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
#1 Princeton University

New Jersey, Private

$18,685 99 100
#2 Yale University

Connecticut, Private

$17,511 99 99
#3 Harvard University

Massachusetts, Private

$18,037 99 99
#4 Amherst College

Massachusetts, Private

$18,832 97 99
#5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts, Private

$19,998 98 99
#6 Stanford University

California, Private

$20,023 99 99
#7 Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, Private

$22,126 95 99
#8 Rice University

Texas, Private

$19,215 98 99
#9 Johns Hopkins University

Maryland, Private

$25,241 97 99
#10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina, Public

$10,038 88 99
#11 Claremont McKenna College

California, Private

$22,004 95 98
#12 Colby College

Maine, Private

$18,552 91 98
#13 Wellesley College

Massachusetts, Private

$21,614 95 98
#14 University of Michigan

Michigan, Public

$17,832 90 98
#15 Dartmouth College

New Hampshire, Private

$24,525 97 98
#16 Duke University

North Carolina, Private

$26,932 98 98
#17 University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, Private

$24,167 96 98
#18 Swarthmore College

Pennsylvania, Private

$20,360 92 98
#19 California Institute of Technology

California, Private

$26,591 98 98
#20 Emory University

Georgia, Private

$25,672 94 97
#21 Hamilton College

New York, Private

$23,936 94 97
#22 Vanderbilt University

Tennessee, Private

$25,804 96 98
#23 Northwestern University

Illinois, Private

$28,344 96 97
#24 Washington University in St Louis

Missouri, Private

$27,233 96 97
#25 Brown University

Rhode Island, Private

$27,659 97 97
#26 Middlebury College

Vermont, Private

$24,517 94 97
#27 University of Florida

Florida, Public

$10,075 83 97
#28 Colgate University

New York, Private

$25,935 93 97
#29 Cornell University

New York, Private

$27,522 96 96
#30 Haverford College

Pennsylvania, Private

$25,215 92 97
#31 Vassar College

New York, Private

$26,028 90 96
#32 University of Richmond

Virginia, Private

$25,700 91 96
#33 University of Virginia Main Campus

Virginia, Public

$19,043 86 96
#34 Washington and Lee University

Virginia, Private

$27,148 93 96
#35 Barnard College

New York, Private

$30,572 94 96
#36 Davidson College

North Carolina, Private

$28,615 92 96
#37 University of California Irvine

California, Public

$13,106 81 95
#38 Georgetown University

District Of Columbia, Private

$30,710 94 95
#39 University of Notre Dame

Indiana, Private

$29,981 93 95
#40 Skidmore College

New York, Private

$26,995 87 95
#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 88 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 Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Illinois, Public

$13,517 78 93
#57 Centre College

Kentucky, Private

$22,748 73 94
#58 Boston University

Massachusetts, Private

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

Indiana, Public

$12,294 79 93
#60 Florida State University

Florida, Public

$12,815 70 93
#61 University of Miami

Florida, Private

$31,726 87 92
#62 Mercer University

Georgia, Private

$21,693 67 92
#63 DePauw University

Indiana, Private

$30,183 81 92
#64 Saint Louis University Main Campus

Missouri, Private

$27,872 78 93
#65 The University of Texas at Dallas

Texas, Public

$11,185 66 93
#66 University of Mississippi

Mississippi, Public

$13,540 67 91
#67 Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri, Public

$13,476 69 92
#68 North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina, Public

$14,600 79 91
#69 Rhodes College

Tennessee, Private

$29,852 79 91
#70 Austin College

Texas, Private

$24,085 70 91
#71 Trinity University

Texas, Private

$31,141 84 91
#72 University of Arizona

Arizona, Public

$15,620 67 90
#73 University of Southern California

California, Private

$39,759 92 89
#74 Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois, Private

$28,161 75 90
#75 College of the Holy Cross

Massachusetts, Private

$32,061 83 91
#76 Mount Holyoke College

Massachusetts, Private

$31,165 82 90
#77 St Olaf College

Minnesota, Private

$27,838 75 90
#78 CUNY Hunter College

New York, Public

$4,014 67 91
#79 University of Rochester

New York, Private

$36,254 87 90
#80 St Lawrence University

New York, Private

$31,578 77 89
#81 Case Western Reserve University

Ohio, Private

$36,002 87 89
#82 Allegheny College

Pennsylvania, Private

$26,376 69 90
#83 Carnegie Mellon University

Pennsylvania, Private

$36,983 91 89
#84 Union University

Tennessee, Private

$26,906 71 89
#85 University of Vermont

Vermont, Public

$20,235 71 90
#86 Eastern Mennonite University

Virginia, Private

$22,766 70 90
#87 University of California Riverside

California, Public

$11,948 67 88
#88 Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus

Georgia, Public

$17,410 77 87
#89 University of Illinois at Chicago

Illinois, Public

$12,614 69 88
#90 Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana, Public

$13,191 71 88
#91 Babson College

Massachusetts, Private

$31,559 80 87
#92 Simmons University

Massachusetts, Private

$29,021 74 88
#93 Wheaton College

Massachusetts, Private

$28,518 71 89
#94 University of Detroit Mercy

Michigan, Private

$18,376 68 88
#95 Michigan Technological University

Michigan, Public

$17,356 69 87
#96 New York Institute of Technology

New York, Private

$21,912 71 87
#97 Yeshiva University

New York, Private

$35,603 87 88
#98 Muhlenberg College

Pennsylvania, Private

$35,152 80 87
#99 The University of Texas at Austin

Texas, Public

$16,892 81 88
#100 University of Utah

Utah, Public

$12,881 69 86
#101 Lawrence University

Wisconsin, Private

$26,594 70 88
#102 University of Connecticut

Connecticut, Public

$22,233 80 86
#103 University of Georgia

Georgia, Public

$16,580 76 85
#104 Saint Mary's College

Indiana, Private

$27,121 70 86
#105 Drake University

Iowa, Private

$30,321 76 85
#106 Luther College

Iowa, Private

$25,291 66 86
#107 University of Maryland College Park

Maryland, Public

$17,643 81 85
#108 The College of Saint Scholastica

Minnesota, Private

$23,215 65 85
#109 Rutgers University New Brunswick

New Jersey, Public

$17,835 77 85
#110 University of Dallas

Texas, Private

$27,450 70 85
#111 Texas A & M University College Station

Texas, Public

$19,906 79 86
#112 University of Wisconsin Madison

Wisconsin, Public

$14,030 79 86
#113 John Brown University

Arkansas, Private

$21,578 67 84
#114 Westmont College

California, Private

$32,418 74 82
#115 Connecticut College

Connecticut, Private

$40,474 86 83
#116 Howard University

District Of Columbia, Private

$23,233 67 82
#117 Wheaton College

Illinois, Private

$27,474 75 84
#118 University of Iowa

Iowa, Public

$17,452 69 82
#119 Michigan State University

Michigan, Public

$16,655 69 82
#120 Macalester College

Minnesota, Private

$35,589 81 83
#121 University of Missouri Columbia

Missouri, Public

$16,930 66 84
#122 New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey, Public

$18,328 71 84
#123 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New Mexico, Public

$14,834 68 84
#124 Clarkson University

New York, Private

$30,308 69 83
#125 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, Public

$3,897 72 81
#126 Stony Brook University

New York, Public

$16,478 76 84
#127 SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome

New York, Public

$14,586 68 82
#128 Kenyon College

Ohio, Private

$40,862 87 84
#129 Ohio Northern University

Ohio, Private

$26,011 71 83
#130 Ohio State University

Ohio, Public

$18,884 73 83
#131 Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma, Private

$25,072 72 83
#132 Linfield College McMinnville Campus

Oregon, Private

$28,517 71 82
#133 Whitman College

Washington, Private

$38,989 84 82
#134 Occidental College

California, Private

$41,102 85 80
#135 University of the Pacific

California, Private

$32,780 75 81
#136 University of Redlands

California, Private

$30,240 67 79
#137 University of Denver

Colorado, Private

$38,322 82 79
#138 University of Delaware

Delaware, Public

$19,747 76 81
#139 Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois, Private

$32,545 75 80
#140 University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minnesota, Public

$17,729 75 81
#141 College of Saint Benedict

Minnesota, Private

$27,960 67 81
#142 Saint Johns University

Minnesota, Private

$28,128 67 80
#143 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

New York, Private

$30,891 79 80
#144 CUNY City College

New York, Public

$4,546 65 80
#145 Union College

New York, Private

$37,630 83 79
#146 Bucknell University

Pennsylvania, Private

$39,359 84 79
#147 Ursinus College

Pennsylvania, Private

$31,400 68 79
#148 Southern Methodist University

Texas, Private

$41,444 86 79
#149 Milwaukee School of Engineering

Wisconsin, Private

$26,541 67 79
#150 University of California Santa Cruz

California, Public

$17,842 67 76
#151 George Washington University

District Of Columbia, Private

$40,308 83 76
#152 University of Kansas

Kansas, Public

$20,054 67 76
#153 St Mary's College of Maryland

Maryland, Public

$20,237 75 78
#154 Clark University

Massachusetts, Private

$30,617 73 77
#155 Northeastern University

Massachusetts, Private

$37,738 79 76
#156 Andrews University

Michigan, Private

$22,850 67 77
#157 SUNY at Binghamton

New York, Public

$19,061 76 77
#158 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Pennsylvania, Public

$22,346 74 78
#159 Villanova University

Pennsylvania, Private

$38,303 84 78
#160 Furman University

South Carolina, Private

$37,761 80 77
#161 Sewanee The University of the South

Tennessee, Private

$36,244 81 78
#162 Westminster College

Utah, Private

$25,278 67 78
#163 Bradley University

Illinois, Private

$25,850 66 74
#164 University of Maryland Baltimore County

Maryland, Public

$16,868 66 75
#165 Springfield College

Massachusetts, Private

$29,395 69 74
#166 Calvin College

Michigan, Private

$26,482 66 75
#167 Saint Anselm College

New Hampshire, Private

$33,292 71 72
#168 University at Buffalo

New York, Public

$18,119 76 74
#169 State University of New York at New Paltz

New York, Public

$16,079 66 74
#170 Denison University

Ohio, Private

$39,808 81 73
#171 Lipscomb University

Tennessee, Private

$26,421 67 74
#172 Regis University

Colorado, Private

$27,785 66 70
#173 American University

District Of Columbia, Private

$37,319 82 71
#174 Brandeis University

Massachusetts, Private

$41,222 82 67
#175 Bethel University

Minnesota, Private

$29,107 67 69
#176 Hobart William Smith Colleges

New York, Private

$38,247 76 72
#177 Molloy College

New York, Private

$27,454 69 68
#178 New York University

New York, Private

$45,417 91 72
#179 SUNY at Albany

New York, Public

$17,486 66 70
#180 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Oklahoma, Public

$21,836 67 68
#181 Elizabethtown College

Pennsylvania, Private

$25,767 67 67
#182 Providence College

Rhode Island, Private

$37,284 78 70
#183 Clemson University

South Carolina, Public

$22,935 76 71
#184 Southwestern University

Texas, Private

$29,830 67 70
#185 Texas Christian University

Texas, Private

$40,220 82 68
#186 Seattle University

Washington, Private

$36,843 76 68
#187 Samford University

Alabama, Private

$31,322 72 66
#188 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Massachusetts, Public

$22,505 72 67
#189 University of St Thomas

Minnesota, Private

$31,799 68 64
#190 Stevens Institute of Technology

New Jersey, Private

$40,303 77 63
#191 The College of New Jersey

New Jersey, Public

$24,617 76 63
#192 Fordham University

New York, Private

$41,569 79 64
#193 Saint John Fisher College

New York, Private

$29,722 69 64
#194 Cedarville University

Ohio, Private

$24,965 65 66
#195 University of Portland

Oregon, Private

$37,317 76 67
#196 Saint Joseph's University

Pennsylvania, Private

$35,780 74 67
#197 Colorado School of Mines

Colorado, Public

$27,675 75 61
#198 Bentley University

Massachusetts, Private

$42,759 81 59
#199 Ramapo College of New Jersey

New Jersey, Public

$17,286 65 61
#200 Seton Hall University

New Jersey, Private

$33,652 69 60
#201 Adelphi University

New York, Private

$29,821 69 58
#202 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

New York, Private

$40,661 75 59
#203 Sarah Lawrence College

New York, Private

$41,396 78 63
#204 SUNY at Geneseo

New York, Public

$18,684 68 61
#205 University of Dayton

Ohio, Private

$32,768 67 62
#206 Lewis & Clark College

Oregon, Private

$37,478 72 61
#207 Drexel University

Pennsylvania, Private

$39,463 76 61
#208 Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island, Private

$40,048 81 62
#209 The University of Tennessee

Tennessee, Public

$21,133 68 62
#210 George Mason University

Virginia, Public

$18,285 68 60
#211 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia, Public

$20,247 76 61
#212 Gonzaga University

Washington, Private

$36,880 74 62
#213 Marquette University

Wisconsin, Private

$34,732 70 58
#214 Chapman University

California, Private

$44,327 80 57
#215 Santa Clara University

California, Private

$48,284 87 56
#216 University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado, Public

$21,198 69 57
#217 University of Hawaii at Manoa

Hawaii, Public

$15,193 66 56
#218 Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Indiana, Private

$43,606 78 55
#219 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

New York, Public

$22,133 71 55
#220 Oberlin College

Ohio, Private

$42,745 75 55
#221 Duquesne University

Pennsylvania, Private

$32,408 67 55
#222 Virginia Military Institute

Virginia, Public

$18,969 75 58
#223 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

California, Public

$20,491 76 52
#224 Loyola Marymount University

California, Private

$48,758 86 51
#225 University of San Francisco

California, Private

$42,801 76 49
#226 Saint Marys College of California

California, Private

$40,401 71 50
#227 Kettering University

Michigan, Private

$34,713 67 53
#228 Hope College

Michigan, Private

$30,320 65 49
#229 Rochester Institute of Technology

New York, Private

$36,514 72 50
#230 University of South Carolina Columbia

South Carolina, Public

$21,784 69 51
#231 James Madison University

Virginia, Public

$18,592 66 52
#232 Biola University

California, Private

$34,713 66 48
#233 Pepperdine University

California, Private

$46,550 77 46
#234 Loyola University Chicago

Illinois, Private

$37,731 70 46
#235 Xavier University

Ohio, Private

$34,945 66 47
#236 University of Scranton

Pennsylvania, Private

$36,093 67 47
#237 Fairfield University

Connecticut, Private

$43,173 76 44
#238 Rowan University

New Jersey, Public

$24,810 65 42
#239 University of the Sciences

Pennsylvania, Private

$31,497 71 41
#240 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott

Arizona, Private

$36,356 65 36
#241 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach

Florida, Private

$36,906 67 34
#242 Butler University

Indiana, Private

$42,627 70 30
#243 Elon University

North Carolina, Private

$39,401 77 32
#244 Bryant University

Rhode Island, Private

$39,919 68 32
#245 Emerson College

Massachusetts, Private

$47,594 72 25
#246 The New School

New York, Private

$50,908 74 21
#247 Pratt Institute Main

New York, Private

$47,516 70 20
#248 Brigham Young University Provo

Utah, Private

$13,150 77 87