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. Amherst College leads the list with a 96/100 academic rating and a $16,339 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
#41 University of California Irvine

California, Public

$15,268 81 93
#42 University of California Santa Barbara

California, Public

$16,767 77 92
#43 Mercer University

Georgia, Private

$21,696 68 93
#44 Johns Hopkins University

Maryland, Private

$28,999 97 93
#45 Tufts University

Massachusetts, Private

$26,280 94 92
#46 University of Detroit Mercy

Michigan, Private

$18,338 70 94
#47 St Catherine University

Minnesota, Private

$20,172 66 94
#48 Washington University in St Louis

Missouri, Private

$27,108 96 94
#49 Barnard College

New York, Private

$26,649 94 92
#50 CUNY Hunter College

New York, Public

$3,957 66 93
#51 Davidson College

North Carolina, Private

$27,714 93 94
#52 Allegheny College

Pennsylvania, Private

$24,227 71 93
#53 Brown University

Rhode Island, Private

$27,218 97 94
#54 University of Richmond

Virginia, Private

$25,282 91 93
#55 University of Washington Seattle Campus

Washington, Public

$10,692 82 93
#56 Trinity College

Connecticut, Private

$27,829 90 91
#57 Georgetown University

District Of Columbia, Private

$28,442 94 91
#58 Howard University

District Of Columbia, Private

$21,428 70 92
#59 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Illinois, Public

$14,660 77 92
#60 Grinnell College

Iowa, Private

$29,404 88 92