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Best value colleges in every state

  • Best value colleges in every state

    When it comes to higher education, definitions of what constitutes a valuable collegiate experience and reasons for enrolling are as varied as the people providing the answers. 2020 is presenting additional considerations and challenges: Some are balking at attending online-only classes, and expecting reduced tuition or fees if online is their only option.

    A tuition-to-salary comparison is generally not sufficient in assessing the value a school offers. It’s important to take the immediate financial costs and benefits into consideration, but also consider the quality of life and campus culture it can offer its students. In an age where student debt is skyrocketing, many of America's students are anxious about whether their degree will be worthwhile in the long run. The average debt carried by one of the 45 million student-loan borrowers after graduation is nearly $30,000. As the student debt crisis grows alongside the staggering rise of college tuition, a school's overall value matters: namely, where scholarly investments will pay off with less debt to start and a higher-paying career within reach after graduation.

    Stacker referenced a 2020 Niche list of Best Value Colleges in America to report the best value college in every state. The methodology accounted for student surveys, cost, post-graduate financial earnings, and a handful of other factors that capture a school’s well-rounded value. While some colleges may lure students in with a vibrant campus life or famous professors, those details are generally not good indicators of the value of a school to a student's lifelong career prospects.

    Read on to see if your alma mater is the best value college in its state.

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  • Alabama: Auburn University

    - Location: Auburn, AL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 22,460
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
    - Acceptance rate: 75%
    - Graduation rate: 78%
    - In-state tuition: $11,276
    - Out-of-state tuition: $30,524
    - Six-year median earnings: $48,800
    - Two-year employment rate: 95%

  • Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks

    - Location: Fairbanks, AK
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,783
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 76%
    - Graduation rate: 32%
    - In-state tuition: $6,657
    - Out-of-state tuition: $20,218
    - Six-year median earnings: $38,700
    - Two-year employment rate: 85%

  • Arizona: Arizona State University - West Campus

    - Location: Glendale, AZ
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 3,521
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 82%
    - Graduation rate: 70%
    - In-state tuition: $9,840
    - Out-of-state tuition: $25,576
    - Six-year median earnings: $47,700
    - Two-year employment rate: 91%

  • Arkansas: Ouachita Baptist University

    - Location: Arkadelphia, AR
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,529
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 64%
    - Graduation rate: 64%
    - Tuition: $26,790
    - Six-year median earnings: $41,200
    - Two-year employment rate: 93%

  • California: Stanford University

    - Location: Stanford, CA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 7,087
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1
    - Acceptance rate: 4%
    - Graduation rate: 94%
    - Tuition: $51,354
    - Six-year median earnings: $94,000
    - Two-year employment rate: 94%

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  • Colorado: Colorado School of Mines

    - Location: Golden, CO
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 4,709
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
    - Acceptance rate: 49%
    - Graduation rate: 80%
    - In-state tuition: $18,964
    - Out-of-state tuition: $38,584
    - Six-year median earnings: $84,900
    - Two-year employment rate: 95%

  • Connecticut: Yale University

    - Location: New Haven, CT
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 5,939
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    - Acceptance rate: 6%
    - Graduation rate: 97%
    - Tuition: $55,500
    - Six-year median earnings: $83,200
    - Two-year employment rate: 92%

  • Delaware: University of Delaware

    - Location: Newark, DE
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 18,355
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
    - Acceptance rate: 66%
    - Graduation rate: 81%
    - In-state tuition: $13,680
    - Out-of-state tuition: $34,310
    - Six-year median earnings: $57,000
    - Two-year employment rate: 96%

  • Florida: University of Florida

    - Location: Gainesville, FL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 32,209
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
    - Acceptance rate: 39%
    - Graduation rate: 90%
    - In-state tuition: $6,381
    - Out-of-state tuition: $28,659
    - Six-year median earnings: $56,000
    - Two-year employment rate: 92%

  • Georgia: Georgia Institute of Technology

    - Location: Atlanta, GA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 14,318
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
    - Acceptance rate: 22%
    - Graduation rate: 87%
    - In-state tuition: $12,424
    - Out-of-state tuition: $33,020
    - Six-year median earnings: $79,100
    - Two-year employment rate: 95%

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