Best value colleges in America

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August 13, 2019
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Best value colleges in America

Students, professors, politicians, pundits, twitter users all seem to have an opinion about what makes a college education valuable. Is it the pedigree of the professors? The depth of research and learning resources? Is it the campus and student life? Could it be the cost? Maybe it's some combination of all the above, all rolled into what we deem value—the importance or worth of that diploma in advancing a career or opening doors to opportunities.

Given the impending student-debt crisis, with millions of college grads still struggling to pay the bills, some argue the time and resources “wasted” on a college degree could be better spent gaining real-life experiences that are useful (and well-compensated) in the workforce. Still, college remains a worthy investment in many industries: Studies show that by 2020 65% of jobs will require postsecondary education of some kind. Higher education continues to give graduates average salaries higher than those without a degree. And that's a metric that's highly unlikely to change, ever—education and knowledge are highly valued skills in today's information economy.

There are statistics to back up both sides, but the question of the value of college isn't a zero-sum game. Stacker looked at Niche’s 2019 Best Value College list to find the top 100 four-year schools that help students attain degrees without drowning in debt. The rankings draw from student and alumni reviews, as well as data from the US Department of Education, on metrics including net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates, and student debt.

The data shows that schools of all kinds have figured out how to make higher education valuable for students. Whether you’re looking for specialized training, a military academy, or a small liberal arts college, this list has something for you!

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#100. James Madison University

- Location: Harrisonburg, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 18,905
- Student to faculty ratio: 16:1
- Acceptance rate: 75%
- Graduation rate: 83%
- In state tuition: $10,878
- Out-of-state tuition: $27,278
- Six year median earnings: $56,600
- Two year employment rate: 96%
 

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#99. University of Florida

- Location: Gainesville, FL
- Undergraduate enrollment: 31,384
- Student to faculty ratio: 19:1
- Acceptance rate: 42%
- Graduation rate: 88%
- In state tuition: $6,381
- Out-of-state tuition: $28,659
- Six year median earnings: $56,000
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#98. University of California, Los Angeles

- Location: Los Angeles, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 30,458
- Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
- Acceptance rate: 16%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- In state tuition: $13,261
- Out-of-state tuition: $41,275
- Six year median earnings: $60,700
- Two year employment rate: 89%
 

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#97. Bates College

- Location: Lewiston, ME
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,787
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 22%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $52,042
- Six year median earnings: $59,200
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#96. Franklin & Marshall College

- Location: Lancaster, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,263
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 34%
- Graduation rate: 86%
- Tuition: $54,280
- Six year median earnings: $58,900
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#95. Gonzaga University

- Location: Spokane, WA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,106
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Graduation rate: 87%
- Tuition: $42,370
- Six year median earnings: $56,100
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#94. Colby College

- Location: Waterville, ME
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,917
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 16%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $53,120
- Six year median earnings: $58,100
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#93. Maine Maritime Academy

- Location: Castine, ME
- Undergraduate enrollment: 989
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 80%
- Graduation rate: 69%
- In state tuition: $13,278
- Out-of-state tuition: $26,628
- Six year median earnings: $95,600
- Two year employment rate: 96%
 

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#92. Kenyon College

- Location: Gambier, OH
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,661
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 34%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $53,560
- Six year median earnings: $48,700
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#91. Emory University

- Location: Atlanta, GA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,794
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 22%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $49,392
- Six year median earnings: $66,000
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#90. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

- Location: Boston, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,624
- Student to faculty ratio: 15:1
- Acceptance rate: 84%
- Graduation rate: 74%
- Tuition: $32,590
- Six year median earnings: $116,000
- Two year employment rate: 96%
 

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#89. University of Rochester

- Location: Rochester, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,250
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 34%
- Graduation rate: 85%
- Tuition: $51,090
- Six year median earnings: $61,200
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#88. Ohio Northern University

- Location: Ada, OH
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,092
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 66%
- Graduation rate: 76%
- Tuition: $32,260
- Six year median earnings: $63,500
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#87. Stonehill College

- Location: Easton, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,482
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
- Acceptance rate: 72%
- Graduation rate: 80%
- Tuition: $41,300
- Six year median earnings: $60,800
- Two year employment rate: 98%
 

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#86. University of Texas at Austin

- Location: Austin, TX
- Undergraduate enrollment: 37,740
- Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
- Acceptance rate: 36%
- Graduation rate: 83%
- In state tuition: $10,398
- Out-of-state tuition: $36,744
- Six year median earnings: $58,200
- Two year employment rate: 93%
 

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#85. Barnard College

- Location: New York, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,514
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 15%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $52,662
- Six year median earnings: $57,900
- Two year employment rate: 90%
 

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#84. University of Wisconsin

- Location: Madison, WI
- Undergraduate enrollment: 28,977
- Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
- Acceptance rate: 54%
- Graduation rate: 87%
- In state tuition: $10,533
- Out-of-state tuition: $34,783
- Six year median earnings: $56,200
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#83. Loyola University Maryland

- Location: Baltimore, MD
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,886
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 75%
- Graduation rate: 81%
- Tuition: $47,560
- Six year median earnings: $68,100
- Two year employment rate: 96%
 

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#82. Gettysburg College

- Location: Gettysburg, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,404
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 46%
- Graduation rate: 84%
- Tuition: $52,640
- Six year median earnings: $56,100
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#81. Saint John's University Minnesota

- Location: Collegeville, MN
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,703
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
- Acceptance rate: 80%
- Graduation rate: 74%
- Tuition: $43,356
- Six year median earnings: $60,600
- Two year employment rate: 96%
 

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#80. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

- Location: Chapel Hill, NC
- Undergraduate enrollment: 18,303
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 24%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- In state tuition: $9,005
- Out-of-state tuition: $34,588
- Six year median earnings: $55,600
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#79. Drake University

- Location: Des Moines, IA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,955
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 69%
- Graduation rate: 79%
- Tuition: $39,062
- Six year median earnings: $58,300
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#78. Milwaukee School of Engineering

- Location: Milwaukee, WI
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,508
- Student to faculty ratio: 16:1
- Acceptance rate: 63%
- Graduation rate: 67%
- Tuition: $39,039
- Six year median earnings: $71,300
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#77. Hamilton College

- Location: Clinton, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,886
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 24%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $54,080
- Six year median earnings: $60,200
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#76. Texas A&M University

- Location: College Station, TX
- Undergraduate enrollment: 46,724
- Student to faculty ratio: 21:1
- Acceptance rate: 71%
- Graduation rate: 82%
- In state tuition: $11,234
- Out-of-state tuition: $36,606
- Six year median earnings: $58,000
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#75. Haverford College

- Location: Haverford, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,294
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 20%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $52,994
- Six year median earnings: $60,700
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#74. Purdue University

- Location: West Lafayette, IN
- Undergraduate enrollment: 30,277
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 57%
- Graduation rate: 78%
- In state tuition: $9,992
- Out-of-state tuition: $28,794
- Six year median earnings: $55,100
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#73. Manhattan College

- Location: Riverdale, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,479
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 75%
- Graduation rate: 75%
- Tuition: $41,412
- Six year median earnings: $65,000
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#72. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

- Location: Champaign, IL
- Undergraduate enrollment: 32,613
- Student to faculty ratio: 20:1
- Acceptance rate: 62%
- Graduation rate: 85%
- In state tuition: $15,074
- Out-of-state tuition: $31,194
- Six year median earnings: $61,500
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#71. California State University Maritime Academy

- Location: Vallejo, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,007
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 66%
- Graduation rate: 64%
- In state tuition: $7,056
- Out-of-state tuition: $18,936
- Six year median earnings: $82,900
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#70. Middlebury College

- Location: Middlebury, VT
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,528
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 17%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $52,496
- Six year median earnings: $58,200
- Two year employment rate: 87%
 

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#69. Swarthmore College

- Location: Swarthmore, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,573
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 11%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $52,190
- Six year median earnings: $56,700
- Two year employment rate: 85%
 

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#68. Wellesley College

- Location: Wellesley, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,374
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 28%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $50,840
- Six year median earnings: $60,800
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#67. Amherst College

- Location: Amherst, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,836
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 13%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $54,310
- Six year median earnings: $65,000
- Two year employment rate: 90%
 

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Mount Carmel College of Nursing

#66. Mount Carmel College of Nursing

- Location: Columbus, OH
- Undergraduate enrollment: 638
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 99%
- Graduation rate: 73%
- Tuition: $13,442
- Six year median earnings: $57,700
- Two year employment rate: 98%
 

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#65. Case Western Reserve University

- Location: Cleveland, OH
- Undergraduate enrollment: 4,978
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 33%
- Graduation rate: 83%
- Tuition: $47,074
- Six year median earnings: $74,600
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#64. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

- Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 20,584
- Student to faculty ratio: 22:1
- Acceptance rate: 35%
- Graduation rate: 79%
- In state tuition: $9,432
- Out-of-state tuition: $21,312
- Six year median earnings: $66,900
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#63. Pomona College

- Location: Claremont, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,578
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 8%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $51,075
- Six year median earnings: $58,100
- Two year employment rate: 90%
 

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#62. University of Southern California

- Location: Los Angeles, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 18,631
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 17%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $54,259
- Six year median earnings: $74,000
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#61. Santa Clara University

- Location: Santa Clara, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,411
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 54%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Tuition: $49,233
- Six year median earnings: $72,600
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#60. Wake Forest University

- Location: Winston-Salem, NC
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,046
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 28%
- Graduation rate: 88%
- Tuition: $51,400
- Six year median earnings: $63,800
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#59. University of Richmond

- Location: University of Richmond, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,035
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 33%
- Graduation rate: 88%
- Tuition: $50,910
- Six year median earnings: $64,500
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#58. Vassar College

- Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,334
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 24%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $55,210
- Six year median earnings: $54,600
- Two year employment rate: 93%
 

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#57. University of California, Berkeley

- Location: Berkeley, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 29,351
- Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
- Acceptance rate: 17%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- In state tuition: $14,170
- Out-of-state tuition: $42,184
- Six year median earnings: $64,700
- Two year employment rate: 88%
 

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#56. Bucknell University

- Location: Lewisburg, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,585
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 31%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Tuition: $53,986
- Six year median earnings: $70,800
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#55. SUNY Maritime College

- Location: Throggs Neck, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,581
- Student to faculty ratio: 15:1
- Acceptance rate: 69%
- Graduation rate: 63%
- In state tuition: $8,074
- Out-of-state tuition: $17,724
- Six year median earnings: $82,800
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#54. Missouri University of Science & Technology

- Location: Rolla, MO
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,128
- Student to faculty ratio: 19:1
- Acceptance rate: 84%
- Graduation rate: 64%
- In state tuition: $7,974
- Out-of-state tuition: $25,082
- Six year median earnings: $71,200
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#53. Bowdoin College

- Location: Brunswick, ME
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,813
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 14%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $51,848
- Six year median earnings: $65,500
- Two year employment rate: 93%
 

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#52. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

- Location: Ann Arbor, MI
- Undergraduate enrollment: 28,702
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 27%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- In state tuition: $14,826
- Out-of-state tuition: $47,476
- Six year median earnings: $63,400
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#51. College of William & Mary

- Location: Williamsburg, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,199
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 36%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- In state tuition: $17,434
- Out-of-state tuition: $40,089
- Six year median earnings: $58,500
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#50. Michigan Technological University

- Location: Houghton, MI
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,492
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Graduation rate: 67%
- In state tuition: $15,346
- Out-of-state tuition: $33,426
- Six year median earnings: $66,400
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#49. Virginia Tech

- Location: Blacksburg, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 26,603
- Student to faculty ratio: 14:1
- Acceptance rate: 70%
- Graduation rate: 84%
- In state tuition: $13,230
- Out-of-state tuition: $31,014
- Six year median earnings: $62,500
- Two year employment rate: 96%
 

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#48. Clarkson University

- Location: Potsdam, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,021
- Student to faculty ratio: 14:1
- Acceptance rate: 66%
- Graduation rate: 73%
- Tuition: $47,950
- Six year median earnings: $72,000
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#47. University of Chicago

- Location: Chicago, IL
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,978
- Student to faculty ratio: 5:1
- Acceptance rate: 8%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $55,425
- Six year median earnings: $68,100
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#46. Johns Hopkins University

- Location: Baltimore, MD
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,668
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 13%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $52,170
- Six year median earnings: $73,200
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#45. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

- Location: Troy, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,200
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 44%
- Graduation rate: 80%
- Tuition: $51,000
- Six year median earnings: $82,000
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#44. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

- Location: Worcester, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 4,301
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 48%
- Graduation rate: 89%
- Tuition: $48,628
- Six year median earnings: $84,900
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#43. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

- Location: Buzzards Bay, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,607
- Student to faculty ratio: 15:1
- Acceptance rate: 83%
- Graduation rate: 75%
- In state tuition: $8,398
- Out-of-state tuition: $25,824
- Six year median earnings: $86,600
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#42. Washington University in St. Louis

- Location: Saint Louis, MO
- Undergraduate enrollment: 7,074
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 16%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $54,250
- Six year median earnings: $70,100
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#41. University of Virginia

- Location: Charlottesville, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 15,766
- Student to faculty ratio: 15:1
- Acceptance rate: 27%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- In state tuition: $16,853
- Out-of-state tuition: $47,273
- Six year median earnings: $61,200
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#40. College of the Holy Cross

- Location: Worcester, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,827
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 40%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $52,770
- Six year median earnings: $71,000
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#39. Williams College

- Location: Williamstown, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,047
- Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
- Acceptance rate: 15%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $53,550
- Six year median earnings: $59,000
- Two year employment rate: 90%
 

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#38. Villanova University

- Location: Villanova, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,525
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 36%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Tuition: $50,554
- Six year median earnings: $77,900
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#37. Northwestern University

- Location: Evanston, IL
- Undergraduate enrollment: 8,205
- Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
- Acceptance rate: 9%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $52,678
- Six year median earnings: $69,000
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#36. Vanderbilt University

- Location: Nashville, TN
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,805
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 11%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $47,664
- Six year median earnings: $69,000
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#35. Bentley University

- Location: Waltham, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 4,171
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 44%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $50,060
- Six year median earnings: $86,900
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#34. Boston College

- Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 9,681
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 32%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $53,346
- Six year median earnings: $72,500
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#33. Columbia University

- Location: New York, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 7,592
- Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
- Acceptance rate: 7%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $57,208
- Six year median earnings: $83,300
- Two year employment rate: 89%
 

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#32. Carleton College

- Location: Northfield, MN
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,055
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 21%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $52,782
- Six year median earnings: $54,200
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#31. Virginia Military Institute

- Location: Lexington, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,722
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 53%
- Graduation rate: 77%
- In state tuition: $27,650
- Out-of-state tuition: $53,338
- Six year median earnings: $65,700
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#30. Lafayette College

- Location: Easton, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,551
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 31%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Tuition: $51,600
- Six year median earnings: $68,600
- Two year employment rate: 93%
 

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#29. Claremont McKenna College

- Location: Claremont, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,337
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 10%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Tuition: $52,825
- Six year median earnings: $72,900
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#28. Tufts University

- Location: Medford, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,483
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 15%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $54,318
- Six year median earnings: $75,800
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#27. Brown University

- Location: Providence, RI
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,666
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 8%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $53,419
- Six year median earnings: $67,500
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#26. Dartmouth College

- Location: Hanover, NH
- Undergraduate enrollment: 4,360
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 10%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Tuition: $53,496
- Six year median earnings: $75,500
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#25. Stevens Institute of Technology

- Location: Hoboken, NJ
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,113
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 44%
- Graduation rate: 83%
- Tuition: $52,394
- Six year median earnings: $89,200
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#24. Colorado School of Mines

- Location: Golden, CO
- Undergraduate enrollment: 4,584
- Student to faculty ratio: 16:1
- Acceptance rate: 56%
- Graduation rate: 78%
- In state tuition: $18,386
- Out-of-state tuition: $37,436
- Six year median earnings: $84,900
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#23. Carnegie Mellon University

- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,298
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 22%
- Graduation rate: 89%
- Tuition: $53,910
- Six year median earnings: $83,600
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#22. Georgetown University

- Location: Washington, DC
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,987
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 16%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $52,300
- Six year median earnings: $93,500
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#21. Lehigh University

- Location: Bethlehem, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,013
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 25%
- Graduation rate: 86%
- Tuition: $50,740
- Six year median earnings: $81,900
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#20. Cornell University

- Location: Ithaca, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 14,898
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 13%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Tuition: $52,853
- Six year median earnings: $77,200
- Two year employment rate: 93%
 

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#19. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

- Location: Terre Haute, IN
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,147
- Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
- Acceptance rate: 61%
- Graduation rate: 81%
- Tuition: $48,012
- Six year median earnings: $80,900
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#18. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

- Location: Albany, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 882
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 79%
- Graduation rate: 76%
- Tuition: $32,840
- Six year median earnings: $124,700
- Two year employment rate: 98%
 

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#17. Colgate University

- Location: Hamilton, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,854
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 28%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $55,530
- Six year median earnings: $63,600
- Two year employment rate: 93%
 

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#16. Harvey Mudd College

- Location: Claremont, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 844
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 15%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Tuition: $54,636
- Six year median earnings: $88,800
- Two year employment rate: 89%
 

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#15. Babson College

- Location: Wellesley, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,342
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 24%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $51,104
- Six year median earnings: $96,100
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#14. St. Louis College of Pharmacy

- Location: Saint Louis, MO
- Undergraduate enrollment: 435
- Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
- Acceptance rate: 72%
- Graduation rate: 71%
- Tuition: $28,451
- Six year median earnings: $124,100
- Two year employment rate: 98%
 

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#13. Washington & Lee University

- Location: Lexington, VA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 1,823
- Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
- Acceptance rate: 22%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Tuition: $53,730
- Six year median earnings: $76,100
- Two year employment rate: 94%

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#12. Georgia Institute of Technology

- Location: Atlanta, GA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 13,974
- Student to faculty ratio: 22:1
- Acceptance rate: 23%
- Graduation rate: 85%
- In state tuition: $12,418
- Out-of-state tuition: $33,014
- Six year median earnings: $79,100
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#11. Rice University

- Location: Houston, TX
- Undergraduate enrollment: 3,916
- Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
- Acceptance rate: 16%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Tuition: $45,608
- Six year median earnings: $65,400
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#10. Princeton University

- Location: Princeton, NJ
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,260
- Student to faculty ratio: 5:1
- Acceptance rate: 6%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Tuition: $47,140
- Six year median earnings: $74,700
- Two year employment rate: 87%
 

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#9. University of Pennsylvania

- Location: Philadelphia, PA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 10,496
- Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
- Acceptance rate: 9%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Tuition: $53,534
- Six year median earnings: $85,900
- Two year employment rate: 91%
 

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#8. California Institute of Technology

- Location: Pasadena, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 961
- Student to faculty ratio: 3:1
- Acceptance rate: 8%
- Graduation rate: 89%
- Tuition: $49,908
- Six year median earnings: $85,900
- Two year employment rate: 89%
 

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#7. University of Notre Dame

- Location: Notre Dame, IN
- Undergraduate enrollment: 8,557
- Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
- Acceptance rate: 19%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $51,505
- Six year median earnings: $78,400
- Two year employment rate: 95%
 

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#6. United States Merchant Marine Academy

- Location: Kings Point, NY
- Undergraduate enrollment: 954
- Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
- Acceptance rate: 22%
- Graduation rate: 81%
- Tuition: $1,020
- Six year median earnings: $88,100
- Two year employment rate: 97%
 

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#5. Yale University

- Location: New Haven, CT
- Undergraduate enrollment: 5,743
- Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
- Acceptance rate: 7%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Tuition: $51,400
- Six year median earnings: $83,200
- Two year employment rate: 92%
 

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#4. Duke University

- Location: Durham, NC
- Undergraduate enrollment: 6,669
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 10%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Tuition: $53,744
- Six year median earnings: $84,400
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#3. Harvard University

- Location: Cambridge, MA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 7,147
- Student to faculty ratio: 7:1
- Acceptance rate: 5%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Tuition: $48,949
- Six year median earnings: $89,700
- Two year employment rate: 89%
 

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#2. Stanford University

- Location: Stanford, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 7,064
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
- Acceptance rate: 5%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $49,617
- Six year median earnings: $94,000
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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#1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

- Location: Stanford, CA
- Undergraduate enrollment: 7,064
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
- Acceptance rate: 5%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Tuition: $49,617
- Six year median earnings: $94,000
- Two year employment rate: 94%
 

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