14 April 2017

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2017,published in February, rank US universities and colleges according to the quality of education provided plus their affordability. It is a ranking for students as consumers. Indicators include admission rate, four-year graduation rate, total cost, average aid, average debt at graduation and salary.

There are separate tables for private universities, public colleges, liberal arts colleges and all institutions.

Private universities tend to do well in these since although the total cost may be high they do offer substantial financial assistance. Institutions with a strong emphasis on engineering such as California Institute of Technology and Georgia Institute of Technologyare boosted by high post-graduation salaries.

The top five institutions are:

  1. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
  2. Davidson College, North Carolina
  3. Princeton University, New Jersey
  4. Duke University, North Carolina
  5. Washington and Lee University, Virginia.

The top five private universities are:

  1. Princeton University, New Jersey
  2. Duke University, North Carolina
  3. Harvard University, Massachusetts
  4. Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  5. Yale University, Connecticut.

The top five public universities are:

  1. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  2. University of Virginia
  3. University of California Berkeley
  4. College of William and Mary, Virginia
  5. University of Michigan.

The top five liberal arts colleges are:

  1. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
  2. Davidson College, North Carolina
  3. Washington and Lee University, Virginia
  4. Thomas Aquinas College, California
  5. Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

Source:
Kiplinger

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