These New England schools offer the best value, according to Money magazine

A list of 727 colleges and universities includes 83 New England schools.

Students walk past the "Great Dome" atop Building 10 on MIT's campus. Charles Krupa / AP

How’s this for an obvious statement? College can be extremely expensive.

“College is a great investment—if you choose the right school,” Money magazine wrote in its “Best Colleges in America” report, which lists “the country’s top values.”  

Of 727 colleges and universities on the 2018 edition of the list, published Monday, New England schools were well-represented, with 83 schools in the region making the list. Eighteen of those were in the top 100.

MIT nabbed the sixth spot on the list. The school placed behind Princeton University which was in the No. 1 position for the third year in a row, followed by University of California, San Diego at No. 2, the University of California, Irvine at No. 3, the University of California, Los Angeles at No. 4, and Stanford University at No. 5.


Yale and Harvard universities were also among the top 20 schools, at No. 15 and No. 16, respectively.

The rankings were determined by analyzing tuition costs, family borrowing, each college’s support of low-income students, alumni earnings, and more than 20 other factors. In order to even be considered, colleges had to meet parameters like having more than 500 students, having “sufficient, reliable” data, not being financially distressed, and having at least a certain graduation rate.

This eliminated some colleges that may be good values, but might be facing temporary financial difficulties or be too small for us to evaluate. But it left us with a robust universe of more than 700 colleges,” Money wrote in its explanation of the methodology. “In our view, even the lowest-ranked of the schools on our list demonstrate that they provide at least some value for your tuition dollars.”


Here is how all of the New England institutions ranked, according to Money:

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)

15. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

16. Harvard University (Cambridge)

21. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Buzzards Bay)

36. Williams College (Williamstown)

42. College of the Holy Cross (Worcester)

44. Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire)

50. University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut)

52. Bates College (Lewiston, Maine)

59. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

60. Boston College (Chestnut Hill)

69. Babson College (Wellesley)

70. Amherst College (Amherst)

78. Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine)

85. Bentley University (Waltham)

87. University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst)

90. Wellesley College (Wellesley)

100. University of New Hampshire – Main Campus (Durham, New Hampshire)

101. Tufts University (Medford)

110. Simmons College (Boston)

111. Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut)


123. Northeastern University (Boston)

130. Colby College (Waterville, Maine)

134. Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, Maine)

135. University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)

156. Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vermont)

158. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester)

160. Fairfield University (Fairfield, Connecticut)

170. Assumption College (Worcester)

172. Providence College (Providence, Rhode Island)

178. Brandeis University (Waltham)

179. MCPHS University (Boston)

184. Westfield State University (Westfield)

185. Boston University (Boston)

187. Merrimack College (North Andover)

201. College of Our Lady of the Elms (Chicopee) (tie)

232. Endicott College (Beverly)

239. Smith College (Northampton)

245. Connecticut College (New London, Connecticut)

255. Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, Vermont)

257. Salve Regina University (Newport, Rhode Island)

272. Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley)

280. Stonehill College (Easton)

281. Bryant University (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

316. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston)


335. Clark University (Worcester)

341. Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut)

347. Keene State College (Keene, New Hampshire)

355. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)

359. University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lowell)

367. Wheaton College (Norton)

376. University of Maine (Orono, Maine)

422. Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston)

425. University of Maine at Farmington (Farmington, Maine)

430. Bay Path University (Longmeadow)

439. Saint Anselm College (Manchester, New Hampshire)

440. Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg)

443. Rivier University (Nashua, New Hampshire)

461. Worcester State University (Worcester)

464. Framingham State University (Framingham)

472. Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, Connecticut)

487. Unity College (Unity, Maine)

490. Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)

497. Emmanuel College (Boston)

532. Salem State University (Salem)

546. Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island)


552. Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater)

571. Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, Connecticut) (tie)

584. Gordon College (Wenham)

588. Emerson College (Boston)

593. Eastern Connecticut State University (Willimantic, Connecticut)

595. Plymouth State University (Plymouth, New Hampshire)

601. Fisher College (Boston)

610. Roger Williams University (Bristol, Rhode Island)

633. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (North Adams)

646. Springfield College (Springfield)

669. Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont)

676. Thomas College (Waterville, Maine)

686. Champlain College (Burlington, Vermont)

691. Johnson & Wales University – Providence (Providence, Rhode Island)

716. Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, New Hampshire)

723. Hampshire College (Amherst)

724. Berklee College of Music (Boston)


See the full list here.