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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
$13,081
Average Net Price
21) Purdue University Main Campus
Indiana, Public Not For Profit
80 83
$16,655
Average Net Price
22) University of California Berkeley
California, Public Not For Profit
97 82
$16,231
Average Net Price
23) University of California Davis
California, Public Not For Profit
92 82
$14,759
Average Net Price
24) University of California Santa Cruz
California, Public Not For Profit
85 82
$11,573
Average Net Price
25) Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana, Public Not For Profit
67 82
$15,589
Average Net Price
26) University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Minnesota, Public Not For Profit
88 82
$12,041
Average Net Price
27) Truman State University
Missouri, Public Not For Profit
67 82
$15,572
Average Net Price
28) SUNY at Binghamton
New York, Public Not For Profit
90 82
$16,783
Average Net Price
29) California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
California, Public Not For Profit
91 81
$14,546
Average Net Price
30) University at Buffalo
New York, Public Not For Profit
78 81
$16,832
Average Net Price
31) The University of Texas at Austin
Texas, Public Not For Profit
92 81
$17,952
Average Net Price
32) Stanford University
California, Private Not For Profit
99 81
$19,205
Average Net Price
33) Pomona College
California, Private Not For Profit
99 80
$19,317
Average Net Price
34) Yale University
Connecticut, Private Not For Profit
99 80
$18,477
Average Net Price
35) Colby College
Maine, Private Not For Profit
96 80
$14,791
Average Net Price
36) Michigan State University
Michigan, Public Not For Profit
74 80
$18,885
Average Net Price
37) Princeton University
New Jersey, Private Not For Profit
99 80
$14,418
Average Net Price
38) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
North Carolina, Public Not For Profit
74 80
$18,671
Average Net Price
39) Reed College
Oregon, Private Not For Profit
93 80
$16,799
Average Net Price
40) Clemson University
South Carolina, Public Not For Profit
87 80