2021 Expensive Colleges To Attend Rankings

At a Glance

The tuition & fees are the costs for attending class at a college and it varies by academic programs. The tuition & fees may be charged per semester, per course, or per credit hour.
In general, public colleges such as University of Florida and UCLA have in-state and out-of-state tuition rate. Students living in state in which they attend school pay the in-state rate of tuition and the cost is cheaper than out-of-state rate. The out-of-state tuition is charted by colleges to students who do not meet the school or state's residency requirement. Some public schools also offer in-district rate of tuition and it is relatively cheaper than in-state rate as well as out-of-state rate. Private schools do not offer tuition for state residents and its tuition & fees are usually higher than public schools' tuition & fees.
Columbia University in the City of New York has the most expensive tuition & fees ($61,671) and Tufts University has the second highest tuition & fees ($60,862) based on academic year 2019-2020 college costs data.
Below table ranks and compares the Expensive Colleges To Attend having expensive tuition & fees (based on undergraduate rate). For the ranking, we only include 4-year colleges that more than 3,000 students have enrolled in.
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Expensive Colleges To Attend Comparison Table

RankCollege NameUndergraduate Tuition & FeesGraduate Tuition & FeesSAT ScoreAcceptance RatePopulationGraduation RateStudent to Faculty Ratio
1Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
$61,671$51,1941,5055.00%31,07795%6 to 1
2Tufts University
Medford, MA
$60,862$55,1681,46515.00%11,58694%9 to 1
3Brown University
Providence, RI
$60,696$60,3631,5057.00%10,25796%6 to 1
4University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$60,552$61,5481,5356.00%17,00295%5 to 1
5University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
$60,275$48,7151,44511.00%47,31092%9 to 1
6Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
$60,202$31,9301,42027.00%14,72094%13 to 1
7Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
$60,117$58,1201,5008.00%6,57295%7 to 1
8University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
$60,042$41,7601,5058.00%25,86096%6 to 1
9Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
$59,686$59,106-16.00%3,21792%8 to 1
10Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
$59,282$30,0221,48011.00%23,60095%9 to 1
11Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
$58,852$61,1761,44013.00%12,64686%8 to 1
12Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
$58,810$47,3261,51015.00%14,02990%10 to 1
13Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
$58,701$56,5671,4959.00%22,12794%6 to 1
14George Washington University
Washington, DC
$58,640$31,8241,37541.00%28,17282%13 to 1
15Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
$58,540$47,4781,39047.00%11,64981%11 to 1
16University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
$58,241$50,5051,40530.00%11,81787%10 to 1
17Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
$58,202$25,4121,34334.00%3,66890%9 to 1
18Boston University
Boston, MA
$58,072$57,6661,42519.00%34,65788%10 to 1
19Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
$58,002$36,3201,34032.00%7,96186%14 to 1
20Georgetown University
Washington, DC
$57,928$53,5911,46514.00%19,20495%11 to 1
21Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
$57,760$39,216-30.00%8,40188%10 to 1
22Yale University
New Haven, CT
$57,700$44,5001,5156.00%13,43397%6 to 1
23University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
$57,699$57,5221,47516.00%12,60796%10 to 1
24Duke University
Durham, NC
$57,633$59,1401,5258.00%16,60695%6 to 1
25Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
$57,615$52,0601,43530.00%5,80087%10 to 1
26Villanova University
Villanova, PA
$57,460$20,7191,39528.00%11,03090%11 to 1
27Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
$57,386$56,5621,52014.00%15,85295%7 to 1
28Chapman University
Orange, CA
$57,214$35,1051,28556.00%9,60881%13 to 1
29Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
$57,012$58,3251,39047.00%7,89585%13 to 1
30University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA
$56,860$25,2601,37528.00%4,00289%8 to 1
31Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
$56,238$37,0741,29075.00%24,63469%11 to 1
32Stanford University
Stanford, CA
$56,169$53,1511,5054.00%17,38194%5 to 1
33Fordham University
Bronx, NY
$56,161$23,8461,34546.00%16,51583%15 to 1
34Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ
$55,952$38,8761,42040.00%6,92985%11 to 1
35Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
$55,926$41,7141,28044.00%22,80383%15 to 1
36Northeastern University
Boston, MA
$55,452$25,5581,46518.00%21,62789%14 to 1
37Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR
$55,266$17,5501,31072.00%3,39677%12 to 1
38Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
$55,260$27,1301,36532.00%6,84990%9 to 1
39New York University
New York, NY
$54,880$36,8921,44016.00%51,84785%9 to 1
40Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
$54,416$29,040-49.00%6,87489%13 to 1
41Providence College
Providence, RI
$54,388$9,7501,28047.00%4,67487%11 to 1
42Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
$54,160$59,4251,51011.00%26,15293%7 to 1
43Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
$54,158$49,1241,5109.00%12,82493%7 to 1
44Babson College
Wellesley, MA
$54,144$89,5501,36026.00%3,35793%14 to 1
45Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
$54,002$50,6541,5155.00%31,56697%7 to 1
46Emory University
Atlanta, GA
$53,868$44,6761,44516.00%14,45890%9 to 1
47Pratt Institute-Main
Brooklyn, NY
$53,814$35,2261,27056.00%5,01570%9 to 1
48Bentley University
Waltham, MA
$53,790$40,9921,32047.00%5,46090%11 to 1
49University of Denver
Denver, CO
$53,775$52,8991,26059.00%11,95277%12 to 1
50Rollins College
Winter Park, FL
$53,716$17,522-58.00%3,12774%10 to 1
51University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
$53,682$40,2201,35527.00%17,33183%12 to 1
52Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
$53,450$56,7191,5407.00%11,57495%3 to 1
53School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$53,160$43,9121,24057.00%3,63970%11 to 1
54Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
$52,998$23,5071,36049.00%8,64291%10 to 1
55Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
$52,977$19,7561,32044.00%9,83880%10 to 1
56Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
$52,948$47,9581,42527.00%11,89084%11 to 1
57University of San Diego
San Diego, CA
$52,864$28,4101,28049.00%9,07381%14 to 1
58University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA
$52,843$31,7121,43024.00%24,63995%15 to 1
59Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY
$52,724$34,2321,25575.00%4,27478%14 to 1
60University of Redlands
Redlands, CA
$52,500$22,8521,17076.00%4,59876%12 to 1
61University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
$52,482$26,7101,23064.00%10,71375%13 to 1
62University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
$52,266$49,5481,43523.00%46,71693%11 to 1
63Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
$51,660$32,2681,25047.00%10,91883%13 to 1
64St Olaf College
Northfield, MN
$51,450-1,31048.00%3,04886%12 to 1
65American University
Washington, DC
$51,361$35,5241,30036.00%14,31179%12 to 1
66Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
$51,325$19,2671,28057.00%5,27383%12 to 1
67Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY
$51,240$50,4421,31571.00%16,46367%13 to 1
68Emerson College
Boston, MA
$51,148$31,7541,30533.00%4,57382%15 to 1
69Rice University
Houston, TX
$51,107$47,9131,5209.00%7,12493%6 to 1
70Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD
$51,100$17,970-80.00%5,64583%12 to 1
71University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA
$51,094$49,3741,24066.00%6,49371%13 to 1
72The New School
New York, NY
$51,022$47,6421,26557.00%10,54470%10 to 1
73Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT
$50,760$20,0901,17570.00%10,20777%14 to 1
74Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, CA
$50,660$33,5091,15081.00%3,88178%11 to 1
75Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
$50,490$30,6951,29560.00%6,75370%12 to 1
76Hult International Business School
Cambridge, MA
$49,950$42,827-43.00%3,065-14 to 1
77University of Portland
Portland, OR
$49,644$23,8681,25077.00%4,28081%12 to 1
78Stetson University
DeLand, FL
$49,500$17,927-72.00%4,34165%13 to 1
79The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
$49,416$50,340-85.00%5,95672%7 to 1
80Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
$49,410$27,1721,25068.00%10,87165%13 to 1
81Baylor University
Waco, TX
$49,246$36,9361,29045.00%17,21778%14 to 1
82Saint Edward's University
Austin, TX
$49,076$29,5301,15388.00%4,30164%15 to 1
83Clark University
Worcester, MA
$48,602$47,730-53.00%3,12279%10 to 1
84Widener University
Chester, PA
$48,575$24,8101,12572.00%6,62165%13 to 1
85Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
$48,502$56,4701,5156.00%8,37498%5 to 1
86Seattle University
Seattle, WA
$48,390$14,0401,23578.00%7,29174%11 to 1
87Pacific University
Forest Grove, OR
$48,095$35,3251,16087.00%3,93869%10 to 1
88Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, PA
$47,940$17,8021,21075.00%7,58981%11 to 1
89Pace University
New York, NY
$47,684$33,3561,14079.00%13,32657%14 to 1
90University of St Thomas
Saint Paul, MN
$47,383$24,8141,25581.00%10,03576%14 to 1
91Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA
$47,244$31,8961,13591.00%3,68868%13 to 1
92Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO
$47,124$22,0741,27558.00%14,43879%9 to 1
93University of Scranton
Scranton, PA
$47,084$11,6301,21576.00%5,28683%13 to 1
94Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
$46,920$17,6751,28062.00%7,56385%11 to 1
95Bryant University
Smithfield, RI
$46,863$26,832-71.00%3,78881%13 to 1
96William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
$46,854$34,2291,41538.00%8,81790%11 to 1
97Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
$46,850$30,3911,18586.00%3,20769%12 to 1
98Midwestern University-Glendale
Glendale, AZ
$46,824$47,512--3,823--
99Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY
$46,610$22,056-73.00%6,51774%10 to 1
100Yeshiva University
New York, NY
$46,475$35,1001,27055.00%6,47982%7 to 1