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2013 PayScale College ROI Report
2013 College ROI Rankings: Best ROI by Region

Got your heart set on a particular state or part of the country? See which schools will give you the best return on your investment in each region of the United States.

*Public school rankings are based on in-state tuition. Out-of-state tuition information can be found on the full list.


west coast schools
West Coast Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Harvey Mudd College Private not-for-profit 84% $221,700 $2,113,000 8.30%
2 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Private not-for-profit 87% $213,000 $1,991,000 8.20%
3 Stanford University Private not-for-profit 96% $230,100 $1,432,000 6.90%
4 Claremont McKenna College Private not-for-profit 91% $220,300 $1,341,000 6.90%
5 Santa Clara University Private not-for-profit 85% $217,800 $1,282,000 6.80%
6 University of California - Berkeley Public (In-State) 90% $125,100 $1,182,000 8.30%
7 California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Public (In-State) 75% $97,730 $1,151,000 9.00%
8 University of California - San Diego (UCSD) Public (In-State) 85% $115,500 $1,042,000 8.10%
9 University of the Pacific Private not-for-profit 60% $211,600 $1,029,000 6.20%
10 San Jose State University (SJSU) Public (In-State) 46% $108,000 $983,000 8.10%
west coast schools
Mountain Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Colorado School of Mines Public (In-State) 70% $107,100 $1,574,000 9.70%
2 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Prescott, AZ Private not-for-profit 57% $189,400 $1,122,000 6.80%
3 DeVry University - Westminster, CO + Private for-profit 28% $136,700 $1,013,000 7.50%
4 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) Public (In-State) 46% $70,930 $999,500 9.60%
5 Montana Tech of The University of Montana Public (In-State) 40% $78,130 $985,100 9.20%
6 Brigham Young University (BYU) Private not-for-profit 78% $77,820 $982,000 9.20%
7 University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) Public (In-State) 68% $111,300 $838,700 7.50%
8 DeVry University - Phoenix, AZ + Private for-profit 34% $135,500 $833,400 6.90%
9 Weber State University Public (In-State) 34% $85,200 $764,400 8.10%
10 Utah State University - Main Campus Public (In-State) 53% $70,770 $762,800 8.70%
west coast schools
Central South Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Rice University Private not-for-profit 92% $194,000 $1,069,000 6.60%
2 Texas A&M University - Main Campus Public (In-State) 81% $88,920 $1,057,000 9.00%
3 University of Texas (UT) - Austin Public (In-State) 81% $101,500 $931,100 8.20%
4 University of Alabama - Huntsville Campus Public (In-State) 45% $91,240 $903,500 8.40%
5 Christian Brothers University Private not-for-profit 52% $139,600 $883,300 7.00%
6 DeVry University - Irving, TX Private for-profit 26% $133,200 $864,900 7.10%
7 Vanderbilt University Private not-for-profit 92% $225,400 $861,200 5.50%
8 Southern Methodist University (SMU) Private not-for-profit 75% $215,900 $818,500 5.50%
9 Louisiana Tech University Public (In-State) 48% $69,980 $804,100 8.90%
10 University of Texas at Dallas Public (In-State) 61% $96,800 $803,000 7.80%
west coast schools
Southeast Schools

Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Georgia Institute of Technology Public (In-State) 79% $87,030 $1,389,000 10.00%
2 Duke University Private not-for-profit 94% $219,500 $1,146,000 6.40%
3 Johns Hopkins University Private not-for-profit 91% $222,000 $1,072,000 6.20%
4 Washington and Lee University Private not-for-profit 91% $209,900 $1,053,000 6.30%
5 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Public (In-State) 82% $91,790 $1,037,000 8.90%
6 The College of William and Mary Public (In-State) 91% $92,910 $1,036,000 8.80%
7 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Daytona Beach, FL Private not-for-profit 55% $191,600 $988,900 6.40%
8 University of Maryland - College Park Public (In-State) 82% $92,510 $934,800 8.50%
9 Southern Polytechnic State University Public (In-State) 32% $79,290 $934,500 9.00%
10 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Campus Public (In-State) 57% $100,500 $930,200 8.20%
west coast schools
Northeast Schools

Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Private not-for-profit 54% $214,300 $1,622,000 7.60%
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Private not-for-profit 93% $215,700 $1,606,000 7.50%
3 SUNY - Maritime College Public (In-State) 47% $90,530 $1,586,000 10.40%
4 Stevens Institute of Technology Private not-for-profit 79% $237,300 $1,461,000 6.90%
5 Harvard University Private not-for-profit 97% $218,200 $1,334,000 6.90%
6 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Private not-for-profit 76% $214,900 $1,316,000 6.90%
7 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Public (In-State) 65% $96,380 $1,316,000 9.50%
8 Dartmouth College Private not-for-profit 95% $221,600 $1,262,000 6.70%
9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Private not-for-profit 84% $228,700 $1,254,000 6.60%
10 Williams College Private not-for-profit 95% $217,500 $1,254,000 6.70%
west coast schools
Midwest Schools

Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Private not-for-profit 77% $209,400 $1,354,000 7.10%
2 University of Notre Dame Private not-for-profit 96% $212,200 $1,250,000 6.80%
3 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Public (In-State) 46% $85,830 $1,228,000 9.70%
4 Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) Public (In-State) 67% $94,380 $1,183,000 9.20%
5 Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Private not-for-profit 64% $198,000 $1,127,000 6.70%
6 Kettering University Private not-for-profit 59% $218,000 $1,097,000 6.30%
7 Milwaukee School of Engineering Private not-for-profit 57% $191,300 $1,051,000 6.60%
8 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Public (In-State) 82% $109,000 $1,028,000 8.30%
9 Michigan Technological University Public (In-State) 65% $108,200 $999,300 8.20%
10 DeVry University - Columbus, OH + Private for-profit 36% $131,800 $990,600 7.50%
* While PayScale relies upon tuition information from the Department of Education for all schools listed in the PayScale College ROI Rankings, this school has an uncommon cost. Please see the methodology for details on how we accounted for these cost differences.
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