The only way an investment in private college can potentially pay off is if students do their homework to find a school that fits their academic interests and social needs.
The University of Pennsylvania gives Ivy League students a mix of challenging academics and a bustling social life, according to Forbes.
Brown University attracts students who want the academic rigor of an Ivy League institution in an unconventional format.
The California Institute of Technology attracts students from around the world to its esteemed science and engineering program.
Rice University is a no-brainer choice for high-performing students who want sports to be a big part of their college experience.
The engineering and physical sciences programs are standouts among the academic offerings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.