NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I want to go to a small school. I want to make a lot of money after graduation. I don't want to pay an exorbitant amount for my college education. Where should I go?

A new tool called the College Scorecard, a data-rich Web site launched on Saturday by the Obama Administration, came up with a list of 11 public and private universities that satisfy these parameters for would-be students.

The tool, which allows users to plug in a variety of factors to find the best school to go to, compares and contrasts "nearly all post-secondary institutions in the United States" based on size, pricing, degrees, graduation rates and salary after graduation, among other measurements of more than 7,000 higher-ed institutions. The Web site does not attempt to rank schools. The data is based on students who have received a federal loan or grant to attend college, according to The New York Times.

"For the first time, students and their advisors can search for the earnings of students who attended an institution, along with the most up-to-date information about other measures of a college's quality, including the percentage of students who graduate or repay their loans," according to a Sept. 14 blog post by The White House. "Students can also access a new measure of cumulative student debt for borrowers who complete their degree at each institution and an improved measure of students' success in repaying their loans."

To find the small colleges where students have the highest salaries after graduation, TheStreet chose to use parameters of colleges that have less than 2,000 students; with average annual costs of $15,000 or less; and an annual salary after attending of more than $50,000. (The College Scorecard notes that the national average for salary after attending college is $34,363.)

The big message? If you want to get the most bang for your buck -- by a long shot -- you might consider a life at sea. Want to know why? Read on to the end to find out. 

Here's the list of colleges, sorted from least to most salary after attending. And when you're done be sure to check out the best schools to earn an MBA degree.

Note: The average annual cost is the annual net price for students who get financial aid, after aid from the school, state or federal government is applied. For public schools, the annual cost is the average cost for in-state students. Salary after attending is the median earnings of former students who received financial aid at 10 years after entering the school.

 

11. Cleary University
Ann Arbor, Mich.
450 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $11,516
Graduation Rate: 31%
Average Salary After Attending: $50,500

Approximately 81% of students who attend Cleary University earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

As a business school, its most popular programs of study are: business, management, marketing and related support services. Approximately 93% of students obtain in a degree in these areas.

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10. Trinity Washington University
Washington, D.C.
1,810 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $14,421
Graduation Rate: 32%
Average Salary After Attending: $52,100

Trinity Washington University is a women-only, private Catholic university.

Approximately 53% of students who attend earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Its most popular programs include: health professions and related programs, 29% of students chose this field; psychology, 24% of students chose this area of study; business, management, marketing and related support services, 10% of students chose to focus their studies here; and homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, where 9% of students are focusing their studies.

 

9. Pomona College
Claremont, Calif.
1,587 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $12,557
Graduation Rate: 96%
Average Salary After Attending: $52,600

Approximately 61% of students who attend Pomona College, a small liberal arts school outside of Los Angeles, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Pomona College's most popular programs include: Social Sciences, 22% of its students have chosen to focus their studies; biological and biomedical sciences, 19% of students chose these areas of study; psychology, 9% of students chose to focus their studies here; mathematics and statistics, 8% of students chose to focus their studies; and physical science, 7% of students are focusing here.

 

8. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, N.M.
1,490 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $10,219
Graduation Rate: 46%
Average Salary After Attending: $52,800

Approximately 66% of students who attend New Mexico Tech, as its known, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Engineering is by far the most popular field of study at this science, engineering and research university, located about 75 miles south of Albuquerque, with 59% of students choosing this field. Other popular majors include biological and biomedical sciences, 10% of students chose these areas of study; computer and information sciences and support service, 9% of students chose to focus their studies here; and the physical sciences, where 7% students chose to focus their studies.

7. University of Phoenix - Puerto Rico campus
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
437 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $14,605
Graduation Rate: 21%
Average Salary After Attending: $53,400

Approximately 71% of students who attend the for-profit college, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Students who attend University of Phoenix focus on business, management, marketing and related support services studies.

 

6. University of Connecticut - Stamford
Stamford, Conn.
1,224 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $8,438
Graduation Rate: 58%
Average Salary After Attending: $53,900

Approximately 79% of students who attend University of Connecticut, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Areas of study vary widely at this Connecticut public institution. Approximately 13% of students choose health professions and related programs to focus their studies. Another 12% choose the social sciences, while 12% choose business, management, marketing and related support services studies as their areas of focus.

One of several UConn campuses, the downtown Stamford campus provides easy access to internships, field placement and jobs with many large companies and non-profit organizations.


5. University of Connecticut - Avery Point
Groton, Conn.
645 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $10,141
Graduation Rate: 48%
Average Salary After Attending: $53,900

Approximately 79% of students who attend University of Connecticut, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Areas of study vary widely at this public school. Approximately 13% of students choose health professions and related programs on which to focus their studies. Another 12% choose the social sciences, while 12% choose business, management, marketing and related support services studies as their areas of focus.

One of several UConn campuses, the Avery Point campus specializes in marine and maritime studies. The campus is home to the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, Project Oceanology, the National Undersea Research Center, and the Long Island Sound Resource Center.

 

4. Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Memphis
1,101 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $9,425
Graduation Rate: 48%
Average Salary After Attending: $54,900

Approximately 85% of students who attend Baptist College of Health Sciences earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

The private Christian college specializes in preparing students for health care careers. All of the students who attend focus their studies in health professions and related programs.

 

3. Crouse Hospital - Pomeroy College of Nursing
Syracuse, N.Y.
336 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $12,223
Graduation Rate: 49%
Average Salary After Attending: $58,500

Approximately 84% of students who attend Crouse Hospital - Pomeroy College of Nursing, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

The private college specializes in preparing students to become nurses. All of the students who attend focus their studies in health professions and related programs.

 

 

2. University of the Potomac - VA Campus
Vienna, Va.
26 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $14,652
Graduation Rate: N/A
Average Salary After Attending: $65,400

Approximately 75% of students who attend the University of the Potomac, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Approximately 86% of students who attend the for-profit school mainly specialize in business, management, marketing and related support services. Another 14% tailor their studies on computer and information sciences and support services.

 

1. United States Merchant Marine Academy
Kings Point, N.Y.
958 Undergraduates

Average Annual Cost: $4,275
Graduation Rate: 75%
Average Salary After Attending: $89,000

Approximately 90% of students who attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy, earn, on average, more than those with just a high school diploma.

Approximately half of the students who attend the school specialize in engineering, while the other half focuses on transportation and moving materials.