2016 Ranking of Best Northern Regional Universities
Our 2016 Ranking of the Best Northern Regional Universities are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include Academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors were weighted equally in our ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.com.

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Located on 188 acres in Rochester, NY, lies Roberts Wesleyan College. Roberts Wesleyan offers its 1,415 undergraduates a choice among 50 majors and a strong core curriculum in the liberal arts. It has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, 63.6 percent of its classes have less than 20 students, and 50 percent of students graduate in four years. The cost for tuition and fees at Roberts Wesleyan total $27,364 per year and graduates from Roberts Wesleyan College averaged $43,600 per year at their first jobs.

Academic reputation score: 43
Average financial aid: $18,440
Average net price: $20,445
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Wilkes University
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Founded in 1933, Wilkes University is a private institution that prides itself on giving its students extra personal attention through a focus on both teaching and mentoring. Home to 2,388 students, Wilkes University has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1, 52.3 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 79.8 percent of freshmen return for their second year. Tuition and fees at Wilkes University total $31,262 and the average starting pay for graduates is $47,900.

Academic reputation score: 44
Average financial aid: $17,756
Average net price: $24,787
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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SUNY College—​Oneonta

SUNY College—​Oneonta is home to 5,820 students who receive a liberal arts education with a pre-professional focus. Located in Oneonta, NY, SUNY College—​Oneonta offers more than 100 student organizations. It has a small student/faculty ratio at 18:1, 38.1 percent of classes have less than 20 students, and SUNY College—​Oneonta has a 85.3 percent freshman retention rate. SUNY College—​Oneonta accepts only 43 percent of its applicants, its out-of-state tuition and fees total $16,670 per year, and graduates earn on average $42,200 a year in their first jobs.

Academic reputation score: 52
Average financial aid: $6,062
Average net price: $14,667
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Saint Francis University
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St. Francis University is oldest Franciscan college and one of the first Catholic colleges established in the United States. St. Francis University is home to 1,695 undergraduate students who can choose from 25 majors. Located in Loretto, PA, St. Francis University has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1 and has rather small class sizes with 55.1 percent having less than 20 students. St. Francis has an 81.8 percent freshman retention and accepts 76.1 percent of its applicants. Its tuition and fees total $31,078 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $41,400.

Academic reputation score: 50
Average financial aid: $18,724
Average net price: $23,747
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Towson University
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Towson University sits upon 328 acres in Towson, MD, and is the second largest public university in the state. Towson has 18,779 undergraduate students who learn in an environment that combines research-based learning with practical application. Towson has a student/faculty ratio of 17:1, and 29.8 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The acceptance rate is 60.3 percent and 85.3 percent of students return for their second year. Towson University has a total out-of-state cost for tuition and fees of $20,020 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $44,300.

Academic reputation score: 49
Average financial aid: $7,396
Average net price: $13,945
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University was founded in 1934 and sits on 78 acres along the oceanfront in Newport, RI. Salve Regina is home to 2,026 students, who enjoy a low student/faculty ratio of 13:1 with 38.9 percent of classes having fewer than 20 students. Salve Regina accepts 67.1 percent of its applicants, 81 percent of whom return for their sophomore year and 61 percent of whom graduate in four years. Tuition and fees at Salve Regina University total $35,690 per year and graduates earn on average $47,600 their first year out of school.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $18,837
Average net price: $29,404
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Montclair State University
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Montclair State University is a public institution that was founded in 1908 in Montclair, NJ. It offers about 300 academic programs and over 300 organizations and clubs to its 15,431 students to choose from. Montclair State University boasts a student/faculty ratio of 17:1, 34.3 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 82.8 percent of freshmen return for their second year. Out-of-state tuition and fees at Montclair State University total $21,153 per year and the average starting pay for graduates is $42,600.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $8,174
Average net price: $13,265
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Western New England University
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Founded in 1919 on 215 acres just south of Springfield, MA, Western New England University is marked by the intentional collaboration of its programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law.  Home to 2,667 undergraduate students, Western New England University has a student/faculty ratio of 13:1, 51 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 52 percent of students graduate in four years. The cost for out-of-state tuition and fees at Western New England University total $33,466 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $52,900.

Academic reputation score: 48
Average financial aid: $16,820
Average net price: $29,070
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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SUNY—​New Paltz
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SUNY—​New Paltz sits on 257 acres in New Paltz, NY. SUNY—​New Paltz is a highly selective public institution that offers over 100 unergraduate degress. The most popular areas of study at the school are Education; Business, Management, & Marketing; Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Communication & Journalism. SUNY—​New Paltz is home to 6,570 undergraduate students. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1, 39.6 percent of classes have less than 20 students, and SUNY—​New Paltz has an 87.5 percent freshman retention rate. The university accepts 43.6 percent of its applicants, its out-of-state tuition and fees total $17,058 per year, and the average starting salary for graduates is $39,200.

Academic reputation score: 58
Average financial aid: $6,856
Average net price: $13,370
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Marywood University
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Marywood University has a total cost for tuition and fees of $31,695 per year. It is a private, Catholic intuition that continues to progress academically, as well as in its physical structure.  Marywood offers bachelor’s degrees in 64 areas, has a student/faculty ratio of 11:1, and 61.9 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Of its 2,148 students, 82.5 percent returned for their second year and 54 percent graduated within four years. The average starting salary for students from Marywood University is $41,700.

Academic reputation score: 53
Average financial aid: $18,845
Average net price: $22,796
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Gannon University
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Gannon University is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1925 and sits on 36 acres over looking the lake in Erie, PA. Gannon is home to 3,111 students who are seeking a liberal arts education within the Catholic tradition. Gannon offers more than 50 areas of study to its students. Gannon has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1 and 53.6 percent have fewer than 20 students. Gannon accepts 80.4 percent of its applicants, 79 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Gannon University total $28,368 per year, and the average starting salary for graduates is $45,200.

Academic reputation score: 49
Average financial aid: $17,168
Average net price: $20,485
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Norwich University
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An education at Norwich University aims to qualify students for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen of this free republic: to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens. Located in Northfield, VT, the university is home to 2,256 students, 74 percent of whom are male. Norwich University boasts an intimate student/faculty ratio of 13:1, 57.3 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 79.3 percent of freshmen return for their second year. Tuition and fees at Norwich University total $34,704 per year and the average first-year salary for graduates is $53,200 a year.

Academic reputation score: 46
Average financial aid: $19,587
Average net price: $27,775
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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CUNY—Brooklyn College
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Located on 35 acres in the borough of Brooklyn, CUNY—​Brooklyn College is home to 13,596 students. ​Brooklyn College’s programs are considered to be the most rigorous among the senior colleges within the City University of New York system. The most popular areas of study at the college are Business Administration and Management; Psychology; Accounting; Early Childhood Education; and Elementary Education. Brooklyn College has a student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and 32.6 percent of its classes have less than 20 students. The cost for out-of-state tuition and fees at CUNY—​Brooklyn College total $13,345 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $43,400.

Academic reputation score: 47
Average financial aid: $7,468
Average net price: $6,637
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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St. Peter’s University
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St. Peter’s University is a private, Jesuit institution founded in 1872. It sits upon 25 acres in Jersey City, NJ, and is home to 2,484 students who can choose from 48 majors. St. Peter’s also offers students an Honors Program, internships, service learning, study abroad, a Washington semester, the Guarini Institute for Government Leadership, and five year bachelor/masters degree programs. The university accepts 54.1 percent of its applicants, 74.3 percent of whom return after their freshman year, and 34 percent of whom graduate in four years. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1 with 66.8 percent of classes having less than 20 students. Tuition and fees at St. Peter’s University total $33,232 per year and graduates earn an average of $41,200 per year as a starting salary.

Academic reputation score: 41
Average financial aid: $25,515
Average net price: $15,855
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Marist College
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Marist College sits on 210 acres overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY. A private intitution founded in 1929, it has a total out-of-state cost for tuition and fees of $32,500 per year. Marist offers more than 40 majors for its undergraduates to choose from. Marist has a student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and 47.5 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Of its 5,566 students, 89.8 percent returned for their second year and 70 percent graduated within four years. The average starting salary for students from Marist is $43,400.

Academic reputation score: 70
Average financial aid: $12,540
Average net price: $33,526
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Niagara University
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Niagara University is a private institution that was founded in 1856 upon 160 acres overlooking the Canadian border in Niagara, New York. It is home to 3,227 students, who participate in service learning and study abroad programs. Niagara accepts 66.3 percent of its applicants, 80 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. The student/faulty ratio is 12:1 and 51.4 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Tuition and fees at Niagara total $29,060 per year and first year graduates earn an average of $38,600 per year.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $20,853
Average net price: $17,586
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Ramapo College of New Jersey
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Ramapo College of New Jersey is often mistaken for a private university, due to its smaller size and interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. Ramapo offers about 40 programs in five schools to its 5,614 undergraduate students. Ramapo has a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 and 37 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Ramapo accepts 55.3 percent of its applicants and 87.5 percent of freshmen return for their second year. Out-of-state tuition and fees at Ramapo College of New Jersey total $22,038 per year and the average starting pay for graduates is $40,800.

Academic reputation score: 56
Average financial aid: $12,155
Average net price: $16,005
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Rider University
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Located on 280 acres in Lawrenceville, NJ, Rider University is home to 1,821 undergraduate students who learn in a learner-centered atmosphere. The most popular areas of study at the university are Accounting; Psychology; Elementary Education; Business Administration and Management; and Rhetoric and Composition. Rider’s student/faculty ratio is 12:1 and 50.8 percent of its classes have less than 20 students. The cost for tuition and fees at Rider University total $36,830 per year and the average starting salary for Rider University graduates is $44,100.

Academic reputation score: 60
Average financial aid: $19,146
Average net price: $28,980
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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CUNY—​Hunter College
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CUNY—​Hunter College has a total cost for out-of-state tuition and fees of $15,699 per year, and 34.8 percent of its students had their financial needs fully met. Known for its large arts program that grants degrees in art, dance, film, music, and theatre, CUNY—​Hunter College has 16,689 undergraduate students who enjoy a student/faculty ratio of 14:1, and 37.7 percent of its classes have fewer than twenty students. Roughly 31 percent of applicants are accepted into CUNY—​Hunter College each year, 85.5 percent of whom returned for their second year and 22 percent of whom graduated within four years. The average starting salary for students from CUNY—​Hunter College is $43,800.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $7,260
Average net price: $7,518
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Assumption College
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Assumption College was founded in 1904 and sits upon 185 acres in Worcester, MA. It is home to 2,015 students, who can choose among the school’s bachelor’s degrees in more than 42 majors and 48 minors. Assumption’s academic atmosphere is distinguished by individual attention and the quest for personal excellence rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Augustinians. Assumption accepts 74.2 percent of its applicants, 83 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Assumption College total $36,160 per year and on average graduates make $46,300 a year their first year out of school.

Academic reputation score: 55
Average financial aid: $20,117
Average net price: $26,674
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Rowan University
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Over the past decade, Rowan University has made a significant investment in upgrading its facilities, constructing new buildings and residence halls. It is now home to 10,951 students. Ranked by Kiplinger’s as one of the “100 Best Buys in Public Colleges and Universities,” Rowan University has a total cost for tuition and fees of $20,570. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1, 44.6 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 85.5 percent of freshmen return for their second year. The average starting pay for graduates is $43,500.

Academic reputation score: 61
Average financial aid: $10,382
Average net price: $19,164
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Camden
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On 32 acres in Camden, NJ, lies the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​Camden. Rutger’s—Camden’s 4,842 undergraduate students can study within one of the the school’s three colleges and schools: the College of the Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Business. The most popular areas of study at the university are Business Administration and Management; Psychology; Registered Nursing; Biology/Biological Sciences; and Criminal Justice. Rutger’s at Camden’s student/faculty ratio is 11:1 and 37.1 percent of its classes have less than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 27 percent and 58.6 percent of applicants are admitted into the university. The cost for out-of-state tuition and fees at California State University at Chico total $27,978 per year and the average starting salary is $44,400.

Academic reputation score: 56
Average financial aid: $12,107
Average net price: $16,040
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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New York Institute of Technology
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New York Institute of Technology a private institution located on 215 acres in Old Westbury, NY. NYIT is home to 4,456 undergraduate students, who are pursuing a career-oriented professional education. The student/faculty ratio is a small 11:1, class sizes are quite small, with 61.6 percent having less than 20 students, and NYIT has a 75 percent freshman retention. New York Institute of Technology accepts 74.4 percent of its applicants, its tuition and fees total $32,180 per year, and average starting salary for graduates is $52,500.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $16,035
Average net price: $22,600
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Emerson College
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Emerson College is a private institution that emphasizes an education in writing, communications, and the liberal arts. It has a total cost for tuition and fees of $37,350 per year. Located in Boston, Emerson’s most popular degrees are Creative Writing; Cinematography and Film; Marketing; Radio and Television; and Broadcast Journalism. Emerson College has a student/faculty ratio of 13:1, and 62.8 percent of its classes have fewer than twenty students. Of its 3,731 students, 87.8 percent returned for their second year and 80 percent graduated within four years. The average starting salary for students from Emerson College is $44,300.

Academic reputation score: 69
Average financial aid: $17,720
Average net price: $33,371
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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SUNY—​Geneseo
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SUNY—​Geneseo is a public liberal arts college that was founded in 1871 and sits upon 220 acres in Geneseo, NY. An education at SUNY—Geneseo combines rigorous curriculum with rich co-curricular activities. It is home to 5,504 students, classes are medium sized (32.7 percent have fewer than 20 students), and the student/faculty ratio is 19:1. SUNY—​Geneseo accepts a 52.8 percent of its applicants, 90.8 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Out-of-state tuition and fees at SUNY—​Geneseo total $17,424 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $40,300.

Academic reputation score: 69
Average financial aid: $5,108
Average net price: $15,917
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Canisius College
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Canisius College is a private, Catholic institution located on a 72 -acre campus in Buffalo, NY. Canisius College is home to 3,084 students who can choose from 125 undergraduate degrees. Canisius College has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, 48.6 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 82.5 percent of freshmen return for their second year. The tuition and fees at Canisius College total $34,000 per year and the average starting pay for graduates is $38,300.

Academic reputation score:57
Average financial aid: $23,110
Average net price: $19,668
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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CUNY—​Queens College
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CUNY—​Queens College offers more than 100 areas of study. Located on 84 acres in Flushing, NY, CUNY—​Queens College is home to 15,351 students, the majority of whom live off campus. The acceptance rate at CUNY—​Queens College is 36.7 percent, 87 percent of whom return after their freshman year. The student/faculty ratio is 14:1, 41.4 percent of classes have 20 or fewer students, and 25 percent of students graduate in four years. The total out-of-state cost for tuition and fees is $15,777 and the average starting pay for graduates of CUNY—​Queens College is $42,300.

Academic reputation score: 55
Average financial aid: $7,658
Average net price: $6,200
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Wagner College
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Located atop 110 acres in Staten Island, NY, sits Wagner College. Wagner is home to 1,838 students who “learn by doing” in the college’s field-service driven curriculum. The student/faculty ratio is 14:1, 62.6 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students, 81.5 percent of students return for the second year, and 57 percent graduate within four years. The cost for tuition and fees at Wagner College total $40,750 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $49,800.

Academic reputation score: 56
Average financial aid: $22,028
Average net price: $27,470
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Alfred University
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Alfred University is a private institution founded in 1836 that is committed to both teaching and research, and devoted to the pursuit of technical expertise, artistic creativity, and humanistic learning. Located in Alfred, NY, Alfred University is home to1,960 undergraduate students. The student/faculty ratio is a small 12:1, 59.3 percent of classes have less than 20 students, and the  freshman retention rate is 74 percent. Seventy percent of applicants to Alfred University are admitted, its tuition and fees total $29,610 per year, and the average starting salary for graduates is $48,800.

Academic reputation score: 53
Average financial aid: $18,790
Average net price: $20,055
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Fairleigh Dickinson University has a total cost for tuition and fees of $34,882 per year. Founded in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey’s largest private university with more than 12,000 students. Fairleigh Dickinson offers 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees and has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1. Sixty-seven percent of its classes have fewer than twenty students, and of its 8,382 undergraduate students, 73 percent returned for their second year and 37 percent graduated within four years. The average starting salary for students from Fairleigh Dickinson University is $48,100.

Academic reputation score: 48
Average financial aid: $25,611
Average net price: $17,791
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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La Salle University
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La Salle University was founded in 1863 and sits upon 133 acres in Philadelphia, PA. It is home to 4,409 students, who can choose among 40 undergraduate majors in areas such as Nursing Science; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Marketing; Accounting; and Psychology. The faculty/student ratio is 13:1, 43.7 percent have fewer than 20 students, 57 percent of students graduate in four years. La Salle University only accepts 80.2 percent of its applicants, 80.5 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at La Salle University total $39,800 per year the average starting salary for graduates is $46,900.

Academic reputation score: 55
Average financial aid: $23,262
Average net price: $24,015
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Notre Dame of Maryland University
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Sitting on a 58-acre campus in north Baltimore is the historically woman’s school of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Known for its strong pharmacy program, Notre Dame of Maryland is home to 1,234 students (95 precent female) who receive a strong liberal arts education that stresses critical thinking and clear communication. Notre Dame has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1 and 12.1 percent of its classes have less than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 45 percent while the freshman-retention rate is 72.8 percent. The cost for tuition and fees at Notre Dame of Maryland University total $33,010 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $51,000.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $20,542
Average net price: $21,265
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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St. Joseph’s University
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Located on 105 acres in Philadelphia, PA, St. Joseph’s University is home to 5,374 students who can choose from 40 academic majors. St. Joseph’s is comprised of two main schools: The College of Arts and Sciences and the renowned Erivan K. Haub School of Business. St. Joseph’s has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1 and 33.5 percent of its class have less than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 70 percent and the freshman retention rate is 89 percent. The cost for tuition and fees at St. Joseph’s University total $40,580 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $48,200.

Academic reputation score: 70
Average financial aid: $18,444
Average net price: $34,347
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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CUNY—​City College
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CUNY—​City College was opened in 1847, making it the oldest of the City University’s institutions of higher learning. ​City College is home to 12,629 students who can study in programs in Liberal Arts and Science, Architecture, Engineering, Education and Biomedical Education. The most popular programs at ​City College are psychology; Engineering; Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and English Language and Literature. The student/faculty ratio is a small 14:1, 43.6 percent of classes have less than 20 students, and ​City College has an 84.3 percent freshman retention rate. The university accepts 33.9 percent of its applicants, its out-of-state tuition and fees total $15,710 per year, and the average starting salary for graduates is $52,500.

Academic reputation score: 48
Average financial aid: $8,461
Average net price: $5,820
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Molloy College
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Molloy College offers students a rich and multidimensional educational experience, both in and out of the classroom. Located in Rockville Centre, NY, the total undergraduate enrollment is 3,375 students. At Molloy it is easy to get involved in one of the school’s 40 plus student organizations. Thirty-nine percent of students graduate in four years, 88.5 percent of freshman return for their second year, and 72.7 percent of applicants are admitted to Molloy College. The average starting salary for graduates is $59,400 and the total for tuition and fees is $26,850.

Academic reputation score: 52
Average financial aid: $14,320
Average net price: $22,464
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Ithaca College
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Ithaca College sits upon 670 acres in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York. Students at Ithaca can choose from majors within the schools of Business, Communications, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities and Sciences, and Music. It is home to 6,234 students who enjoy small classes (58.8 percent have fewer than 20 students) and a low student/faculty ratio of 11:1. Ithaca College only accepts 66.6 percent of its applicants, 84.3 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Ithaca College total $39,532 per year, and the average starting salary for graduates is $44,000.

Academic reputation score: 72
Average financial aid: $20,750
Average net price: $32,769
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Le Moyne College
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Le Moyne College is located on 161 acres in Syracuse, NY, and is home to 2,785 students who can choose from 33 majors. The aim of an education at Le Moyne is to help students discover their place in life and apply knowledge toward making a difference. It offers more than 90 clubs and activities to its student body, has a student/faculty ratio of 13:1, and 84.5 percent of freshmen return for their second year. Tuition and fees at Le Moyne College total $31,340 per year, and the average starting pay for graduates is $48,400.

Academic reputation score: 61
Average financial aid: $19,246
Average net price: $22,987
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Simmons College
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Located on 12 acres in the center of Boston, MA, sits Simmons College. Simmons is home to 1,732 students who can choose among 50 undergraduate majors. The most popular areas of study at the university are Health Services; Business, Management, & Marketing; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Communication & Journalism. With a student/faculty ratio of 10:1 and with 69.2 percent of its class having less than 20 students, students at Simmons enjoy a personalized academic environment. The cost for tuition and fees at Simmons College total $36,230 per year and the average starting salary for graduates is $48,600.

Academic reputation score: 66
Average financial aid: $21,197
Average net price: $29,907
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac College

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Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, CT, and is home to 6,542 undergraduate students, over 60 percent of whom are female. Students at Quinnipiac can choose from over 50 undergraduate programs and more than 100 student organizations. The student/faculty ratio is 11:1, 46.7 percent of classes have less than 20 students, and 87.3 percent of freshman return for their second year. The university accepts 67.2 percent of its applicants, tuition and fees total $40,670 per year, and the average starting salary for Quinnipiac University graduates is $50,800.

Academic reputation score: 72
Average financial aid: $18,365
Average net price: $35,117
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CUNY—​Baruch College
CUNY_Baruch College

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Located in Manhattan, NY, CUNY—​Baruch College’s 17-story building provides a solution to the challenge of college life in an urban location. CUNY—​Baruch College offers over 170 organizations for students to get involved in. It has a total out-of-state cost for tuition and fees of $16,575 per year and an enrollment of 14,082 undergraduate students. CUNY—​Baruch College has a student/faculty ratio of 16:1, 64.1 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and 90 percent returned for their second year. The average starting salary for students from CUNY—​Baruch College is $49,700.

Academic reputation score: 58
Average financial aid: $7,467
Average net price: $7,955
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Bryant University
Bryant University

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Located on 428 acres in Smithfield, RI, Bryant University has a total cost for tuition and fees of $38,574 per year. Its First-Year Gateway program is nationally renowned and focuses on fundamental questions about the role of the individual’s character and leadership in a rapidly changing world of organizations and business. Bryant has a student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and 25.3 percent of its classes have fewer than twenty students. Of its 3,287 students, 87 percent returned for their second year. The average starting salary for students from Bryant University is $53,700.

Academic reputation score: 70
Average financial aid: $18,458
Average net price: $32,486
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University of Scranton
University of Scranton

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University of Scranton is a private institution founded in 1888. It is comprised of four colleges and schools and offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Located on 58 acres in Scranton, PA, the university is home to 3,942 students. The student/faculty ratio is a small 11:1, class sizes are relatively small with 48.5 percent having less than 20 students, and Scranton has an 88.5 percent freshman retention. The University of Scranton accepts 75.1 percent of its applicants, tuition and fees total $39,906 per year, and the average starting salary for graduates is $47,900.

Academic reputation score: 76
Average financial aid: $19,663
Average net price: $32,348
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Manhattan College
Manhattan College

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Located on 22 acres in Riverdale, NY, Manhattan College is home to 3,403 students who can choose from several areas of study within the schools of arts, business, engineering, science, and education. Manhattan provides a broad liberal arts education with specific focus in the arts and sciences or professional preparation. Manhattan accepts 66.2 percent of applicants, has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, and 46.5 percent of its class have less than 20 students. The school has a freshman retention rate of 85.3 percent and 60 percent of students graduate in four years. The cost for tuition and fees at Manhattan University total $35,725 per year and graduates earn an average salary of $57,500.

Academic reputation score: 63
Average financial aid: $18,884
Average net price: $26,151
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Fairfield University
Fairfield University

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Fairfield University’s Catholic tradition emphasizes intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of social justice, and cultivation of the whole person. Fairfield is home to 3,873 students who can choose among 40 majors and 80 student organizations. Located in Fairfield, CT, the university boasts a student/faculty ratio of 11:1, with 53.3 percent of its classes having fewer than twenty students, and 87.8 percent of freshmen returning for their second year. Tuition and fees at Fairfield University total $43,770 per year, and the average starting pay for graduates is $50,900.

Academic reputation score: 80
Average financial aid: $19,855
Average net price: $36,853
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology was founded in 1829 on 1,300 acres along the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. It is home to 13,880 students, who can choose to major in the areas of liberal arts, art and design, and business as well as science and technology, and it boasts over 300 student organizations. Class sizes are fairly small, (43.3 percent have fewer than 20 students) and a Rochester has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1. Rochester accepts 60.2 percent of its applicants, 87.5 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Rochester Institute of Technology total $35,768 per year and the average starting pay for graduates is $55,900 a year.

Academic reputation score: 74
Average financial aid: $18,073
Average net price: $27,639
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Providence College
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Providence College is a private, Catholic school that has a total cost for tuition and fees of $43,245 per year. Providence is home to 4,239 students who participate in a core curriculum that balances academic rigor, shared values, and uncommon camaraderie. Providence offers 50 bachelor’s degrees and over 100 student clubs and organizations. Providence has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1 and 47.9 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Ninety and half percent of students returned for their second year and 83 percent graduate in fours years. The average starting salary for students is $50,900.

Academic reputation score: 83
Average financial aid: $21,827
Average net price: $34,388
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey

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The College of New Jersey’s aim is to keep the most talented students in-state for their college education. Located in the capital city of Trenton, The College of New Jersey is home to 6,653 students who can choose among 50 undergraduate programs and among 150 students organizations. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1, 38.8 percent of classes have less than 20 students, and TCNJ has a 94.3 percent freshman retention. The university only accepts 43.1 percent of its applicants, out-of-state tuition and fees total $25,637 per year, and the average starting pay for graduates is $50,300.

Academic reputation score: 80
Average financial aid: $10,110
Average net price: $18,464
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Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland

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Located in Baltimore, MD, Loyola University Maryland is one of the premiere Catholic university’s on the east coast. Loyola offers more than 30 undergraduate majors of study to its 4,004 undergraduate students. Loyola admits 58 percent of its applicants, 88 percent of whom return for their sophomore year, and 79 percent of whom graduate in four years. The most popular areas of study at the university are Business; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Speech-Language Pathology. With a student/faculty ratio of 12:1 and with 38.2 percent of its classes having fewer than 20 students, students at Loyola enjoy a personalized academic environment. The cost for tuition and fees at Loyola total $44,255 per year and the average starting pay for graduates is $52,000.

Academic reputation score: 80
Average financial aid: $25,428
Average net price: $31,306
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Bentley University
Bentley University

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Bentley University is a renowned business university that focuses on training the next generation of leaders. Located minutes from Boston, Bentley’s 4,247 students have plenty of opportunity for internships during school and jobs upon graduation, with an average starting salary of $58,000. Bentley’s student/faculty ratio is 14:1, 28.9 percent of all classes have fewer than 20 students, and its freshman retention rate is 94 percent. Students at Bentley can choose among more than 100 student organizations on campus. The total cost to attend Bentley University is $42,511 and 39.2 percent of students had their financial needs met in full.

Academic reputation score: 78
Average financial aid: $24,308
Average net price: $30,501
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Villanova University
Villanova University

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Villanova University was founded in 1842 on 260 acres in Philadelphia and was named after Spanish Augustinian St. Thomas of Villanova. Villanova is home to 7,042 students. Villanova is comprised of four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. Students at Villanova enjoy very small classes (48.2 percent have fewer than 20 students) and a low student/faculty ratio of 12:1. Villanova accepts only 48.9 percent of its applicants, 94.3 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Villanova University total $45,966 and the average starting salary for graduates is $53,300.

Academic reputation score: 100
Average financial aid: $25,709
Average net price: $30,587
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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