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CC Best Value Colleges Universities

When it comes to college, affordability isn’t cheap – keeping costs down and student loan debt low is every student’s worry. That’s why College Consensus is ranking the best value colleges and universities for 2022!

In the age of rapidly rising tuition – college costs have risen far faster than the rate of inflation in the 21st century, and even faster than financial aid – affordability is no joke. With our 2022 Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities, College Consensus is lighting up the way to a college education students can actually afford. With student debt representing the second-largest consumer debt class (after mortgages), earning a college degree without setting yourself up for a life of loan repayment – which never goes away, not even in bankruptcy – has turned into the Holy Grail: much sought, found by only a lucky few. If you’re interested in an affordable online degree, be sure to check out our ranking of the Best Value Online Colleges & Universities.

Methodology: Ranking the Best Value Colleges & Universities

College Consensus rankings combine the results of the most respected college ranking systems with the averaged ratings of thousands of real student reviews from around the web to create a unique college meta-ranking. This approach offers a comprehensive and holistic perspective missing from other college rankings. Visit our about page for information on which rankings and review sites were included in this year’s consensus rankings.

Our ranking of Best Value Colleges & Universities features the Consensus-Ranked schools with the lowest full-time, out-of-state tuition rates.

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.8
College Consensus
67
Publisher Consensus
84.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
5970
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.6
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
80.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
8285
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
46.8
College Consensus
21.3
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
12376
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.3
College Consensus
71.7
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
14447
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.6
College Consensus
31.8
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
14471

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46.2
College Consensus
17.8
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
14546
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
45.1
College Consensus
18.5
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15104
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.7
College Consensus
36.7
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15290
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.7
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15290
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
63.1
Publisher Consensus
63.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15332

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.3
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15360
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.4
College Consensus
54.2
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15390
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.5
College Consensus
72.7
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15412
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.8
College Consensus
73
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15420
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.3
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
68.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15488
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.3
College Consensus
44.8
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15632
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.6
College Consensus
71.1
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15659
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
65.9
Publisher Consensus
79.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
15971
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.1
College Consensus
52.8
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
16148
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
50.4
College Consensus
37.7
Publisher Consensus
63.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
16910
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.2
College Consensus
54.3
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17145
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.2
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17219
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
54.5
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17324
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.2
College Consensus
38.2
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17324
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
45.1
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17455

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.4
College Consensus
39.1
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17460
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.7
College Consensus
35.3
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17725
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
71.6
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
17979
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
41
College Consensus
12.3
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18071
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.4
College Consensus
61.7
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18326
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.1
College Consensus
43.9
Publisher Consensus
66.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18337
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.8
College Consensus
65.3
Publisher Consensus
70.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18484
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.6
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
67.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18523
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.8
College Consensus
60.1
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18534
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.2
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18587
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.3
College Consensus
60.7
Publisher Consensus
65.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18650
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.8
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18661
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.8
College Consensus
73.3
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18682
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.5
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18714
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.1
College Consensus
56.1
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18766
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.2
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
68.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18770
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.5
College Consensus
62.3
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18776
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.8
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
80.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18786
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.3
College Consensus
81.1
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18821
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
86.3
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18832
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.1
College Consensus
87.3
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18833
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.7
College Consensus
77.4
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18886
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.3
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18897
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.4
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18900
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.1
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
78.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18900

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
53.3
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
18963
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74
College Consensus
75.1
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19027
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19040
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19298
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.7
College Consensus
88.5
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19318
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
58.7
Publisher Consensus
70.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19378
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.9
College Consensus
89.3
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19464
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.5
College Consensus
28.3
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19531
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.4
College Consensus
62.9
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19592
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.4
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19600
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
42.7
College Consensus
10.7
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19668
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.6
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19732
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.2
College Consensus
79.7
Publisher Consensus
78.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19744
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
48.8
College Consensus
10.9
Publisher Consensus
86.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19830
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
53.6
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19832
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.7
College Consensus
90.7
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
19960
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67
College Consensus
57
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
20110
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.9
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
20282
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
49.4
College Consensus
22.7
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
20400
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
44.5
College Consensus
20
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
20572
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
43.4
College Consensus
12
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
20906
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
45.7
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
21033
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.4
College Consensus
75.9
Publisher Consensus
80.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
21222
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
50.1
College Consensus
23.4
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
21246
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.6
College Consensus
38.4
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
21673
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
74.8
Publisher Consensus
81
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
22217
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.5
College Consensus
68.6
Publisher Consensus
70.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
22295
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.4
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
22467
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.7
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
23400
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.9
College Consensus
35.2
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
23452
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
23498
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.4
College Consensus
39
Publisher Consensus
79.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
23516
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.2
College Consensus
30.5
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
23870
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.5
College Consensus
30.6
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24020
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.4
College Consensus
69.5
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24190
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24334
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
47.1
College Consensus
22.2
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24338
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.4
College Consensus
75.2
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24350
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.6
College Consensus
51.3
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24504
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.2
College Consensus
30.1
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24517
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.9
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24520
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.1
College Consensus
32.3
Publisher Consensus
82
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24539
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.5
College Consensus
56
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24695
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.1
College Consensus
47.5
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24735
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.4
College Consensus
40.6
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
24950
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.4
College Consensus
37.5
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
25054
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.3
College Consensus
27
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
25100
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.2
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
25266
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.1
College Consensus
31.8
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
25320
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.1
College Consensus
73.4
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022
Out-of-state tuition and fees
25850

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What Makes the Best Value Colleges and Universities?

So how does College Consensus determine what makes the best value colleges and universities? It’s pretty easy to say what makes a college affordable: low tuition, obviously. But as for what makes an affordable college really worthwhile – that takes a little more explanation. After all, it’s no secret that college is more expensive than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition rate for public universities in 2017-2018 academic year was more than $20,000; by contrast, 30 years earlier, the same education would have cost $3800. But everything was cheaper in 1985 – except that, adjusted for inflation, 1985 tuition was less than $8500 in 2018 dollars. That means tuition is going up insanely fast – way faster than inflation.

That raises the question: is a college degree still worth it? The short answer is, yes, almost without a doubt. Why? Because, on average, people still make a lot more money with a college degree than without – more than 60% higher, according to NCES data. Male and female, young and old, every race, the stats hold true: a college degree holder makes more money than a worker without a college degree. However, that average can be a bit misleading. For one, a Georgetown University study shows that the major you choose – and, therefore, the career you go into – makes a huge difference. Engineering and science majors make far more than the average, while social work and education majors make far lower; business majors fall right along the median. Some jobs just make more money than others.

Meanwhile, the average recent graduate is more than $37,000 in student debt, and considering that many people have no student debt, thanks to loans, grants, or helpful parents, that means plenty of graduates are entering with workforce with far more debt than that. So, when you’re thinking about a college degree, the most affordable colleges and universities aren’t just the ones with the lowest tuition – they’re the ones with the most value.(And almost as good as a tuition-free college). So plan carefully; think very seriously about how you are preparing for college, because financial smarts are just as important as book smarts. Reasonable costs, market-ready skills, in-demand professions: these are the things that make the best value colleges in the US a smart investment for tomorrow’s professionals and leaders.

How Do We Rank the Best Value Colleges & Universities?

College Consensus is the most unique college ranking site you’re likely to see. The Consensus method combines two different sets of data: first, we gather results from the most reputable rankings, including Money, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Wallethub, and Washington Monthly. Then, we pull together the most legitimate, verified student reviews from sites like Students Review, My Plan, Cappex, and others. Combining the Publisher Rating and the Student Review Rating, we calculate the Consensus Rating, which provides a solid average that we use to rank colleges and universities across a wide range of specializations, regions, and other categories.

For the Consensus ranking of the Best Value Colleges & Universities, College Consensus took a long, detailed look at the colleges and universities with the lowest tuition rates. That makes for a highly diverse assortment of colleges, including large regional public universities, small liberal arts colleges, evangelical and Catholic colleges, military academies, historically black colleges and universities, and even some of the fastest-growing up-and-coming universities in the US. The best value colleges and universities recognize that college students are real people with real needs, real dreams, and real futures, and they work to make sure students can live up to their potential without being dragged down by debt. They’re the heroes in the higher education landscape, and with the College Consensus ranking, they get to stand on their own merits, recognized not only for excellence and reputation, but for being among the most affordable colleges in the US.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

Most college rankings don’t take the long view – they look at their own particular criteria and make their rankings from a narrow set of qualifications. That’s precisely where College Consensus is different. Instead of working from its own subjective standards, College Consensus aggregates rankings and reviews to take in all of the perspectives. College Consensus brings together the expert assessment and the lived experience, all treated on an equal plane so that no voice gets the priority. With the Consensus method, every college and university gets its due place in the higher education landscape. Read more about our ranking methodology and sources on our about page.


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