The Most Expensive Colleges in the United States

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For those students and parents now taking out loans and writing checks to the colleges of their choice, here's some soothing news: It could have been worse. Check out the list of America's most expensive colleges and universities.

If you’re starting college this year – or paying for someone who is – you’re no doubt well aware of the high cost of higher education.  Well, it could be worse. Unless, that is, you’re paying tuition to the most expensive college in the United States: Middlebury College in Vermont.

To ease that tuition pain, here’s the list of America’s 25 most expensive schools according to this article.  Note the numbers below are for tuition only. Include the cost of room and board, and Sarah Lawrence (No. 4 below) tops the list at a whopping $56,420.

Highest Annual Tuition 2010-2011

College Tuition
1. Middlebury College $45,185
2. Connecticut College $43,990
3. The George Washington University $42,860
4. Sarah Lawrence College $42,600
5. Vassar College $42,560
6. Bucknell University $42,112
7. Wesleyan University $41,814
8. St. John’s College $41,792
9. University of Richmond $41,610
10. Colgate University $41,585
11. Union College (NY) $41,571
12. Carnegie Mellon University $41,500
13. Oberlin College $41,234
14. Williams College $41,190
15. Dickinson College $41,170
16. Bard College at Simon’s Rock $41,160
17. Columbia University $41,160
18. Bowdoin College $41,150
19. Bates College $41,120
20. Franklin & Marshall College $41,090
21. Carleton College $41,076
22. Gettysburg College $41,070
23. Reed College $40,940
24. St. Lawrence University $40,905
25. Hamilton College $40,870

Whether your college is one of the nation’s most expensive or not, however, there are tons of ways to save. We’ve written so much about it, it’s practically a college course.

And that’s the tip of the iceberg. Check out our College Section for more.

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