American colleges have
a higher price tag than ever. But steep costs alone don’t
equal high quality.
To make the most of your investment, you want to find a college
that offers an excellent education for the lowest price possible.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its
best-value colleges list for 2018, ranking the top
universities with both high-quality academics and low costs for
the average undergraduate student who receives need-based
Only schools ranked in the top half of the
2018 best national universities ranking were considered for
For each of the schools, U.S. News
considered three factors:
- Ratio of quality to price: A school’s overall
best colleges ranking score (out of 100) divided by the net
cost for the average student receiving need-based financial
- Need-based aid: The percentage of
undergraduates receiving need-based scholarships or grants
during the 2016-2017 academic year.
- Average discount: The percentage of a school’s
2016-2017 total sticker cost — tuition, room and board, fees,
books and other expenses — that was covered by the average
Topping the best-value colleges list for national universities is
Princeton University, which also took the top spot in the
overall best colleges
list. Ivy Leagues Harvard and Yale round out the top three.
Below, check out the list of the top 10 best colleges for your
money, according to U.S. News.