10 Best Colleges for the Money Princeton sits atop the list By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:18 PM CDT 20 comments Comments A person walks with an umbrella at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (Newser) – There are about 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the US. Money looked at all of them, screened out the ones with fewer than 500 undergraduate students, financial troubles, or graduation rates below the median, then ranked the remaining 705 schools on a variety of things related to alumni success, educational quality, affordability, comparative value, and the majors offered. The result: A ranking of all 705 colleges based on best value for the money. The top 10, along with the estimated price as of the 2016-17 school year without financial aid and the average early career earnings of graduates: Princeton University: $61,300 and $62,800, respectively University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: $28,100; $59,000 Harvard University: $64,800; $62,900 Rice University (Texas): $58,600; $63,700 University of California, Berkeley: $35,700; $60,300 Brigham Young University, Provo: Tied for 5th place at $18,500 and $51,800 Amherst College (Massachusetts): $66,600; $53,400 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York): $62,800; $63,200 University of Virginia: $28,100; $55,400 Stanford University: $65,300; $68,600 Click for the complete list.