College Guide

2014 Affordable Elite Colleges Rankings

Which selective schools give high-achieving non-wealthy students a break in price, and which break their bank accounts? Read our new Affordable Elite rankings in the chart below.

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* Indicates a public school, ° indicates a for-profit school.

Institution
   
  Overall ScoreStudent loan
default rate
Graduation
rate
Graduation
rate
performance
Students receiving
Pell grants
Net price
(annual family
income $0-$75,000)
Net price
(annual family
income $0-$30,000)
Net price
(annual family
income $30,000-$75,000)
Net price
(annual family
income above $75,000)
Endowment funds per
full-time student
Percent of
applicants admitted
ACT/SAT
25th percentile
score
ACT/SAT
75th percentile
score
1University of California–Los Angeles (CA)*132%91%6%35%$10,125$8,466$11,774$23,997$31,49525%1,1671,367
2Harvard University (MA)121%97%9%11%$3,142$1,533$3,774$25,378$1,240,5486%1,3971,593
3Williams College (MA)121%95%5%19%$6,998$4,453$8,816$29,868$770,51119%1,3101,540
4Dartmouth College (NH)121%95%8%16%$7,222$6,783$7,369$32,549$536,32211%1,3531,553
5Vassar College (NY)120%92%3%20%$8,325$5,078$9,552$31,091$315,66823%1,3131,487
6University of California–Berkeley (CA)*122%91%2%33%$9,809$7,994$11,746$25,542$29,41122%1,2371,440
7University of California–Irvine (CA)*122%85%6%36%$10,108$8,316$11,856$23,592$7,68646%1,0571,233
8University of California–San Diego (CA)*122%86%8%44%$10,153$8,706$11,905$22,918$12,68736%1,1371,320
9Hanover College (IN)122%67%6%44%$13,700$11,585$14,697$20,999$128,09266%1,0071,233
10Amherst College (MA)113%95%4%21%$3,926$1,745$4,912$29,790$829,62914%1,3271,527
11University of Florida (FL)*112%84%4%30%$5,092$4,710$5,290$12,215$22,62044%1,1671,340
12Stanford University (CA)111%95%3%17%$5,963$4,776$6,540$31,198$1,035,1337%1,3671,540
13Pomona College (CA)111%95%1%17%$6,102$2,843$7,985$28,715$1,040,93914%1,3701,553
14Columbia Univ. in the City of NY (NY)112%93%4%18%$7,536$8,259$7,203$30,164$299,1789%1,3871,553
15Texas A&M University–College Station (TX)*114%80%6%21%$7,692$4,403$10,236$18,075$101,41066%1,0931,293
16Brown University (RI)111%95%2%14%$8,150$5,410$9,165$34,967$289,4389%1,3101,507
17College of William and Mary (VA)*111%90%0%12%$8,704$4,207$10,826$21,618$75,07333%1,2501,467
18University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (MI)*112%90%1%16%$8,726$5,171$10,592$20,689$155,96343%2832
19University of Virginia–Main (VA)*112%93%1%12%$9,009$4,195$11,862$21,600$181,41632%1,2401,433
20Bowdoin College (ME)111%93%1%15%$9,127$6,138$10,391$26,585$482,41117%1,3271,507
21Swarthmore College (PA)110%93%1%15%$9,887$8,263$10,720$31,553$913,10715%1,3471,540
22University of Pennsylvania (PA)111%96%3%13%$9,983$6,801$11,061$31,948$255,63613%1,3501,507
23Grinnell College (IA)111%89%6%20%$11,371$8,660$12,897$26,937$850,45440%1,2401,487
24Wheaton College (IL)111%88%7%20%$14,193$12,147$14,544$27,651$101,52866%2732
25Berea College (KY)107%64%11%85%-$20,796-$22,045-$19,294N/A$573,78721%2227
26CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (NY)*103%62%-3%43%$3,925$2,876$6,552$12,607$6,85323%1,1031,227
27MA Institute of Technology (MA)101%93%-1%20%$5,891$4,402$6,581$32,262$894,59910%1,4101,533
28University of NC–Chapel Hill (NC)*101%89%3%20%$6,975$4,247$8,762$17,673$74,04333%1,2031,400
29Vanderbilt University (TN)102%92%-4%14%$7,097$6,236$7,597$26,644$278,12416%3134
30Princeton University (NJ)102%96%-5%12%$7,239$6,954$7,445$25,674$2,063,4648%1,4071,580
31Rice University (TX)101%92%-1%16%$7,315$6,159$8,160$29,782$678,71519%1,3431,500
32University of Georgia (GA)*103%82%1%23%$7,566$5,376$9,079$11,956$1,84359%1,1231,313
33Yale University (CT)101%96%-2%14%$8,356$6,819$9,393$28,575$1,409,3918%1,4031,593
34Duke University (NC)101%94%-2%13%$8,533$6,486$9,657$35,495$342,16816%1,3471,500
35Haverford College (PA)102%93%2%15%$9,104$6,217$10,805$33,875$307,12425%1,3031,500
36University of CA–Santa Barbara (CA)*102%80%4%35%$10,295$8,591$12,062$26,104$5,10847%1,0901,300
37Davidson College (NC)101%92%3%12%$10,379$8,204$11,135$27,707$255,43327%1,2631,447
38College of the Ozarks (MO)100%61%-2%61%$10,722$10,078$11,079N/A$200,45210%2125
39Middlebury College (VT)101%93%1%10%$11,353$6,617$12,599$34,362$249,33218%1,2901,480
40Wesleyan University (CT)101%92%2%17%$11,469$7,654$13,304$35,258$179,08722%1,2951,487
41University of Notre Dame (IN)101%96%2%12%$12,907$12,042$13,161$34,884$505,42925%3134
42Georgetown University (DC)101%94%1%13%$13,188$9,966$15,148$36,580$69,31919%1,2931,493
43Beloit College (WI)102%77%5%20%$13,965$9,645$16,251$26,698$85,58670%2430
44College of the Holy Cross (MA)102%92%9%16%$14,318$10,528$16,768$36,972$183,60034%N/AN/A
45Carleton College (MN)101%93%3%13%$14,687$11,594$16,311$32,867$317,36829%1,3201,507
46Willamette University (OR)102%77%5%23%$18,309$16,632$19,092$29,361$74,34956%1,1271,353
47Georgia Institute of Technology–Main (GA)*92%79%-3%18%$5,375$2,149$7,758$11,006$55,71954%1,2431,373
48Sewanee–University of the South (TN)92%82%0%11%$9,628$8,335$10,263$21,762$177,22561%1,1571,373
49Bates College (ME)91%89%2%12%$10,303$8,162$11,535$33,114$124,74428%N/AN/A
50University of Richmond (VA)92%84%3%17%$10,315$7,432$11,522$29,505$421,05732%1,1901,380
51Wellesley College (MA)91%91%-2%18%$10,358$8,502$11,867$33,071$558,84831%1,2831,480
52Washington University in St Louis (MO)92%94%-2%7%$10,786$4,668$13,381$37,677$435,22619%3234
53Cornell University (NY)91%93%-2%16%$10,849$9,278$11,560$33,339$174,73818%1,3031,467
54Claremont McKenna College (CA)91%92%0%14%$11,016$11,629$10,696$26,516$398,37915%1,3031,473
55University of Texas–Austin (TX)*94%80%2%26%$11,038$7,421$14,017$22,079$59,89247%1,1171,333
56Colby College (ME)91%90%-1%10%$11,529$7,524$12,777$30,533$294,47031%1,2471,420
57University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI)*91%82%0%16%$11,691$6,721$13,242$19,920$54,08567%2630
58SUNY–Geneseo (NY)*92%79%-4%22%$12,336$9,110$14,964$19,033$2,59641%1,2001,380
59College of New Jersey (NJ)*92%87%4%17%$12,611$6,684$16,598$24,758$2,97647%1,1371,313
60University of Chicago (IL)91%92%-2%17%$12,843$11,198$13,784$35,793$416,32916%1,4001,567
61VA Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. (VA)*92%82%0%17%$13,039$9,765$15,028$21,303$17,83368%1,1131,280
62Kenyon College (OH)92%88%2%10%$13,392$10,789$14,486$36,549$94,08736%1,2471,473
63Cornell College (IA)92%69%0%31%$13,568$12,411$14,096$21,970$50,22347%2430
64Macalester College (MN)91%88%2%15%$13,594$11,715$14,401$28,631$299,33038%1,2701,480
65Barnard College (NY)92%90%-4%20%$13,807$11,412$14,884$37,581$88,03525%1,2491,460
66St. Olaf College (MN)91%85%2%16%$14,080$10,594$15,687$29,090$102,17757%2631
67Johns Hopkins University (MD)91%91%-2%13%$14,122$13,591$14,361$37,283$119,32520%1,2971,467
68Tufts University (MA)91%91%-3%13%$14,551$11,392$16,371$38,097$128,91123%1,3531,493
69Union College (NY)92%84%4%17%$14,842$9,684$18,249$34,912$152,02041%N/AN/A
70Occidental College (CA)92%84%3%23%$15,254$12,625$16,836$34,622$151,84340%1,2031,393
71Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)92%81%4%23%$15,296$12,035$16,818$25,408$41,30366%2530
72College of the Atlantic (ME)91%68%4%33%$15,578$13,485$16,943$27,180$89,92671%N/AN/A
73Austin College (TX)92%77%6%27%$16,076$14,702$16,988$24,666$91,84865%2329
74Smith College (MA)92%84%1%25%$16,256$14,445$17,363$33,849$428,89045%N/AN/A
75Knox College (IL)93%78%8%25%$16,387$14,594$17,491$26,077$56,18975%N/AN/A
76Thomas Aquinas College (CA)90%73%4%32%$16,988$15,521$17,567$23,552$30,62679%1,1801,427
77Brandeis University (MA)91%91%4%19%$17,091$14,856$18,500$35,463$103,24540%1,2401,433
78Northwestern University (IL)91%94%0%13%$17,413$15,794$18,232$36,915$279,93523%1,3731,500
79Boston College (MA)92%92%1%13%$17,755$14,299$19,896$39,138$128,03929%1,2571,413
80Allegheny College (PA)93%79%5%26%$17,992$15,400$19,129$28,471$70,03960%1,0971,320
81Pepperdine University (CA)92%81%6%19%$18,118$16,874$18,961$32,598$78,41634%1,1101,320
82Houghton College (NY)92%68%6%38%$18,319$15,882$19,466$24,231$28,59276%1,0271,280
83University of Southern California (CA)91%90%0%21%$18,619$15,923$20,313$40,648$96,65222%1,2731,440
84Susquehanna University (PA)92%77%7%22%$19,103$18,222$19,423$26,554$43,97773%1,0201,220
85Calvin College (MI)92%77%5%25%$19,159$16,717$20,186$26,362$25,47981%2329
86Syracuse University (NY)93%81%8%26%$19,446$17,160$21,032$34,775$41,60853%1,0531,240
87Ursinus College (PA)92%78%5%21%$19,577$16,403$21,206$31,829$67,44365%1,1071,313
88Bucknell University (PA)91%91%2%11%$19,615$16,664$21,027$37,366$94,28329%1,2171,360
89Bentley University (MA)91%87%9%15%$19,846$18,341$20,680$33,810$35,79245%1,1111,257
90California Institute of Technology (CA)81%90%-7%11%$5,436$5,385$5,462$31,191$762,95613%1,4631,573
91University of Texas at Dallas (TX)*85%63%-1%33%$8,319$6,451$10,039$15,325$17,23652%1,1431,340
92Stony Brook University (NY)*84%67%-7%35%$9,186$7,189$11,935$17,607$4,86440%1,1231,273
93University of Central Florida (FL)*85%64%-1%31%$9,331$7,323$10,952$14,815$2,35346%1,0831,260
94University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (MN)*82%71%-4%23%$9,888$7,652$11,118$19,761$49,69348%2530
95Hamilton College (NY)83%89%0%13%$9,969$7,051$11,807$32,210$367,35028%1,3031,480
96Cooper Un. Advance. of Science & Art (NY)82%81%-1%19%$10,506$9,829$10,910$15,423$569,4908%1,2471,447
97University of Connecticut (CT)*83%81%0%20%$11,110$7,633$12,854$21,265$12,07049%1,1301,287
98Trinity College (CT)82%85%1%14%$11,146$8,516$12,102$34,843$174,66336%1,1901,367
99SUNY–Binghamton (NY)*82%78%-3%27%$11,325$8,426$14,286$19,476$4,34638%1,2071,347
100Colgate University (NY)82%90%-1%11%$11,355$10,361$11,715$23,547$233,15531%1,2671,447

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