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  • Best value private colleges in America

    As Albert Einstein once said, the value of a college education “is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned in textbooks.” This may be true; but today, serious college debt and other financial concerns have made prospective students even more anxious that the value of their private programs go beyond training their minds. There’s $1.6 trillion in student loan debt across the country and an average debt of about $30,000 per person. Studies have found that this debt has impeded millennials' ability to buy a home, and has caused many to delay marriage and having a family. It also has reportedly prevented many students from pursuing their dream jobs in order to make their loan payments.

    As such it makes sense that today’s college students want to attend programs with track records of success, too. The average private program today costs $26,000. Elite liberal arts schools are even more expensive, topping out around $50,000 for annual tuition. Amidst all the private programs offered in the United States, there are many that have proved their worth. Some elite schools with higher endowments are able to offer significant financial aid while others have brand names and alumni networks that open doors to high-paying jobs and other avenues for paying off student loans. But which ones best the rest?

    This data comes to you from Niche's list of the best value colleges in America for 2019. Stacker's list includes only private, four-year colleges. Not only does this ranking weigh the cost of tuition, but it also covers each school's acceptance rate, quality of professors, diversity, and median alumni earnings six years after graduation.

    Read on to discover the best value private colleges in America and see where students are getting the most bang for their buck.

    Story updated by Isabel Sepulveda.

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  • #50. Hamilton College

    - Location: Clinton, NY
    - Students: 1,886
    - Acceptance rate: 24%
    - Graduation rate: 94%
    - Faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Tuition: $54,080
    - Six-year median earnings: $60,200

  • #49. Wake Forest University

    - Location: Winston-Salem, NC
    - Students: 5,046
    - Acceptance rate: 28%
    - Graduation rate: 88%
    - Faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Tuition: $51,400
    - Six-year median earnings: $63,800

  • #48. Milwaukee School of Engineering

    - Location: Milwaukee, WI
    - Students: 2,508
    - Acceptance rate: 63%
    - Graduation rate: 67%
    - Faculty ratio: 16:1
    - Tuition: $39,039
    - Six-year median earnings: $71,300

  • #47. Bucknell University

    - Location: Lewisburg, PA
    - Students: 3,585
    - Acceptance rate: 31%
    - Graduation rate: 90%
    - Faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Tuition: $53,986
    - Six-year median earnings: $70,800

  • #46. Haverford College

    - Location: Haverford, PA
    - Students: 1,294
    - Acceptance rate: 20%
    - Graduation rate: 93%
    - Faculty ratio: 8:1
    - Tuition: $52,994
    - Six-year median earnings: $60,700

  • #45. Wellesley College

    - Location: Wellesley, MA
    - Students: 2,374
    - Acceptance rate: 28%
    - Graduation rate: 91%
    - Faculty ratio: 7:1
    - Tuition: $50,840
    - Six-year median earnings: $60,800

  • #44. Amherst College

    - Location: Amherst, MA
    - Students: 1,836
    - Acceptance rate: 13%
    - Graduation rate: 95%
    - Faculty ratio: 8:1
    - Tuition: $54,310
    - Six-year median earnings: $65,000

  • #43. University of Chicago

    - Location: Chicago, IL
    - Students: 5,978
    - Acceptance rate: 8%
    - Graduation rate: 93%
    - Faculty ratio: 5:1
    - Tuition: $55,425
    - Six-year median earnings: $68,100

  • #42. Clarkson University

    - Location: Potsdam, NY
    - Students: 3,021
    - Acceptance rate: 66%
    - Graduation rate: 73%
    - Faculty ratio: 14:1
    - Tuition: $47,950
    - Six-year median earnings: $72,000

  • #41. Bowdoin College

    - Location: Brunswick, ME
    - Students: 1,813
    - Acceptance rate: 14%
    - Graduation rate: 95%
    - Faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Tuition: $51,848
    - Six-year median earnings: $65,500

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