College Guide

2014 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings - Master's Universities

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
5University of WA Bothell (WA)*34%64%3%$7,47274%9101,140
6CA State University–Long Beach (CA)*45%57%4%$8,08030%9001,120
7Appalachian State University (NC)*26%66%4%$8,09562%1,0501,220
8University of Michigan–Dearborn (MI)*43%52%6%$8,23262%2127
9Murray State University (KY)*35%54%7%$8,44283%1925
10Wayne State College (NE)*40%53%5%$8,968N/AN/A
11Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)*43%64%5%$9,51662%9301,120
12Univ. of NC–Wilmington (NC)*29%69%6%$9,60453%1,0901,240
13Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)*23%72%6%$9,65543%N/AN/A
14Texas State Univ.–San Marcos (TX)*37%55%7%$10,03566%9501,120
15Saint Joseph's College–New York (NY)31%68%4%$10,34571%9201,160
16SUNY Plattsburgh (NY)*35%61%5%$10,47346%9301,100
17Evergreen State College (WA)*43%54%5%$10,47798%9701,280
18State Univ. of NY–New Paltz (NY)*28%73%4%$11,08340%1,0401,220
19CA State Univ.–Channel Islands (CA)*38%51%4%$11,09854%8701,080
20Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (WI)*27%65%3%$11,15477%2226
21Columbia International University (SC)53%71%4%$11,16864%9801,240
22Univ. of Nebraska–Kearney (NE)*36%56%4%$11,19685%2025
23Tennessee Technological Univ. (TN)*39%52%7%$11,38793%2126
24SUNY College at Brockport (NY)*41%67%5%$11,41746%9801,140
25Univ. of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (WI)*33%60%3%$11,52876%2125
26Towson University (MD)*25%66%5%$11,55552%9901,160
27Worcester State University (MA)*25%51%4%$11,63568%9001,080
28CA State University–Chico (CA)*38%57%6%$11,64574%9101,120
29Central Washington University (WA)*36%53%7%$11,93780%8901,100
30Graceland University–Lamoni (IA)39%50%8%$12,03948%1824
31SUNY College at Oneonta (NY)*29%67%5%$12,06944%1,0101,140
32Western Washington University (WA)*25%67%3%$12,08080%1,0201,240
33Saint Cloud State University (MN)*30%50%5%$12,38590%1924
34Univ. of Wisconsin–La Crosse (WI)*23%70%2%$12,44176%2327
35Radford University (VA)*28%60%3%$12,46876%9201,080
36CA Poly. St. U.–San Luis Obispo (CA)*20%72%2%$12,82137%1,1301,280
37Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)*26%73%5%$12,87747%1,0001,200
38University of Northern Iowa (IA)*24%66%5%$12,93178%2125
39Ursuline College (OH)54%53%4%$13,02958%1822
40SUNY–Geneseo (NY)*22%79%2%$13,03543%1,1901,380
41Salisbury University (MD)*22%67%5%$13,03653%1,0701,220
42Harding University (AR)27%61%3%$13,05775%2228
43Carlow University (PA)37%56%5%$13,08149%8301,036
44Sonoma State University (CA)*29%55%5%$13,08985%9001,120
45College of Charleston (SC)*23%69%6%$13,10374%1,0801,300
46Grand Valley State University (MI)*37%66%4%$13,15082%2126
47Saint Peter's University (NJ)51%52%6%$13,15861%8201,020
48E. Stroudsburg University of PA (PA)*29%57%3%$13,29481%8901,040
49SUNY Fredonia (NY)*34%64%5%$13,33655%9701,180
50Citadel: The Military College of SC (SC)*25%66%5%$13,47377%9801,160
51Fresno Pacific University (CA)60%59%4%$13,50073%9001,160
52Central Connecticut State Univ. (CT)*32%52%7%$13,61464%9101,100
53Westfield State University (MA)*30%60%3%$13,68864%9301,100
54SUNY College at Cortland (NY)*28%69%2%$13,78844%9801,100
55Plymouth State University (NH)*26%55%5%$13,83076%8801,040
56Kutztown University of PA (PA)*31%54%5%$13,85968%8601,040
57Philad. Biblical Univ.–Langhorne (PA)44%63%4%$13,93674%9101,180
58Millersville University of PA (PA)*30%64%4%$13,96463%9401,120
59Eastern Illinois University (IL)*39%60%5%$14,00465%1924
60College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)34%54%6%$14,13753%730940
61Spring Arbor University (MI)45%53%4%$14,39270%2026
62Shippensburg University of PA (PA)*29%57%4%$14,42481%8801,060
63Dominican University (IL)45%66%4%$14,45757%2024
64Canisius College (NY)30%68%4%$14,52574%9701,180
65Slippery Rock University of PA (PA)*33%62%4%$14,59061%9001,080
66Caldwell College (NJ)42%51%6%$14,77661%8201,000
67West Chester University of PA (PA)*24%69%4%$14,84250%9901,140
68Niagara University (NY)27%67%5%$14,91069%9301,140
69Western Illinois University (IL)*41%54%5%$15,14163%1823
70Univ. of St. Francis–Fort Wayne (IN)43%51%3%$15,15551%8701,040
71Longwood University (VA)*22%61%3%$15,24378%9401,120
72Bloomsburg University of PA (PA)*29%64%5%$15,44563%9101,080
73Maharishi Univ. of Mgmt. (IA)72%58%3%$15,49148%N/AN/A
74Quincy University (IL)44%56%5%$15,61891%1924
75Spring Hill College (AL)37%62%6%$15,63847%2126
76Southwest Baptist University (MO)45%54%6%$15,75590%1926
77College of Mount St. Joseph (OH)35%58%7%$15,89370%2024
78Waynesburg University (PA)34%60%3%$15,93676%9101,100
79William Carey University (MS)75%58%6%$15,99827%2025
80Marian University (WI)37%51%4%$15,99977%1723
81Holy Family University (PA)35%61%4%$16,05667%8601,000
82Keene State College23%62%3%$16,07678%8801,080
83Southern Wesleyan University50%57%7%$16,07696%8401,020
84Saint Edward's University35%69%4%$16,16763%1,0201,240
85California University of Pennsylvania39%51%6%$16,28959%8801,040
86Valparaiso University28%74%4%$16,31680%2329
87Elmhurst College39%74%2%$16,34668%2126
88Hood College34%60%4%$16,43577%9401,220
89College of Mount Saint Vincent52%57%7%$16,49392%8101,000
90Malone University44%62%4%$16,62570%2026
91Converse College43%54%3%$16,69451%9301,200
92Gannon University34%66%5%$16,80983%9301,100
93Hamline University38%63%3%$16,90670%2127
94Concordia University-Seward24%63%2%$16,90776%2126
95Baker University35%55%4%$17,02784%2126
96Bradley University28%78%2%$17,05763%2328
97Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg35%61%6%$17,20879%9101,120
98Augsburg College44%60%4%$17,25851%2324
99Alfred University39%63%4%$17,43870%9801,160
100St. Bonaventure University31%64%4%$17,49879%9201,140
101University of Evansville27%68%4%$17,50580%1,0101,260
102Baldwin Wallace University29%68%2%$17,53165%2126
103Montclair State University37%63%3%$17,59055%9001,060
104Roberts Wesleyan College41%59%4%$17,59147%9401,200
105Webster University34%64%4%$18,02259%2127
106John Carroll University30%75%3%$18,10581%2227
107Robert Morris University Illinois64%50%3%$18,38628%N/AN/A
108King's College30%68%4%$18,44270%N/AN/A
109Regis University31%59%2%$18,45287%2126
110Southwestern College36%51%6%$18,49788%1925
111Marywood University36%68%5%$18,56669%9401,120
112Manhattanville College34%58%4%$18,57269%9001,120
113Gwynedd Mercy College33%62%6%$18,62466%8601,060
114University of Redlands26%72%2%$18,64565%1,0401,240
115Saint Martin's University36%54%5%$18,71582%9201,160
116Molloy College33%62%4%$18,72874%9701,140
117Otterbein University30%59%3%$18,77176%2126
118Concordia University-Wisconsin36%59%6%$18,81870%2025
119Lynchburg College30%57%4%$18,89267%9001,106
120Stetson University38%64%4%$18,90160%1,0551,260
121Walsh University39%64%6%$18,96878%2025
122University of Indianapolis39%55%4%$19,00273%9101,100
123Misericordia University27%68%4%$19,05459%9301,120
124The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey35%64%4%$19,18557%9701,140
125Le Moyne College32%69%4%$19,37970%9651,160
126Franciscan University of Steubenville29%81%2%$19,44376%2229
127Bethel University29%71%2%$19,45971%2228
128Stevenson University31%64%6%$19,48359%8801,080
129Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College34%67%6%$19,52583%9501,120
130Wilkes University33%61%4%$19,52876%9401,120
131George Fox University37%64%4%$19,53475%9901,260
132Robert Morris University32%54%4%$19,59482%9101,140
133Manhattan College26%75%4%$19,88863%1,0001,160
134Union University22%67%4%$20,06375%2229
135The College of Saint Scholastica31%65%3%$20,07178%2126
136Assumption College20%75%2%$20,25375%N/AN/A
137Bellarmine University22%62%4%$20,35386%2227
138Gonzaga University20%81%2%$20,64162%1,1101,400
139Pacific Lutheran University28%70%2%$20,68774%9701,220
140Whitworth University23%76%3%$20,74352%1,0601,300
141Eastern University41%60%7%$20,84967%9501,180
142Saint Francis University28%65%3%$21,02174%9101,120
143Nazareth College30%73%2%$21,07471%N/AN/A
144Chatham University39%59%2%$21,07960%N/AN/A
145Palm Beach Atlantic University36%51%4%$21,08196%9151,160
146Rowan University30%71%4%$21,14956%9901,180
147Mount St Mary's University23%67%3%$21,21955%1,0101,200
148Anderson University37%57%3%$21,38554%9201,120
149Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs34%71%8%$21,46547%N/AN/A
150La Salle University35%66%3%$21,47574%8801,080
151Seattle Pacific University30%72%1%$21,52379%1,0001,240
152California Baptist University46%59%4%$22,01873%8401,080
153DeSales University24%68%2%$22,16772%9701,200
154Iona College28%65%4%$22,30787%9101,100
155The College of Saint Rose36%65%4%$22,332N/AN/A
156Springfield College23%66%4%$22,43567%9101,100
157Woodbury University56%59%5%$22,48276%8401,060
158Point Loma Nazarene University27%75%2%$23,07956%1,0501,260
159University of Dallas22%69%3%$23,20688%1,0801,340
160Franklin Pierce University30%50%5%$23,35585%8801,060
161Wheelock College33%58%2%$23,51569%8701,100
162Neumann University39%51%6%$23,58979%740940
163Albertus Magnus College52%53%5%$23,59481%810960
164Rollins College32%72%5%$23,73256%1,0901,280
165Alvernia University34%51%5%$23,79280%8501,040
166Indiana Wesleyan University39%64%4%$23,93173%2126
167Salve Regina University25%72%2%$24,34570%1,0301,180
168Southern New Hampshire University30%58%5%$24,58883%8901,080
169University of Scranton20%83%4%$24,60689%1,0401,200
170Rider University26%67%4%$24,73472%9301,120
171Ithaca College20%77%2%$25,61365%1,0501,260
172Xavier University20%78%3%$25,66368%2328
173Suffolk University27%56%5%$25,71278%9001,120
174Loyola Marymount University20%75%3%$28,54250%1,1101,280
175University of Portland22%74%1%$30,80067%1,0901,300
176Alaska Pacific University28%52%5%$31,69863%8621,160

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