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We used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to rank the 50 most expensive four-year colleges and universities in the country by their published out-of-state tuition and fees. (Note: All of the prices listed here are before need- and merit-based scholarships.)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute costs out-of-state students $52,305 in annual tuition and fees.
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49. St. John's College
The sticker price is $52,320 annually at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.
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48. Macalester College
Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, lists its price as $52,464 per year.
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47. Middlebury College
Middlebury College in Vermont has a list price of $52,496 annually.
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46. Southern Methodist University
An out-of-state student at Southern Methodist University in Texas is charged a retail price of $52,498 per year.
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45. Skidmore College
Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, has a list price of $52,596 per school year.
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44. Gettysburg College
Pennsylvania's Gettysburg College charges a list price of $52,640 annually.
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43. Barnard College
A student at Barnard in New York City can face a starting price of $52,662 for a year of school.
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42. Northwestern University
Northwestern University in Illinois charges $52,678 per year.
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41. Hamilton College
For a retail price, Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, charges 5,277 "Hamiltons" per year — that's $52,770.
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40. Carleton College
Out-of-state tuition and fees for Carleton College in Minnesota total $52,782 annually.
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39. Wesleyan University
As a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, before scholarships, you'll pay $52,804 for a year of school.
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38. Colorado College
Colorado College charges its out-of-state students $52,818 annually.
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37. Claremont McKenna College
Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, costs $52,825 per year.
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36. Occidental College
Just down the road in Los Angeles, out-of-state students pay $52,838 for a year at Occidental College.
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35. Connecticut College
Before financial aid, students pay $52,850 for a year at Connecticut College.
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34. Cornell University
Cornell University, a member of the Ivy League, charges out-of-state students $52,853 per year.
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33. Bard College
Upstate New York's Bard College costs $52,906 per year.
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32. Dickinson College
Dickinson College in Pennsylvania charges students $52,955 for a year.
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31. Tulane University
Tulane University in New Orleans costs out-of-state students $52,960 per year.
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30. Scripps College
The women of California's Scripps College pay up to $52,966 per year.
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29. St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence University in upstate New York costs $52,990 per year.
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28. Haverford College
Haverford College in Pennsylvania charges its out-of-state students $52,994 annually.
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27. Colby College
Colby College in Maine costs $53,120 each year.
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26. Boston College
If you want to call yourself a Boston College Eagle, you'll need to pay up to $53,346 per year.
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25. Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College, an Ivy League university in New Hampshire, costs out-of-state students $53,368 per year.
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24. Brown University
Another Ivy League school, Brown University, costs $53,419 annually.
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23. Oberlin College
An out-of-state student at Oberlin College in Ohio faces tuition and fees of $53,460 per school year.
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22. Union College
As a student at Union College in Schenectady, New York, you'll pay $53,490 annually.
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21. Duke University
Out-of-state students at Duke University pay $53,500 for a year on the neo-Gothic campus.
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20. George Washington University
George Washington University, located in the nation's capital, costs its students $53,518 per year.
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19. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Attending one of these two sister schools — they've been one corporate entity since 1943 — will cost you $53,525 per year.
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18. University of Pennsylvania
Another Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania, costs its out-of-state students $53,534 annually.
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17. Brandeis University
Brandeis University in Massachusetts costs $53,537 per school year.
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16. Williams College
Out-of-state students at Williams College in northwestern Massachusetts pay $53,550 for a year of school.
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15. Kenyon College
Kenyon College is the most expensive college in Ohio. It costs students $53,560 per year.
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14 Carnegie Mellon University
A student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh pays $53,910 each year.
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13. Colgate University
As a student at Colgate University in central New York, you'll pay $53,980 annually.
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12. Bucknell University
Out-of-state tuition and fees for Bucknell University in Pennsylvania is $53,986 annually.
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11. Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College charges its out-of-state students $54,010 annually.
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10. Reed College
Reed College in Portland, Oregon, costs $54,200 each year.
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9. University of Southern California
Out-of-state Trojans pay $54,259 for a year of school at USC.
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8. Amherst College
Amherst College in central Massachusetts costs $54,310 per school year.
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7. Tufts University
An out-of-state student at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, pays $54,318 per year.
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6. Franklin and Marshall College
Students pay $54,380 annually at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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5. Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd is California's most expensive college. The school in Claremont costs students $54,636 per year.
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4. Trinity College
A student at Connecticut's Trinity College shells out $54,770 for a year of school.
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3. Vassar College
Out-of-state students at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, pay $55,210 per year.
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2. University of Chicago
An out-of-state student at the University of Chicago pays $56,034 per year.
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1. Columbia University
And the most expensive college in the country is Columbia University in New York City. Out-of-state students pay $57,208 per year to attend this Ivy League university.
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