The Princeton Review's Best-Value Private Colleges For 2011

Swarthmore College tops the Princeton Review and USA Today's list of best-value private colleges once again this year.

The small school claimed the number one spot for the third time in as many years, followed by Duke University and Princeton University.

The Princeton Review and USA Today looked at data from 650 competitive U.S. colleges and universities, and selected 50 private and 50 public universities according to their performance in 30 areas, including academic excellence, financial aid and cost of attendance. The data used was taken from surveys conducted from the fall of 2009 through the fall of 2010, with all financial data collected in fall 2010. For more information on methodology, see the Princeton Review.

Below, see the top 10 best-value private colleges, and check out USA Today for an interactive list.

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The Princeton Review's Best-Value Private Colleges For 2011