For the second year in a row, Sarah Lawrence College is the most expensive college in the nation for the 2009-2010 school year, while NYU edges out The George Washington University to take 2nd in the ranking.
Most of the colleges in the ranking of expensive colleges are private liberal arts schools located in the Northeast. Even while tuition at private colleges rose 4.3 percent for 2009-2010, the smallest increase in 37 years, many colleges have approached the $50,000 per year mark.
It is important to note that just because these schools have high tuition, doesn’t mean you will actually be paying that amount. Many of these colleges provide excellent financial aid packages. A lot of these schools offer scholarships that often cover most of the financial burden of attending the college. For example, MIT is tuition-free for families earning less than $75,000 a year.
These are prices for one year of education at traditional 4-year undergraduate colleges.
Highest Total Cost 2009-2010
|1. Sarah Lawrence College||$54,410|
|2. New York University||$51,991|
|3. The George Washington University||$51,730|
|4. Bates College||$51,300|
|5. Skidmore College||$51,196|
|6. Johns Hopkins University||$51,190|
|7. Georgetown University||$51,122|
|8. Connecticut College||$51,115|
|9. Harvey Mudd College||$51,037|
|10. Vassar College||$50,875|
|11. Wesleyan University||$50,862|
|12. Claremont McKenna College||$50,800|
|13. Colgate University||$50,660|
|14. Carnegie Mellon University||$50,640|
|15. Haverford College||$50,625|
|16. Bowdoin College||$50,485|
|17. Middlebury College||$50,400|
|18. Mount Holyoke College||$50,390|
|19. Bard College||$50,380|
|20. Boston College||$50,370|
|21. Franklin & Marshall College||$50,360|
|22. Bard College at Simon's Rock||$50,340|
|23. Scripps College||$50,336|
|24. Babson College||$50,324|
|25. Colby College||$50,320|
Total Cost = Tuition + Room/Board
Highest Tuition 2009-2010
|1. Middlebury College||$43,690|
|2. Connecticut College||$42,335|
|3. The George Washington University||$41,610|
|4. Vassar College||$41,335|
|5. Sarah Lawrence College||$41,040|
|6. Colgate University||$40,690|
|7. Bucknell University||$40,594|
|8. Skidmore College||$40,420|
|9. Carnegie Mellon University||$40,300|
|10. Union College (NY)||$40,068|
|11. University of Richmond||$40,010|
|12. St. John's College||$39,992|
|13. Franklin & Marshall College||$39,930|
|14. Wesleyan University||$39,822|
|15. Kenyon College||$39,810|
|16. Dickinson College||$39,780|
|17. Oberlin College||$39,686|
|18. Bowdoin College||$39,605|
|19. Bates College||$39,575|
|20. Wheaton College (MA)||$39,565|
|21. Carleton College||$39,546|
|22. St. Lawrence University||$39,520|
|23. Reed College||$39,440|
|24. Tufts University||$39,432|
|25. Bard College at Simon's Rock||$39,380|
Data compiled by CampusGrotto.com
Other Notable Colleges:
Harvard placed as the 139th most expensive college tuition wise and 112th in total cost.
Total cost is taken by adding tuition + room and board. We do not include fees when figuring the total cost. This is because many fees can be optional and can vary per student. A Student Health Insurance Fee, for example, is obviously not going to be required for a student already on their parents’ insurance plan. Some colleges also charge fees to certain majors. Including fees in the 'Total Cost' would have led to too many 'What Ifs'.
These numbers were taken directly from the college's website in October of 2009. In the case that the University does not provide an estimated cost of room and board (because some dorms on campus are priced differently), we took the price of a dorm a typical freshman would find themselves in.
Some colleges like Bates College, Colby College, Middlebury College, and Union College have a comprehensive fee (tuition + room/board). Their tuition numbers were taken by taking their total comprehensive fee and subtracting by the amount of rebate the college gives to students who choose to live off campus.