is $153,776. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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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. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Assumption graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,766. 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 low student loan default rate of 4.4% 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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#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. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and it awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Williams graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $48,700. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Williams be around $198,696. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 0.4% 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%. Williams not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #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 landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Saint Michael’s is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Colchester, Vermont. It awarded 516 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Saint Michael’s about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,525. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s is about $157,182. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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

With a ranking of #24, Framingham State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Framingham State is located in Framingham, Massachusetts and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 862 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Framingham State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,135. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State is about $121,543. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#24

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

University of Connecticut ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Storrs, Connecticut, the large public school handed out 6,052 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UCONN about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $44,059. 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 UCONN is $183,285. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UCONN also did well on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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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