The Best Value Colleges of 2016

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Curious which colleges will offer you the best value for your money? Are you also looking for a college that will provide the training necessary to prepare you for a rewarding career when you graduate?

Then, look no further than the Best Value Colleges of 2016! According to MONEY, Princeton University currently ranks as the No. 1 best value college in the nation with an estimated total cost of $61,300 and an average early career salary of $62,800. Along with Princeton, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (No.2), Harvard University (No. 3), Rice University (No. 4), the University of California-Berkeley (No. 5), and Brigham Young University-Provo (No. 5, tied) all made the cut for the top 5 best value colleges in the nation.

The best value colleges were ranked on 24 factors in three categories: affordability, educational quality, and alumni success. Comparative value was also measured by analyzing the performance of students at each college compared to what’s expected for students with similar and economic and academic backgrounds, and the degrees offered.

MONEY‘s Top 25 Best Value Colleges 2016

College Name Est. Total Cost 2016-17 Early Career Earnings
1. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) $61,300 $62,800
2. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Santa Barbara, CA) $28,100 $59,000
3. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) $64,800 $62,900
4. Rice University (Houston, TX) $58,600 $63,700
5. University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) $35,700 $60,300
5. Brigham Young University-Provo (Provo, UT) $18,500 $51,800
7. Amherst College (Amherst, MA) $61,300 $62,800
8. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY) $62,800 $63,200
9. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) $28,100 $55,400
10. Stanford University (Stanford, CA) $65,300 $68,600
11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) $63,500 $74,800
12. Yale University (Greencastle, IN) $66,600 $58,800
13. Texas A & M University-College Station (College Station, TX) $23,900 $55,100
14. University of California-San Diego (La Jolla, CA) $32,500 $53,700
15. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) $21,400 $49,700
16. University of California-Irvine (Irvine, CA) $32,900 $50,600
17. University of California-Davis (Davis, CA) $35,100 $51,000
18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA) $26,900 $55,300
19. University of Maryland-College Park (College Park, MD) $25,300 $54,500
20. University of California-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) $34,300 $52,200
21. Clemson University (Clemson, SC) $30,300 $53,100
22. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL) $30,800 $56,800
23. Ponoma College (Claremont, CA) $65,200 $49,200
24. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) $63,500 $76,000
25. Saint Johns University (Collegeville, MN) $52,400 $47,400

Learn more about the methodology and access the full list of rankings of best value colleges here.