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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
1500/33$65, 300$19, 30059%N/A$67, 600
2
1240/NA$31, 400$9, 80051%8%$51, 600
3
1380/31$29, 500$17, 00032%24%$61, 200
4
1370/32$37, 200$17, 90048%1%$62, 100
5
1330/30$35, 300$14, 90052%1%$53, 300
5
1480/33$68, 100$20, 80049%1%$70, 300
7
1160/26$33, 900$15, 80062%N/A$52, 000
8
1500/34$67, 800$23, 40055%1%$77, 000
9
1210/28$36, 300$18, 20060%1%$53, 000
10
Cambridge, MA
1510/34$68, 600$17, 00056%N/A$65, 000
11
1360/31$31, 200$15, 70027%2%$58, 000
12
Houston, TX
1470/33$62, 700$24, 30037%1%$63, 100
13
1230/28$28, 500$10, 50035%2%$55, 200
14
New Haven, CT
1510/33$70, 100$19, 60049%N/A$62, 600
15
1510/33$67, 100$24, 80045%20%$57, 900
16
1400/32$30, 700$13, 80038%25%$65, 600
16
1390/32$65, 700$23, 10041%10%$53, 200
18
Gainesville, FL
1270/29$21, 800$15, 80033%39%$49, 800
19
1550/35$67, 000$25, 10052%1%$79, 800
20
1320/NA$26, 500$15, 90034%3%$55, 700
21
1480/33$73, 400$19, 10048%1%$62, 500
22
1390/29$31, 400$18, 20038%5%$57, 700
23
1220/NA$26, 200$19, 90031%15%$57, 400
24
1220/27$34, 600$21, 80020%13%$52, 100
25
Williamstown, MA
1460/33$70, 700$23, 30048%N/A$54, 000
26
1110/23$24, 800$14, 80031%1%$59, 300
27
1460/33$71, 100$25, 80047%N/A$61, 900
28
Amherst, MA
1450/32$71, 400$18, 20057%N/A$49, 000
29
1130/25$35, 400$14, 40076%1%$47, 000
30
1120/26$27, 500$15, 80035%13%$50, 400
31
1290/29$27, 800$18, 80033%12%$53, 900
32
1460/32$71, 400$23, 10049%N/A$62, 000
33
1290/29$27, 000$17, 40040%3%$51, 700
34
Providence, RI
1440/32$69, 800$24, 80044%N/A$60, 600
34
1200/27$26, 200$14, 80039%3%$55, 000
36
1240/29$37, 200$17, 50057%1%$50, 600
37
1240/28$30, 900$20, 40041%20%$55, 200
37
1210/27$24, 300$12, 60028%16%$57, 800
37
Swarthmore, PA
1450/32$68, 700$23, 30052%N/A$56, 700
40
1430/33$69, 200$28, 80042%24%$60, 800
41
1160/26$30, 700$16, 40044%24%$55, 600
42
1060/23$24, 200$10, 40061%20%$45, 500
43
1090/NA$29, 300$9, 80075%22%$43, 800
44
Clinton, NY
1390/32$69, 400$23, 70048%N/A$54, 100
45
1290/29$26, 000$17, 30036%3%$51, 200
46
Schenectady, NY
NA/NA$69, 600$40, 30049%5%$54, 300
46
Harrisonburg, VA
1140/26$26, 000$18, 00021%4%$49, 900
48
NA/25$25, 400$19, 10073%3%$36, 000
49
1220/NA$32, 100$17, 10039%9%$52, 200
50
1250/28$23, 600$14, 70044%6%$52, 500

Author: Yuri Punj

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