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The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the US

Now that the 2008-2009 school year is in full swing, the College Board has released the official numbers for the average cost of attending college this year, and CNN Money has developed a list of the 10 most expensive schools in the US. Is your alma mater on the list?

10 Most Expensive Colleges

  1. Wesleyan University: $38,934
  2. St. John's College: $39,154
  3. Columbia University: $39,326
  4. Colgate University: $39,545
  5. Carnegie Mellon University: $39,564

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  1. Bucknell University: $39,652
  2. Vassar College: $40,210
  3. Kenyon College: $40,240
  4. Sarah Lawrence College: $40,350
  5. George Washington University: $40,437


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absolutromantic absolutromantic 8 years
If you include housing, NYU will top just about all of those on the list at $52,202. Even without housing, it just barely misses the cut at $38,722. I am SO glad I transferred out of there!
jmichelle jmichelle 8 years
My cost of tuition raised every single semester since I enrolled... but at least they're not on the list- a "mere" $32,480 is the current estimated cost of tuition for new students. And I'm surprised to see that Stanford isn't on here- aren't they like way up there?
RK2590 RK2590 8 years
I went to Colgate...guess this means I should be extra nice to my parents this week
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
yikes. I have to keep this list as where not to apply.. :(
Shleebs Shleebs 8 years
Interesting, my alma mater, Vanderbilt, is over $50k a year, and it didn't make this list. Perhaps they're not counting room and board. And for the people who want to gripe about the prices-- many of these schools, like Vanderbilt, offer excellent financial support for a variety of students. I actually graduated in the black.
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
WOW! I live in mt vernon, right next to Kenyon College, i had NO IDEA it was so expensive!
julieulie julieulie 8 years
It's also important to remember that a lot of these schools do give out a significant amount of scholarship money, not just financial need based. I went to GW undergrad, and did not qualify for any financial need money, but had over half my tuition covered by an academic scholarship, and even more through a music scholarship, which brings the cost down significantly. I don't regret it one bit... especially since I was able to go to school in D.C. and had internship opportunities that I wouldn't have had elsewhere.
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 8 years
The larger private schools have larger endowments, making their schools have smaller tuitions. Kenyon, and small private schools like it, tend to have smaller endowments so they cost more to attend.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Mine just missed the list... it's crazy to think that my entire graduate education at a state university will cost less than half of what a year at my private undergrad school was!
silverpenny013 silverpenny013 8 years
I went to the University of Denver: (from the DU website) Tuition: $32,976 Room & Board: $9,670 Fees: $834 Total: $43,480 Apparently it's all in the room and board! What's interesting about it is that private universities have much more access to scholarship money. State colleges (in Colorado at least) absolutely don't, so while they maybe technically be less expensive, it's possible that you would pay less by going to the more expensive school. Granted, even with a scholarship, I didn't pay less than I would have at CU... but I knew people who did.
verily verily 8 years
There are plenty of very good state universities that cost less than $10,000 a year. My alma mater has many highly-ranked programs, including business, law, and engineering.
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 8 years
This is pathetic. The cost of college tuition in the States is out-of-control. The funny thing is is that these schools could lower their tuitions if they wanted to - with all the endowments these private colleges's pretty shameful of them. The other funny thing is is that going to university in the UK and Ireland is free, bitches...and the tuition for a non-European Union student (such as an American student) is much, much cheaper....try in the range of $10,000 a year. I'll take Oxford and Trinity over American universities any day!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I was surprised to see Kenyon on the list. I'm actually surprised to see so many small schools on the list. I thought the bigger private schools would be more expensive.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
SO glad I went to my public high school, state college, and state law school. And .... I'm a lawyer, just like those that went to $$$$$$ schools ;)
menomena menomena 8 years
I went to the University of Richmond. Stats from their website: Tuition, Room, Board and Fees (2008-09) * Undergraduate tuition: $38,850 * Room, board and fees: $8,200 * Total: $47,050 Just missed the list!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 8 years
CNN made a correction to their original list that ranked Wesleyan as the most expensive school, so now the university is ranked at number 10.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Isn't NYU like $50K by now?!
helenahandbag helenahandbag 8 years
Oh, Kenyon, my beloved alma mater. Still in the top 5. I kind of feel bad for my friends who are still attending (I graduated in May). But, as OHmeetsBK says, it was definitely worth every penny :)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
This is per year? Hmmm...I'm glad my nephews opted for cheaper State university here in CA. I remember when my dad was crapping bricks over my brother tuition cost at USC. He totally rebelled when I said I wanted to go to USC too and wanted him to foot the bill like he did for my brother. My dad mysteriously disappeared for about 2 years and when he came back he asked me how USC was. I told him I suppose its fine however my higher education is coming from working at the local record store. My dad said what you're not in college, I sent a check? Yeah, dad you sent a check for $12 I think the tuition is more than $12.
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
Yikes... Columbia is up there. I had thought it was pretty much in line with similar schools.
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 8 years
Went to Kenyon - worth every penny!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i thought that GW was the most expensive from last year so this is something new and good :) my SIL went there and my bosses daughter is looking at the school.
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