Top 25 Most Expensive Colleges 2011-2012

Sarah Lawrence College is ranked as the most expensive college by total cost (Tuition + Room and Board + Required Fees) for 2011-2012, according to the fifth annual ranking of most expensive colleges compiled by Campus Grotto.

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence College (SLC) is a leading private liberal arts college located in Westchester County, outside of New York City. The College awards financial aid on the basis of need, and more than half of its student body receives some form of financial assistance. Huffington Post highlights SLC as top ranked school for classroom discussion, as selected by The Princeton Review. The College also earned top 20 rankings in categories such as Professors Get High Marks, Classroom Experience, and Best Theatre Programs.

New York University is the 2nd most expensive college/university in the U.S. (total costs for 2011-2012 equal $56,787), followed by Columbia University in 3rd place and Harvey Mudd College in 4th place.

Most Expensive Colleges for 2011-2012:
1. Sarah Lawrence College $59,170
2. New York University $56,787
3. Columbia University $56,310
4. Harvey Mudd College $55,998
5. Eugene Lang College (The New School) $55,890
6. Claremont McKenna College $55,865
7. Wesleyan University $55,706
8. Bard College $55,617
9. Barnard College $55,566
10. Trinity College (CT) $55,450
11. University of Chicago $55,416
12. USC $55,384
13. Dartmouth College $55,365
14. Drexel University $55,335
15. Bates College $55,300
16. Johns Hopkins University $55,242
17. Vassar College $55,135
18. Bard College at Simon's Rock $55,110
19. Haverford College $55,050
20. Pitzer College $54,988
21. Fordham University – Lincoln Center $54,972
22. Connecticut College $54,970
23. Bennington College $54,960
24. Occidental College $54,950
25. Carnegie Mellon $54,922

Source: Campus Grotto

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