# Liberal arts colleges with the best starting pay

Read more**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.

**Earnings plus**: 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 earnings*plus *performance.

#### Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, California

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $58,309

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $34,576

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $35,892

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $43,036

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $31,361

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $16,895

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $20,577

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $18,650

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $19,059

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $18,649

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $28,926

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Barnard College

New York, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $15,988

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $29,600

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,850

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,809

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $1,679

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Colby College

Waterville, Maine

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $23,861

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Union College

Schenectady, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $15,365

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $15,984

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $26,326

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.