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The Top Schools for College Degree ROI by Region


Where you attend college can be an important factor when filling out college applications. If you have your heart set on a certain part of the country, then you should know which schools in that region will give you the best return on your educational investment.

West Coast Schools

On the West Coast, Harvey Mudd College, CalTech and Stanford University make up the top three West Coast schools for return on your investment. The top two schools on this list are also two of the best five schools to give you the most return on your investment.

Mountain Schools

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If you are hoping to spend your college career in one of the mountain schools, take a look at Colorado School of Mines, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) – Prescott, AZ, and DeVry University in Phoenix.

Midwest Schools

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology round up the top three schools in the midwest region.

Central South Schools

For those looking to make the move to the central south for your college career, you’ll want to head to Texas. Rice University, Texas A&M University, and University of Texas (UT) – Austin are the schools that will give you the highest ROI.

Southeast Schools

In the southeast, a public school beats out both big-name private institutions. The Georgia Institute of Technology comes in first, followed by Duke University and John Hopkins University will provide you the biggest return on your educational investment. 

Northeast Schools

Competition is stiff in the northeast. This region dominated our overall ROI list. If you’ve got your heart set on the East Coast, you will receive the most on your educational investment from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and SUNY-Maritime College

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