Best need-blind liberal arts colleges
Needs-blind is a policy where a candidate’s ability to pay for their education is not a factor under consideration during the admissions process. Focusing on schools that implement this policy can increase your chance of acceptance. Here we rank the best need-blinds liberal arts schools using our economics-based methodology.
Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.
Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.
Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.
Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.
Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.
Claremont McKenna College
Harvey Mudd College
Davidson, North Carolina
Clinton, New York
University of Richmond
University of Richmond, Virginia
New York, New York
Poughkeepsie, New York
St Olaf College