Aug 31 2017

Best Value Colleges & Universities in America by Academic Quality per Dollar #best #priced #online #colleges


U.S. Academic Quality per Dollar Ranking

Best Value Colleges in America by Academic Quality per Dollar

These colleges are CollegeCalc’s 2016 ranking of the best value colleges in America based on tuition dollar spent. While most of these schools don’t have the low published tuition, attractive net prices through generous financial packages combined with academic excellence offer students the highest return on education dollar investment. In order to be considered, schools must possess very high academic standing coupled with costs commensurate to the education provided. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leads the list with a 95 academic rank and a $10,936 average net price.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college’s overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school’s academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked “n/a” didn’t report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology .

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education’s 2015-2016 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

America’s Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar

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All school data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education IPEDS Surveys for school years 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 and is in the public domain. Site data was last updated in August 2016. This site is not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. We believe the content represented on this website to be correct yet make no guarantee to its accuracy. has no direct affiliation with the schools presented on this website and the school names are the property of their respective trademark owners.

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