The Princeton Review And USA TODAY present The Princeton Review's list Best Value Colleges For 2014

  • #1 “Best Value Public College” U-North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • #1 “Best Value Private College” Williams College

NEW YORK, January 28, 2014 — The Princeton Review today released its annual list of the nation's “Best Value Colleges” and its companion book, The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (Random House / Princeton Review, 2014 Edition, January 28, $21.99 USD).

The 2014 list names 150 colleges — 75 public and 75 private — the education services company identifies as "Best Values" based on its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13 concerning their academics, cost and financial aid awards.

The company reports the top 10 schools in each group — public and private — in ranked order. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the #1 “Best Value Public College” for 2014 while Williams College is the #1 “Best Value Private College.” (Top 10 lists follow.) The Princeton Review lists the remaining 65 colleges in each group in alphabetical order.

For this project, which The Princeton Review originated in 2004 and has reported in cooperation with USA TODAY since 2009, the company selects schools based on its analysis of more than 30 data points with cost data reflecting school-reported figures for 2013–14. The company also factors in data it collected over the past three academic years from its surveys of students about their satisfaction with their financial aid awards and academic experiences at their schools.

The Princeton Review's “Best Value Colleges” list appears in two free online resources as well as its companion book, released today. The company posted its list with profiles of the schools at The Princeton Review's Best Value Colleges page.

USA Today posted the list in an exclusive interactive database at a dedicated area on its site at http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com . There, users can access information about each college and sort the list in useful ways including by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.

The Princeton Review's book The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In — has detailed profiles of the colleges with advice for gaining admission and financial aid from the schools. The book also includes profiles of nine tuition-free colleges.

The Princeton Review's Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges for 2014 are:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • New College of Florida (Sarasota)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
  • University of Michigan — Ann Arbor
  • University of California — Los Angeles
  • University of Florida (Gainesville)
  • The College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)
  • State University of New York at Binghamton

The Princeton Review's Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2014 are:

  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and lead author, The Best Value Colleges , commented: “We salute these colleges for their outstanding academics and affordability either via their comparatively low sticker prices or generous financial aid awards to students with need—or both.”

At 65% (97) of the 150 “Best Value” colleges, the average grant to freshmen with need is more than $10,000. Among the top 10 private “Best Value” colleges, the average cost of attendance is about $17,000 after deducting the average grant to students with need. Among the top 10 public “Best Value” colleges, the average cost for in-state students is about $8,400 after deducting the average grant awarded to students with need.

The Best Value Colleges book profiles have information on each school's financial aid offerings, cost, application requirements, average SAT/ACT scores of enrolled freshmen, acceptance rate, graduation rate, and graduates' loan debt. The book is one of 150 Princeton Review titles published by Random House. Others include The Best 378 Colleges , known for its college rankings in 62 categories, and Paying For College Without Going Broke . It is the only annually updated book with line-by-line guidance for submitting the major aid application forms for the upcoming school year, and maximizing one's financial aid eligibility.

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The Princeton Review chose the 150 schools featured in its website list and book, The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition , primarily based on data the Company gathered from its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13. Broadly speaking, the selection process involved assessments of more than 30 data points that covered three key factors: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. (Specifics follow.) The company also reviewed data from its surveys of enrolled students over the past three academic years that reported their satisfaction with their financial aid awards, and their opinions of their academic experiences at their schools. From that analysis, 650 of the 2,000 colleges made the initial cut, 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) made the final list and 10 schools in each group made the public/private colleges "best value" lists.

Academic factors included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions credentials (e.g., average SAT / ACT score ranges and average high school GPA of enrolled freshmen) as well as survey data on how students attending the schools rated their academic experiences at them.

Cost of attendance factors included tuition, room and board, and required fees. Cost of attendance data came from school-reported figures for 2013–14.

Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants and scholarships, or free money) awarded to students, the percentage of graduating students who took out loans to pay for school, and the average debt of those students. Also considered was data from student surveys indicating how satisfied students at these colleges that received financial aid were with the aid packages they received.

Project History

What began in 2003 as a “Best Academic Bang For Your Buck” ranking list of top 20 schools in The Princeton Review's Best 351 Colleges guidebook evolved in 2004 in the guide's subsequent edition, Best 357 Colleges , to two ranking list categories: a “Best Bargains — Publics” and a “Best Bargains — Privates” list. In 2005, responding to growing concerns students and parents had (and still have) about paying for college, The Princeton Review expanded the project to a book titled America's Best Value Colleges . The book profiled about 80 schools selected as outstanding for their academics and affordability. Subsequent editions of the book were published annually through 2007. In 2008, the Company redesigned and further expanded the project to identify a far larger number of “best value” schools.

In 2009, The Princeton Review teamed up with USA TODAY as its publishing partner and made the project an online resource. Every year since, the annual “Best Value Colleges” list and school information has been available both on The Princeton Review's website and at a dedicated area on USATODAY.com — http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com — where users can access detailed information about the schools in an exclusive interactive database.

In 2012, The Princeton Review expanded the project yet again, reinstituting an annual companion book as a print resource while maintaining the online resources. The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (Random House / Princeton Review Books) 2012 Edition published February 7, 2012. The 2013 Edition published February 5, 2013. The 2014 Edition published January 28, 2014.

Alphabetically by Area

The Princeton Review's “Best Value Colleges for 2014”

The 150 colleges are in 37 states and the District of Columbia. New York has the most colleges (21) on the list, followed by California (18).

Schools in italics (10) are new to the list this year. Schools in bold (20) are on the “Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges” or “Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges” list. Schools with asterisks (9) are tuition-free schools: they are separately listed and profiled in the book.

Arkansas

  • Fayetteville / University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

California

  • Berkeley / University of California — Berkeley
  • Claremont / Claremont McKenna
  • Claremont / Harvey Mudd College
  • Claremont / Pitzer College
  • Claremont / Pomona College (#10 Best Value Private College)
  • Claremont / Scripps College
  • Davis / University of California — Davis
  • Irvine / University of California — Irvine
  • La Jolla / University of California — San Diego
  • Long Beach / California State University — Long Beach
  • Los Angeles / Occidental College
  • Los Angeles / University of California — Los Angeles (#6 Best Value Public College)
  • Pasadena / California Institute of Technology
  • Riverside / University of California — Riverside
  • Santa Barbara / University of California — Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz / University of California — Santa Cruz
  • Santa Paula / Thomas Aquinas College
  • Stanford / Stanford University

Colorado

  • Boulder / University of Colorado — Boulder
  • Colorado Springs / Colorado College
  • *Colorado Springs / *United States Air Force Academy (tuition-free)

Connecticut

  • Hartford / Trinity College
  • Middletown / Wesleyan University
  • New Haven / Yale University (#4 Best Value Private College)
  • New London / Connecticut College
  • *New London / *United States Coast Guard Academy (tuition-free)

Delaware

  • Newark / University of Delaware

District of Columbia

  • Washington DC / Georgetown University

Florida

  • Gainesville / University of Florida (#7 Best Value Public College)
  • Jacksonville / University of North Florida
  • Orlando / University of Central Florida
  • Sarasota / New College of Florida (#2 Best Value Public College)
  • Tallahassee / Florida State University
  • Tampa / University of South Florida

Georgia

  • Athens / University of Georgia
  • Atlanta / Emory University
  • Atlanta / Georgia Institute of Technology

Illinois

  • Chicago / University of Chicago
  • Evanston / Northwestern University
  • Urbana / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indiana

  • Bloomington / Indiana University
  • Crawfordsville / Wabash College
  • Greencastle / DePauw University
  • South Bend / University of Notre Dame
  • West Lafayette / Purdue University

Iowa

  • Ames / Iowa State University
  • Grinnell / Grinnell College

Kentucky

  • *Berea / *Berea College (tuition-free)
  • Danville / Centre College

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge / Louisiana State University
  • New Orleans / University of New Orleans

Maine

  • Bar Harbor / College of the Atlantic
  • Brunswick / Bowdoin College
  • Lewiston / Bates College
  • Waterville / Colby College

Maryland

  • *Annapolis / *United States Naval Academy (tuition-free)
  • Baltimore / Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore / University of Maryland — Baltimore County
  • College Park / University of Maryland — College Park
  • St. Mary's City / St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Salisbury / Salisbury University

Massachusetts

  • Amherst / Amherst College (#9 Best Value Private College)
  • Amherst / University of Massachusetts
  • Boston / Boston College
  • Cambridge / Harvard College (#2 Best Value Private College)
  • Cambridge / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (#8 Best Value Private College)
  • Needham / Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Northampton / Smith College
  • South Hadley / Mount Holyoke College
  • Waltham / Brandeis University
  • Wellesley / Wellesley College
  • Williamstown / Williams College (#1 Best Value Private College)
  • Worcester / College of the Holy Cross
  • Worcester / Worcester State University

Michigan

  • Ann Arbor / University of Michigan (#5 Best Value Public College)
  • Hillsdale / Hillsdale College

Minnesota

  • Minneapolis / University of Minnesota — Twin Cities
  • Northfield / Carleton College
  • Northfield / St. Olaf College
  • St. Paul / Macalester College

Missouri

  • Kansas City / University of Missouri — Kansas City
  • Kirksville / Truman State University (#9 Best Value Public College)
  • *Point Lookout / College of the Ozarks (tuition-free)
  • St. Louis / Washington University

Nebraska

  • Lincoln / University of Nebraska

Nevada

  • *Dyer / *Deep Springs College (tuition-free)

New Hampshire

  • Hanover / Dartmouth College

New Jersey

  • Ewing / The College of New Jersey
  • Princeton / Princeton University (#5 Best Value Private College)

New York

  • Annandale-on-Hudson / Bard College
  • Binghamton — State University of New York at Binghamton (#10 Best Value Public College)
  • Brooklyn / City University of New York — Brooklyn College
  • Buffalo / State University of New York — University at Buffalo
  • Clinton / Hamilton College
  • Flushing / City University of New York — Queens College
  • Geneseo / State University of New York at Geneseo
  • *Glen Cove / *Webb Institute (tuition-free)
  • Hamilton / Colgate University
  • Ithaca / Cornell University
  • *Kings Point / United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • New York / Barnard College
  • New York / City University of New York — Baruch College
  • New York / City University of New York — City College
  • New York / City University of New York — Hunter College
  • New York / Columbia University
  • New York / The Cooper Union of College for the Advancement of Science and Art (#6 Best Value Private College)
  • Oswego / State University of New York at Oswego
  • Poughkeepsie / Vassar College (#7 Best Value Private College)
  • Saratoga Springs / Skidmore College
  • Purchase / State University of New York — Purchase College
  • Stony Brook / State University of New York — Stony Brook University
  • Syracuse / State University of New York — College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • *West Point / United States Military Academy

North Carolina

  • Asheville / University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Boone / Appalachian State University
  • Chapel Hill / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#1 Best Value Public College)
  • Davidson / Davidson College
  • Durham / Duke University
  • Raleigh / North Carolina State University (#4 Best Value Public College)
  • Wilmington / University of North Carolina — Wilmington
  • Winston Salem / Wake Forest University

Ohio

  • Gambier / Kenyon College
  • Granville / Denison University

Oklahoma

  • Norman / University of Oklahoma

Oregon

  • Portland / Reed College

Pennsylvania

  • Bryn Mawr / Bryn Mawr College
  • Easton / Lafayette College
  • Gettysburg / Gettysburg College
  • Haverford / Haverford College
  • Lewisburg / Bucknell University
  • Philadelphia / University of Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh / University of Pittsburgh
  • Swarthmore / Swarthmore College (#3 Best Value Private College)

Rhode Island

  • Providence / Brown University

South Carolina

  • Clemson / Clemson University

Tennessee

  • Knoxville / University of Tennessee — Knoxville
  • Martin / University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Memphis / Rhodes College
  • Nashville / Vanderbilt University

Texas

  • Austin / University of Texas at Austin
  • College Station / Texas A&M University
  • Dallas / University of Texas at Dallas
  • Houston / Rice University
  • Houston / University of Houston

Utah

  • Cedar City / Southern Utah University

Vermont

  • Middlebury / Middlebury College

Virginia

  • Blacksburg / Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Charlottesville / University of Virginia (#3 Best Value Public College)
  • Farmville / Longwood University
  • Harrisonburg / James Madison University
  • Newport News / Christopher Newport University
  • Radford / Radford University
  • Richmond / University of Richmond
  • Williamsburg / College of William & Mary (#8 Best Value Public College)

Washington

  • Seattle / University of Washington
  • Walla Walla / Whitman College

Wisconsin

  • Eau Claire / University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire
  • Madison / University of Wisconsin — Madison

Alphabetically by Area

The Princeton Review's “Best Value Colleges for 2014”

Schools in italics (10) are new to the list this year. Schools in bold (20) are on the “Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges” or “Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges” list. Schools with asterisks (9) are tuition-free schools that are separately listed and profiled in the book.

  • Amherst College — Amherst MA (#9 Best Value Private College)
  • Appalachian State University — Boone NC
  • Bard College — Annandale-on-Hudson NY
  • Barnard College — New York NY
  • Bates College — Lewiston ME
  • *Berea College — Berea KY
  • Boston College — Chestnut Hill MA
  • Bowdoin College — Brunswick ME
  • Brandeis University — Waltham MA
  • Brown University — Providence RI
  • Bryn Mawr College — Bryn Mawr PA
  • Bucknell University — Lewisburg PA
  • California Institute of Technology– Pasadena CA
  • California State University — Long Beach CA
  • Carleton College — Northfield MN
  • Centre College — Danville KY
  • Christopher Newport University — Newport News VA
  • City University of New York — Baruch College — New York NY
  • City University of New York — Brooklyn College — New York NY
  • City University of New York — City College — New York NY
  • City University of New York — Hunter College — New York NY
  • City University of New York — Queens College — Flushing NY
  • Claremont McKenna College — Claremont CA
  • Clemson University — Clemson SC
  • Colby College — Waterville ME
  • Colgate University — Hamilton NY
  • College of the Atlantic — Bar Harbor ME
  • College of New Jersey — Ewing NJ
  • College of the Holy Cross — Worcester MA
  • *College of the Ozarks — Point Lookout MO
  • College of William & Mary– Williamsburg VA (#8 Best Value Public College)
  • Colorado College — Colorado Springs CO
  • Columbia University — New York NY
  • Connecticut College — New London CT
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (#6 Best Value Private College)
  • Cornell University — Ithaca NY
  • Dartmouth College — Hanover NH
  • Davidson College — Davidson NC
  • *Deep Springs College — Dyer NV
  • Denison University — Granville OH
  • DePauw University — Greencastle IN
  • Duke University — Durham NC
  • Emory University — Atlanta GA
  • Florida State University — Tallahassee FL
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering — Needham MA
  • Georgetown University — Washington DC
  • Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta GA
  • Gettysburg College — Gettysburg PA
  • Grinnell College — Grinnell IA
  • Hamilton College — Clinton NY
  • Harvard College– Cambridge MA (#2 Best Value Private College)
  • Harvey Mudd College — Claremont CA
  • Haverford College — Haverford PA
  • Hillsdale College — Hillsdale MI
  • Indiana University — Bloomington IN
  • Iowa State University — Ames IA
  • James Madison University — Harrisonburg VA
  • Johns Hopkins University — Baltimore MD
  • Kenyon College — Gambier OH
  • Lafayette College — Easton PA
  • Longwood University — Farmville VA
  • Louisiana State University — Baton Route LA
  • Macalester College — St. Paul MN
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Cambridge MA (#8 Best Value Private College)
  • Middlebury College — Middlebury VT
  • Mount Holyoke College — South Hadley MA
  • New College of Florida — Sarasota FL (#2 Best Value Public College)
  • North Carolina State University — Raleigh NC (#4 Best Value Public College)
  • Northwestern University — Evanston IL
  • Occidental College — Los Angeles CA
  • Pitzer College — Claremont CA
  • Pomona College — Claremont CA (#10 Best Value Private College)
  • Princeton University — Princeton NJ (#5 Best Value Private College)
  • Purdue University — West Lafayette IN
  • Radford University — Radford VA
  • Reed College — Portland OR
  • Rhodes College — Memphis TN
  • Rice University — Houston TX
  • Salisbury University — Salisbury MD
  • Scripps College — Claremont CA
  • Skidmore College — Saratoga Springs NY
  • Smith College — Northampton MA
  • Southern Utah University — Cedar City
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland — St. Mary's City MD
  • St. Olaf College — Northfield MN
  • Stanford University — Stanford CA
  • State University of New York at Geneseo — Geneseo NY
  • State University of New York — Binghamton NY (#10 Best Value Public College)
  • State University of New York — College of Environmental Science and Forestry — Syracuse NY
  • State University of New York — Oswego NY
  • State University of New York — Purchase College — Purchase NY
  • State University of New York — Stony Brook University — Stony Brook NY
  • State University of New York — University at Buffalo — Buffalo NY
  • Swarthmore College — Swarthmore PA (#3 Best Value Private College)
  • Texas A&M University — College Station TX
  • Thomas Aquinas College — Santa Paula CA
  • Trinity College - Hartford CT
  • Truman State University — Kirksville MO (#9 Best Value Public College)
  • *United States Air Force Academy — Colorado Springs CO
  • *United States Coast Guard Academy — New London CT
  • *United States Merchant Marine Academy — Kings Point NY
  • *United States Military Academy — West Point NY
  • *United States Naval Academy — Annapolis MD
  • University of Arkansas — Fayetteville AR
  • University of California — Berkeley CA
  • University of California — Davis CA
  • University of California — Irvine CA
  • University of California — Los Angeles CA (#6 Best Value Public College)
  • University of California — Riverside CA
  • University of California — San Diego CA
  • University of California — Santa Barbara CA
  • University of California — Santa Cruz CA
  • University of Central Florida — Orlando FL
  • University of Chicago — Chicago IL
  • University of Colorado — Boulder CO
  • University of Delaware — Newark DE
  • University of Florida — Gainesville FL (#7 Best Value Public College)
  • University of Georgia — Athens GA
  • University of Houston — Houston TX
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Urbana IL
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County — Baltimore MD
  • University of Maryland, College Park — College Park MD
  • University of Massachusetts — Amherst MA
  • University of Michigan — Ann Arbor MI (#5 Best Value Public College)
  • University of Minnesota –Twin Cities — Minneapolis MN
  • University of Missouri — Kansas City MO
  • University of Nebraska — Lincoln NE
  • University of New Orleans — New Orleans LA
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville — Asheville NC
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill NC (#1 Best Value Public College)
  • University of North Carolina — Wilmington NC
  • University of North Florida — Jacksonville FL
  • University of Notre Dame — South Bend IN
  • University of Oklahoma — Norman OK
  • University of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia PA
  • University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh PA
  • University of Richmond — Richmond VA
  • University of South Florida — Tampa FL
  • University of Tennessee at Martin — Martin TN
  • University of Tennessee — Knoxville TN
  • University of Texas at Austin — Austin TX
  • University of Texas at Dallas — Dallas TX
  • University of Virginia — Charlottesville VA (#3 Best Value Public College)
  • University of Washington — Seattle WA
  • University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire WI
  • University of Wisconsin — Madison WI
  • Vanderbilt University — Nashville TN
  • Vassar College — Poughkeepsie NY (#7 Best Value Private College)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute — Blacksburg VA
  • Wabash College — Crawfordsville IN
  • Wake Forest University — Winston Salem NC
  • Washington University — St. Louis MO
  • *Webb Institute — Glen Cove NY
  • Wellesley College — Wellesley MA
  • Wesleyan University — Middletown CT
  • Whitman College — Walla Walla WA
  • Williams College — Williamstown MA (#1 Best Value Private College)
  • Worcester State University — Worcester MA
  • Yale University — New Haven CT (#4 Best Value Private College)