2018 Best Bang for the Buck

Welcome to the Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, where we rate schools based on what they are doing for the country. It’s our answer to U.S News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to evaluate schools. Below are our rankings of America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges—our exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Go here for an explanation of these rankings, here for all of our other rankings, and here for feature stories and more information, including ranking methodologies.