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
#21 Colgate University

New York, Private

$23,503 94 97
#22 Haverford College

Pennsylvania, Private

$22,837 92 98
#23 Vanderbilt University

Tennessee, Private

$25,855 97 98
#24 Middlebury College

Vermont, Private

$23,367 94 98
#25 University of Virginia Main Campus

Virginia, Public

$17,579 86 97
#26 Washington and Lee University

Virginia, Private

$23,301 93 98
#27 California Institute of Technology

California, Private

$27,438 98 97
#28 Washington University in St Louis

Missouri, Private

$27,108 96 97
#29 Emory University

Georgia, Private

$25,942 95 97
#30 Skidmore College

New York, Private

$23,589 88 97
#31 Vassar College

New York, Private

$24,811 90 97
#32 Brown University

Rhode Island, Private

$27,218 97 97
#33 University of California Los Angeles

California, Public

$15,718 86 96
#34 Johns Hopkins University

Maryland, Private

$28,999 97 97
#35 Tufts University

Massachusetts, Private

$26,280 94 97
#36 Barnard College

New York, Private

$26,649 94 96
#37 Cornell University

New York, Private

$28,921 96 96
#38 Davidson College

North Carolina, Private

$27,714 93 96
#39 Georgetown University

District Of Columbia, Private

$28,442 94 96
#40 University of Florida

Florida, Public

$10,457 82 96