The Best Value Colleges

Best Value Colleges in America for 2024

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in the United States based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2024 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking factored against the typical net price paid by students - to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2024 as the overall best value college in America is Yale University with a 10 out of 10 academic rating for a comparatively affordable $17,511 average net price. The highest value public state college is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


970 results nationwide

Yale University
Y
New Haven, CT

Yale University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Value in America

  • 14,567enrollment
  • $17,511net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#2 Best Value in America

  • 31,345enrollment
  • $18,037net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1580SAT range
  • 33-36ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Princeton University
P
Princeton, NJ

Princeton University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Value in America

  • 8,478enrollment
  • $18,685net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.93Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA

Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Value in America

  • 1,971enrollment
  • $18,832net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1550SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Value in America

  • 11,934enrollment
  • $19,998net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1510-1580SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA

Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#6 Best Value in America

  • 17,680enrollment
  • $20,023net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Rice University
R
Houston, TX

Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Value in America

  • 8,285enrollment
  • $19,215net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1490-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Columbia University in the City of New York
C
New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Value in America

  • 33,776enrollment
  • $22,126net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Value in America

  • 31,641enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1380SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.83Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Claremont McKenna College
C
Claremont, CA

Claremont McKenna College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Value in America

  • 1,422enrollment
  • $22,004net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1530SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Colby College
C
Waterville, ME

Colby College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Value in America

  • 2,262enrollment
  • $18,552net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1530SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Value in America

  • 2,461enrollment
  • $21,614net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 8

Central College
C
Pella, IA

Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Value in America

  • 1,139enrollment
  • $21,690net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1260SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Dartmouth College
D
Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#14 Best Value in America

  • 6,761enrollment
  • $24,525net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#15 Best Value in America

  • 28,038enrollment
  • $24,167net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Value in America

  • 1,651enrollment
  • $20,360net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 4

Hendrix College
H
Conway, AR

Hendrix College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Value in America

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $20,778net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1340SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Johns Hopkins University
J
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Value in America

  • 32,049enrollment
  • $25,241net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1560SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3