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L. Brian Stauffer—University of Illinois

Overall Money rank: 22

  • Estimated price 2016-17 without aid: $30,800
  • Estimated price 2016-17 with average aid: $22,100
  • Early career earnings: $56,800
  • Average SAT/AVT score: 1355/29

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is steadily building its reputation as a stellar research institution. The university is among the top 15 public schools on the National Science Foundation’s list of high research spenders, and its strongest academic programs include accounting, several types of engineering, and physics. Students also have access to the country’s second largest university library system. (Only Harvard’s is larger.)

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