Look. If you can go to Harvard, do. OK? Let's get that out of the way right up front.
If you can't, here's a list of 12 places that are good value for money.
I have a lot of connections to schools on this list. I almost went to the University of Cincinnati. I had students who taught at Ohio University. I taught at George Mason. I currently work at the University of Oklahoma. I received job offers from West Virginia University and the University of Texas. I guess I am just a big bang for the buck kind of guy.
Oh and by the way, the average wage premium for a college degree over no college at all was right at $21,000 PER YEAR in 2011.