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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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