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The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S.
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1. Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y.
Sarah Lawrence is a liberal arts college that sits on 44 wooded acres about an hour's drive from New York City. With about 1,300 undergraduate students, it boasts twice the student contact with professors versus other colleges. Sarah Lawrence is also the most expensive college in the United States, charging a whopping $65,480, for tuition, room and board, and fees for the 2014-15 academic year.
2. Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif.
Harvey Mudd College is a small school of only about 800 students that boasts a student faculty ratio of 9:1. U.S. News & World Report rated Harvey Mudd the top Undergraduate Engineering College of 2015. The school features award-winning science lab facilities. And fittingly, tuition is $48,315; room and board: $15,833. That's right math wizards, that's over $64,000 total. Per. Year.
3. Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
We're heading back to New York City for the third most expensive of the colleges on this list. Columbia University on Manhattan's Upper West Side costs $63,440 annually, including room and board. The Ivy League research school admitted just shy of 29,000 students on its main campus in 2014, in a wide range of programs, including nursing, journalism and engineering. Famous alumni include composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
4. University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Chosen as the future home of the Obama Presidential Center, The University of Chicago has listed its tuition for the 2015-16 school year at $49,026; room and board on campus is $14,772; and student life fees and personal expenses are estimated at $1,167 and $3,977 respectively. But the school prides itself on its "No Barriers" policy, which basically means if you qualify, you have a good chance of receiving some financial aid. According to the university's site, 93 percent of lower- and middle-income families who applied for aid received support this year.
5. Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.
Another school in Claremont, Calif., which is about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, made the list of the most expensive colleges in the nation: Claremont McKenna College. This independent liberal arts institution prides itself on being one of the most selective in the nation, and its seven college community (including Harvey Mudd) is modeled after England's Oxford University. Claremont offers an 8:1 student faculty ratio on 69 acres of campus for the bargain price of $62,215. About half of its students receive financial aid.
6. Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.
Scripps College, a women's liberal arts and sciences college, is also part of the Claremont College system. With less than 1,000 undergrads, the average class size is just 16 students, and the 37 acre campus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. To be a part of the highly selective Scripps community, it'll cost you: tuition and fees are $47,164, while room and board is $14,562. That makes the total annual cost $61,940.
7. Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, N.Y.
We're heading back to New York state for the next of the most expensive colleges on this list. Bard College describes itself this way: "an independent, nonsectarian, residential, coeducational, four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences." With 2,000 undergraduate students, 98 percent of classes have 25 or fewer pupils. To study at this "place to think," nestled along the Hudson River, parents will pay an annual tuition of $62,012.
8. Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
Founded in 1769, this Ivy League institution of higher learning was recently recognized for having graduates with the least amount of debt by U.S. News & World Report. With undergraduate enrollment of about 4,200 students, the highly selective university lists its tuition as $45,444; room, board, and mandatory fees come in at $14,756. The grand total—drum roll, please—$60,200 is what it will cost your kid to wear Dartmouth green.
9. Landmark College, Putney, Vt.
Landmark distinguishes itself as the global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders. The school offers two- and four-year degree programs for kids who learn differently. Annual tuition to attend this southeastern Vermont college is $61,898.
10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering lists its cost of attendance before any financial aid as $66,617. That number includes tuition of $45,000, a room fee of $9,300, and many other fees, such as for books, meals, a one-time laptop fee of $2,656, and a student activity fee of $175. However, the school is proud of being affordable and offering help to those who qualify. In fact, 52 percent of students qualified for need-based assistance this year.