Colleges that Are Good Investments

Are there any reliable listings of colleges that will let us know about schools with such things as best financial aid, best career placement services and so on? -- Looking

Answer: You definitely need to get the Princeton Review's "Colleges that Pay You Back" book. It lists the schools where you get the best return on your tuition investment -- in other words, the best bang for your buck. It also addresses the major concern of college applicants and their parents about paying for college and finding a job that pays back on that investment. You can also get much of this information and how it was obtained at

On the "Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back" list, the top five colleges are:

1. California Institute of Technology

2. Princeton University

3. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

4. Harvey Mudd College

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology