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Best value colleges in every state

  • Best value colleges in every state

    When it comes to higher education, definitions of what constitutes a valuable collegiate experience and reasons for enrolling are as varied as the people providing the answers. A 2014 survey from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA revealed that 86% of incoming freshman felt attending a university was an important step toward getting a better job. In the same survey, 70% of respondents said they attended the school in order to gain a more general appreciation of interdisciplinary ideas and 47% wanted to become “more cultured” during their time at UCLA.

    A tuition-to-salary comparison is generally not sufficient in assessing the value a school offers. It’s important to take the immediate financial costs and benefits into consideration, but also consider the quality of life and campus culture it can offer its students. In an age where student debt is skyrocketing, many of America's students are anxious about whether their degree will be worthwhile in the long run. The average debt carried by one of the 45 million student-loan borrowers after graduation is nearly $30,000. As the student debt crisis grows alongside the staggering rise of college tuition, a school's overall value matters: namely, where scholarly investments will pay off with less debt to start and a higher-paying career within reach after graduation.

    Stacker referenced a 2019 Niche list of Best Value Colleges in America to report the best value college in every state. The methodology accounted for student surveys, cost, post-graduate financial earnings, and a handful of other factors that capture a school’s well-rounded value. While some colleges may lure students in with a vibrant campus life or famous professors, those details are generally not good indicators of the value of a school to a student's lifelong career prospects. 

    Read on to see if your alma mater is the best value college in its state.

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  • Alabama: Samford University

    - Location: Birmingham, AL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 3,266
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 83%
    - Graduation rate: 76%
    - Tuition: $30,490
    - Six year median earnings: $49,900
    - Two year employment rate: 94

  • Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks

    - Location: Fairbanks, AK
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 3,022
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 77%
    - Graduation rate: 30%
    - In state tuition: $6,262
    - Out of state tuition: $19,183
    - Six year median earnings: $38,700
    - Two year employment rate: 85

  • Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott

    - Location: Prescott, AZ
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,471
    - Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
    - Acceptance rate: 77%
    - Graduation rate: 60%
    - Tuition: $34,662
    - Six year median earnings: $66,200
    - Two year employment rate: 94

  • Arkansas: Ouachita Baptist University

    - Location: Arkadelphia, AR
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,500
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 71%
    - Graduation rate: 64%
    - Tuition: $25,870
    - Six year median earnings: $41,200
    - Two year employment rate: 93

  • California: 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

  • Colorado: 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

  • Connecticut: 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

  • Delaware: University of Delaware

    - Location: Newark, DE
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 18,195
    - Student to faculty ratio: 15:1
    - Acceptance rate: 63%
    - Graduation rate: 82%
    - In state tuition: $13,160
    - Out of state tuition: $33,150
    - Six year median earnings: $57,000
    - Two year employment rate: 9

  • Florida: 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

  • Georgia: 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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