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What are Top 10 Best Colleges in America 2022, Based on Value

Money has published their exhaustive list (623) of colleges that are considered best value driven colleges. With the ever increasing student debt, due to high cost of college, this list provides insights into colleges that could be considered great investments. 

Money used an extensive methodology to craft this list, a few of which are listed below:

  • Have at least 500 undergraduate students.
  • Have sufficient, reliable data to be analyzed.
  • Not be in financial distress.
  • Have a graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category (public, private or historically black college or university), or have a high “value-added” graduation rate (in other words: score in the top 25% of graduation rates after accounting for the student body).

Based on this methodology, the Top 10 colleges in the America, for 2022 are:

College NameOverall ScoreAcceptance rateEst. full price 2022-23Est. price with average grant% of students who get grantGraduation rateEarly career earnings
1University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, M
I
89.4126%$32,400$18,80053%92%$75,840
2University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, N
C
86.2225%$25,200$10,60053%89%$61,920
3University of Virginia
Charlottesville, V
A
86.1123%$36,700$20,10048%94%$77,050
4Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Buzzards Bay, M
A
86.0792%$31,600$18,60043%75%$91,670
5Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, V
A
85.1460%$33,300$20,00085%78%$71,910
6Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, G
A
84.8721%$30,600$18,40071%88%$88,200
7University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, I
L
84.7863%$32,000$14,30061%84%$71,540
8University of Florida
Gainesville, F
L
83.6531%$22,000$10,60085%88%$64,460
9University of California, Irvine
Irvine, C
A
83.4930%$37,100$13,80069%85%$71,960
10University of California, Davis
Davis, C
A
83.1346%$38,700$18,00069%88%$69,770