The following is a list of colleges and universities that offer great financial aid. Selection is based on the average amount of financial aid awarded, ratio of gift aid (grant, scholarships) to self-help aid (loans, work-study), and students' reported satisfaction with their financial aid package.
These public colleges and universitiesoffer an excellent education at an affordable price. Selection is based on eductation expenditures, graduation rates, tuition, cost of living and average debt at graduation.
Applicants to these institutions must take at least two SAT subject tests. *However, some institutions on this list allow students to submit their ACT score (with writing) in lieu of subject test scores.
One of the best kept secrets in early college learning, CLEP exams offer students the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement status while potentially saving thousands of dollars in the process. Below is a list of competitive colleges accepting CLEP exam credits.
Students with the desire, but not the credentials or means, to enroll at a highly competitive institution immediately after high school may consider applying to these great schools following a successful freshman or sophomore year. All colleges listed admit a higher percentage of transfers than freshman.
These colleges produce the highest percentage of eventual doctorate recipients in the natural sciences, social and behavior sciences, and engineering. Institutions are listed in rank order and based on statistics provided by the National Science Foundation’s Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study.