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US Department of Education Publishes College Cost and Net Price Rankings

Mark Kantrowitz

July 01, 2011

The Most Expensive 4-Year Colleges

Is your college one of the most expensive colleges?

Among public 4-year colleges, the colleges with the highest tuition and fees are Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Vermont, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and New Jersey Institute of Technology. The next five colleges include the Altoona, Berks, Erie-Behrend College and Harrisburg campuses of Pennsylvania State University, followed by the University of New Hampshire.

The public 4-year colleges with the highest net price are University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Guam, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Rowan University and Miami University - Oxford (OH). The next five colleges include the main campus of Pennsylvania State University along with the Altoona, Erie-Behrend College and Berks campuses, as well as the University of Pittsburgh.

Among non-profit 4-year colleges, the colleges with the highest tuition and fees are Bates College, Connecticut College, Middlebury College, Union College, Colby College, Sarah Lawrence College, Vassar College, George Washington University, Columbia University and Kenyon College. The top five colleges charge a comprehensive fee that includes room and board in addition to tuition and fees.

The non-profit 4-year colleges with the highest net price are Art Center College of Design, The New School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Boston Conservatory, California Institute of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara University and Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Among for-profit 4-year colleges, the colleges with the highest tuition and fees are Sanford-Brown College, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Collins College, Platt College – Los Angeles (CA), Platt College – Ontario (CA), The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, Neumont University, AI Miami International University of Art and Design, The Art Institute of Michigan, and The Art Institute of Charleston.

The for-profit 4-year colleges with the highest net price are Brooks Institute Sanford-Brown College, The Art Institute of Charleston, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Collins College, West Coast University, The Art Institute of Washington, Platt College – Ontario (CA), Neumont University and Platt College – Los Angeles (CA).


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