College Guide

2014 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings - All Schools

For the second year in a row, in addition to our public good-based evaluations, we've released a rankings set based on the economic value students receive per dollar: Best Bang for the Buck.

Read the chart below or drill into one of other Best Bang school categories with this drop-down menu:

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

Institution
    
  Students receiving
Pell grants
Graduation
rate
Student loan
default rate
Net price
(annual family
income $0-$75,000)
Percent of
applicants admitted
ACT/SAT
25th percentile
score
ACT/SAT
75th percentile
score
1CUNY Brooklyn College (NY)*51%53%6%$4,50028%1,0101,200
2CUNY Queens College (NY)*36%55%5%$4,60431%1,0201,160
3CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (NY)*46%63%5%$5,10322%1,1101,240
4California State Univ.–Fullerton (CA)*40%51%4%$6,55547%9101,100
5Amherst College (MA)21%95%3%$6,72113%1,3201,520
6University of WA Bothell (WA)*34%64%3%$7,47274%9101,140
7University of Florida (FL)*32%85%3%$7,49644%1,1701,340
8Georgia Institute of Technology–Main (GA)*20%79%2%$8,00751%1,2601,380
9University of NC–Chapel Hill (NC)*21%89%2%$8,05333%1,2001,400
10CA State University–Long Beach (CA)*45%57%4%$8,08030%9001,120
11Appalachian State University (NC)*26%66%4%$8,09562%1,0501,220
12San Diego State University (CA)*39%66%4%$8,14433%9801,160
13Texas A&M University–College Station (TX)*22%80%3%$8,21067%1,0801,280
14University of Michigan–Dearborn (MI)*43%52%6%$8,23262%2127
15University of Washington–Seattle (WA)*25%81%3%$8,35958%1,0801,300
16North Carolina State Univ.–Raleigh (NC)*23%71%3%$8,39353%1,0901,240
17Murray State University (KY)*35%54%7%$8,44283%1925
18Brigham Young University–Idaho (ID)44%61%2%$8,85699%2025
19Wayne State College (NE)*40%53%5%$8,968N/AN/A
20Indiana University–Bloomington (IN)*20%75%5%$9,07374%1,0501,240
21University of California–Riverside (CA)*57%66%5%$9,12568%9501,160
22Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)*43%64%5%$9,51662%9301,120
23Univ. of NC–Wilmington (NC)*29%69%6%$9,60453%1,0901,240
24Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)*23%72%6%$9,65543%N/AN/A
25Columbia Univ. in the City of NY (NY)21%95%2%$9,7337%1,4001,560
26Michigan Jewish Institute (MI)94%62%7%$9,76676%N/AN/A
27University of California–Berkeley (CA)*33%91%3%$9,94322%1,2501,440
28University of California–Los Angeles (CA)*36%92%2%$9,97327%1,1701,380
29University of CA–Santa Barbara (CA)*37%80%3%$9,98246%1,1001,300
30Texas State Univ.–San Marcos (TX)*37%55%7%$10,03566%9501,120
31Rutgers University–Newark (NJ)*46%61%5%$10,09058%9501,100
32University of Georgia (GA)*25%83%4%$10,11763%1,1201,300
33University of California–Irvine (CA)*40%86%2%$10,21947%1,0301,220
34Brigham Young University–Provo (UT)35%77%1%$10,27355%2631
35Saint Joseph's College–New York (NY)31%68%4%$10,34571%9201,160
36University of Minnesota–Morris (MN)*30%60%3%$10,35060%2328
37University of California–San Diego (CA)*46%86%2%$10,39335%1,1101,300
38SUNY Plattsburgh (NY)*35%61%5%$10,47346%9301,100
39Evergreen State College (WA)*43%54%5%$10,47798%9701,280
40Purdue University–Main (IN)*22%69%5%$10,48861%1,0601,240
41East Carolina University (NC)*33%58%5%$10,68761%9801,120
42University of California–Davis (CA)*43%81%3%$10,71548%1,0901,280
43Iowa State University (IA)*24%71%4%$10,90086%2228
44Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN)49%62%4%$10,93364%1823
45University of Central Florida (FL)*36%65%4%$10,94246%1,0801,260
46Arizona State University (AZ)*41%57%7%$10,98789%9701,220
47State Univ. of NY–New Paltz (NY)*28%73%4%$11,08340%1,0401,220
48CA State Univ.–Channel Islands (CA)*38%51%4%$11,09854%8701,080
49Cooper Un. Advance. of Science & Art (NY)21%81%2%$11,1438%1,2601,440
50Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (WI)*27%65%3%$11,15477%2226
51College of the Ozarks (MO)62%62%0%$11,1569%2125
52Columbia International University (SC)53%71%4%$11,16864%9801,240
53Univ. of Nebraska–Kearney (NE)*36%56%4%$11,19685%2025
54Michigan State University (MI)*25%79%5%$11,21471%2328
55University at Buffalo (NY)*30%70%4%$11,28657%1,0501,200
56Salem College (NC)59%63%6%$11,33161%1,0001,240
57Grinnell College (IA)23%90%2%$11,38332%1,2801,500
58Tennessee Technological Univ. (TN)*39%52%7%$11,38793%2126
59SUNY College at Brockport (NY)*41%67%5%$11,41746%9801,140
60Penn State–Wilkes-Barre (PA)*37%50%6%$11,52388%8801,080
61Univ. of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (WI)*33%60%3%$11,52876%2125
62Michigan Technological University (MI)*26%66%5%$11,53675%2429
63Towson University (MD)*25%66%5%$11,55552%9901,160
64University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (MN)*23%73%3%$11,57850%2530
65Worcester State University (MA)*25%51%4%$11,63568%9001,080
66CA State University–Chico (CA)*38%57%6%$11,64574%9101,120
67Oklahoma State University–Main (OK)*31%62%7%$11,89278%2228
68Central Washington University (WA)*36%53%7%$11,93780%8901,100
69Presbyterian College (SC)22%68%4%$11,98858%9751,180
70University of Arizona (AZ)*34%61%5%$12,00871%9701,200
71Graceland University–Lamoni (IA)39%50%8%$12,03948%1824
72SUNY College at Oneonta (NY)*29%67%5%$12,06944%1,0101,140
73Western Washington University (WA)*25%67%3%$12,08080%1,0201,240
74University of Idaho (ID)*42%56%7%$12,30761%2026
75University of Utah (UT)*32%59%3%$12,31983%2127
76University of Connecticut (CT)*21%82%3%$12,32745%1,1301,300
77Saint Cloud State University (MN)*30%50%5%$12,38590%1924
78SUNY at Albany (NY)*36%64%5%$12,42551%1,0201,160
79University of Vermont (VT)*20%76%2%$12,43877%1,0901,280
80Univ. of Wisconsin–La Crosse (WI)*23%70%2%$12,44176%2327
81Radford University (VA)*28%60%3%$12,46876%9201,080
82Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)32%68%2%$12,47954%2430
83University of California–Santa Cruz (CA)*41%74%4%$12,49167%1,0201,240
84University of Nevada–Reno (NV)*28%54%4%$12,59782%9501,160
85Florida State University (FL)*32%75%5%$12,61654%2529
86University of Texas–Austin (TX)*28%79%4%$12,64547%1,1301,340
87University of IL–Urbana-Champaign (IL)*20%84%3%$12,76163%2631
88CA Poly. St. U.–San Luis Obispo (CA)*20%72%2%$12,82137%1,1301,280
89Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)*26%73%5%$12,87747%1,0001,200
90University of Northern Iowa (IA)*24%66%5%$12,93178%2125
91Ursuline College (OH)54%53%4%$13,02958%1822
92SUNY–Geneseo (NY)*22%79%2%$13,03543%1,1901,380
93Salisbury University (MD)*22%67%5%$13,03653%1,0701,220
94Harding University (AR)27%61%3%$13,05775%2228
95Carlow University (PA)37%56%5%$13,08149%8301,036
96Sonoma State University (CA)*29%55%5%$13,08985%9001,120
97College of Charleston (SC)*23%69%6%$13,10374%1,0801,300
98California Maritime Academy (CA)*34%58%5%$13,10472%9201,170
99Grand Valley State University (MI)*37%66%4%$13,15082%2126
100Saint Peter's University (NJ)51%52%6%$13,15861%8201,020
101South Dakota State University (SD)*29%55%3%$13,25592%2025
102Northland International University (WI)60%54%2%$13,28798%N/AN/A
103E. Stroudsburg University of PA (PA)*29%57%3%$13,29481%8901,040
104University of Oregon (OR)*26%67%4%$13,30773%9931,220
105SUNY Fredonia (NY)*34%64%5%$13,33655%9701,180
106Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)34%52%6%$13,38662%2126
107Citadel: The Military College of SC (SC)*25%66%5%$13,47377%9801,160
108Fresno Pacific University (CA)60%59%4%$13,50073%9001,160
109Central Connecticut State Univ. (CT)*32%52%7%$13,61464%9101,100
110Westfield State University (MA)*30%60%3%$13,68864%9301,100
111New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)*39%54%5%$13,69864%1,0201,200
112Washington State University (WA)*33%67%3%$13,70276%9301,140
113John Brown University (AR)33%68%4%$13,74965%2228
114Martin Luther College (MN)38%73%1%$13,77097%2228
115SUNY College at Cortland (NY)*28%69%2%$13,78844%9801,100
116George Mason University (VA)*28%66%1%$13,81055%1,0501,240
117Plymouth State University (NH)*26%55%5%$13,83076%8801,040
118Grace College & Theological Seminary (IN)37%58%2%$13,84391%9301,160
119Kutztown University of PA (PA)*31%54%5%$13,85968%8601,040
120MO Univ. of Science & Technology (MO)*28%65%3%$13,89489%2631
121Philad. Biblical Univ.–Langhorne (PA)44%63%4%$13,93674%9101,180
122Millersville University of PA (PA)*30%64%4%$13,96463%9401,120
123University of Oklahoma–Norman (OK)*26%66%4%$13,96479%2329
124Eastern Illinois University (IL)*39%60%5%$14,00465%1924
125College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)34%54%6%$14,13753%730940
126Monmouth College (IL)42%58%6%$14,16662%1822
127Saint Josephs College (IN)32%50%8%$14,17562%8901,020
128University of Rhode Island (RI)*28%63%7%$14,18185%9501,140
129Coker College (SC)60%56%6%$14,18658%8701,060
130SUNY Coll. of Envir. Science & Forestry (NY)*21%67%3%$14,36651%1,1001,260
131Spring Arbor University (MI)45%53%4%$14,39270%2026
132University of Maine (ME)*34%59%5%$14,40478%9401,180
133Shippensburg University of PA (PA)*29%57%4%$14,42481%8801,060
134Dominican University (IL)45%66%4%$14,45757%2024
135Canisius College (NY)30%68%4%$14,52574%9701,180
136Oregon State University (OR)*34%61%4%$14,54578%9601,200
137Slippery Rock University of PA (PA)*33%62%4%$14,59061%9001,080
138McDaniel College (MD)32%73%3%$14,69164%9901,220
139Brandeis University (MA)20%90%3%$14,77439%1,2301,420
140Caldwell College (NJ)42%51%6%$14,77661%8201,000
141Hannibal-LaGrange University (MO)37%52%5%$14,79968%1727
142Wheaton College (IL)21%90%1%$14,84069%2732
143West Chester University of PA (PA)*24%69%4%$14,84250%9901,140
144Niagara University (NY)27%67%5%$14,91069%9301,140
145Georgetown College (KY)32%60%4%$14,94282%2126
146Western Michigan University (MI)*39%56%6%$15,05383%1925
147Western Illinois University (IL)*41%54%5%$15,14163%1823
148Wofford College (SC)21%84%2%$15,14763%1,1001,300
149Univ. of St. Francis–Fort Wayne (IN)43%51%3%$15,15551%8701,040
150Transylvania University (KY)26%74%2%$15,15685%2430

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