The average American spends $9,650 to study in a public college (for state residents) and $33,480 for a private university education. This is noticeably a significant discrepancy. The most expensive colleges offer the convenience of small, interactive classes, engaging teachers, industry experience, practical and hands- on assessment, and flexible study options, among other benefits. But when it comes to the most elite universities, the price can be hefty. Take, for instance, the ten most expensive colleges of 2017.
Claremont McKenna College – $66,325
Founded in 1946, Claremont McKenna College is a small, extremely selective liberal arts college located in Claremont, CA. It is one of the youngest high end colleges and one of the Claremont Colleges that is composed of five schools. As such, students have access to a wide range academies and social activities. The best known departments in the school are in social sciences. The most popular fields include psychology, government, and economics. About 55 percent of the student body comes from out of state, most of who reside on-campus. The center of Claremont McKenna College cultural life is the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, which holds speaker events 4 nights a week.
Haverford College – $66,490
Located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, U.S., Haverford College is an elegant private co-educational liberal arts institution in the suburban region. All its students are undergraduates, most of who reside on campus. There are about 1,300 students with a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. The total yearly cost includes fees and tuition, as well as board and room for full time students.
Dartmouth College – $66,579
Dartmouth College is the smallest in the Ivy League group with a very long history in the nation. It is located in Hanover, NH, with a rustic locale that provides a social glue to the students, grounded in enduring traditions and top-tier academics. Students have access to more than 21,000 courses, with the most popular ones being history, engineering, biology and biomedical sciences, and social sciences. Dartmouth hosts a special “D-Plan” quarter system on Campus that includes the Sophomore Summer. Prominent student activities include Greek letter organizations, which include half of the undergraduate student population, as well as the oldest collegiate newspaper in the country: The Dartmouth. The school was the inspiration behind the movie “Animal House.”
University of Southern California – $66,631
The University of Southern California is based in the middle of Los Angeles. It is an extensive, private co- educational research institution that can be traced back to 1880. After starting with just 53 students, the university has grown to accommodate more than 43,000 students. USC is associated with three winners of the National Medal of Science, 129 Emmy Award winners, 82 Academy Award winners, 8 Rhodes Scholars, and 5 Nobel Laureates. The total yearly cost includes fees, tuition, and room & board for full time undergraduates.
Scripps College – $66,664
With a history dating back to 1926, Scripps College prides itself as an elegant all-women liberal arts college based in Claremont, CA. It is one of the Claremont Colleges, which also includes Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, and Claremont McKenna College. Students enjoy being part of a significant powerhouse in the West Coast as well as the privacy of a small, supportive women’s institution. The college offers more than fifty majors. The most popular ones include political science, media studies, economics, biology, and psychology. Scripps has a unique Graffiti Wall where students can leave their mark on the school by signing their names next to one of their own creations.
Sarah Lawrence College – $66,990
Based in Bronxville, NY, Sarah Lawrence College was founded in 1926 as a women’s college before transforming into a coeducational private liberal arts college. The college is famous for its emphasis on student/faculty collaboration, with 90 percent of classes consisting of small, round table seminars. In addition, all students have personal conferences with their professors bi-weekly. However, although Sarah Lawrence offers almost fifty disciplines, there are no majors. First year students are taken under faculty advisors, dubbed “dons,” who work with them to establish their academic plans. The campus is just half an hour from Manhattan, and features a variety of arts & performing studios, a 60,000 sq. ft visual arts center, and a high-tech art graphic computing equipment.
University of Chicago – $67,584
University of Chicago started from a generous donation by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller back in 1890. Since then, it has grown to become a leading research institution in the United States. Students have access to 54 minors and 99 majors. The college pays particular interest in civic engagement via strong partnerships with local communities, programs that enhance urban research initiatives and local schools. Notable alumni include 89 Nobel Prize winners, 11 Rhodes Scholars, and 80 Fulbright scholars. The campus is affiliated to four hundred different student organizations, including the humorous Chicago Shady Dealer newspaper and a pro-bono consulting service known as Eckhart Consulting.
New York University – $68,400
New York University was founded in 1831 and is one of the biggest private universities in U.S. The main campus is based in the lively Greenwich Village, while other branch campuses can be found in Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and Brooklyn. In addition, there several research centers scattered around the globe. New York University consists of nineteen schools, with the most noticeable ones being the award winning Stern School of Business, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Tisch School of the Arts. Some of the most popular fields include business, social sciences, and visual & performing arts. There are more than three hundred active student clubs as well as seventeen sororities and fraternities that make up the Greek life.
Columbia University – $68,405
Columbia University began as King’s College in 1754 and is one of the oldest research-based institutions in the country. It is also one of the Ivy League Colleges, benefiting from an endowment of more than $9 billion. Columbia University has produced prominent alumni such as billionaire Warren Buffet, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Alexander Hamilton, and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. The school boasts 3 undergraduate schools – General Studies, Engineering and Applied Science, and Columbia College. The most popular courses include computer science, economics, and political science.
Harvey Mudd College – $69,717
Harvey Mudd College was founded at the beginning of the Space Race back in 1955. It is a close private college in Claremont, CA and is focused on producing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and tech savvy leaders in the social sciences and humanities. The college only offers B.S. degrees, with an option of six majors in addition to independent study and off campus and three joint programs. The gender ratio is currently 46:54, with women making up most of the graduating physics majors for the first time in its history.