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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, amid serious college debt and other financial concerns, prospective students also want to be sure the value of their private programs go beyond training their minds. They 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. 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.

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  • #50. Pomona College
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    #50. Pomona College

    Website: www.pomona.edu
    Location: Claremont, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,556
    Net price: $18,140
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,600

  • #49. University of Southern California
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    #49. University of Southern California

    Website: www.usc.edu
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 18,195
    Net price: $32,932
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,400

  • #48. Santa Clara University
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    #48. Santa Clara University

    Website: www.scu.edu
    Location: Santa Clara, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 5,353
    Net price: $37,657
    Acceptance rate: 48%
    Professors grade: B+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,600

  • #47. Wake Forest University
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    #47. Wake Forest University

    Website: www.wfu.edu
    Location: Winston-Salem, NC
    Number of undergraduates: 4,900
    Net price: $23,826
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,200

  • #46. University of Richmond
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    #46. University of Richmond

    Website: www.richmond.edu
    Location: Richmond, VA
    Number of undergraduates: 3,078
    Net price: $22,400
    Acceptance rate: 32%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,700

  • #45. Vassar College
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    #45. Vassar College

    Website: www.vassar.edu
    Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 2,405
    Net price: $21,933
    Acceptance rate: 27%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $51,400

  • #44. Bucknell University
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    #44. Bucknell University

    Website: www.bucknell.edu
    Location: Lewisburg, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 3,530
    Net price: $34,339
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,200

  • #43. Bowdoin College
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    #43. Bowdoin College

    Website: www.bowdoin.edu
    Location: Brunswick, ME
    Number of undergraduates: 1,801
    Net price: $24,888
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700

  • #42. Clarkson University
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    #42. Clarkson University

    Website: www.clarkson.edu
    Location: Potsdam, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 3,203
    Net price: $31,181
    Acceptance rate: 68%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: B+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $68,900

  • #41. University of Chicago
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    #41. University of Chicago

    Website: www.uchicago.edu
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Number of undergraduates: 5,978
    Net price: $31,068
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,500

  • #40. Johns Hopkins University
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    #40. Johns Hopkins University

    Website: www.jhu.edu
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Number of undergraduates: 5,621
    Net price: $27,352
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,800

  • #39. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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    #39. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Website: www.rpi.edu
    Location: Troy, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 6,200
    Net price: $37,434
    Acceptance rate: 44%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900

  • #38. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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    #38. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Website: www.wpi.edu
    Location: Worcester, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 4,275
    Net price: $40,666
    Acceptance rate: 48%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,600

  • #37. Washington University in St. Louis
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    #37. Washington University in St. Louis

    Website: wustl.edu
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Number of undergraduates: 6,915
    Net price: $28,824
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,300

  • #36. College of the Holy Cross
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    #36. College of the Holy Cross

    Website: www.holycross.edu
    Location: Worcester, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 2,689
    Net price: $26,965
    Acceptance rate: 38%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: B+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,200

  • #35. Williams College
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    #35. Williams College

    Website: www.williams.edu
    Location: Williamstown, MA 
    Number of undergraduates: 2,058
    Net price: $18,167
    Acceptance rate: 18%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100

  • #34. Villanova University
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    #34. Villanova University

    Website: www1.villanova.edu
    Location: Villanova, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 6,469
    Net price: $33,270
    Acceptance rate: 44%
    Professors grade: A-
    Diversity grade: B
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $74,500

  • #33. Northwestern University
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    #33. Northwestern University

    Website: www.northwestern.edu
    Location: Evanston, IL 
    Number of undergraduates: 8,298
    Net price: $29,326
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,900

  • #32. Vanderbilt University
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    #32. Vanderbilt University

    Website: www.vanderbilt.edu
    Location: Nashville, TN
    Number of undergraduates: 6,817
    Net price: $23,150
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,500

  • #31. Bentley University
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    #31. Bentley University

    Website: www.bentley.edu
    Location: Waltham, MA 
    Number of undergraduates: 4,140
    Net price: $35,579
    Acceptance rate: 46%
    Professors grade: B
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,600

  • #30. Boston College
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    #30. Boston College

    Website: www.bc.edu
    Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 9,647
    Net price: $27,167
    Acceptance rate: 31%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000

  • #29. Columbia University
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    #29. Columbia University

    Website: www.columbia.edu
    Location: New York, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 7,552
    Net price: $22,973
    Acceptance rate: 7%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $78,200

  • #28. Carleton College
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    #28. Carleton College

    Website: www.carleton.edu
    Location: Northfield, MN 
    Number of undergraduates: 2,087
    Net price: $28,587
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,600

  • #27. Lafayette College
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    #27. Lafayette College

    Website: www.lafayette.edu
    Location: Easton, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 2,505
    Net price: $26,208
    Acceptance rate: 28%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $67,500

  • #26. Claremont McKenna College
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    #26. Claremont McKenna College

    Website: www.cmc.edu
    Location: Claremont, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,346
    Net price: $30,527
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $75,000

  • #25. Tufts University
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    #25. Tufts University

    Website: www.tufts.edu
    Location: Medford, MA 
    Number of undergraduates: 5,435
    Net price: $28,076
    Acceptance rate: 14%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,500

  • #24. Brown University
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    #24. Brown University

    Website: www.brown.edu
    Location: Providence, RI
    Number of undergraduates: 6,565
    Net price: $25,264
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,100

  • #23. Dartmouth College
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    #23. Dartmouth College

    Website: home.dartmouth.edu
    Location: Hanover, NH
    Number of undergraduates: 4,270
    Net price: $21,177
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000

  • #22. Stevens Institute of Technology
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    #22. Stevens Institute of Technology

    Website: www.stevens.edu
    Location: Hoboken, NJ
    Number of undergraduates: 3,108
    Net price: $37,168
    Acceptance rate: 39%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $87,300

  • #21. Carnegie Mellon University
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    #21. Carnegie Mellon University

    Website: www.cmu.edu
    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 6,069
    Net price: $35,250
    Acceptance rate: 22%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $81,800

  • #20. Georgetown University
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    #20. Georgetown University

    Website: www.georgetown.edu
    Location: Washington D.C.
    Number of undergraduates: 7,056
    Net price: $26,625
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $90,100

  • #19. Lehigh University
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    #19. Lehigh University

    Website: www1.lehigh.edu
    Location: Bethlehem, PA 
    Number of undergraduates: 5,003
    Net price: $27,478
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,200

  • #18. Cornell University
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    #18. Cornell University

    Website: www.cornell.edu
    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 14,556
    Net price: $30,014
    Acceptance rate: 14%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $73,600

  • #17. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
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    #17. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Website: www.rose-hulman.edu
    Location: Terre Haute, IN
    Number of undergraduates: 2,180
    Net price: $41,691
    Acceptance rate: 61%
    Professors grade: A-
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $79,200

  • #16. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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    #16. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Website: www.acphs.edu
    Location: Albany, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 895
    Net price: $29,929
    Acceptance rate: 69%
    Professors grade: B
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $122,600

  • #15. Colgate University
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    #15. Colgate University

    Website: www.colgate.edu
    Location: Hamilton, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 2,864
    Net price: $22,463
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,300

  • #14. Harvey Mudd College
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    #14. Harvey Mudd College

    Website: www.hmc.edu
    Location: Claremont, CA 
    Number of undergraduates: 829
    Net price: $35,460
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Professors grade: A
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $74,200

  • #13. Babson College
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    #13. Babson College

    Website: www.babson.edu
    Location: Babson Park, MA 
    Number of undergraduates: 2,283
    Net price: $27,453
    Acceptance rate: 25%
    Professors grade: B+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $91,400

  • #12. St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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    #12. St. Louis College of Pharmacy

    Website: www.stlcop.edu
    Location: St. Louis, MO 
    Number of undergraduates: 528
    Net price: $26,252
    Acceptance rate: 71%
    Professors grade: B+
    Diversity grade: B+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $120,400

  • #11. Washington and Lee University
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    #11. Washington and Lee University

    Website: www.wlu.edu
    Location: Lexington, VA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,824
    Net price: $23,867
    Acceptance rate: 24%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: B
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $72,300

  • #10. Rice University
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    #10. Rice University

    Website: www.rice.edu
    Location: Houston, TX 
    Number of undergraduates: 3,836
    Net price: $22,061
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,300

  • #9. Princeton University
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    #9. Princeton University

    Website: www.princeton.edu
    Location: Princeton, NJ
    Number of undergraduates: 5,251
    Net price: $17,732
    Acceptance rate: 7%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,500

  • #8. University of Pennsylvania
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    #8. University of Pennsylvania

    Website: www.upenn.edu
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 10,468
    Net price: $22,944
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,400

  • #7. California Institute of Technology
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    #7. California Institute of Technology

    Website: www.caltech.edu
    Location: Pasadena, CA 
    Number of undergraduates: 979
    Net price: $26,839
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $74,200

  • #6. University of Notre Dame
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    #6. University of Notre Dame

    Website: www.nd.edu
    Location: Notre Dame, IN
    Number of undergraduates: 8,514
    Net price: $26,683
    Acceptance rate: 19%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A-
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $71,600

  • #5. Yale University
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    #5. Yale University

    Website: www.yale.edu
    Location: New Haven, CT 
    Number of undergraduates: 5,469
    Net price: $18,319
    Acceptance rate: 6%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $83,200

  • #4. Duke University
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    #4. Duke University

    Website: www.duke.edu
    Location: Durham, NC
    Number of undergraduates: 6,577
    Net price: $19,950
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900

  • #3. Harvard University
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    #3. Harvard University

    Website: www.harvard.edu
    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 7,151
    Net price: $16,205
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $90,900

  • #2. Stanford University
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    #2. Stanford University

    Website: www.stanford.edu
    Location: Stanford, CA 
    Number of undergraduates: 7,034
    Net price: $16,695
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $85,700

  • #1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    #1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Website: www.mit.edu
    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 4,476
    Net price: $21,576
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Professors grade: A+
    Diversity grade: A+
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $94,200

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