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    100 best value colleges in America

    What makes a college education valuable? 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 grads average salaries higher than those without a degree.

    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!

    RELATED: Best value small colleges in America

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    #100. James Madison University

    Location: Harrisonburg, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 18,554

    Acceptance rate: 72%

    Academics grade: B+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,252

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,800

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    #99. University of Florida

    Location: Gainesville, FL

    Number of undergraduates: 31,014

    Acceptance rate: 46%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $14,761

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,100

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    #98. University of California - Los Angeles

    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 30,343

    Acceptance rate: 18%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $14,236

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700

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    #97. Bates College

    Location: Lewiston, ME

    Number of undergraduates: 1,780

    Acceptance rate: 23%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $24,055

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,700

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    #96. Franklin & Marshall College

    Location: Lancaster, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,225

    Acceptance rate: 36%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $23,182

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,600

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    #95. Gonzaga University

    Location: Spokane, WA

    Number of undergraduates: 5,080

    Acceptance rate: 67%

    Academics grade: B+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $33,586

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100

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    #94. Colby College

    Location: Waterville, ME

    Number of undergraduates: 1,879

    Acceptance rate: 19%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $21,032

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,000

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    #93. Maine Maritime Academy

    Location: Castine, ME

    Number of undergraduates: 981

    Acceptance rate: 76%

    Academics grade: B

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $19,225

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $84,000

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    #92. Kenyon College

    Location: Gambier, OH

    Number of undergraduates: 1,689

    Acceptance rate: 27%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $28,192

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,300

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    #91. Emory University

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Number of undergraduates: 6,714

    Acceptance rate: 25%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $24,804

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,500

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    #90. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

    Location: Boston, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 3,591

    Acceptance rate: 84%

    Academics grade: B

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $37,422

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $112,700

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    #89. University of Rochester

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 6,170

    Acceptance rate: 36%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $34,170

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $57,500

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    #88. Ohio Northern University

    Location: Ada, OH

    Number of undergraduates: 2,065

    Acceptance rate: 64%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $24,348

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $62,800

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    #87. Stonehill College

    Location: Easton, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,455

    Acceptance rate: 73%

    Academics grade: B+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $31,010

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700

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    #86. University of Texas - Austin

    Location: Austin, TX

    Number of undergraduates: 37,234

    Acceptance rate: 40%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,010

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,900

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    #85. Barnard College

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 2,461

    Acceptance rate: 15%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $22,815

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,400

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    #84. University of Wisconsin

    Location: Madison, WI

    Number of undergraduates: 28,577

    Acceptance rate: 53%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $15,874

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,200

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    #83. Loyola University Maryland

    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Number of undergraduates: 4,050

    Acceptance rate: 66%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $34,152

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,800

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    #82. Gettysburg College

    Location: Gettysburg, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,378

    Acceptance rate: 43%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $34,636

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,400

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    #81. Saint John's University - Minnesota

    Location: Collegeville, MN

    Number of undergraduates: 1,737

    Acceptance rate: 88%

    Academics grade: B

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $25,625

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $59,100

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    #80. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Number of undergraduates: 17,869

    Acceptance rate: 27%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $10,077

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100

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    #79. Drake University

    Location: Des Moines, IA

    Number of undergraduates: 3,102

    Acceptance rate: 69%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $28,088

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,800

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    #78. Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Location: Milwaukee, WI

    Number of undergraduates: 2,528

    Acceptance rate: 66%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $23,998

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $67,400

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    #77. Hamilton College

    Location: Clinton, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 1,868

    Acceptance rate: 26%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $24,397

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $59,400

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    #76. Texas A&M University

    Location: College Station, TX

    Number of undergraduates: 45,091

    Acceptance rate: 67%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $15,455

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,500

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    #75. Haverford College

    Location: Haverford, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,268

    Acceptance rate: 21%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $21,144

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,300

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    #74. Purdue University

    Location: West Lafayette, IN

    Number of undergraduates: 29,309

    Acceptance rate: 56%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $11,693

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,000

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    #73. Manhattan College

    Location: Riverdale, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 3,444

    Acceptance rate: 71%

    Academics grade: B+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $32,576

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $62,800

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    #72. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Location: Champaign, IL

    Number of undergraduates: 32,540

    Acceptance rate: 60%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,683

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $57,600

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    #71. California State University Maritime Academy

    Location: Vallejo, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,075

    Acceptance rate: 68%

    Academics grade: B

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $14,606

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $79,000

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    #70. Middlebury College

    Location: Middlebury, VT

    Number of undergraduates: 2,506

    Acceptance rate: 16%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $21,437

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,600

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    #69. Swarthmore College

    Location: Swarthmore, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,542

    Acceptance rate: 13%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $19,641

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,500

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    #68. Wellesley College

    Location: Wellesley, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,347

    Acceptance rate: 28%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $20,013

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,100

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    #67. Amherst College

    Location: Amherst, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,849

    Acceptance rate: 14%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $19,055

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $59,700

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    #66. Mount Carmel College of Nursing

    Location: Columbus, OH

    Number of undergraduates: 635

    Acceptance rate: 79%

    Academics grade: B-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,660

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,100

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    #65. Case Western Reserve University

    Location: Cleveland, OH

    Number of undergraduates: 4,990

    Acceptance rate: 35%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $33,124

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,900

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    #64. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 19,703

    Acceptance rate: 29%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $18,530

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,100

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    #63. Pomona College

    Location: Claremont, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,556

    Acceptance rate: 9%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $18,140

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,600

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    #62. University of Southern California

    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 18,195

    Acceptance rate: 17%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $32,932

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,400

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    #61. Santa Clara University

    Location: Santa Clara, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 5,353

    Acceptance rate: 48%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $37,657

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,600

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    #60. Wake Forest University

    Location: Winston-Salem, NC

    Number of undergraduates: 4,900

    Acceptance rate: 30%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $23,826

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,200

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    #59. University of Richmond

    Location: Richmond, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 3,078

    Acceptance rate: 32%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $22,400

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,700

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    #58. Vassar College

    Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 2,405

    Acceptance rate: 27%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $21,933

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $51,400

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    #57. University of California - Berkeley

    Location: Berkeley, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 28,108

    Acceptance rate: 17%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $17,160

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,800

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    #56. Bucknell University

    Location: Lewisburg, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 3,530

    Acceptance rate: 30%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $34,339

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,200

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    #55. SUNY Maritime College

    Location: Throggs Neck, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 1,590

    Acceptance rate: 58%

    Academics grade: B

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,301

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $76,700

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    #54. Missouri University of Science & Technology

    Location: Rolla, MO

    Number of undergraduates: 6,215

    Acceptance rate: 79%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $13,874

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $67,100

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    #53. Bowdoin College

    Location: Brunswick, ME

    Number of undergraduates: 1,801

    Acceptance rate: 15%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $24,888

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700

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    #52. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    Location: Ann Arbor, MI

    Number of undergraduates: 27,969

    Acceptance rate: 29%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,107

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,100

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    #51. College of William & Mary

    Location: Williamsburg, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 6,209

    Acceptance rate: 37%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,734

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,400

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    #50. Michigan Technological University

    Location: Houghton, MI

    Number of undergraduates: 5,446

    Acceptance rate: 76%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,276

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,700

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    #49. Virginia Tech

    Location: Blacksburg, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 25,213

    Acceptance rate: 71%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $17,190

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,500

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    #48. Clarkson University

    Location: Potsdam, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 3,203

    Acceptance rate: 68%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $31,181

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $68,900

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    #47. University of Chicago

    Location: Chicago, IL

    Number of undergraduates: 5,978

    Acceptance rate: 8%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $31,068

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,500

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    #46. Johns Hopkins University

    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Number of undergraduates: 5,621

    Acceptance rate: 13%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $27,352

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,800

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    #45. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Location: Troy, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 6,200

    Acceptance rate: 44%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $37,434

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900

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    #44. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Location: Worcester, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 4,275

    Acceptance rate: 48%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $40,666

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,600

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    #43. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

    Location: Buzzards Bay, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,605

    Acceptance rate: 80%

    Academics grade: B-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $14,035

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $79,300

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    #42. Washington University in St. Louis

    Location: Saint Louis, MO

    Number of undergraduates: 6,915

    Acceptance rate: 17%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $28,824

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,300

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    #41. University of Virginia

    Location: Charlottesville, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 15,476

    Acceptance rate: 30%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $15,945

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,700

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    #40. College of the Holy Cross

    Location: Worcester, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,689

    Acceptance rate: 38%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $26,965

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,200

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    #39. Williams College

    Location: Williamstown, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,058

    Acceptance rate: 18%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $18,167

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100

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    #38. Villanova University

    Location: Villanova, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 6,469

    Acceptance rate: 44%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $33,270

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $74,500

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    #37. Northwestern University

    Location: Evanston, IL

    Number of undergraduates: 8,298

    Acceptance rate: 11%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $29,326

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,900

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    #36. Vanderbilt University

    Location: Nashville, TN

    Number of undergraduates: 6,817

    Acceptance rate: 11%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $23,150

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,500

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    #35. Bentley University

    Location: Waltham, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 4,140

    Acceptance rate: 46%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $35,579

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,600

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    #34. Boston College

    Location: Chestnut Hill, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 9,647

    Acceptance rate: 31%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $27,167

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000

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    #33. Columbia University

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 7,552

    Acceptance rate: 7%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $22,973

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $78,200

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    #32. Carleton College

    Location: Northfield, MN

    Number of undergraduates: 2,087

    Acceptance rate: 23%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $28,587

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,600

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    #31. Virginia Military Institute

    Location: Lexington, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,713

    Acceptance rate: 51%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,195

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,200

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    #30. Lafayette College

    Location: Easton, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,505

    Acceptance rate: 28%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $26,208

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $67,500

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    #29. Claremont McKenna College

    Location: Claremont, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,346

    Acceptance rate: 9%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $30,527

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $75,000

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    #28. Tufts University

    Location: Medford, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 5,435

    Acceptance rate: 14%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $28,076

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,500

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    #27. Brown University

    Location: Providence, RI

    Number of undergraduates: 6,565

    Acceptance rate: 9%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $25,264

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,100

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    #26. Dartmouth College

    Location: Hanover, NH

    Number of undergraduates: 4,270

    Acceptance rate: 11%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $21,177

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000

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    #25. Stevens Institute of Technology

    Location: Hoboken, NJ

    Number of undergraduates: 3,108

    Acceptance rate: 39%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $37,168

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $87,300

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    #24. Colorado School of Mines

    Location: Golden, CO

    Number of undergraduates: 4,395

    Acceptance rate: 40%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $25,097

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,100

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    #23. Carnegie Mellon University

    Location: Pittsburgh, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 6,069

    Acceptance rate: 22%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $35,250

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $81,800

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    #22. Georgetown University

    Location: Washington, DC

    Number of undergraduates: 7,056

    Acceptance rate: 17%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $26,625

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $90,100

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    #21. Lehigh University

    Location: Bethlehem, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 5,003

    Acceptance rate: 26%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $27,478

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,200

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    #20. Cornell University

    Location: Ithaca, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 14,556

    Acceptance rate: 14%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $30,014

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $73,600

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    #19. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Location: Terre Haute, IN

    Number of undergraduates: 2,180

    Acceptance rate: 61%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $41,691

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $79,200

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    #18. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Location: Albany, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 895

    Acceptance rate: 69%

    Academics grade: B+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $29,929

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $122,600

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    #17. Colgate University

    Location: Hamilton, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 2,864

    Acceptance rate: 29%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $22,463

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,300

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    #16. Harvey Mudd College

    Location: Claremont, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 829

    Acceptance rate: 13%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $35,460

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $74,200

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    #15. Babson College

    Location: Wellesley, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 2,283

    Acceptance rate: 25%

    Academics grade: A

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $27,453

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $91,400

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    #14. St. Louis College of Pharmacy

    Location: Saint Louis, MO

    Number of undergraduates: 528

    Acceptance rate: 71%

    Academics grade: B+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $26,252

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $120,400

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    #13. Washington and Lee University

    Location: Lexington, VA

    Number of undergraduates: 1,824

    Acceptance rate: 24%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $23,867

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $72,300

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    #12. Georgia Institute of Technology

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Number of undergraduates: 13,815

    Acceptance rate: 26%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $13,340

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $75,800

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    #11. Rice University

    Location: Houston, TX

    Number of undergraduates: 3,836

    Acceptance rate: 15%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $22,061

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,300

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    #10. Princeton University

    Location: Princeton, NJ

    Number of undergraduates: 5,251

    Acceptance rate: 7%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $17,732

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,500

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    #9. University of Pennsylvania

    Location: Philadelphia, PA

    Number of undergraduates: 10,468

    Acceptance rate: 9%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $22,944

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,400

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    #8. California Institute of Technology

    Location: Pasadena, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 979

    Acceptance rate: 8%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $26,839

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $74,200

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    #7. University of Notre Dame

    Location: Notre Dame, IN

    Number of undergraduates: 8,514

    Acceptance rate: 19%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $26,683

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $71,600

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    #6. United States Merchant Marine Academy

    Location: Kings Point, NY

    Number of undergraduates: 904

    Acceptance rate: 20%

    Academics grade: A-

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $4,548

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $78,900

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    #5. Yale University

    Location: New Haven, CT

    Number of undergraduates: 5,469

    Acceptance rate: 6%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $18,319

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $83,200

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    #4. Duke University

    Location: Durham, NC

    Number of undergraduates: 6,577

    Acceptance rate: 11%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $19,950

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900

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    #3. Harvard University

    Location: Cambridge, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 7,151

    Acceptance rate: 5%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,205

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $90,900

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    #2. Stanford University

    Location: Stanford, CA

    Number of undergraduates: 7,034

    Acceptance rate: 5%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $16,695

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $85,700

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    #1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location: Cambridge, MA

    Number of undergraduates: 4,476

    Acceptance rate: 8%

    Academics grade: A+

    Value grade: A+

    Net price: $21,576

    Median earnings six years after graduation: $94,200

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