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Each of these schools outperforms the median for post-graduation salaries!

Best Education Schools for your money

These universities have high retention rates and strong post-graduation income for students. Schools are sorted by average price pell grant recipients pay. In-state tuition is used for public universities. Click on the school name to see a full analysis.

  1. California State University-Dominguez Hills, California – $3,221
  2. California State University-Los Angeles, California – $3,996
  3. Berea College, Kentucky – $4,706
  4. CUNY Lehman College, New York – $5,454
  5. California State University-Fresno, California – $5,874
  6. University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee, Florida – $6,504
  7. CUNY City College, New York – $6,773
  8. CUNY Queens College, New York – $6,775
  9. California State University-Stanislaus, California – $6,889
  10. CUNY Brooklyn College, New York – $7,361
  11. Arizona State University-West, Arizona – $7,619
  12. CUNY Hunter College, New York – $7,887
  13. California State University-Fullerton, California – $8,311
  14. College of Staten Island CUNY, New York – $9,246
  15. California State University-Sacramento, California – $9,266
  16. University of North Georgia, Georgia – $9,362
  17. Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana – $9,561
  18. SUNY College at Old Westbury, New York – $10,448
  19. University of South Florida-Main Campus, Florida – $11,249
  20. Wayne State University, Michigan – $11,366
  21. Arizona State University-Tempe, Arizona – $11,572
  22. Arizona State University-Polytechnic, Arizona – $11,755
  23. University of Florida, Florida – $12,159
  24. Beloit College, Wisconsin – $12,327
  25. University of Utah, Utah – $12,674
  26. Brigham Young University-Provo, Utah – $12,795
  27. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, New Mexico – $12,827
  28. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Washington – $12,957
  29. University of North Florida, Florida – $13,100
  30. Appalachian State University, North Carolina – $13,171
  31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina – $13,210
  32. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida – $13,212
  33. Florida International University, Florida – $13,398
  34. Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, Oklahoma – $13,538
  35. Purdue University-Main Campus, Indiana – $13,545
  36. University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois – $13,562
  37. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, Louisiana – $13,624
  38. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania – $13,626
  39. San Francisco State University, California – $13,655
  40. University of California-Irvine, California – $13,712
  41. Saint Peter’s University, New Jersey – $13,774
  42. University of Georgia, Georgia – $13,822
  43. California State University-Chico, California – $13,845
  44. Iowa State University, Iowa – $13,947
  45. University of Nevada-Reno, Nevada – $14,164
  46. University of Iowa, Iowa – $14,192
  47. Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana – $14,303
  48. San Jose State University, California – $14,376
  49. Western Carolina University, North Carolina – $14,433
  50. Madonna University, Michigan – $14,458
  51. University of Mississippi, Mississippi – $14,494
  52. San Diego State University, California – $14,585
  53. Michigan Technological University, Michigan – $14,638
  54. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina – $14,665
  55. California State University-Channel Islands, California – $14,672
  56. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina – $14,682
  57. Georgia State University, Georgia – $14,773
  58. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan – $14,897
  59. Florida State University, Florida – $14,985
  60. SUNY College at Plattsburgh, New York – $14,991
  61. University of North Dakota, North Dakota – $15,045
  62. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin – $15,069
  63. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin – $15,093
  64. East Carolina University, North Carolina – $15,203
  65. SUNY College at Brockport, New York – $15,305
  66. University of Central Florida, Florida – $15,409
  67. Ball State University, Indiana – $15,521
  68. University of Oregon, Oregon – $15,619
  69. Goshen College, Indiana – $15,642
  70. University of Arkansas, Arkansas – $15,648
  71. Mississippi State University, Mississippi – $15,656
  72. University of Northern Iowa, Iowa – $15,666
  73. University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska – $15,768
  74. Western Washington University, Washington – $15,845
  75. Old Dominion University, Virginia – $15,920
  76. SUNY College at Oswego, New York – $15,928
  77. University of Louisville, Kentucky – $15,968
  78. Fresno Pacific University, California – $16,020
  79. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin – $16,021
  80. University of Arizona, Arizona – $16,150
  81. State University of New York at New Paltz, New York – $16,333
  82. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama – $16,475
  83. Georgia Southern University, Georgia – $16,480
  84. Grand Valley State University, Michigan – $16,496
  85. Salem College, North Carolina – $16,504
  86. Mississippi College, Mississippi – $16,660
  87. Sonoma State University, California – $16,721
  88. University of Delaware, Delaware – $16,736
  89. Clemson University, South Carolina – $16,770
  90. University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina – $16,793
  91. Felician University, New Jersey – $16,861
  92. Freed-Hardeman University, Tennessee – $16,882
  93. University of Maryland-College Park, Maryland – $16,928
  94. St. Joseph’s College-New York, New York – $16,976
  95. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minnesota – $16,993
  96. SUNY Oneonta, New York – $17,009
  97. Kansas State University, Kansas – $17,023
  98. Michigan State University, Michigan – $17,120
  99. University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri – $17,157
  100. Ohio State University-Main Campus, Ohio – $17,231
  101. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus, Oklahoma – $17,288
  102. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska – $17,311
  103. William Carey University, Mississippi – $17,348
  104. Loras College, Iowa – $17,540
  105. University of Kentucky, Kentucky – $17,617
  106. Towson University, Maryland – $17,628
  107. Harding University, Arkansas – $17,803
  108. Grace College and Theological Seminary, Indiana – $17,809
  109. University of Vermont, Vermont – $17,831
  110. Vanderbilt University, Tennessee – $17,929
  111. Martin Luther College, Minnesota – $18,096
  112. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania – $18,157
  113. University of Kansas, Kansas – $18,234
  114. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois – $18,243
  115. Albion College, Michigan – $18,307
  116. Elmhurst College, Illinois – $18,349
  117. Citadel Military College of South Carolina, South Carolina – $18,430
  118. Kent State University at Kent, Ohio – $18,680
  119. Walsh University, Ohio – $18,756
  120. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion, Indiana – $18,773
  121. John Brown University, Arkansas – $18,777
  122. SUNY College at Geneseo, New York – $18,801
  123. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, California – $18,845
  124. Salisbury University, Maryland – $18,887
  125. Niagara University, New York – $18,888
  126. University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Pennsylvania – $19,053
  127. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Tennessee – $19,076
  128. University of South Carolina-Columbia, South Carolina – $19,095
  129. University of St Thomas, Texas – $19,161
  130. University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island – $19,216
  131. Stockton University, New Jersey – $19,233
  132. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania – $19,239
  133. Augustana University, South Dakota – $19,293
  134. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin – $19,320
  135. Georgia College & State University, Georgia – $19,370
  136. University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama – $19,423
  137. George Mason University, Virginia – $19,479
  138. Cornerstone University, Michigan – $19,543
  139. Geneva College, Pennsylvania – $19,688
  140. University of La Verne, California – $19,863
  141. Huntington University, Indiana – $20,021
  142. Lewis University, Illinois – $20,117
  143. Canisius College, New York – $20,346
  144. Andrews University, Michigan – $20,484
  145. Oregon State University, Oregon – $20,581
  146. Mercer University, Georgia – $20,704
  147. Knox College, Illinois – $20,715
  148. Westminster College, Pennsylvania – $20,721
  149. Cedarville University, Ohio – $20,743
  150. Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota – $20,801
  151. Valparaiso University, Indiana – $20,871
  152. Illinois State University, Illinois – $20,969
  153. Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma – $21,001
  154. Houghton College, New York – $21,124
  155. Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia – $21,136
  156. University of Connecticut, Connecticut – $21,223
  157. Saint Vincent College, Pennsylvania – $21,326
  158. Temple University, Pennsylvania – $21,335
  159. University of Evansville, Indiana – $21,336
  160. Alma College, Michigan – $21,351
  161. Centenary University, New Jersey – $21,402
  162. St Catherine University, Minnesota – $21,529
  163. Vassar College, New York – $21,581
  164. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – $21,656
  165. University of Northwestern-St Paul, Minnesota – $21,660
  166. The University of Alabama, Alabama – $21,676
  167. West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania – $21,690
  168. Montclair State University, New Jersey – $21,727
  169. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts – $21,759
  170. Mercyhurst University, Pennsylvania – $21,847
  171. Trinity Christian College, Illinois – $21,850
  172. University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan – $21,872
  173. Hanover College, Indiana – $21,886
  174. Gannon University, Pennsylvania – $21,929
  175. Corban University, Oregon – $21,944
  176. Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio – $21,964
  177. Auburn University, Alabama – $21,984
  178. The College of Saint Scholastica, Minnesota – $21,995
  179. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, Ohio – $22,002
  180. Ohio University-Main Campus, Ohio – $22,058
  181. Marywood University, Pennsylvania – $22,061
  182. Millsaps College, Mississippi – $22,065
  183. DePauw University, Indiana – $22,066
  184. Northwestern College, Iowa – $22,158
  185. Rowan University, New Jersey – $22,224
  186. Saint Edward’s University, Texas – $22,297
  187. Miami University-Oxford, Ohio – $22,307
  188. Centre College, Kentucky – $22,338
  189. Concordia College at Moorhead, Minnesota – $22,379
  190. Dordt College, Iowa – $22,430
  191. William Jewell College, Missouri – $22,542
  192. Wartburg College, Iowa – $22,599
  193. University of Dallas, Texas – $22,632
  194. Covenant College, Georgia – $22,721
  195. Saint Johns University, Minnesota – $22,755
  196. Transylvania University, Kentucky – $22,826
  197. Lipscomb University, Tennessee – $22,895
  198. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks, Pennsylvania – $22,907
  199. Southwestern University, Texas – $22,994
  200. College of Our Lady of the Elms, Massachusetts – $23,005
  201. Saint Mary’s College, Indiana – $23,016
  202. St Bonaventure University, New York – $23,047
  203. Berry College, Georgia – $23,058
  204. Lake Forest College, Illinois – $23,121
  205. Birmingham Southern College, Alabama – $23,227
  206. University of Tulsa, Oklahoma – $23,392
  207. Colorado College, Colorado – $23,394
  208. Augustana College, Illinois – $23,517
  209. Otterbein University, Ohio – $23,519
  210. Carroll University, Wisconsin – $23,579
  211. Gwynedd Mercy University, Pennsylvania – $23,598
  212. Westminster College, Utah – $23,792
  213. Rockhurst University, Missouri – $23,826
  214. Bellarmine University, Kentucky – $23,878
  215. Colgate University, New York – $23,947
  216. Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania – $23,984
  217. Salve Regina University, Rhode Island – $24,026
  218. St Olaf College, Minnesota – $24,042
  219. Misericordia University, Pennsylvania – $24,095
  220. Calvin College, Michigan – $24,115
  221. Pacific Lutheran University, Washington – $24,136
  222. College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota – $24,143
  223. Regis University, Colorado – $24,204
  224. Florida Southern College, Florida – $24,442
  225. Ohio Northern University, Ohio – $24,468
  226. Taylor University, Indiana – $24,532
  227. Luther College, Iowa – $24,612
  228. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona, Pennsylvania – $24,696
  229. University of Richmond, Virginia – $24,699
  230. Saint Francis University, Pennsylvania – $24,700
  231. University of New Hampshire-Main Campus, New Hampshire – $24,879
  232. Saint Norbert College, Wisconsin – $24,898
  233. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Maine – $24,992
  234. Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania – $25,045
  235. Wheaton College, Illinois – $25,101
  236. Fontbonne University, Missouri – $25,125
  237. Robert Morris University, Pennsylvania – $25,191
  238. Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts – $25,282
  239. Union University, Tennessee – $25,437
  240. Bethel University, Minnesota – $25,446
  241. Lawrence University, Wisconsin – $25,507
  242. Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio – $25,568
  243. Emory University, Georgia – $25,572
  244. Maryville University of Saint Louis, Missouri – $25,596
  245. Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma – $25,637
  246. John Carroll University, Ohio – $25,718
  247. The Master’s University and Seminary, California – $25,794
  248. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio – $25,815
  249. Colby College, Maine – $25,848
  250. Juniata College, Pennsylvania – $25,880
  251. Pitzer College, California – $25,912
  252. Hope College, Michigan – $25,938
  253. Messiah College, Pennsylvania – $26,096
  254. Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania – $26,170
  255. Washington & Jefferson College, Pennsylvania – $26,222
  256. Smith College, Massachusetts – $26,321
  257. Whitworth University, Washington – $26,394
  258. Bradley University, Illinois – $26,407
  259. Northwestern University, Illinois – $26,423
  260. St John’s University-New York, New York – $26,531
  261. The College of New Jersey, New Jersey – $26,581
  262. University of Rochester, New York – $26,604
  263. Cornell College, Iowa – $26,617
  264. Saint John Fisher College, New York – $26,827
  265. Linfield College-McMinnville Campus, Oregon – $26,979
  266. Asbury University, Kentucky – $27,061
  267. Seton Hall University, New Jersey – $27,213
  268. Azusa Pacific University, California – $27,257
  269. George Fox University, Oregon – $27,281
  270. Drake University, Iowa – $27,347
  271. Xavier University, Ohio – $27,391
  272. Springfield College, Massachusetts – $27,502
  273. Gordon College, Massachusetts – $27,517
  274. Simmons College, Massachusetts – $27,575
  275. Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois – $27,647
  276. Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania – $27,768
  277. Widener University, Pennsylvania – $27,792
  278. Shenandoah University, Virginia – $27,823
  279. Denison University, Ohio – $27,944
  280. Furman, South Carolina – $28,038
  281. Wake Forest University, North Carolina – $28,082
  282. Roanoke College, Virginia – $28,096
  283. Seattle Pacific University, Washington – $28,105
  284. Goucher College, Maryland – $28,106
  285. Molloy College, New York – $28,126
  286. Nazareth College, New York – $28,162
  287. Creighton University, Nebraska – $28,254
  288. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, Pennsylvania – $28,261
  289. Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania – $28,383
  290. Hampshire College, Massachusetts – $28,604
  291. Duquesne University, Pennsylvania – $28,628
  292. Brown University, Rhode Island – $28,629
  293. Wheaton College, Massachusetts – $28,649
  294. Fisk University, Tennessee – $28,719
  295. University of Dayton, Ohio – $28,866
  296. Samford University, Alabama – $29,026
  297. Skidmore College, New York – $29,042
  298. Adelphi University, New York – $29,128
  299. Saint Louis University, Missouri – $29,157
  300. Immaculata University, Pennsylvania – $29,647
  301. University of St Thomas, Minnesota – $29,713
  302. DePaul University, Illinois – $29,752
  303. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, Pennsylvania – $29,806
  304. Washington University in St Louis, Missouri – $29,957
  305. Pacific University, Oregon – $30,035
  306. Stonehill College, Massachusetts – $30,035
  307. University of Miami, Florida – $30,136
  308. Marquette University, Wisconsin – $30,382
  309. Trinity College, Connecticut – $30,530
  310. Point Loma Nazarene University, California – $30,718
  311. Syracuse University, New York – $30,722
  312. Biola University, California – $30,791
  313. University of the Pacific, California – $30,829
  314. University of Portland, Oregon – $31,063
  315. Brandeis University, Massachusetts – $31,078
  316. Manhattan College, New York – $31,167
  317. Butler University, Indiana – $31,211
  318. University of Redlands, California – $31,299
  319. Hofstra University, New York – $31,815
  320. Rollins College, Florida – $31,866
  321. Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire – $31,998
  322. Dominican University of California, California – $32,091
  323. University of Scranton, Pennsylvania – $32,499
  324. Loyola University Maryland, Maryland – $32,920
  325. Tulane University of Louisiana, Louisiana – $32,946
  326. Baylor University, Texas – $33,477
  327. Duke University, North Carolina – $33,665
  328. Roger Williams University, Rhode Island – $33,720
  329. Loyola University Chicago, Illinois – $33,764
  330. Endicott College, Massachusetts – $33,848
  331. Ithaca College, New York – $34,042
  332. Saint Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania – $34,068
  333. Texas Christian University, Texas – $34,129
  334. Hampton University, Virginia – $34,173
  335. Belmont University, Tennessee – $34,327
  336. Boston College, Massachusetts – $34,356
  337. Bucknell University, Pennsylvania – $34,502
  338. Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. – $34,542
  339. Pepperdine University, California – $34,808
  340. Westmont College, California – $34,812
  341. Marist College, New York – $34,868
  342. Boston University, Massachusetts – $34,914
  343. American University, Washington D.C. – $35,325
  344. Elon University, North Carolina – $35,619
  345. Drexel University, Pennsylvania – $36,050
  346. Yeshiva University, New York – $36,274
  347. Spelman College, Georgia – $36,362
  348. Champlain College, Vermont – $36,409
  349. Santa Clara University, California – $36,820
  350. New York University, New York – $37,362
  351. Providence College, Rhode Island – $37,476
  352. High Point University, North Carolina – $38,492
  353. Gonzaga University, Washington – $39,831
  354. Chapman University, California – $40,769
  355. Emerson College, Massachusetts – $41,998

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