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The 25 Best Private Colleges

These colleges and universities took the top 25 spots among private institutions in MONEY's Best Colleges rankings.

SCHOOL LOCATION OVERALL RANK AVG. NET PRICE OF A DEGREE EARLY CAREER EARNINGS/YR
1. Babson College Babson Park, Mass. 1 $198,920 $59,700
2. Webb Institute Glen Cove, N.Y. 2 77,610 65,400
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Mass. 3 154,680 68,600
4. Princeton University Princeton, N.J. 4 146,220 56,100
5. Stanford University Stanford, Calif. 5 168,780 61,300
6. Harvard University Cambridge, Mass. 6 181,220 55,300
7. Harvey Mudd College Claremont, Calif. 7 187,690 73,300
8. Cooper Union New York, N.Y. 8 146,800 61,400
9. Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 9 82,040 50,000
10. California Institute of Technology Pasadena, Calif. 10 174,830 68,400
11. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pa. 11 201,610 57,200
12. Williams College Williamstown, Mass. 14 168,570 50,400
13. Yale University New Haven, Conn. 15 182,800 50,000
14. Amherst College Amherst, Mass. 17 156,650 53,000
15. Brown University Providence, R.I. 19 192,030 52,300
16. Rice University Houston, Texas 20 149,850 55,700
16. Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind. 20 184,540 54,000
18. Columbia University New York, N.Y. 22 206,750 57,600
19. Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y. 24 194,330 57,000
19. Dartmouth College Hanover, N.H. 24 189,080 55,000
21. Colgate University Hamilton, N.Y. 27 186,520 51,800
22. Bentley University Waltham, Mass. 28 177,450 54,700
22. Lafayette College Easton, Pa. 28 178,450 57,600
24. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pa. 32 174,790 51,000
24. Lehigh University Bethlehem, Pa. 32 190,590 58,500
24. Principia College Elsah, Ill. 32 65,520 42,200
24. Duke University Durham, N.C. 32 192,800 55,900
NOTES: Net price of degree is estimated cost from freshman year to graduation, taking into account all scholarships and grants awarded by the school, inflation, and the average time it takes students to graduate. Early career earnings is average annual self-reported earnings for respondents who graduated within the past five years. SOURCES: IPEDS, Peterson’s, Payscale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

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