Last year Bloomberg Businessweek, in conjunction with PayScale, launched "What’s Your College Degree Worth?" The annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities was based on a new way of analyzing the return on investment of a college education, and it came to a startling conclusion: As investments, most college degrees leave a lot to be desired.

To some readers, the ranking itself left a lot to be desired, so we went back to the drawing board and made several changes to the way we calculate return on investment, or ROI. We increased the number of ranked schools by 25 percent, to nearly 700. And in addition to a 30-year ROI, we calculated a 15-year ROI. But the big change had to do with financial aid. Last year, we used each school’s "sticker price" to determine ROI. We did that again this year, but we also did a second calculation using the "net price," which takes into account the amount of grant aid each school awards. We think the two different calculations more accurately reflect the actual experience of students and their families—those who don’t qualify for financial aid, and those who do.

ROI is a function of two things: how much one spends getting a degree, and how much graduates earn over the course of their careers. PayScale, which collects pay information from individuals who use its online pay comparison tools, examined a huge database of 1.4 million pay reports and information on college costs. It then determined how much graduates of each school earned (after deducting the net cost of their degrees) above the typical pay for a high school graduate over the same period. In a very real sense, this is what a college degree from each institution is "worth" in dollars and cents.

Unlike most other rankings of this type, this one takes into account each school’s six-year graduation rate, providing a more accurate way of assessing a school’s ROI. If graduates of two schools earn exactly the same amount over the 30-year study period, after deducting the cost of their degrees, but one has a 90 percent graduation rate and the other graduates only 50 percent of its students, the one with the poor graduation rate will have a much lower ROI, reflecting the diminished likelihood of graduating.

What follows is a state-by-state breakdown of the schools with the best ROI. For each state we list the school with the best ROI and up to three runners-up. For the complete ranking of all 693 schools, check out our interactive table. For a more detailed description of the methodology and findings, see "College ROI: What We Found"

Note: The ranking was prepared by PayScale and is based on self-reported pay data obtained through its online pay comparison tools; on average, pay reports from about 1,000 alumni from each school were used in the return on investment calculations. Sticker Price is the total cost of attendance (tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies) for the average length of time required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at each institution for a 2010 graduate. Net Cost subtracts from that amount the average local, state, federal, and institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost includes 2009-10 tuition, housing, books, and other supplies for a student living on campus. Graduation Rate is a six-year rate for the cohort entering in the fall of 2003. Each state’s schools were ranked according to the 30-Year Net Return on Investment, which represents the average earnings of a graduate (in excess of those of a high school graduate) in 2010 dollars after deducting the net cost of the degree and adjusting for the school’s graduation rate. The 30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only is the same figure, assuming a 100 percent graduation rate. Annualized Net ROI is based on the ratio of the earnings gain from a college degree to the cost of the degree; it takes into account the school’s graduation rate and includes wage inflation of 4.3 percent per year. In the PayScale study, state schools are ranked twice, with ROI calculated using in-state and out-of-state tuition. ROI data shown for public schools was calculated using in-state tuition. ROI for public schools using out-of-state tuition can be found here.

Data: PayScale, Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System, College Board, Bloomberg Businessweek research
South Dakota School of Mines
Last year Bloomberg Businessweek, in conjunction with PayScale, launched "What’s Your College Degree Worth?" The annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities was based on a new way of analyzing the return on investment of a college education, and it came to a startling conclusion: As investments, most college degrees leave a lot to be desired.

To some readers, the ranking itself left a lot to be desired, so we went back to the drawing board and made several changes to the way we calculate return on investment, or ROI. We increased the number of ranked schools by 25 percent, to nearly 700. And in addition to a 30-year ROI, we calculated a 15-year ROI. But the big change had to do with financial aid. Last year, we used each school’s "sticker price" to determine ROI. We did that again this year, but we also did a second calculation using the "net price," which takes into account the amount of grant aid each school awards. We think the two different calculations more accurately reflect the actual experience of students and their families—those who don’t qualify for financial aid, and those who do.

ROI is a function of two things: how much one spends getting a degree, and how much graduates earn over the course of their careers. PayScale, which collects pay information from individuals who use its online pay comparison tools, examined a huge database of 1.4 million pay reports and information on college costs. It then determined how much graduates of each school earned (after deducting the net cost of their degrees) above the typical pay for a high school graduate over the same period. In a very real sense, this is what a college degree from each institution is "worth" in dollars and cents.

Unlike most other rankings of this type, this one takes into account each school’s six-year graduation rate, providing a more accurate way of assessing a school’s ROI. If graduates of two schools earn exactly the same amount over the 30-year study period, after deducting the cost of their degrees, but one has a 90 percent graduation rate and the other graduates only 50 percent of its students, the one with the poor graduation rate will have a much lower ROI, reflecting the diminished likelihood of graduating.

What follows is a state-by-state breakdown of the schools with the best ROI. For each state we list the school with the best ROI and up to three runners-up. For the complete ranking of all 693 schools, check out our interactive table. For a more detailed description of the methodology and findings, see "College ROI: What We Found"

Note: The ranking was prepared by PayScale and is based on self-reported pay data obtained through its online pay comparison tools; on average, pay reports from about 1,000 alumni from each school were used in the return on investment calculations. Sticker Price is the total cost of attendance (tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies) for the average length of time required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at each institution for a 2010 graduate. Net Cost subtracts from that amount the average local, state, federal, and institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost includes 2009-10 tuition, housing, books, and other supplies for a student living on campus. Graduation Rate is a six-year rate for the cohort entering in the fall of 2003. Each state’s schools were ranked according to the 30-Year Net Return on Investment, which represents the average earnings of a graduate (in excess of those of a high school graduate) in 2010 dollars after deducting the net cost of the degree and adjusting for the school’s graduation rate. The 30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only is the same figure, assuming a 100 percent graduation rate. Annualized Net ROI is based on the ratio of the earnings gain from a college degree to the cost of the degree; it takes into account the school’s graduation rate and includes wage inflation of 4.3 percent per year. In the PayScale study, state schools are ranked twice, with ROI calculated using in-state and out-of-state tuition. ROI data shown for public schools was calculated using in-state tuition. ROI for public schools using out-of-state tuition can be found here.

Data: PayScale, Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System, College Board, Bloomberg Businessweek research
South Dakota School of Mines

Best Colleges for Return on Investment

Engineering Schools Dominate 2011 Ranking
Engineering Schools Dominate 2011 Ranking
Last year Bloomberg Businessweek, in conjunction with PayScale, launched "What’s Your College Degree Worth?" The annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities was based on a new way of analyzing the return on investment of a college education, and it came to a startling conclusion: As investments, most college degrees leave a lot to be desired.

To some readers, the ranking itself left a lot to be desired, so we went back to the drawing board and made several changes to the way we calculate return on investment, or ROI. We increased the number of ranked schools by 25 percent, to nearly 700. And in addition to a 30-year ROI, we calculated a 15-year ROI. But the big change had to do with financial aid. Last year, we used each school’s "sticker price" to determine ROI. We did that again this year, but we also did a second calculation using the "net price," which takes into account the amount of grant aid each school awards. We think the two different calculations more accurately reflect the actual experience of students and their families—those who don’t qualify for financial aid, and those who do.

ROI is a function of two things: how much one spends getting a degree, and how much graduates earn over the course of their careers. PayScale, which collects pay information from individuals who use its online pay comparison tools, examined a huge database of 1.4 million pay reports and information on college costs. It then determined how much graduates of each school earned (after deducting the net cost of their degrees) above the typical pay for a high school graduate over the same period. In a very real sense, this is what a college degree from each institution is "worth" in dollars and cents.

Unlike most other rankings of this type, this one takes into account each school’s six-year graduation rate, providing a more accurate way of assessing a school’s ROI. If graduates of two schools earn exactly the same amount over the 30-year study period, after deducting the cost of their degrees, but one has a 90 percent graduation rate and the other graduates only 50 percent of its students, the one with the poor graduation rate will have a much lower ROI, reflecting the diminished likelihood of graduating.

What follows is a state-by-state breakdown of the schools with the best ROI. For each state we list the school with the best ROI and up to three runners-up. For the complete ranking of all 693 schools, check out our interactive table. For a more detailed description of the methodology and findings, see "College ROI: What We Found"

Note: The ranking was prepared by PayScale and is based on self-reported pay data obtained through its online pay comparison tools; on average, pay reports from about 1,000 alumni from each school were used in the return on investment calculations. Sticker Price is the total cost of attendance (tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies) for the average length of time required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at each institution for a 2010 graduate. Net Cost subtracts from that amount the average local, state, federal, and institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost includes 2009-10 tuition, housing, books, and other supplies for a student living on campus. Graduation Rate is a six-year rate for the cohort entering in the fall of 2003. Each state’s schools were ranked according to the 30-Year Net Return on Investment, which represents the average earnings of a graduate (in excess of those of a high school graduate) in 2010 dollars after deducting the net cost of the degree and adjusting for the school’s graduation rate. The 30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only is the same figure, assuming a 100 percent graduation rate. Annualized Net ROI is based on the ratio of the earnings gain from a college degree to the cost of the degree; it takes into account the school’s graduation rate and includes wage inflation of 4.3 percent per year. In the PayScale study, state schools are ranked twice, with ROI calculated using in-state and out-of-state tuition. ROI data shown for public schools was calculated using in-state tuition. ROI for public schools using out-of-state tuition can be found here.

Data: PayScale, Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System, College Board, Bloomberg Businessweek research
South Dakota School of Mines
Best College Return on Investment: Alabama
Best College Return on Investment: Alabama
Auburn University
Auburn

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 79 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (25 percent), Engineering (14 percent), Education (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $78,930 (in-state), $128,800 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $45,230 (in-state), $95,100 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $19,490 (in-state), $31,970 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $7,426
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 56 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 211 (in-state), 246 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 67 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $569,400
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $849,900
Annualized Net ROI: 13.5 percent

Runners-Up

Samford University
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
University of Alabama, Huntsville

Auburn University
Best College Return on Investment: Alaska
Best College Return on Investment: Alaska
University of Alaska
Anchorage

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 77 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (21 percent), Health Professions (16 percent), Engineering (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $74,420 (in-state), $117,600 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $56,210 (in-state), $99,400 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $16,604 (in-state), $26,504 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $3,697
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 40 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 912 (in-state), 933 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 25 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $143,200
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $572,800
Annualized Net ROI: 8.5 percent

Runners-Up
None
University of Alaska
Best College Return on Investment: Arizona
Best College Return on Investment: Arizona
Arizona State University
Tempe

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 87 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (18 percent), Education (8 percent), Interdisciplinary Studies (8 percent), Social Sciences (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $81,760 (in-state), $136,100 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $44,020 (in-state), $98,390 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $20,290 (in-state), $33,075 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $8,223
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 69 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 312 (in-state), 345 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 56 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $467,800
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $835,400
Annualized Net ROI: 12.9 percent

Runners-Up
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
Grand Canyon University
Arizona State University
Best College Return on Investment: Arkansas
Best College Return on Investment: Arkansas
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 56 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (24 percent), Engineering (9 percent), Communications/Journalism (7 percent), Social Sciences (7 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $77,960 (in-state), $116,100 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $45,280 (in-state), $83,390 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $18,241 (in-state), 27,118 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $7,276
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 50 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 350 (in-state), 377 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 59 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $435,300
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $737,800
Annualized Net ROI: 12.5 percent

Runners-Up
Harding University
University of Central Arkansas
Arkansas State University

University of Arkansas
Best College Return on Investment: California
Best College Return on Investment: California
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Engineering
Applicants Admitted: 13 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (34 percent), Physical Sciences (25 percent), Mathematics (18 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $198,700
Net Cost: $91,250
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $49,572
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $25,439
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 58 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 1
Graduation Rate: 89 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,809,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $2,033,000
Annualized Net ROI: 15.1 percent

Runners-Up
Harvey Mudd College
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
California Institute of Technology
Best College Return on Investment: Colorado
Best College Return on Investment: Colorado
Colorado School of Mines
Golden

The Basics
School Type: Public—Engineering
Applicants Admitted: 46 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (88 percent), Mathematics (7 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $92,820 (in-state), $152,300 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $60,960 (in-state), $120,400 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $23,464 (in-state), $37,624(out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $7,138
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 70 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 36 (in-state), 41 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 67 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,066,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,591,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.6 percent

Runners-Up
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Denver
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Best College Return on Investment: Connecticut
Best College Return on Investment: Connecticut
Yale University
New Haven

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Ivy League
Applicants Admitted: 8 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (27 percent), History (11 percent), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $207,000
Net Cost: $69,030
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $52,950
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $33,714
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 59 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 12
Graduation Rate: 98 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,299,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,326,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.9 percent

Runners-Up
Wesleyan University
Fairfield University
Trinity College
Yale University
Best College Return on Investment: Delaware
Best College Return on Investment: Delaware
University of Delaware
Newark

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 54 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (20 percent), Social Sciences (13 percent), Education (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $80,250 (in-state), $130,800 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $53,880 (in-state), $104,400 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $21,094 (in-state), $34,794 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $6,220
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 46 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 175 (in-state), 199 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 68 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $611,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $899,900
Annualized Net ROI: 13.1 percent

Runners-Up
None


University of Delaware
Best College Return on Investment: District of Columbia
Best College Return on Investment: District of Columbia
Georgetown
District of Columbia

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 20 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (31 percent), Business/Marketing (26 percent), English (7 percent), Health Professions (7 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $211,800
Net Cost: $102,900
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $54,954
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $26,794
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 45 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 40
Graduation Rate: 93 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,032,00
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,110,000
Annualized Net ROI: 12.7 percent

Runners-Up
George Washington University
American University
Catholic University of America

Georgetown University
Best College Return on Investment: Florida
Best College Return on Investment: Florida
University of Florida
Gainesville

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 43 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (15 percent), Social Sciences (14 percent), Engineering (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $64,530 (in-state), $134,500 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $40,900 (in-state), $110,900 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $16,183 (in-state), $35,554 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,459
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 98 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 125 (in-state), 155 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 82 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $707,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $862,200
Annualized Net ROI: 14.6 percent

Runners-Up
Florida Institute of Technology
University of Miami
Florida State University

University of Florida
Best College Return on Investment: Georgia
Best College Return on Investment: Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta

The Basics
School Type: Public—Engineering
Applicants Admitted: 52 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (58 percent), Business/Marketing (14 percent), Computer/Information Sciences (6 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $77,980 (in-state), $157,100 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $39,390 (in-state), $118,500 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $18,210 (in-state), $36,420 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $8,195
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 76 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 23 (in-state), 29 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 79 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,159,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,467,000
Annualized Net ROI: 16.5 percent

Runners-Up
Emory University
University of Georgia
Georgia State University

Georgia Institute of Technology
Best College Return on Investment: Hawaii
Best College Return on Investment: Hawaii
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 71 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (19 percent), Education (13 percent), Social Sciences (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $76,560 (in-state), $122,100 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $56,480 (in-state), $102,000 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $18,457 (in-state), $30,505 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $4,120
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 55 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 659 (in-state), 719 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 48 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $238,800
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $497,500
Annualized Net ROI: 9.9 percent

Runners-Up
Hawaii Pacific University

University of Hawaii
Best College Return on Investment: Idaho
Best College Return on Investment: Idaho
University of Idaho
Moscow

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 77 percent
Most Popular Majors: Not Available

The Payout
Sticker Price: $77,310 (in-state), $122,900 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $49,790 (in-state), $95,340 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $18,480 (in-state), $28,560 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,904
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 93 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 372 (in-state), 404 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 56 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $415,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $742,700
Annualized Net ROI: 12.0 percent

Runners-Up
Idaho State University
Boise State University
University of Idaho
Best College Return on Investment: Illinois
Best College Return on Investment: Illinois
University of Chicago
Chicago

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 19 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (34 percent), Biology (11 percent), Foreign Languages/Literature (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $208,900
Net Cost: $94,170
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $54,290
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $28,068
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 60 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 38
Graduation Rate: 92 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,043,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,134,000
Annualized Net ROI: 13.0 percent

Runners-Up
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Northwestern University
Illinois Institute of Technology

University of Chicago
Best College Return on Investment: Indiana
Best College Return on Investment: Indiana
University of Notre Dame
South Bend

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 29 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (24 percent), Social Sciences (16 percent), Engineering (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $194,500
Net Cost: $94,120
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $51,297
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $24,637
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 57 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 10
Graduation Rate: 96 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,452,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,513,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.2 percent

Runners-Up
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Purdue University
Butler University

University of Notre Dame
Best College Return on Investment: Iowa
Best College Return on Investment: Iowa
Iowa State University
Ames

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 85 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (21 percent), Engineering (17 percent), Agriculture (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $78,300 (in-state), $127,300 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $51,320 (in-state), $100,300 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $18,366 (in-state), $29,586 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,928
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 72 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 187 (in-state), 219 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 69 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $596,200
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $864,100
Annualized Net ROI: 13.2 percent

Runners-Up
University of Iowa
Grinnell College
Drake University

Iowa State University
Best College Return on Investment: Kansas
Best College Return on Investment: Kansas
University of Kansas
Lawrence

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 93 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (13 percent), Communications/Journalism (12 percent), Social Sciences (11 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $80,460 (in-state), $125,800 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $58,590 (in-state), $103,900 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $20,156 (in-state), $32,125 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $4,781
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 47 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 352 (in-state), 382 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 61 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $435,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $713,000
Annualized Net ROI: 11.7 percent

Runners-Up
Kansas State University
Baker University
Wichita State University
University of Kansas
Best College Return on Investment: Kentucky
Best College Return on Investment: Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Lexington

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 69 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (18 percent), Communications/Journalism (10 percent), Education (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $83,630 (in-state), $119,400 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $57,250 (in-state), $93,040 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $20,183 (in-state), $28,738 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,797
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 87 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 403 (in-state), 432 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 60 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $391,600
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $652,700
Annualized Net ROI: 11.4 percent

Runners-Up
University of Louisville
Western Kentucky University
Murray State University
University of Kentucky
Best College Return on Investment: Louisiana
Best College Return on Investment: Louisiana
Tulane University
New Orleans

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 26 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (76 percent), Law (14 percent), Computer/Information Sciences (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $202,800
Net Cost: $98,640
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $52,240
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $24,856
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 79 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 161
Graduation Rate: 73 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $637,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $873,800
Annualized Net ROI: 11.2 percent

Runners-Up
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Tech University
Loyola University, New Orleans
Tulane University
Best College Return on Investment: Maine
Best College Return on Investment: Maine
Bates College
Lewiston

The Basics
School Type: Private—Liberal Arts
Applicants Admitted: 32 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (29 percent), Psychology (11 percent), History (9 percent), Visual/Performing Arts (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $202,400
Net Cost: $78,740
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $53,350
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $30,503
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 41 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 81
Graduation Rate: 91 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $810,100
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $890,200
Annualized Net ROI: 12.8 percent

Runners-Up
Bowdoin College
Colby College
University of Maine, Orono

Bates College
Best College Return on Investment: Maryland
Best College Return on Investment: Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 21 percent
Most Popular Majors: Health Professions (23 percent), Engineering (17 percent), Social Sciences (16 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $205,400
Net Cost: $98,360
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $53,390
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $25,969
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 47 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 34
Graduation Rate: 91 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,071,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,177,000
Annualized Net ROI: 12.9 percent

Runners-Up
Loyola University Maryland
University of Maryland
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Johns Hopkins University
Best College Return on Investment: Massachusetts
Best College Return on Investment: Massachusetts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Engineering
Applicants Admitted: 10 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (38 percent), Computer/Information Sciences (13 percent), Biology (11 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $201,000
Net Cost: $72,560
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $52,000
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $31,344
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 65 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 3
Graduation Rate: 91 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,635,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,797,000
Annualized Net ROI: 15.5 percent

Runners-Up
Harvard University
Babson College
Amherst College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Best College Return on Investment: Michigan
Best College Return on Investment: Michigan
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 51 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (18 percent), Engineering (16 percent), Psychology (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $92,710 (in-state), $182,000 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $61,200 (in-state), $150,500 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $23,721 (in-state), $46,999 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $7,497
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 71 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 63 (in-state), 78 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 89 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $898,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,010,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.0 percent

Runners-Up
Kettering University
Michigan Technological University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Best College Return on Investment: Minnesota
Best College Return on Investment: Minnesota
Carleton College
Northfield

The Basics
School Type: Private—Liberal Arts
Applicants Admitted: 31 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (22 percent), Physical Sciences (13 percent), Biology (12 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $194,700
Net Cost: $96,080
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $52,360
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $24,452
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 62 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 77
Graduation Rate: 92 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $822,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $894,500
Annualized Net ROI: 12.1 percent

Runners-Up
Macalester College
University of Minnesota
University of St. Thomas
Carleton College
Best College Return on Investment: Mississippi
Best College Return on Investment: Mississippi
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 66 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (22 percent), Education (20 percent), Engineering (11 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $76,680 (in-state), $107,600 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $50,300 (in-state), $81,250 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $17,871 (in-state), $25,741 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,728
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 85 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 351 (in-state), 371 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 61 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $435,100
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $713,300
Annualized Net ROI: 12.2 percent

Runners-Up
University of Mississippi
Mississippi College
University of Southern Mississippi
Mississippi State University
Best College Return on Investment: Missouri
Best College Return on Investment: Missouri
Washington University
St. Louis

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 21 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (16 percent), Business/Marketing (12 percent), Engineering (12 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $208,700
Net Cost: $112,100
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $54,533
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $23,513
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 57 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 57
Graduation Rate: 93 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $928,100
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $998,000
Annualized Net ROI: 12.0 percent

Runners-Up
Missouri University of Science and Technology
St. Louis University
University of Missouri, Columbia

Washington University
Best College Return on Investment: Montana
Best College Return on Investment: Montana
Montana State University
Bozeman

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 61 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (13 percent), Engineering (10 percent), Health Professions (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $78,230 (in-state), $129,300 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $39,030 (in-state), $90,100 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $17,468 (in-state), $29,131 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $8,154
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 39 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 431 (in-state), 471 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 52 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $370,800
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $713,100
Annualized Net ROI: 12.5 percent

Runners-Up
University of Montana
Montana State University, Billings

Montana State University
Best College Return on Investment: Nebraska
Best College Return on Investment: Nebraska
Creighton University
Omaha

The Basics
School Type: Private
Applicants Admitted: 78 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (21 percent), Health Professions (20 percent), Biology (12 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $161,500
Net Cost: $98,740
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $42,158
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $15,088
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 95 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 237
Graduation Rate: 75 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $544,800
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $726,400
Annualized Net ROI: 10.7 percent

Runners-Up
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Nebraska, Omaha
University of Nebraska, Kearney

Creighton University
Best College Return on Investment: Nevada
Best College Return on Investment: Nevada
University of Nevada
Reno

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 91 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (15 percent), Health Professions (10 percent), Social Sciences (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $95,310 (in-state), $148,200 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $77,030 (in-state), $129,900 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $20,345 (in-state), $32,685 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $3,705
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 87 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 514 (in-state), 559 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 46 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $311,600
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $677,400
Annualized Net ROI: 9.8 percent

Runners-Up
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


University of Nevada
Best College Return on Investment: New Hampshire
Best College Return on Investment: New Hampshire
Dartmouth College
Hanover

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Ivy League
Applicants Admitted: 12 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (31 percent), Biology (11 percent), History (7 percent), Psychology (7 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $202,300
Net Cost: $72,850
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $52,973
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $31,536
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 51 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 6
Graduation Rate: 94 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,599,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,701,000
Annualized Net ROI: 15.4 percent

Runners-Up
University of New Hampshire
Southern New Hampshire University
Plymouth State University
Dartmouth College
Best College Return on Investment: New Jersey
Best College Return on Investment: New Jersey
Princeton University
Princeton

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Ivy League
Applicants Admitted: 9 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (24 percent), Engineering (19 percent), Biology (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $198,700
Net Cost: $66,270
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $51,260
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $32,449
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 57 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 4
Graduation Rate: 97 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,623,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,673,000
Annualized Net ROI: 15.9 percent

Runners-Up
Stevens Institute of Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rutgers University

Princeton University
Best College Return on Investment: New Mexico
Best College Return on Investment: New Mexico
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 95 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (20 percent), Education (12 percent), Health Professions (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $79,300 (in-state), $126,900 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $51,510 (in-state), $99,070 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $17,434 (in-state), $27,586 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,685
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 82 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 522 (in-state), 562 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 45 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $306,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $682,000
Annualized Net ROI: 10.9 percent

Runners-Up
University of New Mexico


The Roundup at New Mexico State University
Best College Return on Investment: New York
Best College Return on Investment: New York
Columbia University
New York

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Ivy League
Applicants Admitted: 10 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (25 percent), Engineering (21 percent), Biology (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $207,000
Net Cost: $70,030
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $54,294
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $33,274
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 47 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 14
Graduation Rate: 93 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,286,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,383,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.8 percent

Runners-Up
Colgate University
Cornell University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Columbia University
Best College Return on Investment: North Carolina
Best College Return on Investment: North Carolina
Duke University
Durham

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 19 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (27 percent), Engineering (17 percent), Psychology (11 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $201,300
Net Cost: $85,100
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $53,035
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $28,455
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 51 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 7
Graduation Rate: 95 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,529,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,609,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.7 percent

Runners-Up
Wake Forest University
Davidson College
North Carolina State University

Duke University
Best College Return on Investment: North Dakota
Best College Return on Investment: North Dakota
North Dakota State University
Fargo

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 77 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (19 percent), Engineering (15 percent), Health Professions (12 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $71,410 (in-state), $110,700 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $55,540 (in-state), $94,780 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $16,323 (in-state), $25,422 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $3,368
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 53 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 373 (in-state), 396 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 52 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $415,400
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $798,800
Annualized Net ROI: 11.7 percent

Runners-Up
University of North Dakota


North Dakota State University
Best College Return on Investment: Ohio
Best College Return on Investment: Ohio
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 67 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (24 percent), Social Sciences (13 percent), Biology (12 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $196,200
Net Cost: $103,000
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $49,578
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $21,997
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 85 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 46
Graduation Rate: 81 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,002,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,237,000
Annualized Net ROI: 12.6 percent

Runners-Up
Miami University
Denison University
University of Dayton

Case Western Reserve University
Best College Return on Investment: Oklahoma
Best College Return on Investment: Oklahoma
University of Tulsa
Tulsa

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 39 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (20 percent), Engineering (18 percent), Visual/Performing Arts (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $156,700
Net Cost: $83,900
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $41,295
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $16,844
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 94 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 238
Graduation Rate: 62 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $543,800
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $877,100
Annualized Net ROI: 11.2 percent

Runners-Up
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University
Southern Nazarene University
University of Tulsa
Best College Return on Investment: Oregon
Best College Return on Investment: Oregon
University of Portland
Portland

The Basics
School Type: Private
Applicants Admitted: 65 percent
Most Popular Majors: Health Professions (27 percent), Business/Marketing (13 percent), Biology (8 percent), Foreign Languages/Literature (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $167,400
Net Cost: $106,700
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $44,311
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $14,829
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 88 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 195
Graduation Rate: 75 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $584,700
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $779,600
Annualized Net ROI: 10.7 percent

Runners-Up
Oregon State University
Linfield College
University of Oregon
University of Portland
Best College Return on Investment: Pennsylvania
Best College Return on Investment: Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Ivy League
Applicants Admitted: 14 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (22 percent), Social Sciences (15 percent), Engineering (12 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $203,900
Net Cost: $80,210
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $53,250
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $30,288
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 44 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 9
Graduation Rate: 95 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,473,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,551,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.8 percent

Runners-Up
Lehigh University
Carnegie Mellon University
Lafayette College
University of Pennsylvania
Best College Return on Investment: Rhode Island
Best College Return on Investment: Rhode Island
Brown University
Providence

The Basics
School Type: Private Research—Ivy League
Applicants Admitted: 9 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (23 percent), Biology (10 percent), Visual/Performing Arts (7 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $202,200
Net Cost: $83,740
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $52,030
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $28,860
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 45 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 28
Graduation Rate: 95 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,101,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,159,000
Annualized Net ROI: 13.6 percent

Runners-Up
Providence College
Rhode Island School of Design
Bryant University

Brown University
Best College Return on Investment:South Carolina
Best College Return on Investment:South Carolina
Clemson University
Clemson

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 64 percent
Most Popular Majors: Physical Sciences (30 percent), Business/Marketing (16 percent), Engineering (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $94,890 (in-state), $148,200 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $55,210 (in-state), $108,500 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $23,478 (in-state), $37,788 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $9,065
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 90 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 124 (in-state), 145 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 77 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $709,900
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $921,900
Annualized Net ROI: 13.5 percent

Runners-Up
Furman University
University of South Carolina
Bob Jones University

Clemson University
Best College Return on Investment: South Dakota
Best College Return on Investment: South Dakota
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Rapid City

The Basics
School Type: Public—Engineering
Applicants Admitted: 89 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (79 percent), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 percent), Physical Sciences (6 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $74,650 (in-state), $92,820 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $53,050 (in-state), $71,210 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $17,660 (in-state), $19,040 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $4,370
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 72 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 398 (in-state), 408 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 35 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $394,200
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,126,000
Annualized Net ROI: 11.7 percent

Runners-Up
South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota
Black Hills State University

South Dakota School of Mines
Best College Return on Investment: Tennessee
Best College Return on Investment: Tennessee
Vanderbilt University
Nashville

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 18 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (29 percent), Engineering (13 percent), Foreign Languages/Literature (7 percent), Interdisciplinary Studies (7 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $207,400
Net Cost: $77,150
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $54,718
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $31,857
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 57 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 43
Graduation Rate: 91 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,021,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,122,000
Annualized Net ROI: 13.6 percent

Runners-Up
Tennessee Technological University
University of Tennessee
Lipscomb University

Vanderbilt University
Best College Return on Investment: Texas
Best College Return on Investment: Texas
Rice University
Houston

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 21 percent
Most Popular Majors: Engineering (17 percent), Social Sciences (17 percent), Biology (8 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $174,000
Net Cost: $68,680
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $45,637
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $25,581
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 68 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 24
Graduation Rate: 93 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,150,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,237,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.5 percent

Runners-Up
Texas A&M University
University of Texas, Austin
Southern Methodist University

Rice University
Best College Return on Investment: Utah
Best College Return on Investment: Utah
Brigham Young University
Provo

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 64 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (14 percent), Biology (11 percent), Social Sciences (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $73,210
Net Cost: $53,020
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $15,830
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $4,090
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 62 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 102
Graduation Rate: 77 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $746,200
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $969,100
Annualized Net ROI: 13.8 percent

Runners-Up
University of Utah
Utah State University
Weber State University

Brigham Young University
Best College Return on Investment: Vermont
Best College Return on Investment: Vermont
Middlebury Collge
Middlebury

The Basics
School Type: Private—Liberal Arts
Applicants Admitted: 17 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (22 percent), Interdisciplinary Studies (12 percent), Physical Sciences (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $209,100
Net Cost: $76,240
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $54,030
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $32,346
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 44 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 85
Graduation Rate: 92 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $801,400
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $871,100
Annualized Net ROI: 12.8 percent

Runners-Up
University of Vermont


Middlebury College
Best College Return on Investment: Virginia
Best College Return on Investment: Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Lexington

The Basics
School Type: Private
Applicants Admitted: 19 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (24 percent), Social Sciences (21 percent), Foreign Languages/Literature (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $191,100
Net Cost: $69,000
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $51,130
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $30,277
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 50 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 32
Graduation Rate: 91 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $1,076,000
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $1,182,000
Annualized Net ROI: 14.2 percent

Runners-Up
University of Virginia
College of William and Mary
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Washington and Lee University
Best College Return on Investment: Washington
Best College Return on Investment: Washington
University of Washington
Seattle

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 57 percent
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences (17 percent), Business/Marketing (11 percent), Biology (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $81,320 (in-state), $151,000 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $34,680 (in-state), $104,400 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $20,445 (in-state), $37,120 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $10,611
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 31 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 92 (in-state), 110 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 81 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $785,300
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $969,500
Annualized Net ROI: 15.6 percent

Runners-Up
Whitman College
Gonzaga University
University of Puget Sound

University of Washington
Best College Return on Investment: West Virginia
Best College Return on Investment: West Virginia
West Virginia University
Morgantown

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 86 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (12 percent), Interdisciplinary Studies (10 percent), Communications/Journalism (9 percent), Engineering (9 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $67,820 (in-state), $113,400 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $42,920 (in-state), $88,530 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $16,034 (in-state), $27,132 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,492
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 71 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 319 (in-state), 343 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 59 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $464,200
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $786,800
Annualized Net ROI: 12.9 percent

Runners-Up
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Shepherd University
Marshall University
West Virginia University
Best College Return on Investment: Wisconsin
Best College Return on Investment: Wisconsin
Marquette University
Milwaukee

The Basics
School Type: Private Research
Applicants Admitted: 62 percent
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing (24 percent), Communications/Journalism (12 percent), Engineering (10 percent), Social Sciences (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $162,700
Net Cost: $99,900
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $41,026
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $14,739
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 83 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 114
Graduation Rate: 80 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $725,600
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $907,000
Annualized Net ROI: 11.6 percent

Runners-Up
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Milwaukee School of Engineering
University of Wisconsin, Platteville

Marquette University
Best College Return on Investment: Wyoming
Best College Return on Investment: Wyoming
University of Wyoming
Laramie

The Basics
School Type: Public
Applicants Admitted: 95 percent
Most Popular Majors: Education (14 percent), Business/Marketing (12 percent), Health Professions (10 percent)

The Payout
Sticker Price: $70,370 (in-state), $101,200 (out-of-state)
Net Cost: $42,980 (in-state), $73,780 (out-of-state)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Cost: $16,020 (in-state), $23,940 (out-of-state)
Average Annual Financial Aid Package: $5,750
Undergraduates Receiving Aid: 90 percent

The Payoff
National ROI Rank: 458 (in-state), 484 (out-of-state)
Graduation Rate: 55 percent
30-Year Net Return on Investment: $354,100
30-Year Net Return for Graduates Only: $643,800
Annualized Net ROI: 12.0 percent

Runners-Up
None
University of Wyoming