U.S. Academic Quality per Dollar Ranking

The Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar for 2021

Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar

These colleges are CollegeCalc's 2021 ranking of the best value colleges in America based on academic value per tuition dollar. While many of these schools don't have low list prices, attractive net prices through generous financial aid combined with academic excellence offer students great returns on investment. In order to be considered, schools must possess high academic standing coupled with costs commensurate to the education provided. Harvard University leads the list with a 98/100 academic rating and a $18,030 average net price.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. 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 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

America's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
College Net Price Rating Value
#1 Harvard University

Massachusetts, Private

$18,030 98 100
#2 Stanford University

California, Private

$16,779 99 99
#3 Yale University

Connecticut, Private

$18,073 98 99
#4 Amherst College

Massachusetts, Private

$16,339 96 99
#5 Williams College

Massachusetts, Private

$17,303 97 99
#6 Princeton University

New Jersey, Private

$18,712 99 99
#7 Pomona College

California, Private

$18,500 96 99
#8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts, Private

$20,465 98 99
#9 Wellesley College

Massachusetts, Private

$19,805 95 99
#10 Rice University

Texas, Private

$20,335 98 99
#11 Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, Private

$21,828 96 99
#12 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina, Public

$10,085 88 99
#13 Colby College

Maine, Private

$19,592 91 98
#14 Duke University

North Carolina, Private

$24,386 99 98
#15 Swarthmore College

Pennsylvania, Private

$19,759 92 98
#16 Dartmouth College

New Hampshire, Private

$23,869 97 98
#17 University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, Private

$24,771 96 98
#18 Claremont McKenna College

California, Private

$24,456 96 98
#19 Northwestern University

Illinois, Private

$26,196 97 98
#20 University of Michigan

Michigan, Public

$17,357 91 98