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The 20 best value colleges of 2019

Dave_BerryDave_Berry 492 replies2570 threadsCC Admissions Expert Senior Member
"...Every year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges releases a ranking of the 10 "best-buy" public and the 10 "best-buy" private colleges.

Here are the 20 schools that came out on top for 2019:" ...

Another list, FWIW.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/19/the-20-best-value-colleges-of-2019.html
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3353 replies77 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm amazed that Beloit isn't on that list. It's got such great spirit and the FA seems terrific.
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  • pishicacapishicaca 299 replies9 threadsRegistered User Member
    If only tuition and fees were the only costs of attendance. With lists like this one providing misleading figures with no qualifiers or definitions, it’s no wonder people have sticker shock when they see an all-in cost.
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  • yearstogoyearstogo 650 replies30 threadsRegistered User Member
    I am surprised Evergreen College made the list. From the news that has been coming out about them one wonders if they will survive.
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  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen 1098 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I just went to the list of colleges' financial health list, and they list a thousand colleges, but alphabetically it goes right from Everglades U. to Fairfield U. -- Evergreen College isn't even listed in a pretty comprehensive list. I wonder why.

    In any case, I'd think that a list of best value colleges should include financial health of said colleges. Schools with C's and worse are headed for trouble, and I wouldn't want to go to a college that will have to restructure/significantly raise tuition or even threaten to have to shutter its doors.
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  • CorbettCorbett 3434 replies4 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    I just went to the list of colleges' financial health list, and they list a thousand colleges, but alphabetically it goes right from Everglades U. to Fairfield U. -- Evergreen College isn't even listed in a pretty comprehensive list. I wonder why.
    @JenJenJenJen The full name of the school is actually "Evergreen State College". And there's your answer. The Forbes listing of colleges for financial health only addresses private schools.

    The concept of "financial health" is different for state schools, like Evergreen State or UW or Washington State, since they are financially subsidized by state governments. There is a default assumption that a US state is not going to let its state colleges or universities go bankrupt, even if they run at a financial loss. In fact, state universities are typically expected to run at a financial loss; they normally offer heavily discounted tuition rates to state residents, with state funding making up the difference.

    Of course, a US state could decide to reorganize its state college system, reallocate funding to different campuses, or open or close campuses as it sees fit. It is entirely possible that Evergreen could be affected by such changes in the future. But those are political considerations that don't show up on a financial balance sheet.
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  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen 1098 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    That is very helpful, @Corbett , thank you!
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  • CorbettCorbett 3434 replies4 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    I'm surprised neither Deep Springs nor a single military academy made the list. It's hard to beat a fully funded education for "best value." These colleges aren't for everyone, admittedly, but that's no reason to exclude them.
    I doubt that a lot of thought went into this particular list. You could maybe excuse the absence of Deep Springs though. The first paragraph of the article specifically discusses the value of a bachelor's degree, which implies that the focus is on four-year colleges. Deep Springs is a junior college, and does not issue bachelor's degrees.
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 1451 replies29 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Dustyfeathers "I'm amazed that Beloit isn't on that list. It's got such great spirit and the FA seems terrific."

    Maybe college niche knows something we don't? They have them ranked in best value colleges #422 out of 1,592 lol
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    University of Iowa is a good one on this list. I've heard that it's kind of a hidden gem in the Midwest, especially since it tends to get a bit overshadowed by more well known flagship state U's such as Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma, etc...
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  • PublisherPublisher 8143 replies82 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @JenJenJenJen : I agree that financial health grades for private schools is important. If included in the book Colleges That Change Lives, I think that many would think differently about that book.

    With respect to public universities, a financial health grade should also be given based on the financial health of the state & how the state funds its colleges & universities.

    Great point @JenJenJenJen & @Corbett valuable insights.
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  • ilovebillyjoelilovebillyjoel 147 replies13 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hmm..crossed Rice off our list because when I plugged in NPC, it was very pricy.
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  • victorbluevictorblue 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    10 best value colleges of 2019
    University of Arizona
    Evergreen State College
    University of Florida
    University of Iowa
    New College of Florida
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Purdue University
    SUNY–Binghamton University
    Texas A&M University
    Truman State University

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  • bopperbopper 14082 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    edited August 2018
    I'd like to see the best value if you have to pay out of pocket. My eldest did choose SUNY Bing partially because of the value.
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  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins 816 replies78 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited August 2018
    Best value lists are really helpful for families who doesn't get enough aid or scholarship or doesn't get it at colleges they prefer.
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  • bobo44bobo44 234 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My daughter really really liked Iowa. Great campus, great spirit (the Wave to Children's Hospital at football quarter-time!), the town, the programs, the 20,000-ish size. And they just really seem to have their act together--every step of the way. With guaranteed merit for stats and additional FA, Iowa's offer put D's COA way less than UIUC (our instate option). If University of San Diego hadn't stolen her heart at the last minute (location, location, location!) U of Iowa would have been her choice, over St. Olaf, Denison, U Minnesota TC, and a half dozen more.

    And the Hawkeye logo is the best of the bunch, don't you think?



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  • Akqj10Akqj10 276 replies19 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My daughter attends Mount Holyoke, and with her financial aid it cost just a little more than U-Mass Amherst, so worked out great for us, we are solid middle class.
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  • NoKillliNoKillli 246 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    A bunch of Binghamton bound freshman this year from our HS are top notch students (4.0 GPA, 1500+ SAT) with not
    good but great STEM ECs. My S was going there until the school he wanted to go to stepped up with some more aid.

    Its still not as inexpensive as Bing, but with the federal loan and a last minute sizable local scholarship, it worked out OK.


    BTW, I loved Bing's CompSci undergrad adviser.
    https://www.binghamton.edu/computer-science/contact/profile.html?id=head
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