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What Is the Best College for You?

Let’s face it.  College is expensive and parents are taking a detailed approach in terms of cost/benefit.  Money Magazine has done a very interesting analysis done where they have drawn on the research and advice of dozens of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing, and value to develop a new, uniquely practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation’s best-performing colleges.  Some of the names will surprise you – here are the Top 50:

College Name
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2017-18 without aid
Est. price 2017-18 with avg. grant
% who get need-based grants
% who get merit grants
Early career earnings
1
Princeton, NJ
1500/33 $65, 300 $19, 300 59% N/A $67, 600
2
1240/NA $31, 400 $9, 800 51% 8% $51, 600
3
1380/31 $29, 500 $17, 000 32% 24% $61, 200
4
1370/32 $37, 200 $17, 900 48% 1% $62, 100
5
1330/30 $35, 300 $14, 900 52% 1% $53, 300
5
Stanford, CA
1480/33 $68, 100 $20, 800 49% 1% $70, 300
7
1160/26 $33, 900 $15, 800 62% N/A $52, 000
8
1500/34 $67, 800 $23, 400 55% 1% $77, 000
9
1210/28 $36, 300 $18, 200 60% 1% $53, 000
10
Cambridge, MA
1510/34 $68, 600 $17, 000 56% N/A $65, 000
11
1360/31 $31, 200 $15, 700 27% 2% $58, 000
12
Houston, TX
1470/33 $62, 700 $24, 300 37% 1% $63, 100
13
1230/28 $28, 500 $10, 500 35% 2% $55, 200
14
New Haven, CT
1510/33 $70, 100 $19, 600 49% N/A $62, 600
15
Nashville, TN
1510/33 $67, 100 $24, 800 45% 20% $57, 900
16
1400/32 $30, 700 $13, 800 38% 25% $65, 600
16
1390/32 $65, 700 $23, 100 41% 10% $53, 200
18
Gainesville, FL
1270/29 $21, 800 $15, 800 33% 39% $49, 800
19
1550/35 $67, 000 $25, 100 52% 1% $79, 800
20
1320/NA $26, 500 $15, 900 34% 3% $55, 700
21
1480/33 $73, 400 $19, 100 48% 1% $62, 500
22
1390/29 $31, 400 $18, 200 38% 5% $57, 700
23
1220/NA $26, 200 $19, 900 31% 15% $57, 400
24
1220/27 $34, 600 $21, 800 20% 13% $52, 100
25
Williamstown, MA
1460/33 $70, 700 $23, 300 48% N/A $54, 000
26
1110/23 $24, 800 $14, 800 31% 1% $59, 300
27
Philadelphia, PA
1460/33 $71, 100 $25, 800 47% N/A $61, 900
28
Amherst, MA
1450/32 $71, 400 $18, 200 57% N/A $49, 000
29
1130/25 $35, 400 $14, 400 76% 1% $47, 000
30
East Lansing, MI
1120/26 $27, 500 $15, 800 35% 13% $50, 400
31
1290/29 $27, 800 $18, 800 33% 12% $53, 900
32
Hanover, NH
1460/32 $71, 400 $23, 100 49% N/A $62, 000
33
Vestal, NY
1290/29 $27, 000 $17, 400 40% 3% $51, 700
34
Providence, RI
1440/32 $69, 800 $24, 800 44% N/A $60, 600
34
1200/27 $26, 200 $14, 800 39% 3% $55, 000
36
1240/29 $37, 200 $17, 500 57% 1% $50, 600
37
1240/28 $30, 900 $20, 400 41% 20% $55, 200
37
West Lafayette, IN
1210/27 $24, 300 $12, 600 28% 16% $57, 800
37
Swarthmore, PA
1450/32 $68, 700 $23, 300 52% N/A $56, 700
40
Notre Dame, IN
1430/33 $69, 200 $28, 800 42% 24% $60, 800
41
1160/26 $30, 700 $16, 400 44% 24% $55, 600
42
1060/23 $24, 200 $10, 400 61% 20% $45, 500
43
Brooklyn, NY
1090/NA $29, 300 $9, 800 75% 22% $43, 800
44
Clinton, NY
1390/32 $69, 400 $23, 700 48% N/A $54, 100
45
1290/29 $26, 000 $17, 300 36% 3% $51, 200
46
Schenectady, NY
NA/NA $69, 600 $40, 300 49% 5% $54, 300
46
Harrisonburg, VA
1140/26 $26, 000 $18, 000 21% 4% $49, 900
48
New Ulm, MN
NA/25 $25, 400 $19, 100 73% 3% $36, 000
49
1220/NA $32, 100 $17, 100 39% 9% $52, 200
50
1250/28 $23, 600 $14, 700 44% 6% $52, 500

Author: Yuri Punj

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