The MONEY College Value Exams Get out your No. 2 pencil and take MONEY's own quiz to see how colleges stack up in some surprising ways.
(MONEY Magazine) – 1. Which colleges sport the highest price tags?
Sarah Lawrence $19,980 Bennington 19,975 Brandeis 19,970 Barnard 19,952 Dartmouth 19,700 Boston University 19,635 Brown 19,510 Johns Hopkins 19,510 Bard 19,495 Tufts 19,475
2. At which schools does the average freshman pay the most, after financial aid?
Sarah Lawrence $15,707 Brown 15,062 Brandeis 15,058 Princeton 14,956 Bard 14,881 < Pine Manor (Mass.) 14,811 Tufts 14,761 Colby College (Maine) 14,744 Bates (Maine) 14,723 Pepperdine 14,453
3. Which schools have the lowest price tags for out-of-state students?
U.S. Air Force Academy $0 U.S. Military Academy 0 U.S. Naval Academy 0 Berea College (Ky.) 2,375 U. of North Alabama 3,814 Arkansas Tech 4,090 Missouri Western State 4,118 Missouri Southern State 4,242 Northeast Louisiana U. 4,551 U. of Hawaii, Hilo 4,618
4. At which schools does the average freshman pay the least, after financial aid?
U.S. Air Force Academy $0 U.S. Military Academy 0 U.S Naval Academy 0 Berea College (Ky.) 644 Missouri Southern State 1,621 Science and Arts of Okla. 1,973 Pan American (Texas) 2,040 Delta State (Miss.) 2,121 Claflin College (S.C.) 2,179 Northeast Louisiana U. 2,226
5. Which 10 schools, in alphabetical order, are the hardest to get into?
Amherst Calif. Institute of Technology Duke Harvard Harvey Mudd (Calif.) MIT Princeton Rice Stanford Yale
6. Which schools graduate the largest percentage of their freshman classes?
Harvard 95% Dartmouth 94 Duke 94 Assumption (Mass.) 93 Columbia U. 93 Amherst 92 Brown 92 Colorado College 92 U. of Notre Dame 92 Wesleyan U. 92
7. Of colleges that graduate 80% of their freshmen or more, which cost least?
Southern U. A&M $5,510 State U./N.Y., Geneseo 7,345 University of Virginia 10,146 Gwynedd-Mercy (Pa.) 10,150 Rice 10,725 Converse College (S.C.) 11,350 Siena College (N.Y.) 11,585 U. of Scranton (Pa.) 11,640 William and Mary 11,966 Wabash College (Ind.) 12,150
8. Which schools send the greatest percentage of students on to graduate studies?
Tulane 80% Trinity University (Texas) 79 St. John's (N.M.) 78 Johns Hopkins 72 George Washington U. 71 U. of Pennsylvania 71 Albertus Magnus (Conn.) 70 Columbia U. 70
9. Of colleges sending at least 50% on to grad schools, which are the cheapest?
Tougaloo (Miss.) $5,258 Shepherd (W.Va.) 5,977 Fisk U. (Tenn.) 6,950 Howard University 8,705 Morehouse (Ga.) 9,150 Spelman College (Ga.) 9,989 University of Virginia 10,146 Nazareth (Mich.) 10,238 Coker College (S.C.) 10,292 College of Idaho 10,530
10. Which colleges have the fewest students per faculty member?
Marlboro College (Vt.) 6.8 Harvey Mudd (Calif.) 7.2 St. John's (Md. and N.M.) 7.6 Swarthmore 8.3 Agnes Scott College (Ga.) 8.5 Simmons College (Mass.) 8.8 Williams 8.8 Holy Names (Calif.) 9.0 Pomona (Calif.) 9.1 Russell Sage (N.Y.) 9.8
11. Which co-ed liberal arts schools have the most male students?
Westminster (Mo.) 71% U. of New Haven (Conn.) 69 Washington and Lee (Va.) 69 Carnegie Mellon 68 Case Western Reserve 65 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 65 Pennsylvania State, Erie 65 U. of Notre Dame 65 Ferrum College (Va.) 64 Johns Hopkins 64 North Carolina State 64
12. Which co-ed liberal arts schools have the most female students?
Marywood College (Pa.) 90% Goucher College (Md.) 89 Mercy College (Mich.) 86 + Lourdes College (Ohio) 85 Spalding U. (Ky.) 84 Marygrove College (Mich.) 84 Marymount U. (Va.) 84 Molloy College (N.Y.) 83 Barat College (Ill.) 82 St. Joseph's College (N.Y.) 82
Notes: All schools are regular four-year institutions that welcome students regardless of their religious beliefs. Proprietary and specialized institutions are excluded, as are schools that did not make information available. ''Price tag'' includes only tuition, room and board and mandatory fees and is based on costs for the 1989-90 academic year. Financial aid does not include loans or work study. The average financial aid award may reflect student affluence, not the generosity of the institution. Costs net of financial aid are based on 1988-89 data. Schools rated hardest to get into were chosen on the basis of acceptance rates, the percentage of entering freshman in the top 10% of their high school class and average freshman SAT scores. Percentages of freshmen graduating are within five years. ''Graduate studies'' includes professional schools but not theological seminaries. Student/faculty ratios include full-time faculty only.
Data sources: Peterson's Guide to Four-Year Colleges 1990 and Peterson's College Database. (c) 1989 Peterson's Guides Inc.