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Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar

These colleges are CollegeCalc's 2020 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 Washington Seattle Campus leads the list with a 88 academic rank and a $9,443 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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

America's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
Average Net Price College Rating $Value
$17,030
Average Net Price
21) Harvard University
Massachusetts, Private Not-For-Profit
99 82
$14,496
Average Net Price
22) State University of New York at New Paltz
New York, Public Not-For-Profit
83 82
$16,594
Average Net Price
23) University of Virginia Main Campus
Virginia, Public Not-For-Profit
97 82
$18,178
Average Net Price
24) University of California Berkeley
California, Public Not-For-Profit
97 81
$16,446
Average Net Price
25) University of California Davis
California, Public Not-For-Profit
91 81
$18,427
Average Net Price
26) Pomona College
California, Private Not-For-Profit
98 81
$18,053
Average Net Price
27) Yale University
Connecticut, Private Not-For-Profit
99 81
$16,450
Average Net Price
28) Florida State University
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
88 81
$16,775
Average Net Price
29) SUNY at Binghamton
New York, Public Not-For-Profit
90 81
$17,415
Average Net Price
30) College of William and Mary
Virginia, Public Not-For-Profit
93 81
$15,910
Average Net Price
31) University of Wisconsin Madison
Wisconsin, Public Not-For-Profit
87 81
$12,778
Average Net Price
32) New College of Florida
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
69 81
$16,792
Average Net Price
33) University of California Santa Cruz
California, Public Not-For-Profit
87 80
$16,638
Average Net Price
34) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Illinois, Public Not-For-Profit
83 80
$17,241
Average Net Price
35) University of Maryland College Park
Maryland, Public Not-For-Profit
90 80
$19,519
Average Net Price
36) Amherst College
Massachusetts, Private Not-For-Profit
98 80
$16,808
Average Net Price
37) University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Minnesota, Public Not-For-Profit
85 80
$16,016
Average Net Price
38) Rutgers University New Brunswick
New Jersey, Public Not-For-Profit
82 80
$16,085
Average Net Price
39) Virginia Military Institute
Virginia, Public Not-For-Profit
83 80
$19,002
Average Net Price
40) California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
California, Public Not-For-Profit
91 79