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Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar

These colleges are CollegeCalc's 2017 ranking of the best value colleges in America based on tuition dollar spent. While most of these schools don't have the low published tuition, attractive net prices through generous financial packages combined with academic excellence offer students the highest return on education dollar investment. In order to be considered, schools must possess very high academic standing coupled with costs commensurate to the education provided. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leads the list with a 95 academic rank and a $10,936 average net price.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

America's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
Average Net Price College Rating $Value
$10,936
Average Net Price
1) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina, Public Not For Profit
95 88
$10,374
Average Net Price
2) University of Washington Seattle Campus
Washington, Public Not For Profit
86 88
$12,510
Average Net Price
3) University of California Los Angeles
California, Public Not For Profit
97 87
$12,187
Average Net Price
4) Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus
Georgia, Public Not For Profit
93 87
$12,072
Average Net Price
5) University of California Irvine
California, Public Not For Profit
90 86
$12,406
Average Net Price
6) College of William and Mary
Virginia, Public Not For Profit
94 86
$13,693
Average Net Price
7) University of California San Diego
California, Public Not For Profit
94 85
$14,687
Average Net Price
8) Amherst College
Massachusetts, Private Not For Profit
98 85
$14,069
Average Net Price
9) University of Virginia Main Campus
Virginia, Public Not For Profit
96 85
$13,287
Average Net Price
10) University of Georgia
Georgia, Public Not For Profit
85 84
$15,095
Average Net Price
11) Harvard University
Massachusetts, Private Not For Profit
99 84
$13,352
Average Net Price
12) Stony Brook University
New York, Public Not For Profit
87 84
$13,579
Average Net Price
13) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Carolina, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$11,725
Average Net Price
14) Texas A & M University College Station
Texas, Public Not For Profit
77 84
$12,353
Average Net Price
15) New College of Florida
Florida, Public Not For Profit
79 84
$13,635
Average Net Price
16) Soka University of America
California, Private Not For Profit
90 84
$13,110
Average Net Price
17) University of California Riverside
California, Public Not For Profit
77 83
$14,966
Average Net Price
18) University of California Santa Barbara
California, Public Not For Profit
92 83
$14,786
Average Net Price
19) University of Florida
Florida, Public Not For Profit
89 83
$15,850
Average Net Price
20) University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Michigan, Public Not For Profit
96 83