Fiske lists best colleges for the money

by Grace

The Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2014 was recently released.

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Adelphi University
  • Iowa State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • New College of Florida
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Oregon State University
  • Clark University
  • Purdue University
  • Cooper Union
  • SUNY-Binghamton University
  • Cornell College
  • SUNY-College at Geneseo
  • Deep Springs College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Elon University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • University of Florida
  • Rhodes College
  • University of Iowa
  • Rice University
  • University of Mary Washington
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • The College of Wooster
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
  • Trinity University (TX)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of the South (Sewanee)
  • University of Oregon
  • Wabash College
  • University of St. Andrews (UK)
  • Warren Wilson College
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Geared toward parents, counselors and college-bound students, the guide uses high academic rating, inexpensive or moderate price and the quality of student life on campus as criteria for its best buys. All of the guide’s best-buy schools, including 21 public institutions, fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academic ratings.

Yeah, it’s another ranking system that has its flaws.  But if you’re seeking value in a college choice, it might be worth taking a look at this list.

I notice that New York, North Carolina, and Texas each have two public colleges on the list.  Many of the Fiske schools are also on Kiplinger’s list of best values in public colleges.


7 Comments to “Fiske lists best colleges for the money”

  1. Adelphi????? No way. That is nuts.

    And three of the public universities are overseas universities, in countries that subsidize their schools far more than we do. Almost any foreign university is going to be a better deal than an American one.


  2. Why is Adelphi nuts? It’s ranked 155 by US News, which I believe puts in within the top 20%ile by that measure. And it meets 34% of average financial need, which is pretty high.


  3. Well, that just gives me one more reason not to trust US News.


  4. My school ranks higher on US News, and meets far more of average financial need (62%). So how come we aren’t a “best value”?


  5. I’m curious what is the specific problem with Adelphi? I’m not familiar with this school.

    ‘My school ranks higher on US News, and meets far more of average financial need (62%). So how come we aren’t a “best value”?’

    Who knows. I don’t know their “secret” formula, but your school may start off with a higher cost of attendance, for one thing.

    All these rating outfits focus on slightly different things. As I indicated, I still think these rankings have some value as a starting point for some searches.


  6. For Long Island/not NYC schools, I think Stony Brook and Hofstra are the strongest.


  7. I assume you mean that you consider those schools the strongest academically, but they may not be considered “best buys” when judged by a combination of measures.

    (And I’m still wondering why you consider Adelphi a stinker!)


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