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The 25 Most Expensive Colleges In The United States

By CM Chaney · May 1, 2024

The cost of college education in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the sticker prices for out-of-state tuition, annual fees, and residential charges at the nation's most expensive four-year institutions have reached staggering heights, even before financial aid is considered.

Here are the 25 most expensive colleges and universities in the country.  Vasily Koloda on Unsplash

25. Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)

As an Ivy League member, Cornell University charges out-of-state students $75,128 per year, with an acceptance rate of about 11%.  Will Barkoff on Unsplash

24. University of Rochester (Rochester, New York)

The University of Rochester, known for its nursing and music education programs, has a sticker price of $75,305 per year.  Wikimedia/Ktr101

23. Connecticut College (New London, Connecticut)

Students at Connecticut College pay $75,315 annually before financial aid, and the school has no application fee.  Wikimedia/R Boed

22. Barnard College (New York City, New York)

Barnard College, ranked as America's No. 1 women's school by Niche, has a sticker price of $75,335 per year.  Wikimedia/ajay_suresh

21. Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)

Boston College, one of America's best Catholic colleges, charges students up to $75,422 per year on average.  Wikimedia/Quintinsoloviev

20. Scripps College (Claremont, California)

Scripps College, the sixth-best women's school in the nation, has a sticker price of $75,474 per year.  Wikimedia/Sdkb

19. Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Franklin and Marshall College, known for its liberal arts and political science programs, charges students $75,512 annually.  Wikimedia/Smallbones

18. Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

Southern Methodist University, with notable alumni like Kourtney Kardashian and Laura Bush, has a retail price of $75,650 per year.  Wikimedia/Spencerjc1

17. Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut)

Students at Wesleyan University pay $75,800 for a year of school before scholarships, with a 16% acceptance rate.  Wikimedia/Smartalic34

16. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)

Oberlin College has a sticker price of $75,888, and while the SAT is not required, accepted students typically score between 1280-1480.  Wikimedia/Daderot

15. Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)

Bard College in upstate New York costs $75,921 per year pre-financial aid, with most incoming students from public high schools.  Wikimedia/BardCollegeBerlinCommunications

14. Reed College (Portland, Oregon)

Reed College charges $75,950 each year and is ranked among America's best colleges with no application fee.  Wikimedia/Cacophony

13. Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania)

Haverford College charges its students an average of $75,966 annually, with SAT scores being optional for applicants.  Wikimedia/Jackbauerinvc

12. Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York)

Vassar College has a sticker price of $76,000 per year on average, with more than half of students receiving financial aid.  Wikimedia/Thompson Photo Co.

11. Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)

Tuition, fees, and campus housing at Georgetown University cost $76,106 per year before financial aid, ranked as America's No. 2 Catholic college.  Wikimedia/APK

10. Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts)

Wellesley College, consistently ranked as one of the best women's colleges, costs students an average of $76,220 each year before financial aid.  Wikimedia/John Phelan

9. University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

The University of Chicago, America's most expensive four-year university, charges students $76,302 per year and is ranked as America's No. 3 college for economics.  Wikimedia

8. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

Northwestern University charges an average sticker price of $76,317 per year and consistently ranks highly for journalism and communications studies.  Wikimedia/Rdsmith4

7. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

Brown University, an Ivy League school known for English studies, typically charges $76,476 annually with a 7% acceptance rate.  Wikimedia/Kenneth C. Zirkel

6. Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire)

Dartmouth College, an Ivy League university, typically charges $76,480 per year with an 8% acceptance rate.  Wikimedia/Kane5187

5. Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts)

Tufts University, ranked among the best schools for art in America, charges students $76,492 per year without financial aid.  Wikimedia/HereToHelp

4. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

Out-of-state Trojans pay $77,459 for a year at USC before financial aid, known as a top school for film and photography.  Wikimedia/Bobak Ha'Eri

3. Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Amherst College in central Massachusetts has a sticker price of $76,800 per school year, with an 11% acceptance rate.  Wikimedia/AWBridges

2. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school ranked as the best college for business in America, costs students $76,826 annually with an 8% acceptance rate.  Wikimedia/Bryan Y.W. Shin

1. Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California)

Harvey Mudd, California's most expensive college, costs students $77,339 per year, but about 70% of students receive some form of financial aid.  Wikimedia