College Guide

2013 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings - All Schools

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.

  Students receiving
Pell Grants
Net Price
1Amherst College (MA)23%96%1%$843
2CUNY Queens College (NY)* 45%53%5%$2,757
3CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (NY)* 51%63%3%$3,429
4CA State University-Fullerton (CA)* 38%50%6%$3,489
5University of Florida (FL)* 29%84%3%$4,132
6CA State University-Long Beach (CA)* 47%54%5%$5,699
7University of Georgia (GA)* 22%82%3%$6,335
8University of NC-Chapel Hill (NC)* 20%89%1%$6,949
9Appalachian State University (NC)* 23%65%3%$7,077
10NC State University-Raleigh (NC)* 25%72%3%$7,345
11Texas A&M Univ.-College Station (TX)* 23%81%5%$7,383
12Brigham Young University-Idaho (ID)28%52%2%$7,480
13University of NC-Wilmington (NC)* 22%67%5%$7,790
14San Diego State University (CA)* 29%66%4%$8,066
15Arizona State University (AZ)* 35%57%6%$8,088
16Williams College (MA)21%95%1%$8,093
17Indiana University-Bloomington (IN)* 21%72%3%$8,129
18Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)* 37%61%NA$8,202
19University of Washington-Seattle (WA)* 24%80%3%$8,334
20Florida State University (FL)* 28%74%5%$8,447
21East Carolina University (NC)* 34%59%3%$8,463
22University of Central Florida (FL)* 30%63%8%$8,825
23Utah State University (UT)* 30%52%4%$8,850
24University of Vermont (VT)* 22%72%3%$8,927
25University of Nebraska-Kearney (NE)* 40%61%6%$8,940
26University of California-Riverside (CA)* 57%67%5%$9,224
27University of Minnesota-Morris (MN)* 35%60%4%$9,255
28University of California-Berkeley (CA)* 27%90%3%$9,394
29Tennessee Technological University (TN)* 41%50%4%$9,458
30SUNY Plattsburgh (NY)* 34%59%4%$9,557
31Saint Joseph's College-New York (NY)32%65%6%$9,807
32Oklahoma State University-Main (OK)* 28%62%6%$9,838
33University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MN)* 23%70%3%$9,945
34University of California-Irvine (CA)* 38%85%3%$9,981
35SUNY College at Brockport (NY)* 40%66%4%$10,037
36University of Arizona (AZ)* 32%61%6%$10,046
37University of California-Los Angeles (CA)* 32%90%3%$10,055
38University of California-San Diego (CA)* 47%85%3%$10,092
39Michigan State University (MI)* 26%77%4%$10,092
40Michigan Jewish Institute (MI)99%83%0%$10,118
41University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)* 25%65%2%$10,123
42California State University-Chico (CA)* 37%59%6%$10,132
43University of Utah (UT)* 20%55%3%$10,186
44Radford University (VA)* 24%56%5%$10,198
45University of WI-Stevens Point (WI)* 30%61%4%$10,212
46University of California-Davis (CA)* 39%82%3%$10,229
47Purdue University-Main (IN)* 21%68%3%$10,355
48College of the Ozarks (MO)70%54%0%$10,480
49TX State University-San Marcos (TX)* 37%56%6%$10,480
50Sonoma State University (CA)* 28%57%4%$10,526
51SUNY College at Oneonta (NY)* 28%67%7%$10,670
52Columbia International University (SC)53%57%3%$10,687
53MA College of Liberal Arts (MA)* 47%53%6%$10,710
54Western Washington University (WA)* 23%73%3%$10,814
55University of CA-Santa Barbara (CA)* 34%80%3%$10,844
56CA State Univ.-Channel Islands (CA)* 39%54%6%$10,878
57Iowa State University (IA)* 23%68%4%$10,979
58Michigan Technological University (MI)* 28%65%3%$11,017
59Graceland University-Lamoni (IA)45%51%6%$11,036
60Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)* 45%68%NA$11,052
61University of California-Santa Cruz (CA)* 42%73%4%$11,119
62University of Texas-Austin (TX)* 28%81%5%$11,134
63SUNY at New Paltz (NY)* 28%69%5%$11,228
64SUNY at Albany (NY)* 37%64%6%$11,272
65Presbyterian College (SC)29%68%2%$11,357
66Towson University (MD)* 21%64%3%$11,370
67University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE)* 24%67%4%$11,379
68SUNY at Binghamton (NY)* 26%77%3%$11,439
69University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (WI)* 21%68%2%$11,441
70Central Washington University (WA)* 31%56%5%$11,494
71University of St. Francis (IL)35%63%3%$11,555
72Salisbury University (MD)* 21%67%4%$11,605
73SUNY at Buffalo (NY)* 28%71%4%$11,726
74Grinnell College (IA)24%88%2%$11,732
75Westfield State University (MA)* 30%58%5%$11,888
76SUNY at Fredonia (NY)* 35%63%7%$11,888
77Grand Valley State University (MI)* 36%63%3%$11,916
78Soka University of America (CA)30%87%7%$11,934
79Martin Luther College (MN)39%73%3%$11,934
80Oakland City University (IN)27%64%7%$11,943
81East Stroudsburg University of PA (PA)* 27%59%6%$11,994
82University of IL-Urbana-Champaign (IL)* 21%82%3%$12,061
83Bridgewater State University (MA)* 28%52%6%$12,138
84SUNY at Geneseo (NY)* 21%81%3%$12,220
85Brigham Young University-Hawaii (HI)24%51%7%$12,294
86University of Nevada-Reno (NV)* 29%51%7%$12,344
87University of Rhode Island (RI)* 26%63%6%$12,364
88South Dakota State University (SD)* 36%60%5%$12,370
89University of Oregon (OR)* 23%66%5%$12,457
90Barnard College (NY)22%92%3%$12,460
91Washington State University (WA)* 26%67%6%$12,490
92Milligan College (TN)32%65%4%$12,572
93Winthrop University (SC)* 44%58%7%$12,623
94Bryan College-Dayton (TN)44%56%7%$12,645
95University of Northern Iowa (IA)* 25%67%4%$12,664
96Carlow University (PA)59%51%5%$12,671
97SUNY at Cortland (NY)* 25%67%3%$12,709
98Millersville University of PA (PA)* 30%65%5%$12,745
99University of Oklahoma Norman (OK)* 24%67%7%$12,849
100Eastern Illinois University (IL)* 39%59%5%$12,910
101Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (PA)* 33%54%6%$12,918
102Sterling College (VT)44%50%7%$12,948
103Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)* 25%71%5%$12,983
104MO University of Science & Tech. (MO)* 28%67%5%$12,993
105John Brown University (AR)39%66%3%$13,102
106Spring Arbor University (MI)49%56%6%$13,125
107University of Kansas (KS)* 22%61%4%$13,142
108Saint Vincent College (PA)37%73%5%$13,272
109Shippensburg University of PA (PA)* 31%60%4%$13,291
110Geneva College (PA)44%68%5%$13,321
111Muskingum University (OH)51%54%6%$13,359
112Citadel: The Military College of SC (SC)* 26%70%4%$13,365
113Bloomsburg University of PA (PA)* 30%61%5%$13,401
114Dominican University (IL)55%63%6%$13,424
115Slippery Rock University of PA (PA)* 34%59%5%$13,428
116Ursuline College (OH)53%54%5%$13,560
117Western Michigan University (MI)* 35%56%5%$13,565
118Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)40%63%5%$13,578
119McDaniel College (MD)32%74%4%$13,588
120University of NH-Manchester (NH)* 37%55%NA$13,640
121Plymouth State University (NH)* 27%59%4%$13,645
122Illinois State University (IL)* 24%71%3%$13,672
123Clearwater Christian College (FL)49%54%5%$13,736
124Erskine College and Seminary (SC)38%55%3%$13,801
125Wingate University (NC)37%53%7%$13,846
126Occidental College (CA)25%83%2%$13,978
127Keene State College (NH)* 27%57%6%$14,065
128Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)28%82%3%$14,165
129Univ. of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (PA)* 41%52%NA$14,202
130Northland International University (WI)59%50%1%$14,207
131University of La Verne (CA)51%58%5%$14,208
132Holy Family University (PA)34%61%6%$14,225
133Maine Maritime Academy (ME)* 33%69%3%$14,328
134College of the Atlantic (ME)43%71%5%$14,339
135Wheaton College (IL)20%87%2%$14,405
136Lewis University (IL)38%63%7%$14,453
137Oregon State University (OR)* 30%61%4%$14,497
138Grace College & Theo. Seminary (IN)43%56%4%$14,602
139Waynesburg University (PA)47%57%4%$14,609
140College of Mount St. Joseph (OH)35%59%6%$14,611
141Wilson College (PA)52%53%6%$14,655
142Canisius College (NY)38%67%6%$14,701
143Longwood University (VA)* 23%60%5%$14,713
144Doane College-Crete (NE)43%63%5%$14,783
145Huntington University (IN)42%62%4%$14,822
146Hanover College (IN)33%71%4%$14,824
147Bowling Green State Univ.-Main (OH)* 40%58%7%$14,947
148Ripon College (WI)41%70%3%$14,989
149Concordia University-Chicago (IL)53%60%4%$14,996
150Georgian Court University (NJ)55%52%5%$15,026