Best Value Religious Schools

Devout religious students often choose to attend schools associated with their faith. 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.

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School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
16.4%N/A13.4%N/A$641,000N/A$830,000N/A$262,000N/A95%4$24,70012%
1Duke University(Private)
Annual ROI6.4%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI13.4%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$641,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$830,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$262,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,700
Grant Money Received12%
26.5%6.6%9.4%9.4%$640,000$642,000$743,000$744,000$251,000$249,00089%4$26,4009%
2Santa Clara University(Private)
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.4%
20 Year Net ROI$640,000
20 Year Net ROI$642,000
20 Year Net ROI$743,000
20 Year Net ROI$744,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,400
Grant Money Received9%
36.2%N/A11.4%N/A$619,000N/A$781,000N/A$263,000N/A94%4$26,10013%
3Georgetown University(Private)
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$619,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$781,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$263,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,100
Grant Money Received13%
411.8%11.8%13.5%13.5%$595,000$595,000$614,000$614,000$71,100$71,10083%6$20,00014%
4Brigham Young University-Provo(Private)
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI13.5%
Annual ROI13.5%
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
20 Year Net ROI$614,000
20 Year Net ROI$614,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,100
Total 4 Year Cost$71,100
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$20,000
Grant Money Received14%
56.7%6.7%9.1%9.1%$591,000$591,000$670,000$670,000$221,000$221,00071%4$31,70041%
5Manhattan College(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
20 Year Net ROI$591,000
20 Year Net ROI$591,000
20 Year Net ROI$670,000
20 Year Net ROI$670,000
Total 4 Year Cost$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$221,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$31,700
Grant Money Received41%
66.2%6.2%9.7%9.7%$581,000$581,000$699,000$699,000$248,000$248,00090%4$34,40013%
6Villanova University(Private)
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI9.7%
20 Year Net ROI$581,000
20 Year Net ROI$581,000
20 Year Net ROI$699,000
20 Year Net ROI$699,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$34,400
Grant Money Received13%
76.1%6.1%11.0%11.0%$571,000$571,000$723,000$723,000$254,000$254,00095%4$24,60010%
7University of Notre Dame(Private)
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI11.0%
Annual ROI11.0%
20 Year Net ROI$571,000
20 Year Net ROI$571,000
20 Year Net ROI$723,000
20 Year Net ROI$723,000
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,600
Grant Money Received10%
85.9%N/A10.8%N/A$543,000N/A$693,000N/A$251,000N/A89%4$34,00010%
8Lafayette College(Private)
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI10.8%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$543,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$693,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$34,000
Grant Money Received10%
95.7%6.0%10.6%11.5%$519,000$535,000$672,000$689,000$257,000$241,00093%4$16,10012%
9Boston College(Private)
Annual ROI5.7%
Annual ROI6.0%
Annual ROI10.6%
Annual ROI11.5%
20 Year Net ROI$519,000
20 Year Net ROI$535,000
20 Year Net ROI$672,000
20 Year Net ROI$689,000
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Total 4 Year Cost$241,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$16,100
Grant Money Received12%
105.8%5.9%8.3%8.3%$513,000$513,000$601,000$602,000$243,000$242,00082%4$36,70013%
10Fairfield University(Private)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI8.3%
Annual ROI8.3%
20 Year Net ROI$513,000
20 Year Net ROI$513,000
20 Year Net ROI$601,000
20 Year Net ROI$602,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$242,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$36,700
Grant Money Received13%
115.6%6.2%8.8%9.8%$486,000$509,000$593,000$617,000$244,000$220,00083%4$35,80016%
11Loyola University Maryland(Private)
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI9.8%
20 Year Net ROI$486,000
20 Year Net ROI$509,000
20 Year Net ROI$593,000
20 Year Net ROI$617,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,800
Grant Money Received16%
1212.6%12.6%14.7%14.7%$468,000$469,000$483,000$483,000$48,200$48,00056%6$17,70028%
12Brigham Young University-Idaho(Private)
Annual ROI12.6%
Annual ROI12.6%
Annual ROI14.7%
Annual ROI14.7%
20 Year Net ROI$468,000
20 Year Net ROI$469,000
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
Total 4 Year Cost$48,200
Total 4 Year Cost$48,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$17,700
Grant Money Received28%
135.4%5.4%8.4%8.4%$460,000$460,000$565,000$565,000$244,000$244,00072%4$32,00024%
13University of San Francisco(Private)
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI8.4%
20 Year Net ROI$460,000
20 Year Net ROI$460,000
20 Year Net ROI$565,000
20 Year Net ROI$565,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received24%
145.8%N/A8.2%N/A$459,000N/A$541,000N/A$222,000N/A75%4$29,40018%
14Seattle University(Private)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI8.2%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$459,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$541,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$222,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,400
Grant Money Received18%
155.3%5.3%10.4%10.4%$452,000$452,000$605,000$605,000$249,000$249,00091%4$25,80019%
15Emory University(Private)
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI10.4%
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,800
Grant Money Received19%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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. BYU’s 11 colleges and schools offer programs in a wide range of fields, including engineering, the liberal arts, management, law and agriculture. Many prominent members of the LDS Church have graduated from BYU, and the school counts Twilight 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. 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. 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 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.


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