Most Expensive Public 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 public colleges in the United States. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data. The list includes college 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 public colleges and universities.

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus Pittsburgh PA 17,147 $12,876
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park PA 38,234 $12,844
University of Vermont Burlington VT 9,550 $12,054
St Mary’s College of Maryland Saint Mary’s City MD 1,954 $11,989
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Bradford PA 1,202 $11,660
Pennsylvania State University- Erie-Behrend College Erie PA 3,722 $11,464
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark NJ 6,153 $11,350
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Johnstown PA 3,008 $11,332
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg Greensburg PA 1,593 $11,320
The College of New Jersey Ewing NJ 5,795 $11,307
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 32,144 $11,130
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Durham NH 12,367 $11,070
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington Abington PA 3,122 $11,006
Temple University Philadelphia PA 25,599 $10,802
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick NJ 27,323 $10,686
Miami University-Oxford Oxford OH 15,185 $10,554
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 14,459 $10,546
Rutgers University-Camden Camden NJ 3,408 $10,532
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 25,386 $10,447
Clemson University Clemson SC 14,251 $10,370
Rutgers University-Newark Newark NJ 6,072 $10,267
Winthrop University Rock Hill SC 4,913 $10,210
Rowan University Glassboro NJ 7,871 $10,068
Colorado School of Mines Golden CO 3,354 $10,050
Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 1,556 $10,048
William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne NJ 8,273 $9,996
Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah NJ 5,155 $9,965
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst MA 19,470 $9,921
Michigan Technological University Houghton MI 5,384 $9,829
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Pomona NJ 6,320 $9,697
Michigan State University East Lansing MI 34,436 $9,690
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis MN 33,100 $9,598
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati OH 17,529 $9,399
University of Minnesota-Morris Morris MN 1,677 $9,331
College of William and Mary Williamsburg VA 5,835 $9,164
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI 18,392 $9,120
University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth MN 9,357 $9,093
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Bowling Green OH 15,717 $9,060
Illinois State University Normal IL 16,800 $9,019
Ohio University-Main Campus Athens OH 17,738 $8,907
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 12,896 $8,899
Montclair State University Montclair NJ 11,695 $8,895
University of Connecticut Storrs CT 16,290 $8,852
University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston MA 7,592 $8,837
University of Minnesota-Crookston Crookston MN 1,312 $8,821
Maine Maritime Academy Castine ME 865 $8,805
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell MA 6,920 $8,731
University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore MD $9,012 $8,708
University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville VA 14,826 $8,690
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus OH 40,196 $8,676