Best Value Schools

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Best Value Schools Methodology

Which colleges and universities offer students the best value? The calculation used here takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2012-2013 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

Rank School Percent receiving need-based grants Average cost after receiving grants based on need
#32 Tufts University

Medford, MA

37.0% $27,284
#33 Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

85.7% $28,500
#34 Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

37.7% $28,528
#35 University of California—​Riverside

Riverside, CA

39.2% $19,498
#36 Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

38.8% $28,004
#37 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

38.0% $30,759
#38 Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

59.6% $25,102
#39 Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

44.3% $32,459
#40 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

65.1% $34,671
#41 North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

43.0% $19,887

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