Tuition and Costs -- Data and Rankings

One feature that often gets overlooked by the organizations that rank schools is the amount it costs to go there.  Parents, of course, are keenly interested.  It makes sense to include this as one of the criteria used in ranking schools on an overall basis.  After all, if two schools have identical Faculty Awards, SATs, etc., etc. and one costs $10,000 less to attend, then it is arguably a better institution -- at least from the perspective of the person purchasing the education.  The institutions ranking best in this category are the United States military academies, which cost nothing.  The rest are as follows (note that state schools are given the benefit of their in state tuition).  The data is one or two years old, so please check current costs.  The categories are:

       Tuition                      One year of tuition at the school in question

       Tuition (OofS)        Tuition for out-of-state students (state schools only)

       Total Cost                 Tuition plus room and board

       Fin.Aid                       The average financial aid package available to students

       Grad Debt                 The average debt load a graduate has after leaving school

 

Schools

Tuition

Tuition (OofS)

Total Cost

Fin.Aid

GradDebt

Rank

U.S. Naval Academy

$0

 

$0

$0

$0

1

U.S. Air Force Acad.

$0

 

$0

$0

$0

1

Brigham Young Univ.

$3,150

 

$8,024

$4,077

$11,000

3

Univ. of Mississippi

$3,916

$8,826

$12,866

$5,351

$11,658

4

Adams State Coll.

$2,604

$7,644

$13,239

$6,392

$13,644

5

Univ. of Arkansas

$4,768

$11,518

$16,605

$7,092

$10,271

6

Univ. of Florida

$2,581

$11,595

$17,235

$6,376

$13,968

7

St. Augustine's Coll.

$9,530

 

$14,490

$11,387

$12,850

8

Univ. of Oklahoma

$2,929

$8,078

$13,108

$5,800

$19,821

9

Univ. of Alabama

$3,556

$9,624

$13,856

$6,562

$19,386

9

Texas A&M Univ.

$4,748

$11,288

$17,181

$5,480

$13,143

11

Louisiana State Univ.

$3,670

$8,970

$14,186

$5,080

$17,818

12

Univ. of Kansas

$4,101

$11,577

$16,399

$5,371

$17,002

13

North Dakota State

$3,956

$8,956

$13,452

$4,191

$20,107

14

Cooper Union

$0

 

$10,000

$3,600

$10,080

15

San Diego State

$2,014

$7,210

$15,997

$6,500

$13,500

16

Univ. of Kentucky

$4,547

$11,227

$15,512

$6,007

$20,087

17

Univ. of Texas

$3,950

$10,490

$16,465

$7,270

$17,100

18

Univ. of Georgia

$4,078

$14,854

$20,610

$4,000

$13,600

19

Univ. of Nebraska

$4,839

$12,422

$17,626

$5,926

$16,592

19

U. of South Carolina

$4,984

$13,104

$18,168

$2,750

$16,200

21

Univ. of Iowa

$4,993

$15,285

$21,215

$5,150

$11,300

22

Arizona State Univ.

$3,595

$12,115

$17,981

$6,183

$17,662

22

Florida State Univ.

$2,713

$13,741

$20,513

$7,957

$15,458

24

Coll. of New Jersey

$7,516

$11,713

$19,129

$4,600

$13,000

25

Lincoln Univ.

$6,503

$9,780

$15,921

$11,000

$20,000

26

Oklahoma State

$3,898

$13,120

$18,288

$5,500

$18,100

27

Univ. of Tennessee

$4,450

$13,532

$18,112

$6,943

$21,689

28

Georgia Tech.

$3,726

$14,506

$20,656

$8,737

$16,500

29

Iowa State Univ.

$5,028

$14,370

$20,110

$6,815

$16,979

30

U. of North Carolina

$4,165

$16,606

$23,122

$8,458

$12,800

31

Univ. of Arizona

$3,603

$12,373

$19,183

$5,635

$17,772

32

Temple Univ.

$8,062

$14,316

$21,428

$10,524

$14,500

33

Univ. of Maryland

$5,898

$15,100

$22,341

$7,016

$14,076

34

Florida Southern C.

$17,042

 

$23,092

$13,517

$12,100

35

Methodist College

$15,840

 

$21,780

$9,410

$15,400

36

Univ. of Missouri

$7,278

$16,725

$22,495

$5,832

$17,085

37

Michigan State Univ.

$7,088

$16,992

$22,264

$9,355

$18,663

38

Rutgers

$7,592

$14,106

$22,188

$8,994

$15,311

39

Univ. of Minnesota

$6,280

$16,854

$22,550

$8,496

$19,500

40

Univ. of Virginia

$5,964

$21,984

$27,575

$7,637

$13,890

41

Ohio State Univ.

$6,651

$16,638

$23,419

$8,211

$15,011

41

Indiana Univ.

$6,517

$17,552

$23,424

$5,636

$16,930

43

Penn State Univ.

$8,382

$17,610

$23,270

$11,222

$17,125

44

Abilene Christian U.

$13,290

 

$18,370

$10,052

$24,572

45

Univ. of Washington

$4,636

$15,337

$23,767

$9,784

$14,500

46

Tuskegee Univ.

$11,360

 

$17,300

$13,666

$29,885

47

Purdue Univ.

$5,860

$17,640

$24,340

$6,293

$15,486

48

Culinary Inst. of Am.

$17,640

 

$22,570

$8,500

$18,768

49

Univ. of Wisconsin

$5,140

$19,150

$25,280

$9,341

$15,904

50

Illinois Inst. of Tech.

$20,331

 

$26,613

$19,117

$8,661

51

Univ. of Illinois

$8,452

$18,046

$24,664

$5,257

$14,791

52

Univ. of Oregon

$4,794

$15,990

$22,971

$7,099

$19,916

53

Wheaton College

$18,500

 

$24,600

$10,589

$14,595

54

Univ. of Colorado

$3,884

$20,336

$26,984

$5,903

$16,737

55

North Central Coll.

$19,221

 

$25,596

$14,622

$13,754

56

Univ. of Cincinnati

$6,936

$17,310

$24,054

$7,125

$19,500

57

Rice Univ.

$18,253

 

$26,133

$17,177

$12,525

58

Trinity Univ.

$19,176

 

$26,466

$15,258

$14,000

59

Washington and Lee

$23,295

 

$29,005

$16,652

$15,673

60

Univ. of California

$4,895

$18,375

$29,587

$10,554

$13,052

61

Grinnell College

$24,490

 

$31,060

$16,582

$13,324

62

Hollins Univ.

$20,675

 

$27,965

$15,565

$13,907

63

Univ. of Michigan

$8,650

$25,733

$32,353

$8,826

$16,024

64

Cal. Tech.

$24,117

 

$31,677

$21,416

$12,621

65

UCLA

$4,878

$17,257

$27,709

$9,800

$16,825

66

Coll. of the Atlantic

$22,536

 

$28,623

$17,749

$17,125

67

Macalaster College

$25,088

 

$31,962

$17,975

$14,200

68

DePaul Univ.

$18,750

 

$26,130

$14,106

$18,125

69

Davidson College

$25,903

 

$33,274

$15,143

$14,557

70

Gonzaga Univ.

$20,800

 

$27,010

$15,566

$21,166

71

Carleton College

$28,527

 

$34,395

$18,483

$14,882

72

Univ. of Notre Dame

$27,612

 

$34,542

$19,000

$14,290

73

Bucknell Univ.

$28,960

 

$35,262

$19,938

$15,000

74

Princeton Univ.

$28,540

 

$36,649

$23,053

$10,900

75

St. John's (Md)

$27,410

 

$34,380

$19,826

$17,525

76

RISD

$26,199

 

$33,567

$13,700

$19,125

77

Case Western Reserve Univ.

$24,742

 

$32,002

$20,063

$21,418

78

Columbia Univ.

$28,206

 

$36,752

$24,306

$13,430

79

Williams College

$28,090

 

$35,750

$22,216

$15,625

80

Juilliard School

$21,250

 

$29,690

$18,169

$21,588

81

Reed College

$29,000

 

$36,750

$20,640

$14,372

82

Wake Forest Univ.

$26,490

 

$34,090

$18,817

$20,339

83

Oberlin College

$29,688

 

$36,938

$24,023

$13,926

83

Wellesley College

$27,904

 

$36,516

$19,686

$15,467

83

Kenyon College

$30,330

 

$35,370

$22,008

$20,800

86

Bates College

$37,500

 

$37,500

$22,455

$17,045

87

Amherst College

$29,728

 

$37,468

$26,473

$12,270

88

Northwestern Univ.

$28,524

 

$37,491

$21,785

$13,253

89

Villanova Univ.

$26,168

 

$34,808

$18,285

$20,874

90

Univ. of Miami

$26,280

 

$34,608

$21,414

$28,352

91

Swarthmore College

$28,802

 

$37,716

$24,174

$12,726

91

New School Univ.

$23,620

 

$33,516

$13,156

$23,919

91

Vassar College

$29,540

 

$37,205

$22,114

$15,673

94

Carnegie Mellon

$28,986

 

$36,831

$15,710

$17,880

95

Pomona College

$27,150

 

$37,130

$21,310

$15,800

96

Emory Univ.

$27,952

 

$36,872

$20,070

$18,350

97

Harvard Univ.

$29,060

 

$37,928

$21,229

$10,465

98

Mount Holyoke

$29,338

 

$37,918

$21,398

$13,000

99

Yale Univ.

$28,400

 

$37,000

$17,430

$19,228

100

Bryn Mawr College

$27,520

 

$36,890

$24,500

$19,500

101

Bowdoin College

$30,120

 

$37,790

$23,745

$14,682

102

Dartmouth College

$29,145

 

$37,770

$25,154

$14,719

103

Duke Univ.

$29,345

 

$37,555

$19,779

$16,502

104

Smith College

$27,544

 

$37,034

$23,676

$19,546

105

Boston College

$27,522

 

$37,729

$18,793

$16,417

106

Haverford College

$28,880

 

$37,900

$24,784

$14,685

106

Middlebury College

$38,100

 

$38,100

$25,260

$20,824

108

Tulane Univ.

$29,810

 

$37,451

$20,549

$19,915

109

Stanford Univ.

$28,563

 

$37,636

$27,474

$17,185

110

USC

$28,692

 

$37,324

$19,952

$20,619

111

Johns Hopkins Univ.

$28,730

 

$37,872

$24,532

$16,600

112

Tufts Univ.

$29,630

 

$38,270

$22,028

$15,169

113

Boston Univ.

$28,906

 

$38,194

$22,916

$17,808

114

Sarah Lawrence

$30,824

 

$41,218

$23,531

$13,042

114

Vanderbilt Univ.

$28,440

 

$37,897

$22,757

$21,015

116

Brandeis Univ.

$29,875

 

$38,198

$19,659

$19,500

117

Univ. of Chicago

$29,238

 

$38,553

$23,723

$16,124

118

Brown Univ.

$29,846

 

$37,942

$22,594

$22,530

119

Georgetown Univ.

$28,384

 

$38,440

$21,000

$17,900

120

Univ. of Pennsylvania

$29,318

 

$37,960

$24,619

$21,556

121

Wash U in St. Louis

$29,053

 

$38,293

$22,979

$19,500

122

Cornell Univ.

$28,754

 

$38,283

$21,270

$20,213

123

Wesleyan Univ.

$29,998

 

$38,224

$23,741

$23,323

124

MIT

$29,600

 

$38,310

$24,788

$20,484

125

New York Univ.

$28,496

 

$39,406

$17,567

$20,079

126

It should be noted that some of the Ivy League (and other upper-tier private schools with enormous endowments) offer need-based packages that in many cases eradicate cost issues.  These are not factored in here because most applicants will never have access to them.  Congratulations to the schools for making them available, though.