Best Value Colleges Announces 50 Best Small Colleges, 2016

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Best Value Colleges announces the 50 Best Small Colleges for 2016. These are degree granting institutions with a maximum of 4,000 students. They were rated on net price, retention rate, graduation rate and class size.

Many students want to attend a small college where they can interact with professors and make friends more easily. These are the 50 best small colleges.

Best Value Colleges has announced the 50 Best Small Colleges, 2016.

“Many students want to attend a small college where generally it’s easier to make friends, get more personal attention from professors and have a chance to stand out in student organizations,” said Paul Church, editor. He said Best Value Colleges began with a list of degree granting institutions of 4,000 students or fewer, then rated them in in the categories of net price, retention rate, graduation rate, and class size.

Best Value Colleges is an organization dedicated to helping students find the college right for them. This includes the best overall value for your educational dollar, the most available financial aid and assistance, the greatest support and service for the student, and potential Return on Investment.

For information on the ranking methodology, description of the institutions, net price and the institution website, visit:

50. Barnard College
New York, NY
49. Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
48. Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
47. Augustana College
Rock Island, IL
46. Hamilton College
Clinton, NY
45. Davidson College
Davidson, NC
44. Centre College
Danville, KY
43. Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
42. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Buzzards Bay, MA
41. Central Christian College of the Bible
Moberly, MO
40. Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
39. Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, NE
38. Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
37. Webb Institute
Glen Cove,NY
36. McKendree University
35. Washington and Lee University
34. Haverford College
Haverford, PA
33. Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL
32. Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
31. Lawrence University
Appleton, WI
30. Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME
29. Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
28. Curtis Institute of Music
Philadelphia, PA
27. Colorado Heights University
Denver, CO
26. Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon, OH
25. Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
24. Furman University
Greenville, SC
23. Agnes Scott College
Decatur, GA
22. Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA
21. Notre Dame of Maryland University
Baltimore, MD
20. Earlham College
Richmond, IN
19. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
New York, NY
18. Williams College
Williamstown, MA
17. College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA
16. College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN
15. Connecticut College
New London, CT
14. Daemen College
Amherst, NY
13. Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, IL
12. California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
11. Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
10. United States Merchant Marine Academy
Kings Point, NY
9. College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO
8. Grace Mission University
Fullerton, CA
7. Lafayette College
Easton, PA
6. Amherst College
Amherst, MA
5. Colby College
Waterville, ME
4. Kenyon College
Gambier, OH
3. Mid-South Christian College
Memphis, TN
2. New College of Florida
Sarasota, FL
1. Allen College
Waterloo, IA

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