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    Students, professors, politicians, pundits, twitter users all seem to have an opinion about what makes a college education valuable. Is it the pedigree of the professors? The depth of research and learning resources? Is it the campus and student life? Could it be the cost? Maybe it's some combination of all the above, all rolled into what we deem value—the importance or worth of that diploma in advancing a career or opening doors to opportunities.

    Given the impending student-debt crisis, with millions of college grads still struggling to pay the bills, some argue the time and resources “wasted” on a college degree could be better spent gaining real-life experiences that are useful (and well-compensated) in the workforce. Still, college remains a worthy investment in many industries: Studies show that by 2020 65% of jobs will require postsecondary education of some kind. Higher education continues to give graduates average salaries higher than those without a degree. And that's a metric that's highly unlikely to change, ever—education and knowledge are highly valued skills in today's information economy.

    There are statistics to back up both sides, but the question of the value of college isn't a zero-sum game. Stacker looked at Niche’s 2019 Best Value College list to find the top 100 four-year schools that help students attain degrees without drowning in debt. The rankings draw from student and alumni reviews, as well as data from the US Department of Education, on metrics including net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates, and student debt.

    The data shows that schools of all kinds have figured out how to make higher education valuable for students. Whether you’re looking for specialized training, a military academy, or a small liberal arts college, this list has something for you!

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  • #100. James Madison University

    - Location: Harrisonburg, VA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 18,905
    - Student to faculty ratio: 16:1
    - Acceptance rate: 75%
    - Graduation rate: 83%
    - In state tuition: $10,878
    - Out-of-state tuition: $27,278
    - Six year median earnings: $56,600
    - Two year employment rate: 96%
     

  • #99. 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%
     

  • #98. University of California, Los Angeles

    - Location: Los Angeles, CA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 30,458
    - Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
    - Acceptance rate: 16%
    - Graduation rate: 91%
    - In state tuition: $13,261
    - Out-of-state tuition: $41,275
    - Six year median earnings: $60,700
    - Two year employment rate: 89%
     

  • #97. Bates College

    - Location: Lewiston, ME
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,787
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 22%
    - Graduation rate: 92%
    - Tuition: $52,042
    - Six year median earnings: $59,200
    - Two year employment rate: 94%
     

  • #96. Franklin & Marshall College

    - Location: Lancaster, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,263
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 34%
    - Graduation rate: 86%
    - Tuition: $54,280
    - Six year median earnings: $58,900
    - Two year employment rate: 95%
     

  • #95. Gonzaga University

    - Location: Spokane, WA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 5,106
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 65%
    - Graduation rate: 87%
    - Tuition: $42,370
    - Six year median earnings: $56,100
    - Two year employment rate: 94%
     

  • #94. Colby College

    - Location: Waterville, ME
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,917
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 16%
    - Graduation rate: 92%
    - Tuition: $53,120
    - Six year median earnings: $58,100
    - Two year employment rate: 92%
     

  • #93. Maine Maritime Academy

    - Location: Castine, ME
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 989
    - Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
    - Acceptance rate: 80%
    - Graduation rate: 69%
    - In state tuition: $13,278
    - Out-of-state tuition: $26,628
    - Six year median earnings: $95,600
    - Two year employment rate: 96%
     

  • #92. Kenyon College

    - Location: Gambier, OH
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,661
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 34%
    - Graduation rate: 91%
    - Tuition: $53,560
    - Six year median earnings: $48,700
    - Two year employment rate: 94%
     

  • #91. Emory University

    - Location: Atlanta, GA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 6,794
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 22%
    - Graduation rate: 91%
    - Tuition: $49,392
    - Six year median earnings: $66,000
    - Two year employment rate: 92%
     

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