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    Best value colleges in every state

    In the context of higher education, people will give you different responses when it comes to the definition of a valuable collegiate experience, as well as the reasons for enrolling. A 2014 survey from the Higher Education Research Institute at University of California, Los Angeles revealed that while 86% of incoming freshman saw attending university as an important step in getting a better job; 70% also reported a desire to gain a more general appreciation of interdisciplinary ideas and 47% wanted to become “more cultured” during their time at college.

    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.

    Stacker referenced a Niche list of Best Value Colleges in America in order 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.

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

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  • Alabama: Samford University
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    Alabama: Samford University

    Location: Birmingham, AL
    Acceptance rate: 91%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,207
    Net price per year: $29,544
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,300
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: A

  • Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks
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    Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Location: Fairbanks, AK
    Acceptance rate: 73%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,189
    Net price per year: $9,097
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $37,100
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: B

  • Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
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    Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott

    Location: Prescott, AZ
    Acceptance rate: 76%
    Number of undergraduates: 2,255
    Net price per year: $32,681
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $62,400
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: A-

  • Arkansas: Ouachita Baptist University
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    Arkansas: Ouachita Baptist University

    Location: Arkadelphia, AR
    Acceptance rate: 67%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,468
    Net price per year: $18,789
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $38,400
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A-

  • California: Stanford University
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    California: Stanford University

    Location: Stanford, CA
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Number of undergraduates: 7,034
    Net price per year: $16,695
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $85,700
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Colorado: Colorado School of Mines
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    Colorado: Colorado School of Mines

    Location: Golden, CO
    Acceptance rate: 40%
    Number of undergraduates: 4,395
    Net price per year: $25,097
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,100
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Connecticut: Yale University
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    Connecticut: Yale University

    Location: New Haven, CT
    Acceptance rate: 6%
    Number of undergraduates: 5,469
    Net price per year: $18,319
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $83,200
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Delaware: University of Delaware
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    Delaware: University of Delaware

    Location: Newark, DE
    Acceptance rate: 70%
    Number of undergraduates: 17,761
    Net price per year: $15,894
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,100
    Academics grade: A
    Value grade: A+

  • Florida: University of Florida
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    Florida: University of Florida

    Location: Gainesville, FL
    Acceptance rate: 46%
    Number of undergraduates: 31,014
    Net price per year: $14,761
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,100
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Georgia: Georgia Institute of Technology
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    Georgia: Georgia Institute of Technology

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    Number of undergraduates: 13,815
    Net price per year: $13,340
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $75,800
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University
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    Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University

    Location: Honolulu, HI
    Acceptance rate: 75%
    Number of undergraduates: 2,553
    Net price per year: $27,245
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,900
    Academics grade: B-
    Value grade: B+

  • Idaho: The College of Idaho
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    Idaho: The College of Idaho

    Location: Caldwell, ID
    Acceptance rate: 85%
    Number of undergraduates: 918
    Net price per year: $24,747
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $39,300
    Academics grade: B
    Value grade: A-

  • Illinois: Northwestern University
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    Illinois: Northwestern University

    Location: Evanston, IL
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Number of undergraduates: 8,298
    Net price per year: $29,326
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,900
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Indiana: University of Notre Dame
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    Indiana: University of Notre Dame

    Location: Notre Dame, IN
    Acceptance rate: 19%
    Number of undergraduates: 8,514
    Net price per year: $26,683
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $71,600
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Iowa: Drake University
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    Iowa: Drake University

    Location: Des Moines, IA
    Acceptance rate: 69%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,102
    Net price per year: $28,088
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,800
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A+

  • Kansas: Kansas State University
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    Kansas: Kansas State University

    Location: Manhattan, KS
    Acceptance rate: 94%
    Number of undergraduates: 17,699
    Net price per year: $16,431
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $43,800
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A-

  • Kentucky: Centre College
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    Kentucky: Centre College

    Location: Danville, KY
    Acceptance rate: 74%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,428
    Net price per year: $25,519
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,100
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A

  • Louisiana: Tulane University
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    Louisiana: Tulane University

    Location: New Orleans, LA
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    Number of undergraduates: 6,487
    Net price per year: $32,515
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,200
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A

  • Maine: Bowdoin College
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    Maine: Bowdoin College

    Location: Brunswick, ME
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,801
    Net price per year: $24,888
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Maryland: Johns Hopkins University
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    Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Number of undergraduates: 5,621
    Net price per year: $27,352
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,800
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Number of undergraduates: 4,476
    Net price per year: $21,576
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $94,200
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Michigan: Michigan Technological University
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    Michigan: Michigan Technological University

    Location: Houghton, MI
    Acceptance rate: 76%
    Number of undergraduates: 5,446
    Net price per year: $16,276
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,700
    Academics grade: A
    Value grade: A+

  • Minnesota: Carleton College
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    Minnesota: Carleton College

    Location: Northfield, MN
    Acceptance rate: 23%
    Number of undergraduates: 2,087
    Net price per year: $28,587
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,600
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Mississippi: Millsaps College
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    Mississippi: Millsaps College

    Location: Jackson, MS
    Acceptance rate: 59%
    Number of undergraduates: 788
    Net price per year: $22,834
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,300
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: A-

  • Missouri: Missouri University of Science & Technology
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    Missouri: Missouri University of Science & Technology

    Location: Rolla, MO
    Acceptance rate: 79%
    Number of undergraduates: 6,215
    Net price per year: $13,874
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $67,100
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A+

  • Montana: Carroll College
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    Montana: Carroll College

    Location: Helena, MT
    Acceptance rate: 71%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,324
    Net price per year: $25,449
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $43,500
    Academics grade: B
    Value grade: A-

  • Nebraska: Creighton University
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    Nebraska: Creighton University

    Location: Omaha, NE
    Acceptance rate: 71%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,981
    Net price per year: $30,353
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,100
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A+

  • Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno
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    Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno

    Location: Reno, NV
    Acceptance rate: 83%
    Number of undergraduates: 15,408
    Net price per year: $15,022
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $45,000
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: B+

  • New Hampshire: Dartmouth College
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    New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

    Location: Hanover, NH
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Number of undergraduates: 4,270
    Net price per year: $21,177
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • New Jersey: Princeton University
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    New Jersey: Princeton University

    Location: Princeton, NJ
    Acceptance rate: 7%
    Number of undergraduates: 5,251
    Net price per year: $17,732
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,500
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
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    New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

    Location: Socorro, NM
    Acceptance rate: 23%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,388
    Net price per year: $13,331
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,900
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A-

  • New York: Colgate University
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    New York: Colgate University

    Location: Hamilton, NY
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Number of undergraduates: 2,864
    Net price per year: $22,463
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,300
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • North Carolina: Duke University
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    North Carolina: Duke University

    Location: Durham, NC
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Number of undergraduates: 6,577
    Net price per year: $19,950
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • North Dakota: University of Jamestown
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    North Dakota: University of Jamestown

    Location: Jamestown, ND
    Acceptance rate: 57%
    Number of undergraduates: 914
    Net price per year: $16,944
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $42,400
    Academics grade: B-
    Value grade: A-

  • Ohio: Mount Carmel College of Nursing
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    Ohio: Mount Carmel College of Nursing

    Location: Columbus, OH
    Acceptance rate: 79%
    Number of undergraduates: 635
    Net price per year: $16,660
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,100
    Academics grade: B-
    Value grade: A+

  • Oklahoma: University of Tulsa
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    Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

    Location: Tulsa, OK
    Acceptance rate: 40%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,478
    Net price per year: $27,264
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $45,100
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A

  • Oregon: University of Portland
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    Oregon: University of Portland

    Location: Portland, OR
    Acceptance rate: 61%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,708
    Net price per year: $31,736
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,600
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A

  • Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania
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    Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Number of undergraduates: 10,468
    Net price per year: $22,944
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,400
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Rhode Island: Brown University
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    Rhode Island: Brown University

    Location: Providence, RI
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Number of undergraduates: 6,565
    Net price per year: $25,264
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,100
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • South Carolina: Clemson University
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    South Carolina: Clemson University

    Location: Clemson, SC
    Acceptance rate: 51%
    Number of undergraduates: 17,883
    Net price per year: $17,797
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $50,900
    Academics grade: A
    Value grade: A+

  • South Dakota: Augustana University
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    South Dakota: Augustana University

    Location: Sioux Falls, SD
    Acceptance rate: 69%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,574
    Net price per year: $19,974
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $41,600
    Academics grade: A
    Value grade: A

  • Tennessee: Vanderbilt University
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    Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

    Location: Nashville, TN
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Number of undergraduates: 6,817
    Net price per year: $23,150
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,500
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Texas: Rice University
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    Texas: Rice University

    Location: Houston, TX
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Number of undergraduates: 3,836
    Net price per year: $22,061
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,300
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Utah: Brigham Young University
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    Utah: Brigham Young University

    Location: Provo, UT
    Acceptance rate: 51%
    Number of undergraduates: 28,012
    Net price per year: $12,864
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,800
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A

  • Vermont: Middlebury College
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    Vermont: Middlebury College

    Location: Middlebury, VT
    Acceptance rate: 16%
    Number of undergraduates: 2,506
    Net price per year: $21,437
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,600
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Virginia: Washington & Lee University
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    Virginia: Washington & Lee University

    Location: Lexington, VA
    Acceptance rate: 24%
    Number of undergraduates: 1,824
    Net price per year: $23,867
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $72,300
    Academics grade: A+
    Value grade: A+

  • Washington: Gonzaga University
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    Washington: Gonzaga University

    Location: Spokane, WA
    Acceptance rate: 67%
    Number of undergraduates: 5,080
    Net price per year: $33,586
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: A+

  • West Virginia: West Virginia University
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    West Virginia: West Virginia University

    Location: Morgantown, WV
    Acceptance rate: 76%
    Number of undergraduates: 20,524
    Net price per year: $10,814
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,000
    Academics grade: B+
    Value grade: A-

  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee School of Engineering
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    Wisconsin: Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Location: Milwaukee, WI
    Acceptance rate: 66%
    Number of undergraduates: 2,528
    Net price per year: $23,998
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $67,400
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A+

  • Wyoming: University of Wyoming
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    Wyoming: University of Wyoming

    Location: Laramie, WY
    Acceptance rate: 95%
    Number of undergraduates: 8,102
    Net price per year: $13,155
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,200
    Academics grade: A-
    Value grade: A

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