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Money Magazine’s 1996 Ranking of Colleges That Offer Best Value

August 15, 1996

The top 100 best college buys in the United States as ranked by Money magazine, based on an analysis of cost and academic quality.

1. California Institute of Technology

2. New College of the University of South Florida

3. Rice University (Texas)

4. Truman State University (Missouri)

5. College of New Jersey

6. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

7. Spelman College (Georgia)

8. University of Texas-Austin

9. State University of New York at Binghamton

10. St. Mary’s College of Maryland

11. Hanover College (Indiana)

12. Grove City College (Pennsylvania)

13. Georgia Institute of Technology

14. University of Florida

15. State University of New York-Albany

16. Hendrix College (Arkansas)

17. University of Washington

18. James Madison University (Virginia)

19. Howard University (Washington, D.C.)

20. Trinity University (Texas)

21. State University of New York-College at Geneseo

22. Mary Washington College (Virginia)

23. University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign

24. University of Georgia

25. Yale University (Connecticut)

26. Samford University (Alabama)

27. Hillsdale College (Michigan)

28. Washington and Lee University (Virginia)

29. Clemson University (South Carolina)

30. McPherson College (Kansas)

31. University of Iowa

32. Florida State University

33. Centre College (Kentucky)

34. Wheaton College (Illinois)

35. Auburn University (Alabama)

36. Fisk University (Tennessee)

37. State University of New York-College at Fredonia

38. Miami University (Ohio)

39. Sweet Briar College (Virginia)

40. State University of New York at Stony Brook

41. Wabash College (Indiana)

42. University of the South (Tennessee)

43. State University of New York at Buffalo

44. Rutgers University-New Brunswick (New Jersey)

45. University of Virginia

46. Pomona College (California)

47. Texas A&M University-College Station

48. University of Wisconsin-Madison

49. Drury College (Missouri)

50. University of South Carolina-Columbia

51. Humboldt State University (California)

52. William Jewell College (Missouri)

53. University of California-Berkeley

54. Grinnell College (Iowa)

55. Siena College (New York)

56. Claremont McKenna College (California)

57. Austin College (Texas)

58. Wisconsin Lutheran College

59. New Jersey Institute of Technology

60. Tabor College (Kansas)

61. University of California-Irvine

62. Berry College (Georgia)

63. College of William and Mary (Virginia)

64. Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)

65. Muskingum College (Ohio)

66. State University of New York-College at Plattsburgh

67. Creighton University (Nebraska)

68. Westminster College (Missouri)

69. Emory and Henry College (Virginia)

70. Harvard University (Massachusetts)

71. Kentucky Wesleyan College

72. Nebraska Wesleyan University

73. University of Delaware

74. Benedictine University (Illinois)

75. Trinity Christian College (Illinois)

76. St. Bonaventure University (New York)

77. Stanford University (California)

78. Martin Luther College (Minnesota)

79. Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama)

80. Furman University (South Carolina)

81. Gordon College (Massachusetts)

82. Huntingdon College (Alabama)

83. Carson-Newman College (Tennessee)

84. Le Moyne College (New York)

85. Southwestern University (Texas)

86. Virginia Military Institute

87. Baylor University (Texas)

88. Ohio University

89. Lyon College (Arkansas)

90. Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)

91. University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)

92. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

93. Agnes Scott College (Georgia)

94. Northwestern University (Illinois)

95. Doane College (Nebraska)

96. Rutgers University-Newark (New Jersey)

97. St. John’s University (Minnesota)

98. University of Cincinnati (Ohio)

99. North Carolina State University

100. Wake Forest University (North Carolina)

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