#21. Columbia University in the City of New York

- 40-year net present value: $1,769,000

- 10-year net present value: $208,000

- Graduation rate: 95%

- Median debt: $18,794

Located in New York City, Columbia University is one of the world's most prestigious universities, established in 1754. The student-faculty ratio is 6:1 and more than 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students, according to U.S. News & World Report. The most popular majors are social sciences, engineering, computer sciences, biomedical sciences, and visual and performing arts. PayScale reports early career salaries are, on average, $76,100.

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