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The Best College In Every State That’s Worth Your Money

America is home to over 4,000 different colleges and universities, which means that picking the right school requires some due diligence on your part. How much college can you afford? How much money in student loans are you willing to take out? While we don’t necessarily have the answers to those questions, we’ve used salary data to narrow down your options so you can choose from only the colleges that are proven to give you the biggest return on your tuition investment. In other words, these are the colleges that are actually well worth the cost.

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Alabama

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Total Cost: $94,100

ROI on Tuition: $500,000

Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Total Cost: $69,100

ROI on Tuition: $559,000

Arizona

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott

Total Cost: $188,000

ROI on Tuition: $546,000

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Total Cost: $90,300

ROI on Tuition: $347,000

California

Harvey Mudd College

Total Cost: $260,000

ROI on Tuition: $962,000

Colorado

Colorado School of Mines

Total Cost: $123,000

ROI on Tuition: $883,000

Connecticut

Yale University

Total Cost: $251,000

ROI on Tuition: $626,000

Delaware

University of Delaware

Total Cost: $103,000

ROI on Tuition: $476,000

District of Columbia

Georgetown University

Total Cost: $254,000

ROI on Tuition: $564,000

Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach

Total Cost: $189,000

ROI on Tuition: $518,000

Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

Total Cost: $96,200

ROI on Tuition: $824,000

Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University

Total Cost: $148,000

ROI on Tuition: $269,000

Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Total Cost: $70,500

ROI on Tuition: $581,000

Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Total Cost: $117,000

ROI on Tuition: $561,000

Indiana

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Total Cost: $232,000

ROI on Tuition: $738,000

Iowa

Iowa State University

Total Cost: $76,100

ROI on Tuition: $418,000

Kansas

Ottawa University

Total Cost: $150,000

ROI on Tuition: $470,000

Kentucky

Thomas More College

Total Cost: $155,000

ROI on Tuition: $370,000

Louisiana

Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College

Total Cost: $94,800

ROI on Tuition: $417,000

Maine

Maine Maritime Academy

Total Cost: $100,000

ROI on Tuition: $725,000

Maryland

Capitol College

Total Cost: $135,000

ROI on Tuition: $653,000

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Total Cost: $240,000

ROI on Tuition: $959,000

Michigan

Kettering University

Total Cost: $208,000

ROI on Tuition: $743,000

Minnesota

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Total Cost: $102,000

ROI on Tuition: $432,000

Mississippi

Mississippi State University

Total Cost: $88,100

ROI on Tuition: $295,000

Missouri

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Total Cost: $87,400

ROI on Tuition: $713,000

Montana

Montana Tech of The University of Montana

Total Cost: $75,700

ROI on Tuition: $612,000

Nebraska

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Total Cost: $90,100

ROI on Tuition: $345,000

Nevada

University of Nevada – Reno

Total Cost: $90,800

ROI on Tuition: $343,000

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

Total Cost: $257,000

ROI on Tuition: $640,000

New Jersey

Stevens Institute of Technology

Total Cost: $244,000

ROI on Tuition: $800,000

New Mexico

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Total Cost: $76,000

ROI on Tuition: $601,000

New York

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Total Cost: $33,000

ROI on Tuition: $1,056,000

North Carolina

Duke University

Total Cost: $252,000

ROI on Tuition: $633,000

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

Total Cost: $78,600

ROI on Tuition: $400,000

Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Total Cost: $235,000

ROI on Tuition: $531,000

Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Total Cost: $95,800

ROI on Tuition: $407,000

Oregon

Oregon Institute of Technology

Total Cost: $86,400

ROI on Tuition: $566,000

Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University

Total Cost: $251,000

ROI on Tuition: $678,000

Rhode Island

Brown University

Total Cost: $247,000

ROI on Tuition: $578,000

South Carolina

Clemson University

Total Cost: $114,000

ROI on Tuition: $447,000

South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Total Cost: $89,700

ROI on Tuition: $653,000

Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

Total Cost: $247,000

ROI on Tuition: $472,000

Texas

Rice University

Total Cost: $221,000

ROI on Tuition: $624,000

Utah

Brigham Young University – Provo

Total Cost: $70,500

ROI on Tuition: $581,000

Vermont

Middlebury College

Total Cost: $243,000

ROI on Tuition: $324,000

Virginia

Virginia Military Institute

Total Cost: $106,000

ROI on Tuition: $660,000

Washington

University of Washington – Bothell

Total Cost: $109,000

ROI on Tuition: $583,000

West Virginia

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Total Cost: $71,400

ROI on Tuition: $508,000

Wisconsin

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Total Cost: $187,000

ROI on Tuition: $590,000

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

Total Cost: $73,700

ROI on Tuition: $345,000

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