The 38 ‘Best Buy’ Colleges and Universities in 2018, According to the Fiske Guide

Posted on July 20, 2017

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 has named 38 institutions as “best buy” colleges and universities—including our clients Spelman College and Alfred University. The Guide ranks institutions based on their commitment to provide what Abigail Summerville of CNBC calls “reasonable tuition.” Edward Fiske, author of the Guide and previously the education editor at the New York Times, annually reviews more than 300 private and public colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Here are the public and private “Best Buy” colleges and universities, according to the 2018 Fiske Guide:

Public Colleges and Universities:

University of Aberdeen (Great Britain)

Arizona State University

University of British Columbia (Canada)

Evergreen State College

University of Florida

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of Iowa

Iowa State University

University of Mary Washington

McGill University (Canada)

New College of Florida

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina State University

Ohio University

University of Oregon

Oregon State University

Queen’s University (Canada)

University of St. Andrews (Great Britain)


University of Toronto (Canada)

University of Washington

Private Colleges and Universities:

Alfred University

Baylor University

Brigham Young University

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Cornell College

Deep Springs College

DePaul University

Drexel University

Elon University

Florida Southern College

Hendrix College

Illinois Institute of Technology

Juniata College

Marquette University

Millsaps College

Morehouse College

Olin College of Engineering

Presbyterian College

College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University

Saint Louis University

Spelman College

Trinity University (Texas)

Wheaton College (Illinois)

[Sources: (Summerville, CNBC, 7/11;  College Countdown report, accessed 7/11; Laundry, Bostonian, 7/3).]

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