Top 25 Colleges under $20,000

We created our Best Colleges under $20,000 list based on net price (see below for “What is Net Price?”) and over 50 factors we use to construct our 2017 Best Colleges ranking to help students find high-quality schools with unexpectedly low price tags.

Rank College Name Net Price Value Grade Acceptance Rate SAT Range Total Students
Rank 1
College Name Stanford University
Net Price $17,952
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 5%
SAT Range 1380-1570
Total Students 7,019
Rank 2
College Name Yale University
Net Price $19,317
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 6%
SAT Range 1410-1600
Total Students 5,470
Rank 3
College Name Harvard University
Net Price $15,095
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 6%
SAT Range 1410-1600
Total Students 7,200
Rank 4
College Name Princeton University
Net Price $18,885
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 7%
SAT Range 1400-1600
Total Students 5,275
Rank 5
College Name Pomona College
Net Price $19,205
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 12%
SAT Range 1380-1540
Total Students 1,638
Rank 6
Net Price $15,850
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 32%
SAT Range 1280-1480
Total Students 27,395
Rank 7
College Name Amherst College
Net Price $14,687
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 14%
SAT Range 1350-1548
Total Students 1,792
Rank 8
Net Price $12,510
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 19%
SAT Range 1190-1460
Total Students 29,033
Rank 9
College Name University of Virginia
Net Price $14,069
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 29%
SAT Range 1250-1460
Total Students 15,622
Rank 10
Net Price $16,832
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 40%
SAT Range 1170-1410
Total Students 36,309
Rank 11
Net Price $16,655
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 16%
SAT Range 1240-1500
Total Students 26,320
Rank 12
College Name Virginia Tech
Net Price $18,398
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 73%
SAT Range 1110-1320
Total Students 23,685
Rank 13
Net Price $10,936
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 28%
SAT Range 1220-1420
Total Students 17,570
Rank 14
College Name Colby College
Net Price $18,477
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 28%
SAT Range 1230-1430
Total Students 1,847
Rank 15
Net Price $12,187
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 33%
SAT Range 1310-1490
Total Students 13,253
Rank 16
Net Price $16,249
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 59%
SAT Range 1290-1480
Total Students 31,742
Rank 17
Net Price $16,131
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 57%
SAT Range 1180-1400
Total Students 28,306
Rank 18
College Name Reed College
Net Price $18,671
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 39%
SAT Range 1290-1480
Total Students 1,339
Rank 19
Net Price $12,406
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 33%
SAT Range 1270-1470
Total Students 6,214
Rank 20
College Name University of Florida
Net Price $14,786
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 46%
SAT Range 1170-1360
Total Students 29,907
Rank 21
College Name Ohio State University
Net Price $18,215
Value Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 53%
SAT Range 1160-1390
Total Students 40,613
Rank 22
College Name Texas A&M University
Net Price $11,725
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 71%
SAT Range 1080-1310
Total Students 42,129
Rank 23
College Name Purdue University
Net Price $13,081
Value Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 59%
SAT Range 1080-1330
Total Students 28,419
Rank 24
Net Price $14,966
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 36%
SAT Range 1100-1370
Total Students 19,914
Rank 25
College Name University of Georgia
Net Price $13,287
Value Grade A
Acceptance Rate 56%
SAT Range 1140-1330
Total Students 25,371

What is Net Price?

Net Price is the average out-of-pocket cost after accounting for scholarships and grants, as reported by the college.

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Top 25 Colleges under $20,000