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Top 100 Colleges Ranked by Highest Total Cost

Yet again, the cost of attending college is on the rise. In a recent report released by College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees alone at a private 4-year university has just topped $25,143 a year. When you add in living expenses the figure climes to $33,143 a year.

For the first time ever, the total college costs for many colleges is now over $50,000 a year. The following are the top 100 most expensive colleges ranked by total cost for the 2010-’11 school year. The total cost figure is calculated by adding tuition, fees, room, and board.

Rank Total Cost of attendance
2010 2009 School Name 2010 2009
1   Landmark College $55,400 $53,775 (3.0%)
2 4 Sarah Lawrence College $54,854 $52,210 (5.1%)
3 5 Georgetown University $54,200 $51,466 (5.3%)
4 4097 Middlebury College $53,500 N/C
5 8 University of Chicago $53,310 $49,976 (6.7%)
6 3 The Art Institute of New York City $53,092 N/C
7 2 George Washington University $52,692 $53,110 (0.8%)
8 10 Washington University in St Louis $52,464 $49,796 (5.4%)
9   Vanderbilt University $52,303 $49,834 (5.0%)
10 11 Northwestern University $52,120 $49,779 (4.7%)
11 12 Drew University $52,106 $49,674 (4.9%)
12 22 New York University $52,082 $49,190 (5.9%)
13 43 Boston College $52,060 $48,384 (7.6%)
14 23 Barnard College $51,976 $49,174 (5.7%)
15 19 Carnegie Mellon University $51,960 $49,315 (5.4%)
16 24 Bennington College $51,950 $49,155 (5.7%)
17 18 Wesleyan University $51,935 $49,346 (5.2%)
18 29 Sanford-Brown College $51,882 $48,904 (6.1%)
19 13 University of Southern California $51,881 $49,489 (4.8%)
20 21 Stanford University $51,760 $49,227 (5.1%)
21 7 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art $51,755 $50,225 (3.0%)
22 28 Haverford College $51,637 $48,932 (5.5%)
23 33 The Boston Conservatory $51,600 $48,879 (5.6%)
24 45 Mount Holyoke College $51,516 $48,360 (6.5%)
25 26 Skidmore College $51,501 $49,000 (5.1%)
26 27 Johns Hopkins University $51,478 $48,992 (5.1%)
27 56 Fordham University $51,407 $48,110 (6.9%)
28 20 Columbia University in the City of New York $51,406 $49,260 (4.4%)
29 31 Tufts University $51,400 $48,900 (5.1%)
30 6 Yale University $51,400 $50,350 (2.1%)
31 36 Vassar College $51,370 $48,565 (5.8%)
32 42 The New School $51,347 $48,406 (6.1%)
33 25 University of Pennsylvania $51,299 $49,080 (4.5%)
34 41 Scripps College $51,250 $48,450 (5.8%)
35 32 Bard College $51,240 $48,880 (4.8%)
36 37 Rhode Island School of Design $51,200 $48,550 (5.5%)
37 34 Colgate University $51,090 $48,710 (4.9%)
38 39 Claremont McKenna College $50,990 $48,520 (5.1%)
39 60 Duke University $50,925 $47,975 (6.1%)
40 47 Hobart William Smith Colleges $50,886 $48,328 (5.3%)
41 40 Babson College $50,866 $48,450 (5.0%)
42 44 Pitzer College $50,800 $48,374 (5.0%)
43 16 Bard College at Simon’s Rock $50,775 $49,385 (2.8%)
44 67 University of San Diego $50,670 $47,838 (5.9%)
45 58 Oberlin College $50,658 $48,070 (5.4%)
46 48 Trinity College $50,645 $48,315 (4.8%)
47 59 Smith College $50,588 $47,976 (5.4%)
48 49 Bowdoin College $50,570 $48,260 (4.8%)
49 35 Brown University $50,560 $48,660 (3.9%)
50 55 Santa Clara University $50,556 $48,144 (5.0%)
51 54 University of Rochester $50,550 $48,150 (5.0%)
52 50 Dartmouth College $50,547 $48,236 (4.8%)
53 57 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $50,535 $48,100 (5.1%)
54 89 St John’s College $50,513 $47,110 (7.2%)
55 76 Occidental College $50,409 $47,551 (6.0%)
56 51 Swarthmore College $50,381 $48,215 (4.5%)
57 83 Dickinson College $50,334 $47,264 (6.5%)
58 62 Bucknell University $50,250 $47,936 (4.8%)
59 46 Amherst College $50,230 $48,352 (3.9%)
60 82 Brandeis University $50,148 $47,310 (6.0%)
61 84 Franklin and Marshall College $50,100 $47,254 (6.0%)
62 52 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $50,100 $48,200 (3.9%)
63 69 Harvey Mudd College $50,073 $47,806 (4.7%)
64 73 Bryn Mawr College $50,060 $47,674 (5.0%)
65 90 Tulane University of Louisiana $50,030 $47,100 (6.2%)
66 64 Wellesley College $50,026 $47,870 (4.5%)
67 68 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering $50,025 $47,825 (4.6%)
68 94 Carleton College $50,000 $46,895 (6.6%)
69 71 Reed College $49,960 $47,730 (4.7%)
70 61 Princeton University $49,830 $47,975 (3.9%)
71 100 Wake Forest University $49,820 $46,680 (6.7%)
72 101 St John’s College $49,818 $46,660 (6.8%)
73 72 Manhattan School of Music $49,805 $47,725 (4.4%)
74 14 Mills College $49,760 $49,460 (0.6%)
75 15 Pepperdine University $49,750 $49,430 (0.6%)
76 75 Pomona College $49,745 $47,580 (4.6%)
77 85 Hampshire College $49,729 $47,190 (5.4%)
78 74 Fairfield University $49,725 $47,635 (4.4%)
79 93 Emory University $49,708 $46,956 (5.9%)
80 77 Stevens Institute of Technology $49,660 $47,500 (4.5%)
81 17 The Art Institute of Charleston $49,599 $49,380 (0.4%)
82 92 Rollins College $49,587 $46,971 (5.6%)
83 157 The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire $49,565 $42,766 (15.9%)
84 134 Lehigh University $49,540 $43,960 (12.7%)
85 80 School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston $49,530 $47,390 (4.5%)
86 88 Williams College $49,530 $47,140 (5.1%)
87 116 Dominican University of California $49,486 $45,590 (8.5%)
88 79 Worcester Polytechnic Institute $49,470 $47,440 (4.3%)
89 87 School of the Art Institute of Chicago $49,430 $47,150 (4.8%)
90 104 Saint Marys College of California $49,340 $46,310 (6.5%)
91   Washington and Lee University $49,268 $47,096 (4.6%)
92 99 Kenyon College $49,260 $46,690 (5.5%)
93 108 Lafayette College $49,188 $46,038 (6.8%)
94 96 California Institute of the Arts $49,182 $46,838 (5.0%)
95 98 College of the Holy Cross $49,102 $46,702 (5.1%)
96 95 University of Richmond $49,090 $46,850 (4.8%)
97   University of Notre Dame $49,030 $46,727 (4.9%)
98 106 University of San Francisco $49,030 $46,120 (6.3%)
99 70 Chapman University $49,015 $47,780 (2.6%)
100 107 St Lawrence University $49,010 $46,110 (6.3%)
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