Best Value Schools

Regional Universities (Midwest)

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.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Rank School Percent receiving need-based grants Average cost after receiving grants based on need
#1 Creighton University

Omaha, NE

58.1% $25,452
#2 Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

72.0% $23,418
#3 University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

70.3% $21,828
#4 Dominican University

River Forest, IL

85.8% $20,907
#5 John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

74.8% $25,009
#6 Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN

79.4% $20,155
#7 Bradley University

Peoria, IL

69.0% $25,959
#8 Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

40.3% $19,252
#9 Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

64.0% $29,469
#10 Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

85.4% $25,128
#11 Drake University

Des Moines, IA

59.9% $28,177
#12 Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, OH

79.7% $23,290
#13 Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

73.9% $24,835
#14 St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

86.7% $24,838
#15 Drury University

Springfield, MO

94.2% $26,280

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