Most Expensive Colleges: 2011-2012

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, there are currently over 100 colleges that cost (tuition, room, board, fees) more than $50,000 per year.  The University of California at Berkeley, a public institution, has joined the list of most expensive colleges.

Few families can afford the sticker price, and most of these schools offer “need-based” financial aid.  Need-based aid refers to the difference between the cost of attending the institution, and the amount of money that the school’s financial aid formula determines that the family “can” afford.

Aid comes in many forms — scholarships (grants), loans and work-study awards.

 Schools use varying aid formulas to determine “need”.  Only a few dozen institutions offer “need-blind” admission.  Most others fall into the category of “need aware” and coordinate admissions desirability with student aid.

When it comes to awarding grants and scholarships, many “need-aware” colleges and universities are most generous with the applicants they consider most desirable  — athletes, scholars, underrepresented minority students, gifted musicians and others with talents and backgrounds that are of interest to the school.

Most Expensive Colleges & Universities: 2011-2012

(Tuition Plus Room & Board)

College Total Cost
1. Sarah Lawrence College $59,170
2. New York University $56,787
3. Columbia University $56,310
4. Harvey Mudd College $55,998
5. Eugene Lang College (The New School) $55,890
6. Claremont McKenna College $55,865
7. Wesleyan University $55,706
8. Bard College $55,617
9. Barnard College $55,566
10. Trinity College (CT) $55,450
11. University of Chicago $55,416
12. University of Southern California $55,384
13. Dartmouth College $55,365
14. Drexel University $55,335
15. Bates College $55,300
16. Johns Hopkins University $55,242
17. Vassar College $55,135
18. Bard College at Simon’s Rock $55,110
19. Haverford College $55,050
20. Pitzer College $54,988
21. Fordham University – Lincoln Center $54,972
22. Connecticut College $54,970
23. Bennington College $54,960
24. Occidental College $54,950
25. Carnegie Mellon University $54,922

Highest Tuition 2011-2012*

College Tuition
1. Middlebury College $45,935
2. Sarah Lawrence College $44,220
3. The George Washington University $44,103
4. Vassar College $44,050
5. Connecticut College $43,990
6. Bucknell University $43,628
7. Wesleyan University $43,404
8. St. John’s College $43,256
9. University of Richmond $43,170
10. Carnegie Mellon University $43,160
11. Union College (NY) $43,131
12. Columbia University $43,088
13. Bard College at Simon’s Rock $43,000
14. Williams College $42,938
15. Oberlin College $42,842
16. Bowdoin College $42,816
17. Carleton College $42,690
18. Colgate University $42,625
19. Dickinson College $42,610
19. Gettysburg College $42,610
21. Bates College $42,550
22. Reed College $42,540
23. Franklin & Marshall College $42,510
24. Bard College $42,476
25. St. Lawrence University $42,420

Visit Campus Grotto Top 100 Most Expensive Colleges* for additional details and a more comprehensive list.

Visit  The Chronicle of Higher Education for the Top 100 List which includes tuition, room, board and fees.

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