The Top 25 Most Expensive Colleges

The cost of a four-year college education has gotten so expensive that many people, including people with advanced graduate degrees themselves, are questioning the inherent value of higher education.

And no wonder!

The nation's priciest schools charge more than $50,000 a year for JUST tuition--room, board and fees are extra.

That puts the bill at close to $70,000 a year. Multiply that by four--and add a little extra for cost increases--and that's a mind-boggling check to write for the vast majority of U.S. families.

This might put the stratospheric cost in perspective: Tuition has risen more than 1,000 percent in 30 years.

The most expensive school in the United States is Columbia University in New York City with tuition hitting a staggering $51,008 for the 2014-2015 academic year (the latest year for which figures are available), according to Graphiq and StartClass, which analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education.

The top 25 most expensive U.S. colleges with the cost of tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year:

1. Columbia University in the City of New York: $51,008

2. Sarah Lawrence College: $50,780

3. Landmark College: $50,080

4. Vassar College: $49,570

5. University of Chicago: $49,380

6. Trinity College: $49,056

7. Carnegie Mellon University: $49,022

8. George Washington University: $48,760

9. Oberlin College: $48,682

10. Tufts University: $48,643

11. Harvey Mudd College: $48,594

12. Bard College at Simon's Rock: $48,551

13. Amherst College: $48,526

14. Franklin and Marshall College: $48,514

15. Bucknell University: $48,498

16. Union College: $48,384

17. Williams College: $48,310

18. Tulane University of Louisiana: $48,305

19. University of Southern California: $48,280

20. Wesleyan University: $48,272

21. Bard College: $48,240

22. Colgate University: $48,175

23. Dartmouth College: $48,108

24. Hampshire College: $48,065

25. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: $47,908

--From the Editors at Netscape

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