For the majority of prospective college students and their families, cost is a major factor in determining which schools are viable options. Knowing which schools are best buys—which colleges provide the highest quality education for the lowest price—is imperative.
To help provide that information, U.S. News surveys colleges and universities each year and ranks nearly 1,400 of them in different categories according to our methodology.
Here, we offer a sneak peek of the 2013 Best Colleges rankings.
These schools—listed alphabetically—are considered the top 10 Best Value Schools among those in the National Universities category:
|National University (state)|
|California Institute of Technology|
|Columbia University (NY)|
|Dartmouth College (NH)|
|Duke University (NC)|
|Harvard University (MA)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Princeton University (NJ)|
|Rice University (TX)|
|Stanford University (CA)|
|Yale University (CT)|
These schools—listed alphabetically—are considered the top 10 Best Value Schools among those in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category:
|National Liberal Arts College (state)|
|Amherst College (MA)|
|Bowdoin College (ME)|
|Grinnell College (IA)|
|Haverford College (PA)|
|Pomona College (CA)|
|Soka University of America (CA)|
|Swarthmore College (PA)|
|Vassar College (NY)|
|Wellesley College (MA)|
|Williams College (MA)|
The actual Best Value rankings of these and other schools will be available Sept. 12, 2012, on usnews.com.
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