U.S. Academic Quality per Dollar Ranking

The Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar for 2022

Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar

These colleges are CollegeCalc's 2022 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. Princeton University leads the list with a 99/100 academic rating and a $18,685 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 2020/2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020/2021 academic year.

America's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
College Net Price Rating Value
#41 College of William and Mary

Virginia, Public

$18,588 88 95
#42 University of Washington Seattle Campus

Washington, Public

$9,661 82 96
#43 University of California San Diego

California, Public

$15,222 82 95
#44 University of Chicago

Illinois, Private

$36,584 98 95
#45 Carleton College

Minnesota, Private

$30,843 91 95
#46 Lehigh University

Pennsylvania, Private

$29,098 88 95
#47 University of California Davis

California, Public

$17,026 81 94
#48 University of California Santa Barbara

California, Public

$17,223 79 94
#49 Grinnell College

Iowa, Private

$32,091 89 94
#50 Boston College

Massachusetts, Private

$30,192 88 94
#51 Tufts University

Massachusetts, Private

$32,720 93 94
#52 University of Minnesota Morris

Minnesota, Public

$11,147 65 94
#53 University of Tulsa

Oklahoma, Private

$25,333 76 94
#54 Lafayette College

Pennsylvania, Private

$28,735 87 94
#55 University of California Berkeley

California, Public

$19,329 86 94
#56 University of California Los Angeles

California, Public

$16,474 86 93
#57 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Illinois, Public

$13,517 78 93
#58 Centre College

Kentucky, Private

$22,748 73 94
#59 Boston University

Massachusetts, Private

$29,154 84 94
#60 Purdue University Main Campus

Indiana, Public

$12,294 79 93