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slides: New England’s Best Values in Colleges + Universities

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

 

What are the best values when it comes to New England's colleges and universities? Kiplinger's annual assessment of academic bang for the buck has just released its Public Colleges rankings, which combine with their Private College rankings to reveal where tuition dollars yield the most.

To get its rankings, Kiplinger uses what it calls "more-tangible measures of academic quality—including test scores and four-year graduation rates—as well as affordability." (For more on their methodology, go here.)

See which colleges in New England made the new public list of 100 top values, followed by the top values in private universities and liberal arts colleges.

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#5 Public College

 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

 
Boston, MA
 
National rank (in state/out of state): #99/#91
 
Total cost (in state): $24,650
Total cost (out of state): $41,750
 
Average debt at graduation: $NA
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#4 Public College

 

University of New Hampshire

 
Durham, NH
 
National rank (in state/out of state): #97/#75
 
Total cost (in state): $27,386
Total cost (out of state): $39,846
 
Average debt at graduation: $34,194
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#3 Public College

 

University of Vermont

 
Burlington, VT
 
National rank (in state/out of state): #63/#67
 
Total cost (in state): $26,548
Total cost (out of state): $46,876
 
Average debt at graduation: $27,725
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#2 Public College

 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 
Amherst, MA
 
National rank (in state/out of state): #62/#49
 
Total cost (in state): $24,725
Total cost (out of state): $38,140
 
Average debt at graduation: $26,893
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#1 Public College

 

University of Connecticut

 
Storrs-Mansfield, CT
 
National rank (in state/out of state): #25/#22
 
Total cost (in state): $23,472
Total cost (out of state): $41,304
 
Average debt at graduation: $23,822
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#17 Private University

 

Simmons College

 
Boston, MA
 
National rank: #98
 
Total cost: $48,770
Cost after need-based aid: $31,012
Cost after non-need-based aid: $40,280
Average debt at graduation: $NA
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#16 Private University

 

Providence College

 
Providence, RI
 
National rank: #71
 
Total cost: $55,546
Cost after need-based aid: $35,701
Cost after non-need-based aid: $32,036
Average debt at graduation: $30,310
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#15 Private University

 

St. Michael's College

 
Colchester, VT
 
National rank: #60
 
Total cost: $48,060
Cost after need-based aid: $29,790
Cost after non-need-based aid: $37,514
Average debt at graduation: $31,736
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#14 Private University

 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 
Worcester, MA
 
National rank: #56
 
Total cost: $55,030
Cost after need-based aid: $36,317
Cost after non-need-based aid: $39,070
Average debt at graduation: $NA
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#13 Private University

 

Northeastern University

 
Boston, MA
 
National rank: #52
 
Total cost: $54,706
Cost after need-based aid: $37,946
Cost after non-need-based aid: $44,223
Average debt at graduation: $NA
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#12 Private University

 

Boston University

 
Boston, MA
 
National rank: #45
 
Total cost: $57,184
Cost after need-based aid: $32,923
Cost after non-need-based aid: $35,981
Average debt at graduation: $36,488
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#11 Private University

 

Emerson College

 
Boston, MA
 
National rank: #44
 
Total cost: $49,156
Cost after need-based aid: $33,713
Cost after non-need-based aid: $36,470
Average debt at graduation: $19,491
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#10 Private University

 

Bentley University

 
Waltham, MA
 
National rank: #43
 
Total cost: $53,738
Cost after need-based aid: $30,550
Cost after non-need-based aid: $38,688
Average debt at graduation: $33,066
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#9 Private University

 

Clark University

 
Worcester, MA
 
National rank: #40
 
Total cost: $46,570
Cost after need-based aid: $21,760
Cost after non-need-based aid: $32,265
Average debt at graduation: $27,600
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#8 Private University

 

Brandeis University

 
Waltham, MA
 
National rank: #26
 
Total cost: $57,550
Cost after need-based aid: $27,239
Cost after non-need-based aid: $33,260
Average debt at graduation: $28,590
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#7 Private University

 

Boston College

 
Chestnut Hill, MA
 
National rank: 24
 
Total cost: $57,486
Cost after need-based aid: $28,799
Cost after non-need-based aid: $41,564
Average debt at graduation: $20,975
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#6 Private University

 

Tufts University

 
Medford, MA
 
National rank: #21
 
Total cost: $57,346
Cost after need-based aid: $26,635
Cost after non-need-based aid: $56,846
Average debt at graduation: $24,468
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#5 Private University

 

Dartmouth College

 
Hanover, NH
 
National rank: #16
 
Total cost: $59,976
Cost after need-based aid: $21,936
Cost after non-need-based aid: $59,976
Average debt at graduation: $17,119
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#4 Private University

 

Brown University

 
Providence, RI
 
National rank: #12
 
Total cost: $56,376
Cost after need-based aid: $20,975
Cost after non-need-based aid: $45,430
Average debt at graduation: $20,455
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#3 Private University

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 
Cambridge, MA
 
National rank: #9
 
Total cost: $55,238
Cost after need-based aid: $19,949
Cost after non-need-based aid: $55,238
Average debt at graduation: $18,127
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#2 Private University

 

Harvard University

 
Cambridge, MA
 
National rank: #6
 
Total cost: $55,496
Cost after need-based aid: $13,267
Cost after non-need-based aid: $55,496
Average debt at graduation: $11,780
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#1 Private University

 

Yale University

 
New Haven, CT
 
National rank: #1
 
Total cost: $52,700
Cost after need-based aid: $13,786
Cost after non-need-based aid: $52,700
Average debt at graduation: $9,254
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#15 Liberal Arts College

 

College of the Atlantic

 
Bar Harbor, ME
 
National rank: #77
 
Total cost: $47,559
Cost after need-based aid: $18,789
Cost after non-need-based aid: $43,713
Average debt at graduation: $20,858
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#14 Liberal Arts College

 

Wheaton College

 
Norton, MA
 
National rank: #66
 
Total cost: $53,014
Cost after need-based aid: $24,503
Cost after non-need-based aid: $41,459
Average debt at graduation: $23,022
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#13 Liberal Arts College

 

Connecticut College

 
New London, CT
 
National rank: #48
 
Total cost: $57,790
Cost after need-based aid: $25,766
Cost after non-need-based aid: $57,790
Average debt at graduation: $30,505
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#12 Liberal Arts College

 

Mt. Holyoke College

 
South Hadley, MA
 
National rank: #41
 
Total cost: $54,546
Cost after need-based aid: $22,885
Cost after non-need-based aid: $38,828
Average debt at graduation: $23,254
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#11 Liberal Arts College

 

Smith College

 
Northampton, MA
 
National rank: #39
 
Total cost: $56,120
Cost after need-based aid: $22,633
Cost after non-need-based aid: $40,418
Average debt at graduation: $22,531
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#10 Liberal Arts College

 

Trinity College

 
Hartford, CT
 
National rank: #30
 
Total cost: $58,530
Cost after need-based aid: $20,607
Cost after non-need-based aid: $21,787
Average debt at graduation: $20,367
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#9 Liberal Arts College

 

Bates College

 
Lewiston, ME
 
National rank: #26
 
Total cost: $58,985
Cost after need-based aid: $24,125
Cost after non-need-based aid: $58,985
Average debt at graduation: $20,706
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#8 Liberal Arts College

 

College of the Holy Cross

 
Worcester, MA
 
National rank: #25
 
Total cost: $55,830
Cost after need-based aid: $26,200
Cost after non-need-based aid: $28,903
Average debt at graduation: $26,434
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#7 Liberal Arts College

 

Wesleyan University

 
Middletown, CT
 
National rank: #18
 
Total cost: $57,006
Cost after need-based aid: $20,690
Cost after non-need-based aid: $14,641
Average debt at graduation: $25,864
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#6 Liberal Arts College

 

Wellesley College

 
Wellesley, MA
 
National rank: #15
 
Total cost: $55,914
Cost after need-based aid: $18,943
Cost after non-need-based aid: $55,914
Average debt at graduation: $13,579
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#5 Liberal Arts College

 

Middlebury College

 
Middlebury, VT
 
National rank: #13
 
Total cost: $53,800
Cost after need-based aid: $20,280
Cost after non-need-based aid: $51,300
Average debt at graduation: $20,514
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#4 Liberal Arts College

 

Colby College

 
Waterville, ME
 
National rank: #12
 
Total cost: $56,400
Cost after need-based aid: $21,407
Cost after non-need-based aid: $53,043
Average debt at graduation: $22,367
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#3 Liberal Arts College

 

Bowdoin College

 
Brunswick, ME
 
National rank: #7
 
Total cost: $56,950
Cost after need-based aid: $20,975
Cost after non-need-based aid: $55,950
Average debt at graduation: $17,569
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#2 Liberal Arts College

 

Williams College

 
Williamstown, MA
 
National rank: #6
 
Total cost: $57,570
Cost after need-based aid: $19,734
Cost after non-need-based aid: $57,570
Average debt at graduation: $8,801
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#1 Liberal Arts College

 

Amherst College

 
Amherst, MA
 
National rank: #4
 
Total cost: $55,098
Cost after need-based aid: $13,107
Cost after non-need-based aid: $55,098
Average debt at graduation: $12,713
 
 

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