So you're going to college? That's lovely. You should know, however, that there's some good news and some bad news about that. The good news is that you're effectively a citizen of Candy Land for the next four years, and life will never be this simple and whimsical and comprehensible again. The bad news is that it's going to cost you so, so, so much money.
All we're saying here is that you should pick wisely (and we don't mean pick the one that seems the most fun -- they're all fun). Pick the one that'll actually pay off down the line, in your wallet and in your brain. To help you do this, we recommend perusing this report from WalletHub on the colleges and universities with the most value for students.
To "determine the top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs to undergraduates," WalletHub compared almost 1,000 American colleges and universities across 30 metrics. These were broken down into seven categories, like Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing, and Career Outcomes. To score those categories, WalletHub surveyed data on things like student-faculty ratio and post-attendance median salary. And because this takes the long view, it also took into account factors like student-loan default rate.
Head over to WalletHub to review the full ranking, which even breaks into regional rankings, but below we've listed the top 30, plus a handy map that gives an overview of where these schools are located.