33 Top Colleges Without Application Fees

Why pay to apply? There are plenty of great colleges that have free applications!

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 14, 2016

33 Top Colleges Without Application Fees

Nowadays, it’s not only expensive to go to college, it’s also expensive to apply. College applications have increased in cost – some of them are upwards of $70!

And, for students with limited funds, it can be cumbersome to apply to several colleges. While you are able to get around fees with financial need, there may be an easier way. Consider applying to colleges without application fees.

The good news is that there are plenty of colleges that recognize that the application fee costs are expensive and no longer charge fees for their applications. Many colleges may even have a declared application fee, but will waive the charge for students who apply online, usually utilizing the Common Application.

Here are 33 of the Forbes Top Colleges with no application fees, along with their ranking number on Forbes America’s Top Colleges list:

1. United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, Maryland
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #24

2. Carleton College – Northfield, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #27

3. Wellesley College – Wellesley, Massachusetts
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #32

4. Colby College – Waterville, Maine
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #41

5. Oberlin College – Oberlin, Ohio
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #43

6. Kenyon College – Gambier, Ohio
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #48

7. Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #54

8. Reed College – Portland, Oregon
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #64

9. Union College – Schenectady, New York
Forbes Top Colleges: #72

10. Grinnell College – Grinnell, Iowa
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #73

11. Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo, Michigan
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #90

12. DePauw University – Greencastle, Indiana
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #91

13. Sewanee – The University of the South – Sewanee, Tennessee
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #94

14. Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #96

15. Rhodes College – Memphis, Tennessee
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #97

16. Denison University – Granville, Ohio
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #98

17. Centre College – Danville, Kentucky
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #100

18. Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, Masschusetts
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #102

19. St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #105

20. Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #129

21. Saint John’s University – Collegeville, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #131

22. Earlham College – Richmond, Indiana
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #132

23. Lawrence University – Appleton, Wisconsin
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #134

24. Bennington College – Bennington, Vermont
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #143

25. Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #146

26. Lewis & Clark College – Portland, Oregon
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #156

27. Marquette University – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #157

28. Hendrix College – Conway, Arkansas
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #161

29. Saint John’s College – Annapolis, Maryland
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #169

30. Juniata College – Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #172

31. Gustavus Adolphus College – St. Peter, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #173

32. Ursinus College – Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #175

33. Baylor University – Waco, Texas
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #185

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