College Guide

2013 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings - All Schools by Name

This year, in addition to our public good-based evaluations which will be released next week, we're launching a new 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:

Read more about the Best Bang for the Buck rankings.

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

Institution
  
  Students receiving
Pell Grants
Graduation
Rate
Default
Rate
Net Price
331Adelphi University (NY)36%66%5%$23,510
184Albion College (MI)25%68%4%$16,089
214Alfred University (NY)43%60%6%$17,251
223Allegheny College (PA)29%80%6%$17,603
186Alma College (MI)36%67%4%$16,171
324Alvernia University (PA)38%53%7%$22,725
1Amherst College (MA)23%96%1%$843
250Anderson University (IN)41%63%5%$18,575
160Andrews University (MI)32%63%5%$15,380
9Appalachian State University (NC)* 23%65%3%$7,077
15Arizona State University (AZ)* 35%57%6%$8,088
268Asbury University (KY)32%71%6%$19,307
287Ashland University (OH)40%61%5%$19,968
296Assumption College (MA)22%67%4%$20,175
185Augsburg College (MN)53%65%4%$16,092
252Augustana College (IL)25%76%4%$18,630
175Austin College (TX)32%75%4%$15,782
192Baldwin Wallace University (OH)42%70%3%$16,621
90Barnard College (NY)22%92%3%$12,460
260Bellarmine University (KY)31%66%6%$18,964
238Bethel University (MN)32%73%2%$18,052
330Biola University (CA)35%71%3%$23,379
113Bloomsburg University of PA (PA)* 30%61%5%$13,401
229Bluffton University (OH)58%59%6%$17,767
147Bowling Green State Univ.-Main (OH)* 40%58%7%$14,947
177Bradley University (IL)28%75%3%$15,935
83Bridgewater State University (MA)* 28%52%6%$12,138
85Brigham Young University-Hawaii (HI)24%51%7%$12,294
12Brigham Young University-Idaho (ID)28%52%2%$7,480
94Bryan College-Dayton (TN)44%56%7%$12,645
56CA State Univ.-Channel Islands (CA)* 39%54%6%$10,878
4CA State University-Fullerton (CA)* 38%50%6%$3,489
6CA State University-Long Beach (CA)* 47%54%5%$5,699
311Cabrini College (PA)31%52%7%$20,983
202Cairn University (PA)50%63%4%$16,883
42California State University-Chico (CA)* 37%59%6%$10,132
198California University of PA (PA)* 42%53%7%$16,804
282Calvin College (MI)29%77%3%$19,703
142Canisius College (NY)38%67%6%$14,701
96Carlow University (PA)59%51%5%$12,671
70Central Washington University (WA)* 31%56%5%$11,494
340Champlain College (VT)22%62%3%$25,304
292Chatham University (PA)42%60%3%$20,127
297Chester College of New England (NH)42%96%NA$20,295
112Citadel: The Military College of SC (SC)* 26%70%4%$13,365
167Clarke University (IA)41%60%6%$15,555
211Clarkson University (NY)32%72%3%$17,133
123Clearwater Christian College (FL)49%54%5%$13,736
140College of Mount St. Joseph (OH)35%59%6%$14,611
210College of Saint Benedict (MN)25%81%1%$17,110
345College of Saint Rose (NY)39%63%5%$27,179
302College of Saint Scholastica (MN)35%63%5%$20,494
134College of the Atlantic (ME)43%71%5%$14,339
165College of the Holy Cross (MA)20%91%3%$15,449
48College of the Ozarks (MO)70%54%0%$10,480
52Columbia International University (SC)53%57%3%$10,687
164Concordia College-Moorhead (MN)30%69%2%$15,412
149Concordia University-Chicago (IL)53%60%4%$14,996
208Concordia University-WI (WI)35%58%4%$17,053
171Converse College (SC)54%60%4%$15,654
240Creighton University (NE)21%77%2%$18,175
3CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (NY)* 51%63%3%$3,429
2CUNY Queens College (NY)* 45%53%5%$2,757
303Delaware Valley College (PA)35%55%6%$20,523
266DePaul University (IL)37%66%4%$19,106
180DePauw University (IN)22%85%2%$16,023
321DeSales University (PA)26%69%3%$22,425
144Doane College-Crete (NE)43%63%5%$14,783
114Dominican University (IL)55%63%6%$13,424
293Drew University (NJ)36%68%5%$20,137
271Duquesne University (PA)22%73%2%$19,432
21East Carolina University (NC)* 34%59%3%$8,463
81East Stroudsburg University of PA (PA)* 27%59%6%$11,994
100Eastern Illinois University (IL)* 39%59%5%$12,910
225Eastern Mennonite University (VA)37%66%5%$17,614
276Eastern University (PA)45%67%6%$19,509
262Elizabethtown College (PA)24%79%3%$19,036
204Elmhurst College (IL)25%70%2%$16,953
313Elmira College (NY)33%60%5%$21,124
348Embry-Riddle Aero. Univ.-Prescott (AZ)29%57%NA$30,669
329Emmanuel College (MA)35%63%5%$23,215
328Endicott College (MA)21%67%3%$23,209
124Erskine College and Seminary (SC)38%55%3%$13,801
267Fairfield University (CT)20%82%2%$19,264
281Fairleigh Dickinson U.-Coll. at Florham (NJ)35%55%NA$19,642
169Flagler College-St. Augustine (FL)26%60%4%$15,594
20Florida State University (FL)* 28%74%5%$8,447
285Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville (OH)27%70%2%$19,922
275Gannon University (PA)45%66%4%$19,505
110Geneva College (PA)44%68%5%$13,321
261George Fox University (OR)37%62%3%$18,995
150Georgian Court University (NJ)55%52%5%$15,026
179Goshen College (IN)37%73%5%$15,972
318Goucher College (MD)20%70%3%$21,942
138Grace College & Theo. Seminary (IN)43%56%4%$14,602
59Graceland University-Lamoni (IA)45%51%6%$11,036
77Grand Valley State University (MI)* 36%63%3%$11,916
74Grinnell College (IA)24%88%2%$11,732
128Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)28%82%3%$14,165
215Hamline University (MN)42%68%5%$17,269
146Hanover College (IN)33%71%4%$14,824
201Hastings College (NE)36%56%5%$16,853
269Hiram College (OH)54%66%7%$19,308
291Hollins University (VA)44%63%5%$20,119
132Holy Family University (PA)34%61%6%$14,225
176Hood College (MD)28%68%7%$15,910
212Hope College (MI)22%79%2%$17,156
230Houghton College (NY)43%68%5%$17,875
249Howard University (DC)43%63%7%$18,503
145Huntington University (IN)42%62%4%$14,822
122Illinois State University (IL)* 24%71%3%$13,672
242Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)20%82%3%$18,233
336Immaculata University (PA)37%55%7%$24,511
17Indiana University-Bloomington (IN)* 21%72%3%$8,129
326Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)47%70%7%$23,052
316Iona College (NY)31%57%6%$21,524
57Iowa State University (IA)* 23%68%4%$10,979
338Ithaca College (NY)21%74%3%$25,098
105John Brown University (AR)39%66%3%$13,102
168John Carroll University (OH)30%71%3%$15,579
189Juniata College (PA)23%76%1%$16,440
127Keene State College (NH)* 27%57%6%$14,065
237King's College (PA)31%63%6%$18,047
101Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (PA)* 33%54%6%$12,918
244La Roche College (PA)44%51%7%$18,272
278La Salle University (PA)35%67%4%$19,553
216Lake Forest College (IL)42%68%7%$17,286
253Lawrence University (WI)20%77%2%$18,740
265Le Moyne College (NY)40%72%5%$19,097
306Lebanon Valley College (PA)29%73%4%$20,667
136Lewis University (IL)38%63%7%$14,453
254Linfield College-McMinnville (OR)27%73%2%$18,767
196Lipscomb University (TN)34%63%7%$16,766
143Longwood University (VA)* 23%60%5%$14,713
231Lycoming College (PA)39%70%3%$17,887
53MA College of Liberal Arts (MA)* 47%53%6%$10,710
166Maharishi Univ. of Management (IA)71%50%5%$15,521
133Maine Maritime Academy (ME)* 33%69%3%$14,328
172Malone University (OH)53%59%5%$15,665
251Manhattan College (NY)30%72%3%$18,582
203Maranatha Baptist Bible College (WI)53%51%2%$16,911
199Marian University (IN)43%58%4%$16,809
191Marian University (WI)50%52%5%$16,568
308Marlboro College (VT)32%66%3%$20,870
301Marquette University (WI)20%81%2%$20,474
79Martin Luther College (MN)39%73%3%$11,934
241Maryville Univ. of Saint Louis (MO)26%68%3%$18,202
222Marywood University (PA)35%62%5%$17,503
280Master's College & Seminary (CA)31%65%1%$19,639
119McDaniel College (MD)32%74%4%$13,588
220Meredith College (NC)34%59%3%$17,415
317Merrimack College (MA)29%70%5%$21,586
309Messiah College (PA)21%74%2%$20,963
40Michigan Jewish Institute (MI)99%83%0%$10,118
39Michigan State University (MI)* 26%77%4%$10,092
58Michigan Technological University (MI)* 28%65%3%$11,017
98Millersville University of PA (PA)* 30%65%5%$12,745
92Milligan College (TN)32%65%4%$12,572
233Misericordia University (PA)29%64%5%$17,970
104MO University of Science & Tech. (MO)* 28%67%5%$12,993
219Molloy College (NY)30%63%5%$17,398
270Monmouth University (NJ)26%66%5%$19,337
190Montclair State University (NJ)* 37%62%6%$16,449
307Moravian College & Theo. Seminary (PA)33%76%3%$20,669
342Mount Marty College (SD)49%51%6%$26,139
288Mount Mercy University (IA)40%60%3%$20,025
258Mount Saint Mary College (NY)34%55%6%$18,927
279Mount St. Mary's University (MD)28%76%4%$19,598
227Mount Vernon Nazarene Univ. (OH)49%57%5%$17,755
111Muskingum University (OH)51%54%6%$13,359
347Nazareth College (NY)31%74%4%$28,785
10NC State University-Raleigh (NC)* 25%72%3%$7,345
162Niagara University (NY)37%65%7%$15,404
178Northern Illinois University (IL)* 50%56%7%$15,942
130Northland International University (WI)59%50%1%$14,207
159Northwest Christian University (OR)60%100%5%$15,356
188Northwest Nazarene Univ. (ID)46%52%6%$16,241
217Northwest University (WA)42%50%3%$17,353
248Northwestern College (IA)37%66%2%$18,464
80Oakland City University (IN)27%64%7%$11,943
126Occidental College (CA)25%83%2%$13,978
156Ohio State University-Main (OH)* 20%80%6%$15,308
32Oklahoma State University-Main (OK)* 28%62%6%$9,838
137Oregon State University (OR)* 30%61%4%$14,497
236Pacific Lutheran University (WA)26%66%3%$18,043
300Penn State Altoona (PA)* 33%65%NA$20,391
264Penn State Berks (PA)* 34%55%NA$19,087
277Penn State Erie-Behrend College (PA)* 35%66%NA$19,538
232Penn State Harrisburg (PA)* 34%63%NA$17,902
246Pepperdine University (CA)31%81%2%$18,313
121Plymouth State University (NH)* 27%59%4%$13,645
332Point Loma Nazarene Univ. (CA)27%72%3%$23,548
65Presbyterian College (SC)29%68%2%$11,357
47Purdue University-Main (IN)* 21%68%3%$10,355
44Radford University (VA)* 24%56%5%$10,198
103Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)* 25%71%5%$12,983
320Regis University (CO)30%62%7%$22,257
224Richard Stockton College of NJ (NJ)* 41%66%6%$17,611
327Rider University (NJ)24%63%7%$23,148
148Ripon College (WI)41%70%3%$14,989
314Roanoke College (VA)22%69%4%$21,286
272Robert Morris University (PA)38%59%4%$19,441
256Rockhurst University (MO)29%74%6%$18,855
259Rollins College (FL)27%70%4%$18,932
299Rowan University (NJ)* 31%68%6%$20,387
18Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)* 37%61%NA$8,202
153Rutgers University-New Brunswick (NJ)* 29%77%4%$15,116
60Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)* 45%68%NA$11,052
349Sacred Heart University (CT)21%68%4%$31,167
206Saint Ambrose University (IA)30%62%4%$17,015
310Saint Anselm College (NH)20%73%2%$20,964
161Saint Edward's University (TX)35%68%8%$15,402
235Saint Francis University (PA)31%64%5%$18,020
205Saint John Fisher College (NY)36%73%6%$17,005
274Saint Joseph's Coll. of Maine (ME)39%55%3%$19,498
31Saint Joseph's College-New York (NY)32%65%6%$9,807
283Saint Mary's College (IN)23%79%1%$19,780
152Saint Mary's University of MN (MN)34%62%3%$15,077
181Saint Norbert College (WI)26%70%3%$16,028
273Saint Thomas Aquinas College (NY)31%58%7%$19,457
108Saint Vincent College (PA)37%73%5%$13,272
72Salisbury University (MD)* 21%67%4%$11,605
322Salve Regina University (RI)23%73%4%$22,666
14San Diego State University (CA)* 29%66%4%$8,066
298Seattle Pacific University (WA)28%74%2%$20,322
334Seton Hall University (NJ)34%66%5%$24,031
109Shippensburg University of PA (PA)* 31%60%4%$13,291
245Siena College (NY)24%74%4%$18,298
197Simpson College (IA)35%69%4%$16,777
115Slippery Rock University of PA (PA)* 34%59%5%$13,428
157Smith College (MA)20%85%2%$15,321
78Soka University of America (CA)30%87%7%$11,934
50Sonoma State University (CA)* 28%57%4%$10,526
88South Dakota State University (SD)* 36%60%5%$12,370
193Southern Adventist University (TN)37%51%6%$16,658
158Southern IL University Edwardsville (IL)* 36%52%7%$15,352
304Southern New Hampshire Univ. (NH)34%61%7%$20,547
106Spring Arbor University (MI)49%56%6%$13,125
286St. Catherine University (MN)54%65%5%$19,923
102Sterling College (VT)44%50%7%$12,948
200Stetson University (FL)40%64%4%$16,818
312Stevens Institute of Tech. (NJ)25%79%4%$21,054
239Stevenson University (MD)38%62%5%$18,146
337Suffolk University (MA)32%54%4%$24,669
64SUNY at Albany (NY)* 37%64%6%$11,272
68SUNY at Binghamton (NY)* 26%77%3%$11,439
73SUNY at Buffalo (NY)* 28%71%4%$11,726
97SUNY at Cortland (NY)* 25%67%3%$12,709
76SUNY at Fredonia (NY)* 35%63%7%$11,888
84SUNY at Geneseo (NY)* 21%81%3%$12,220
63SUNY at New Paltz (NY)* 28%69%5%$11,228
35SUNY College at Brockport (NY)* 40%66%4%$10,037
51SUNY College at Oneonta (NY)* 28%67%7%$10,670
30SUNY Plattsburgh (NY)* 34%59%4%$9,557
284Susquehanna University (PA)23%77%2%$19,847
213Sweet Briar College (VA)34%70%4%$17,203
305Syracuse University (NY)25%80%4%$20,556
243Taylor University (IN)26%80%5%$18,233
207Temple University (PA)* 31%68%6%$17,027
29Tennessee Technological University (TN)* 41%50%4%$9,458
11Texas A&M Univ.-College Station (TX)* 23%81%5%$7,383
66Towson University (MD)* 21%64%3%$11,370
343Trinity Christian College (IL)51%64%7%$26,179
49TX State University-San Marcos (TX)* 37%56%6%$10,480
151Univ. of Maine-Farmington (ME)* 47%59%6%$15,044
221Univ. of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN)44%64%4%$17,431
129Univ. of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (PA)* 41%52%NA$14,202
154Univ. of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (PA)* 36%59%NA$15,210
36University of Arizona (AZ)* 32%61%6%$10,046
55University of CA-Santa Barbara (CA)* 34%80%3%$10,844
28University of California-Berkeley (CA)* 27%90%3%$9,394
46University of California-Davis (CA)* 39%82%3%$10,229
34University of California-Irvine (CA)* 38%85%3%$9,981
37University of California-Los Angeles (CA)* 32%90%3%$10,055
26University of California-Riverside (CA)* 57%67%5%$9,224
38University of California-San Diego (CA)* 47%85%3%$10,092
61University of California-Santa Cruz (CA)* 42%73%4%$11,119
22University of Central Florida (FL)* 30%63%8%$8,825
315University of Dallas (TX)26%73%7%$21,429
5University of Florida (FL)* 29%84%3%$4,132
7University of Georgia (GA)* 22%82%3%$6,335
82University of IL-Urbana-Champaign (IL)* 21%82%3%$12,061
163University of Indianapolis (IN)42%52%6%$15,407
107University of Kansas (KS)* 22%61%4%$13,142
131University of La Verne (CA)51%58%5%$14,208
226University of Maine (ME)* 34%60%7%$17,724
27University of Minnesota-Morris (MN)* 35%60%4%$9,255
33University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MN)* 23%70%3%$9,945
174University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)* 41%51%8%$15,765
8University of NC-Chapel Hill (NC)* 20%89%1%$6,949
13University of NC-Wilmington (NC)* 22%67%5%$7,790
25University of Nebraska-Kearney (NE)* 40%61%6%$8,940
67University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE)* 24%67%4%$11,379
86University of Nevada-Reno (NV)* 29%51%7%$12,344
182University of NH-Main (NH)* 24%76%3%$16,072
120University of NH-Manchester (NH)* 37%55%NA$13,640
95University of Northern Iowa (IA)* 25%67%4%$12,664
99University of Oklahoma Norman (OK)* 24%67%7%$12,849
89University of Oregon (OR)* 23%66%5%$12,457
341University of Portland (OR)25%76%2%$25,822
228University of Redlands (CA)30%70%3%$17,763
87University of Rhode Island (RI)* 26%63%6%$12,364
346University of San Francisco (CA)31%70%4%$28,245
325University of Scranton (PA)24%77%3%$23,026
71University of St. Francis (IL)35%63%3%$11,555
323University of St. Thomas (MN)21%74%2%$22,698
62University of Texas-Austin (TX)* 28%81%5%$11,134
43University of Utah (UT)* 20%55%3%$10,186
24University of Vermont (VT)* 22%72%3%$8,927
19University of Washington-Seattle (WA)* 24%80%3%$8,334
45University of WI-Stevens Point (WI)* 30%61%4%$10,212
41University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)* 25%65%2%$10,123
69University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (WI)* 21%68%2%$11,441
263Ursinus College (PA)30%80%3%$19,071
116Ursuline College (OH)53%54%5%$13,560
23Utah State University (UT)* 30%52%4%$8,850
218Valparaiso University (IN)29%71%4%$17,369
247Vanguard Univ. of Southern CA (CA)43%55%5%$18,418
255Wabash College (IN)28%75%7%$18,817
194Walsh University (OH)46%60%6%$16,677
295Washington & Jefferson College (PA)29%74%3%$20,164
234Washington College (MD)20%75%1%$18,016
91Washington State University (WA)* 26%67%6%$12,490
139Waynesburg University (PA)47%57%4%$14,609
339Wentworth Institute of Tech (MA)32%60%7%$25,295
209West Chester University of PA (PA)* 22%68%4%$17,107
173West Virginia Wesleyan College (WV)38%55%7%$15,758
117Western Michigan University (MI)* 35%56%5%$13,565
54Western Washington University (WA)* 23%73%3%$10,814
75Westfield State University (MA)* 30%58%5%$11,888
289Westminster College (PA)38%74%4%$20,062
294Westminster College (UT)29%66%3%$20,157
319Westmont College (CA)23%77%2%$22,079
135Wheaton College (IL)20%87%2%$14,405
257Wheaton College (MA)22%77%3%$18,911
195Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)37%62%7%$16,678
290Whitworth University (WA)25%80%2%$20,116
333Widener University-Main (PA)34%54%6%$23,702
155Willamette University (OR)27%77%2%$15,299
16Williams College (MA)21%95%1%$8,093
141Wilson College (PA)52%53%6%$14,655
125Wingate University (NC)37%53%7%$13,846
93Winthrop University (SC)* 44%58%7%$12,623
118Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)40%63%5%$13,578
335Wittenberg University (OH)27%71%4%$24,060
183Wofford College (SC)25%79%1%$16,078
344Xavier University (OH)22%77%3%$27,028
187Yeshiva University (NY)20%84%2%$16,202