Most Expensive Colleges in Each State

Most Expensive Colleges in Each State
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eCollegeFinder is back with another map, this time looking at the “Most Expensive Colleges in Each State” or the college in each state with the highest out of state total cost judged by data from College Calc. We also used lists from Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, and CNN Money to help confirm our information. We decided to use the out of state total costs as our metric because we wanted to find the most expensive option at each school, whether it been private or public. We understand that students don’t normally pay full price for their education from receiving financial aid or scholarships, but of course we can’t take every different situation into account. Looking through many of the Most Expensive Colleges in America lists you’ve probably noticed that some states have quite a few expensive schools such as New York or California. For the sake of the map, we can only take one school from each state. Meaning that some notably expensive schools have been left off our list such as New York University, Columbia University, Fordham University, University of Southern California, Claremont McKenna College, etc. Lastly, we also understand that there are many different databases and lists looking at the most expensive colleges, some of which may differ from our list. We do our best to find the most trustworthy information and data available to us, we hope you enjoy our map!

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Top 10 Most Expensive States

  • New York - Sarah Lawrence College - $61,836
  • Illinois – University of Chicago - $60,096
  • New Hampshire – Dartmouth College - $59,976
  • Connecticut – Wesleyan University - $59,802
  • California – Harvey Mudd College - $59,713
  • Ohio – Oberlin College - $58,983
  • Missouri – Washington University in St. Louis - $58,395
  • Massachusetts – Bard College at Simon's Rock - $58,385
  • New Jersey – Steven's Institute of Technology - $58,360
  • Pennsylvania – Carnegie Mellon Univeristy - $58,310

State by State Breakdown

Alabama – Birmingham Southern College

  • Location – Birmingham, Alabama
  • Total Cost (Out of State) - $43,484
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,231

Alaska – Alaska Pacific University

  • Location – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $40,110
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 439

Arizona – Southwest University of Visual Arts Tucson

  • Location – Tucson, Arizona
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $43,689
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 263

Arkansas – Hendrix College

  • Location – Conway Arkansas
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $47,708
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,373

California – Harvey Mudd College

  • Location – Claremont, California
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $59,714
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 784

Colorado – Colorado College

  • Location – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $52,834
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,004

Connecticut – Wesleyan University

  • Location – Middletown, Connecticut
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $59,802
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,940

Delaware – University of Delaware

  • Location – Newark, Delaware
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $40,330
  • Type - Public
  • Total Undergraduates – 18,202

District of Columbia – George Washington University

  • Location – Washington, DC
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $57,585
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 10,464

Florida – University of Miami

  • Location – Coral Gables, Florida
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $55,502
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 10,590

Georgia – Emory University

  • Location – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $56,080
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 7,656

Hawaii – University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Location – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $36,893
  • Type - Public
  • Total Undergraduates – 14,655

Idaho – The College of Idaho

  • Location – Caldwell, Idaho
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $32,855
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,042

Illinois – University of Chicago

  • Location – Chicago, Illinois
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $60,096
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 5,618

Indiana – University of Notre Dame

  • Location – Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $55,855
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 8,475

Iowa – Grinnell College

  • Location – Grinnell, Iowa
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $51,518
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,674

Kansas – Benedictine College

  • Location – Atchinson, Kansas
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $33,500
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,086

Kentucky – Centre College

  • Location – Danville, Kentucky
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $45,100
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,344

Louisiana – Tulane University

  • Location – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $57,980
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 8,357

Maine – Bates College

  • Location – Lewiston, Maine
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $58,035
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,753

Maryland – Johns Hopkins University

  • Location – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $57,980
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 6,023

Massachusetts – Bard College at Simon's Rock

  • Location – Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $58,385
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 354

Michigan – University of Michigan

  • Location – Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $49,922
  • Type - Public
  • Total Undergraduates – 27,979

Minnesota – Carleton College

  • Location – Northfield, Minnesota
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $56,749
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,055

Mississippi – Millsaps College

  • Location – Jackson, Mississippi
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $42,900
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 909

Missouri – Washington University in St. Louis

  • Location – Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $58,395
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 7,259

Montana – Carroll College

  • Location – Helena, Montana
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $35,619
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,463

Nebraska – Creighton University

  • Location – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $43,976
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 4,032

Nevada – Sierra Nevada College

  • Location – Incline Village, Nevada
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $40,646
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 598

New Hampshire – Dartmouth College

  • Location – Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $59,976
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 4,193

New Jersey – Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Location – Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $58,360
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,575

New Mexico – St. John's College

  • Location – Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $55,628
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 349

New York – Sarah Lawrence College

  • Location – Bronxville, New York
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $61,836
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,420

North Carolina – Duke University

  • Location – Durham, North Carolina
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $57,406
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 6,655

North Dakota – North Dakota State University

  • Location – Fargo, North Dakota
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $25,803
  • Type - Public
  • Total Undergraduates – 11,988

Ohio – Oberlin College

  • Location – Oberlin, Ohio
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $58,983
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,930

Oklahoma – University of Tulsa

  • Location – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $44,279
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 3,160

Oregon – Reed College

  • Location – Portland, Oregon
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $56,870
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,432

Pennsylvania – Carnegie Mellon University

  • Location – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $58,310
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 5,921

Rhode Island – Brown University

  • Location – Providence, Rhode Island
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $56,376
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 6,435

South Carolina – Furman University

  • Location – Greenville, South Carolina
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $53,572
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,753

South Dakota – Augustana College

  • Location – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $35,646
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,793

Tennessee – Vanderbilt University

  • Location – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $57,306
  • Type – Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 6,796

Texas – Southern Methodist University

  • Location – Dallas, Texas
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $56,089
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 6,249

Utah – Westminster College

  • Location – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $37,100
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 2,526

Vermont – Bennington College

  • Location – Bennington, Vermont
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $57,990
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 688

Virginia – University of Richmond

  • Location – Richmond, Virginia
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $55,020
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 3,341

Washington – Whitman College

  • Location – Walla Walla, Washington
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $54,065
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,539

West Virginia – Wheeling Jesuit University

  • Location – Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $35,968
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,164

Wisconsin – Lawrence University

  • Location – Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $49,170
  • Type - Private
  • Total Undergraduates – 1,518

Wyoming – University of Wyoming

  • Location – Laramie, Wyoming
  • Total Cost (Out of State) – $23,712
  • Type - Public
  • Total Undergraduates – 10,194

Sources: College Calc, Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, CNN Money

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