The 38 "best buy" colleges, according to the Fiske guide to colleges

The Fiske Guide to Colleges named 38 schools as "best buy" colleges for 2018.

Fiske ranks colleges based on their commitment to provide what Abigail Summerville of CNBC calls "reasonable" tuition.

Edward Fiske, the author of the Fiske Guide and former education editor at the New York Times, systematically reviews over 300 private and public colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, according to the website College Countdown. He places each one in either an inexpensive or moderate category based on in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees.

Fiske says parents are more savvy to the financial aid process now. But he wants parents to keep in mind that the tuition listed on a college's website, the sticker price, isn't necessarily what they will be paying.

Here are the public and private 'Best Buy' colleges and universities, according to Fiske:


Arizona State University

Evergreen State College

University of Florida

University of Iowa

University of Maryland

University of Missouri

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

New College of Florida

University of North Carolina at Asheville

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina State University

University of Oregon

SUNY-Binghamton University

SUNY-University at Buffalo

SUNY-College at Geneseo

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin–Madison


Brigham Young University

Centre College

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Earlham College

Florida Southern College

Guilford College

McGill University

Mount Holyoke College

Oglethorpe University

Olin College of Engineering

Principia College

Rice University

University of St. Andrews

St. Olaf College

University of the South (Sewanee)

Warren Wilson College

Wheaton College (IL)

Xavier University of Louisiana

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

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