Most Expensive Private Colleges

Cost is just one factor to weigh when determining which college is right for you. The list below gives a glimpse into how much some students pay for college. These are the 50 most expensive private colleges in the United States. Tuition listed is for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.The list includes colleges big and small from across the country.

Note: The cost of college can vary greatly depending on what merit aid is offered by the college. If you qualify for merit aid, a college that otherwise is unaffordable may be right in your price range.

These are the 50 most expensive private colleges and universities.

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
George Washington University Washington DC 10,530 $39,240
Kenyon College Gambier OH 1,734 $38,140
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA 3,536 $38,134
Vassar College Poughkeepsie NY 2,472 $38,115
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville NY 1,314 $38,090
Colgate University Hamilton NY 2,742 $37,660
University of Richmond Richmond VA 3,280 $37,610
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh PA 5,547 $37,354
Columbia University New York NY 7,624 $37,223
Pepperdine University Malibu CA 3,284 $37,000
Trinity College Hartford CT 2,277 $36,870
Hamilton College Clinton NY 1,793 $36,860
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs NY 2,785 $36,860
Wesleyan University Middletown CT 3,026 $36,806
Bennington College Bennington VT 505 $36,800
Hobart William Smith Colleges Geneva NY 1,899 $36,718
Tufts University Medford MA 4,659 $36,700
Wheaton College Norton MA 1,595 $36,690
Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans LA 6,008 $36,610
St John’s College Annapolis MD 506 $36,596
St John’s College Santa Fe NM 475 $36,596
Hampshire College Amherst MA 1,402 $36,545
Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson NY 2,085 $36,534
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster PA 2,160 $36,480
Reed College Portland OR 1,263 $36,420
Bowdoin College Brunswick ME 1,714 $36,370
Brown University Providence RI 5,770 $36,342
Oberlin College Oberlin OH 2,714 $36,282
Amherst College Amherst MA 1,639 $36,232
Carleton College Northfield MN 1,925 $36,156
Georgetown University Washington DC 6,883 $35,964
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA 2,292 $35,940
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA 13,825 $35,916
Pitzer College Claremont CA 877 $35,912
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD 5,892 $35,900
University of Chicago Chicago IL 4,781 $35,868
Scripps College Claremont CA 866 $35,850
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 17,854 $35,809
Dickinson College Carlisle PA 2,576 $35,784
Gettysburg College Gettysburg PA 2,710 $35,770
Brandeis University Waltham MA 3,713 $35,702
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA 9,702 $35,674
Williams College Williamstown MA 2,045 $35,670
Lehigh University Bethlehem PA 4,952 $35,610
St Lawrence University Canton NY 2,134 $35,600
Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis MO 7,109 $35,524
Duke University Durham NC 7,831 $35,512
Washington and Lee University Lexington VA 1,771 $35,445
Mills College Oakland CA 845 $35,440
Northwestern University Evanston IL 8,429 $35,429