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Best value small colleges in America

  • Best value small colleges in America

    Some high schoolers on the hunt for the perfect college are looking for a place where they won’t get lost in the crowd. Small colleges can provide a closer sense of community for young adults leaving home for the first time. Before they get to campus, however, students have to figure out a way to pay for it all. On average, four years at a public college in-state will cost $56,840, while private colleges average $104,400; and prices are going up every year. After dozens of applications for scholarships, financial aid, and loans, students can be left feeling like just another number in the system.

    To save some time for those students looking for a smaller community and a more affordable price tag, Stacker took a look at Niche’s list of Best Value Colleges in 2019, which uses Department of Education data on net price, alumni earnings, graduation rate, and student debt at graduation to rank the most affordable colleges around the country. Stacker then selected the top 50 schools with a student body of fewer than 5,000, with the ranks listed on each slide after “value grade” to show where these schools sit on Niche’s overall value list.

    Looking for a great value small college? Read on find which branch of the U.S. military topped our list, and perhaps find the perfect fit for your personality and your wallet while you’re at it.

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  • #50. University of Connecticut - Stamford

    Location: Stamford, Connecticut

    Acceptance rate: 57%

    Number of undergraduates: 1,194

    Net price: $7,380

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,800

    Value grade: A (ranked #131)

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #49. Wabash College

    Location: Crawfordsville, Indiana

    Acceptance rate: 63%

    Number of undergraduates: 842

    Net price: $24,245

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,600

    Value grade: A (ranked #129)

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #48. DePauw University

    Location: Greencastle, Indiana

    Acceptance rate: 58%

    Number of undergraduates: 2,390

    Net price: $30,863

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $50,700

    Value grade: A (ranked #125)

    Overall Niche grade: A-

  • #47. University of the Sciences

    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Acceptance rate: 60%

    Number of undergraduates: 1,325

    Net price: $34,796

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $91,800

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #119)

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #46. Gustavus Adolphus College

    Location: Saint Peter, Minnesota

    Acceptance rate: 65%

    Number of undergraduates: 2,219

    Net price: $24,293

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $48,400

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #118)

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #45. Davidson College

    Location: Davidson, North Carolina

    Acceptance rate: 20%

    Number of undergraduates: 1,796

    Net price: $27,897

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,600

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #112)

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • #44. Illinois Institute of Technology

    Location: Chicago, Illinois

    Acceptance rate: 57%

    Number of undergraduates: 2,712

    Net price: $25,847

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,800

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #111)

    Overall Niche grade: A-

  • #43. College of Saint Benedict

    Location: St. Joseph, Minnesota

    Acceptance rate: 88%

    Number of undergraduates: 1,939

    Net price: $26,867

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $50,000

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #110)

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #42. Union College - New York

    Location: Schenectady, New York

    Acceptance rate: 37%

    Number of undergraduates: 2,132

    Net price: $38,621

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,200

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #109)

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #41. Wesleyan University

    Location: Middletown, Connecticut

    Acceptance rate: 18%

    Number of undergraduates: 2,918

    Net price: $20,490

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $49,200

    Value grade: A+ (ranked #106)

    Overall Niche grade: A+

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