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Which private colleges award merit scholarships to the most students?

March 13, 2019

If you are applying to private colleges, then you may be wondering which private colleges and universities award merit-based scholarships to the most students.  Merit-based scholarships, unlike need-based financial aid, are awarded to students based on academic or other merit rather than demonstrated financial need.  The percentage of students who receive merit-based financial aid can vary dramatically by school, but in general, private colleges award more merit-based aid than public institutions.  (Merit scholarships are also awarded by other entities such as churches and community organizations.) Two private schools - Walsh University in Ohio and Cooper Union in New York - offer merit-based aid to 100 percent of students, while some private colleges award merit scholarships to as little as one percent of the student population.  Especially if you do not qualify for substantial need-based financial aid, it is important to prioritize schools that offer the most merit-based assistance.


Here we present the private colleges and universities that offered merit-based financial aid to at least eighty percent of students for the 2017-18 school year:


Private Schools that Award the Most Merit Scholarships

Institution Name

Location

Percent of Students Awarded Merit Scholarships

Cooper Union

New York

100%

Walsh University

Ohio

100%

Birmingham-Southern College

Alabama

99%

Clarke University

Iowa

99%

Roanoke College

Virginia

99%

Northwestern College

Iowa

98%

Albion College

Michigan

98%

Juniata College

Pennsylvania

97%

Southwestern University

Texas

97%

University of La Verne

California

96%

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Hawaii

96%

Andrews University

Michigan

96%

St. Catherine University

Minnesota

96%

Iona College

New York

96%

John Carroll University

Ohio

96%

College of Saint Benedict

Minnesota

95%

Westminster College

Pennsylvania

95%

Augustana University

South Dakota

95%

Emmanuel College

Massachusetts

94%

Linfield College

Oregon

94%

Neumann University

Pennsylvania

94%

Stevens Institute of Technology

New Jersey

93%

St. Bonaventure University

New York

93%

Cabrini University

Pennsylvania

93%

University of Portland

Oregon

92%

Duquesne University

Pennsylvania

92%

Salve Regina University

Rhode Island

92%

Mills College

California

89%

Saint John’s University

Minnesota

89%

Southern New Hampshire University

New Hampshire

89%

Washington & Jefferson College

Pennsylvania

89%

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Indiana

88%

Siena College

New York

88%

Baylor University

Texas

88%

St. Joseph’s College

New York

87%

Millikin University

Illinois

86%

Robert Morris University

Illinois

86%

Union University

Tennessee

86%

Alverno College

Wisconsin

86%

Endicott College

Massachusetts

84%

Felician University

New Jersey

84%

Monmouth University

New Jersey

84%

Cedarville University

Ohio

84%

College of Mount Saint Vincent

New York

83%

Daemen College

New York

83%

University of Tulsa

Oklahoma

83%

Holy Family University

Pennsylvania

83%

St. John Fisher College

New York

82%

DeSales University

Pennsylvania

82%

Johnson & Wales University

Rhode Island

82%

St. John’s University

New York

80%

The College of Saint Rose

New York

80%

Oberlin College

Ohio

80%