The 50 most expensive colleges in America, ranked

Published: 11:20 AM March 24, 2022
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Paying for college in America

College is a little bit different in 2021, to say the least. For some schools, the number of applications soared (and acceptance rates plummeted). Many schools also waived the standardized tests required for applications.

For students in the era of COVID, just about the only thing that hasn't changed is the hefty bill — especially at these 50 pricey institutes of higher learning.

Some schools are cutting students a financial break (estimated discounts in the hundreds of dollars) while the pandemic limits on-campus life. After a wave of criticism from students and alumni, Duke University reduced its student activity and recreation fees for 2020.

The National Center for Education Statistics ranks the 50 most expensive four-year institutions in America by their published out-of-state tuition, annual fees and residential charges. (Note: All of the prices listed here are before need- and merit-based scholarships.)

Here's the latest data listing the most expensive colleges in America.