Best Value Religious Schools

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1Brigham Young University (BYU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$625,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,400
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
2Manhattan College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$615,000
Total 4 Year Cost$199,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,300
3Santa Clara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$609,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
4University of Notre Dame(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$598,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
5Duke University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$589,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
6Georgetown University - Washington D.C.(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$586,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
7Lafayette College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$573,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
8Boston College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$569,000
Total 4 Year Cost$239,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$18,000
9Loyola University - Baltimore, MD(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$524,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700
10Villanova University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$493,000
Total 4 Year Cost$231,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
11Rockhurst University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$490,000
Total 4 Year Cost$177,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
12University of San Francisco (USF)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$487,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,000
13Fairfield University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
Total 4 Year Cost$231,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,000
14LeTourneau University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$481,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
15Eastern Nazarene College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$477,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Some students are interested in pursuing careers with the church, but many students attend these colleges simply because they have excellent academic reputations and deliver an exceptional ROI.

Located in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University -- also known as BYU, or simply The Y -- boasts a student population of more than 34,000 students, making it the largest religious university in the nation. Approximately 98 percent of students are members of the LDS Church, so religion features prominently on the 560-acre campus. Ranked 51st nationally for 20 Year Net ROI, BYU's 11 colleges and schools offer programs in a wide range of fields, including engineering, the liberal arts, management, law and agriculture. Alumni of the school report a median return of investment of $625,000 over the two decades following graduation. With financial aid, that number jumps to $642,000. Many prominent members of the LDS Church have graduated from BYU, and the school counts novelist Stephenie Meyer and top Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings among its alumni.

With its close ties to the Roman Catholic Church, Manhattan College offers a return on investment students and their families are sure to appreciate. Ranked 55th nationally in terms of 20 Year Net ROI, the Bronx-based school offers well-regarded undergraduate programs in fields ranging from business to engineering to the sciences. In addition to being made up of five undergraduate schools, Manhattan College offers a number of pre-professional programs. The 20 Year Net ROI for this private, religious college is $615,000 without financial aid and $691,000 with it. Through the years, the college has produced many illustrious graduates, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and prolific novelist James Patterson.

Marketing itself as "the Jesuit university in Silicon Valley," Santa Clara University enjoys a 60th-place ranking on the national 20 Year Net ROI list. Indeed, the 20 Year Net ROI of SCU is $609,000 without financial aid and $683,000 with it. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley on a 106-acre campus, the school is made up of six colleges, including the Jesuit School of Theology and the Leavey School of Business. More than 40 Jesuit priests and brothers serve as teachers and administrators at the highly regarded school, which also offers more than 125 clubs and organizations for students.