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50 best value colleges for 2018

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    With American student loan debt totaling $1.3 trillion and the average Class of 2016 graduate leaving school $37,172 in debt, parents and students are increasingly concerned with finding schools that offer strong career prospects without over-the-top costs. 

    To help navigate the college landscape, Stacker looked a Niche's 2018 Best Value Colleges rankings for over 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities. For each school, Niche evaluated the net price (average cost after financial aid), alumni earnings, graduation and employment rates, student debt data and other factors to determine which colleges deliver the best return on investment.

    The list ranges from maritime academies to classic Ivy League institutions; read on to see the 50 colleges across America with the highest bang for your buck.

  • #50. Stonehill College

    Location: Easton, MA

    Net Price: $29,370
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $58,800
    SAT Range: 1030-1230
    Acceptance Rate: 75.0%

  • #49. Missouri University of Science & Technology

    Location: Rolla, MO

    Net Price: $13,910
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $65,500
    SAT Range: 1080-1300
    Acceptance Rate: 88.0%

  • #48. Johns Hopkins University

    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Net Price: $28,334
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $69,200
    SAT Range: 1360-1530
    Acceptance Rate: 14.0%

  • #47. Middlebury College

    Location: Middlebury, VT

    Net Price: $20,197
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $53,400
    SAT Range: 1270-1500
    Acceptance Rate: 17.0%

  • #46. University of Virginia

    Location: Charlottesville, VA

    Net Price: $14,539
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $58,600
    SAT Range: 1250-1460
    Acceptance Rate: 30.0%

  • #45. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Location: Troy, NY

    Net Price: $37,820
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $81,700
    SAT Range: 1280-1490
    Acceptance Rate: 44.0%

  • #44. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Location: Worcester, MA

    Net Price: $39,011
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $77,600
    SAT Range: 1310-1480
    Acceptance Rate: 49.0%

  • #43. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

    Location: Buzzards Bay, MA

    Net Price: $13,673
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $79,500
    SAT Range: 980-1160
    Acceptance Rate: 74.0%

  • #42. College of William & Mary

    Location: Williamsburg, VA

    Net Price: $14,310
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $56,400
    SAT Range: 1260-1460
    Acceptance Rate: 34.0%

  • #41. Northwestern University

    Location: Evanston, IL

    Net Price: $30,552
    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation: $64,100
    SAT Range: 1400-1560
    Acceptance Rate: 13.0%

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