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The 100 Most Expensive Colleges in America

We all know college is expensive, but these schools really take the cake.

Wondering which colleges are the most expensive colleges in America?

Our list of the 100 Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S. is broken down by net price, which means it’s what the average student will pay for everything — tuition, room & board, and fees — after accounting for scholarships and grants.

Rank College Net Price Overall Niche Grade Location Total Students Acceptance Rate
Rank 1
Net Price $52,451
Overall Niche Grade C+
Location San Francisco, CA
Total Students 279
Acceptance Rate 75%
Rank 2
Net Price $51,199
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Santa Clarita, CA
Total Students 959
Acceptance Rate 24%
Rank 3
Net Price $50,972
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Los Angeles, CA
Total Students 259
Acceptance Rate 73%
Rank 4
Net Price $49,828
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Sarasota, FL
Total Students 1,395
Acceptance Rate 64%
Rank 5
Net Price $46,129
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Manhattan, NY
Total Students 3,506
Acceptance Rate 72%
Rank 6
Net Price $45,728
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Chicago, IL
Total Students 2,735
Acceptance Rate 70%
Rank 7
Net Price $45,622
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Pasadena, CA
Total Students 1,717
Acceptance Rate 70%
Rank 8
College The New School
Net Price $45,504
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Manhattan, NY
Total Students 6,181
Acceptance Rate 60%
Rank 9
College Pratt Institute
Net Price $43,068
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Brooklyn, NY
Total Students 3,537
Acceptance Rate 57%
Rank 10
Net Price $43,027
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Worcester, MA
Total Students 4,301
Acceptance Rate 48%
Rank 11
Net Price $42,699
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Los Angeles, CA
Total Students 1,049
Acceptance Rate 91%
Rank 12
Net Price $42,459
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Los Angeles, CA
Total Students 6,164
Acceptance Rate 52%
Rank 13
Net Price $42,206
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Geneva, NY
Total Students 2,220
Acceptance Rate 64%
Rank 14
Net Price $42,204
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Coral Gables, FL
Total Students 10,216
Acceptance Rate 36%
Rank 15
College Emerson College
Net Price $42,070
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Boston, MA
Total Students 3,748
Acceptance Rate 46%
Rank 16
Net Price $41,738
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Savannah, GA
Total Students 9,013
Acceptance Rate 93%
Rank 17
Net Price $41,554
Overall Niche Grade C+
Location Boston, MA
Total Students 287
Acceptance Rate 81%
Rank 18
Net Price $41,536
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Terre Haute, IN
Total Students 2,147
Acceptance Rate 61%
Rank 19
Net Price $41,386
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Baltimore, MD
Total Students 1,673
Acceptance Rate 62%
Rank 20
Net Price $41,382
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Boston, MA
Total Students 4,881
Acceptance Rate 53%
Rank 21
Net Price $41,274
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Boston, MA
Total Students 407
Acceptance Rate 33%
Rank 22
Net Price $40,977
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Philadelphia, PA
Total Students 13,572
Acceptance Rate 79%
Rank 23
Net Price $40,676
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Cleveland, OH
Total Students 212
Acceptance Rate 43%
Rank 24
Net Price $40,448
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Los Angeles, CA
Total Students 2,113
Acceptance Rate 39%
Rank 25
Net Price $40,387
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Great Barrington, MA
Total Students 391
Acceptance Rate 66%
Rank 26
Net Price $40,086
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Manhattan, NY
Total Students 1,515
Acceptance Rate 21%
Rank 27
Net Price $40,065
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Tacoma, WA
Total Students 2,390
Acceptance Rate 84%
Rank 28
Net Price $40,053
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Orange, CA
Total Students 6,515
Acceptance Rate 57%
Rank 29
College Oberlin College
Net Price $39,794
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Oberlin, OH
Total Students 2,790
Acceptance Rate 34%
Rank 30
Net Price $39,777
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Providence, RI
Total Students 1,976
Acceptance Rate 32%
Rank 31
Net Price $39,456
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Manhattan, NY
Total Students 484
Acceptance Rate 43%
Rank 32
Net Price $39,371
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Yonkers, NY
Total Students 1,384
Acceptance Rate 53%
Rank 33
Net Price $39,322
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Philadelphia, PA
Total Students 1,653
Acceptance Rate 74%
Rank 34
Net Price $39,101
Overall Niche Grade B
Location High Point, NC
Total Students 4,418
Acceptance Rate 81%
Rank 35
Net Price $39,095
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Anaheim, CA
Total Students 1,645
Acceptance Rate 97%
Rank 36
Net Price $39,075
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location San Francisco, CA
Total Students 1,409
Acceptance Rate 64%
Rank 37
Net Price $39,031
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Los Angeles, CA
Total Students 1,572
Acceptance Rate 89%
Rank 38
College Lynn University
Net Price $38,986
Overall Niche Grade C+
Location Boca Raton, FL
Total Students 2,625
Acceptance Rate 82%
Rank 39
Net Price $38,904
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Ontario, CA
Total Students 1,179
Acceptance Rate 93%
Rank 40
Net Price $38,900
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Santa Clara, CA
Total Students 5,411
Acceptance Rate 54%
Rank 41
Net Price $38,708
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Boston, MA
Total Students 3,624
Acceptance Rate 84%
Rank 42
Net Price $38,665
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Hamden, CT
Total Students 6,959
Acceptance Rate 74%
Rank 43
Net Price $38,592
Overall Niche Grade A
Location San Diego, CA
Total Students 5,605
Acceptance Rate 50%
Rank 44
Net Price $38,503
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location The Bronx, NY
Total Students 9,132
Acceptance Rate 46%
Rank 45
Net Price $38,469
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Hoboken, NJ
Total Students 3,113
Acceptance Rate 44%
Rank 46
College Whitman College
Net Price $38,144
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Walla Walla, WA
Total Students 1,455
Acceptance Rate 52%
Rank 47
Net Price $38,135
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Claremont, CA
Total Students 844
Acceptance Rate 15%
Rank 48
Net Price $38,073
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Philadelphia, PA
Total Students 361
Acceptance Rate 54%
Rank 49
Net Price $38,051
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Indianapolis, IN
Total Students 4,182
Acceptance Rate 65%
Rank 50
Net Price $37,873
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location San Francisco, CA
Total Students 204
Acceptance Rate 44%
Rank 51
Net Price $37,817
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location East Buffalo Township, PA
Total Students 3,585
Acceptance Rate 31%
Rank 52
Net Price $37,799
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Fairfield, CT
Total Students 3,879
Acceptance Rate 61%
Rank 53
Net Price $37,753
Overall Niche Grade C
Location San Diego, CA
Total Students 178
Acceptance Rate 100%
Rank 54
Net Price $37,745
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Waco, TX
Total Students 14,100
Acceptance Rate 39%
Rank 55
Net Price $37,703
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Flint, MI
Total Students 1,807
Acceptance Rate 70%
Rank 56
Net Price $37,656
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Boston, MA
Total Students 3,904
Acceptance Rate 92%
Rank 57
Net Price $37,648
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Troy, NY
Total Students 6,200
Acceptance Rate 44%
Rank 58
Net Price $37,638
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Washington, D.C.
Total Students 10,893
Acceptance Rate 41%
Rank 59
Net Price $37,566
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Burlington, VT
Total Students 2,225
Acceptance Rate 70%
Rank 60
Net Price $37,080
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Schenectady, NY
Total Students 2,176
Acceptance Rate 37%
Rank 61
Net Price $37,064
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Rochester, NY
Total Students 6,250
Acceptance Rate 34%
Rank 62
Net Price $37,029
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Allentown, PA
Total Students 2,279
Acceptance Rate 48%
Rank 63
Net Price $36,887
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Laguna Beach, CA
Total Students 562
Acceptance Rate 33%
Rank 64
Net Price $36,870
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Detroit, MI
Total Students 1,110
Acceptance Rate 49%
Rank 65
Net Price $36,862
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Bristol, RI
Total Students 4,042
Acceptance Rate 82%
Rank 66
Net Price $36,846
Overall Niche Grade C
Location Manhattan, NY
Total Students 1,915
Acceptance Rate 80%
Rank 67
Net Price $36,845
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Seattle, WA
Total Students 650
Acceptance Rate 87%
Rank 68
College Scripps College
Net Price $36,831
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Claremont, CA
Total Students 1,060
Acceptance Rate 33%
Rank 69
Net Price $36,820
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Baltimore, MD
Total Students 3,886
Acceptance Rate 75%
Rank 70
Net Price $36,688
Overall Niche Grade C
Location Philadelphia, PA
Total Students 182
Acceptance Rate 93%
Rank 71
Net Price $36,613
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Waltham, MA
Total Students 4,171
Acceptance Rate 44%
Rank 72
College Marist College
Net Price $36,576
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Poughkeepsie Town, NY
Total Students 5,085
Acceptance Rate 43%
Rank 73
Net Price $36,458
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location University Park, TX
Total Students 6,240
Acceptance Rate 49%
Rank 74
Net Price $36,393
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Fairfield, CT
Total Students 4,794
Acceptance Rate 60%
Rank 75
Net Price $36,392
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Scranton, PA
Total Students 3,630
Acceptance Rate 75%
Rank 76
Net Price $36,256
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Manhattan, NY
Total Students 25,347
Acceptance Rate 28%
Rank 77
College Spelman College
Net Price $36,190
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Atlanta, GA
Total Students 2,086
Acceptance Rate 40%
Rank 78
Net Price $36,165
Overall Niche Grade B-
Location Los Angeles, CA
Total Students 753
Acceptance Rate 80%
Rank 79
Net Price $36,099
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Providence, RI
Total Students 3,826
Acceptance Rate 52%
Rank 80
Net Price $35,872
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Portland, OR
Total Students 2,067
Acceptance Rate 71%
Rank 81
Net Price $35,872
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location The Bronx, NY
Total Students 3,479
Acceptance Rate 75%
Rank 82
Net Price $35,581
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Seattle, WA
Total Students 4,325
Acceptance Rate 74%
Rank 83
College Rollins College
Net Price $35,522
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Winter Park, FL
Total Students 2,453
Acceptance Rate 64%
Rank 84
Net Price $35,491
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Radnor Township, PA
Total Students 6,525
Acceptance Rate 36%
Rank 85
Net Price $35,382
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Nashville, TN
Total Students 6,161
Acceptance Rate 81%
Rank 86
Net Price $35,363
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Fort Worth, TX
Total Students 8,738
Acceptance Rate 41%
Rank 87
Net Price $35,358
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Daytona Beach, FL
Total Students 5,378
Acceptance Rate 75%
Rank 88
Net Price $35,306
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Syracuse, NY
Total Students 14,675
Acceptance Rate 47%
Rank 89
Net Price $35,290
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location Philadelphia, PA
Total Students 4,481
Acceptance Rate 77%
Rank 90
Net Price $35,270
Overall Niche Grade A-
Location San Francisco, CA
Total Students 6,586
Acceptance Rate 66%
Rank 91
Net Price $35,214
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location Washington, D.C.
Total Students 3,194
Acceptance Rate 83%
Rank 92
Net Price $35,163
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Denver, CO
Total Students 5,494
Acceptance Rate 58%
Rank 93
Net Price $35,097
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Beverly, MA
Total Students 2,946
Acceptance Rate 81%
Rank 94
Net Price $35,077
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Dayton, OH
Total Students 8,079
Acceptance Rate 72%
Rank 95
Net Price $34,984
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Manchester, NH
Total Students 19,935
Acceptance Rate 78%
Rank 96
Net Price $34,973
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Cleveland, OH
Total Students 4,978
Acceptance Rate 33%
Rank 97
Net Price $34,930
Overall Niche Grade B
Location Cleveland, OH
Total Students 620
Acceptance Rate 54%
Rank 98
Net Price $34,834
Overall Niche Grade A+
Location Chicago, IL
Total Students 5,978
Acceptance Rate 8%
Rank 99
College Ithaca College
Net Price $34,791
Overall Niche Grade B+
Location South Hill, NY
Total Students 5,936
Acceptance Rate 71%
Rank 100
Net Price $34,705
Overall Niche Grade A
Location Gettysburg, PA
Total Students 2,404
Acceptance Rate 46%
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche. She's a content strategist and award-winning writer, as well as a former editor at LA Weekly and NEXTpittsburgh. As a mom of one who's lived and worked all across the country, she's glad to have once again found her niche in her hometown of Pittsburgh.