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BYU, University of Utah ranked in new 'best colleges for your money' list

Two Utah schools made MONEY magazine’s best colleges for your money list.

Not surprisingly, those schools at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.

Brigham Young ranked at No. 105 on the list, while the U. finished at 247.

Princeton University led the entire list, ranking ahead of CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Los Angeles in the top five. Stanford was also tied for the No. 5 spot.

The list has Harvard at No. 10, Yale at No. 14 and Brown University at No. 34.

The rankings compared 2,400 colleges on 27 different data points, specifically ranking them on how well they combine education quality, affordability and alumni success, according to MONEY magazine.

MONEY magazine used data from the U.S. Department of Education,, MONEY/College Measures calculations and Peterson’s.

To make the list, schools must have at least 500 students, have reliable data that can be analyzed, no financial issues, have a graduation rate that is above the median for its category (public vs. private).

Here’s how the two Utah-based schools compared:

Brigham Young University

  • Median SAT/ACT score: 1260/29
  • Cost without aid: $18,700
  • Cost with average grant: $13,900
  • Percent who get need-based grants: 39 percent
  • Percent who get merit grants: 21 percent
  • Early career earnings: $52,800
  • University of UtahMedian SAT/ACT score: 1160/26
  • Cost without aid: $23,00
  • Cost with average grant: $13,100
  • Percent who get need-based grants: 40 percent
  • Percent who get merit grants: 3 percent
  • Early career earnings: $49,400

A survey from also ranked BYU in the top 10 best-value colleges in the country based on annual tuition rates, according to the Deseret News.The Provo school ranked at No. 10 on the list with a $5,000 tuition, the Deseret News reported.

BYU also ranked ahead of all Utah schools in's list of hardest schools to get into, according to the Deseret News. The rankings were based on acceptance rates, SAT scores and ACT scores.

BYU and Westminster College previously led a U.S. News and World Report rankings of schools in 2014, with BYU breaking the top 100 national universities, according to the Deseret News.

In that list, BYU tied four other schools (Purdue University, the University of Georgia and Texas A&M University) for the No. 62 spot, the Deseret News reported.

More recently, the University of Utah’s entrepreneurship program ranked among the top in the nation, the Deseret News reported. The program ranked within the top 25 for the fourth consecutive year.