Most Expensive U.S. Colleges and Universities

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The priciest diplomas in the land

It's well-known that the cost of education has skyrocketed in the past two decades. But, determining exactly how much school will cost is dependent on a lot of different factors; whether a student is from in-state, whether they commute or live on campus, what they get for scholarships, etc. To determine the priciest schools in the country, we're looking at the total cost for an out-of-state student, before applying any deductions. The figures are from for one academic year.

Rank College State Total Cost
1. University of Chicago Illinois $76,380
2. Harvey Mudd College California $75,547
3. Columbia University New York $74,716
4. Barnard College New York $73,407
5. Yale University Connecticut $73,180
6. University of Southern California California $72,825
7. Northwestern University Illinois $72,799
8. Scripps College California $72,756
9. Oberlin College Ohio $72,678
10. Trinity College Connecticut $72,660
11. University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania $72,518
12. Haverford College Pennsylvania $72,434
13. Jewish Theological Seminary of America New York $72,348
14. Dartmouth College New Hampshire $72,319
15. Claremont McKenna College California $72,310
16. Amherst College Massachusetts $72,166
17. Southern Methodist University Texas $72,137
18. Duke University North Carolina $72,133
19. Tufts University Massachusetts $71,942
20. Pitzer College California $71,900
NOTES: Includes accredited four-year universities offering at least a bachelor's degree


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