It's the combination of "net" price, graduation, loans and post-graduation experience that matters on the "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings on washingtonmonthly.com, and many Utah schools and schools with ties to the LDS Church appear to make the grade:
According to the school rankings, Brigham Young University-Idaho comes in as No. 2 in the Western "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings.
Brigham Young University in Provo is ranked No. 15
Utah State University is ranked No. 25
The University of Utah is ranked No. 26
Brigham Young University-Hawaii is ranked No. 40
Southern Utah University is ranked No. 60
Weber State University is ranked No. 83
Utah Valley University is ranked No. 115
See where these schools fall in student loan default rate performance, graduation rate, net price depending on family income, admission percentages and more at washingtonmonthly.com.