• August 21, 2014

Dozens More Colleges Pass the $50,000 Mark This Year


These 58 private colleges and universities published rates for tuition, fees, room, and board totaling $50,000 or more in 2009-10. Last year only five institutions did so.

Source: Chronicle ranking of unranked figures from the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges 2009

Sarah Lawrence College

$55,788

Landmark College

$53,900

Georgetown U.

$52,161

New York U.

$51,993

George Washington U.

$51,775

Johns Hopkins U.

$51,690

Columbia U.

$51,544

Wesleyan U.

$51,432

Trinity College (Conn.)

$51,400

Washington U. in St. Louis

$51,329

Bates College

$51,300

Vassar College

$51,300

Parsons the New School for Design

$51,270

Carnegie Mellon U.

$51,260

Vanderbilt U.

$51,228

Skidmore College

$51,196

Bard College

$51,180

Harvey Mudd College

$51,137

Connecticut College

$51,115

Tufts U.

$51,088

U. of Chicago

$51,078

Claremont McKenna College

$51,035

Haverford College

$50,975

Boston College

$50,970

Barnard College

$50,969

Colgate U.

$50,940

Bowdoin College

$50,900

Bennington College

$50,860

Eastman School of Music, U. of Rochester

$50,856

Middlebury College

$50,780

Pitzer College

$50,770

U. of Southern California

$50,732

Fordham U.

$50,598

Mount Holyoke College

$50,576

Scripps College

$50,550

Oberlin College

$50,484

Hampshire College

$50,450

Union College (N.Y.)

$50,439

Stevens Institute of Technology

$50,420

Franklin & Marshall College

$50,410

Smith College

$50,380

St. John's College (Md.)

$50,352

Bard College at Simon's Rock

$50,340

Babson College

$50,324

Bucknell U.

$50,320

Colby College

$50,320

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

$50,310

Lafayette College

$50,289

Boston U.

$50,288

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

$50,245

Dickinson College

$50,219

Carleton College

$50,205

Tulane U.

$50,190

Northwestern U.

$50,164

Cornell U.

$50,114

Dartmouth College

$50,084

Bryn Mawr College

$50,034

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

$50,025

Comments

1. poet_professor - November 02, 2009 at 09:52 am

Evil?

2. msumlarry - November 03, 2009 at 06:47 am

It would be interesting to see how the tuition charged compares to the _average_ annual salaries of staff (and of librarians, if they do not have faculty status). Some of these places may consider working there as its own reward.

3. thomasfurr - November 03, 2009 at 09:01 am

Before my child would select any of these schools, I'd ask the following questions;

1.What is the percentage of graduating seniors landing jobs last year and a average for the past five years? For this type of education investment, what is my return...

2. What is the average staring salary for you graduates who receive jobs?

3. Provide me a list of companies that recruit on your campus and have hired graduating students within the last five years.

4. Based on the field of study, I'd want to know how many professors that teach at these colleges, have actually worked in their field outside of education... Today's economy, job marketplace, you need connections, not educators...

Bottom line, with these rising cost, we need to hold colleges accountable... At this point a college education looks as good as my 401K last year...

4. cmsvadvancement - November 03, 2009 at 09:07 am

Why shouldn't the colleges charge such rates when there are so many willing to pay? I don't see parents, or prospective students for that matter, marching in the streets....

5. mattfeldmann - November 03, 2009 at 09:39 am

When you consider average discount rates are typically above 30%, very few of the students at the institutions are really paying more than $50,000. Think of this more as the sticker price, only you are hypothetically negotiating for a Lexus versus a Hyundai.

6. ahirshon - November 03, 2009 at 09:41 am

Three interesting points: (1) 80% of the colleges and universities on this list are in the northeast or mid-atlantic states. How much longer do these regions think they can be competitive if their pricing is out of line with the rest of the country? (2) there is little discussion of discounting of tuition, etc. through financial grants in aid (i.e., not loans, but actual reductions in cost) -- and more importantly what happens to the "full pays" who get left holding the bag for this. (3) Columbia and Dartmouth are the only Ivy League schools on the list -- any reason why the others (and other big-name privates such as Stanford -- don't appear on this list?

7. 11272784 - November 03, 2009 at 01:23 pm

Another successful step in pricing private colleges out of the reach of have-nots. But that's their business - NO ONE needs to go to a private institution. Of course, we're doing the same thing with public colleges and universities with constant tuition increases. Every year, the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is increasing. Within a few years, no one except the upper income strata will be able to afford college. Society is no longer willing to support public education about the K-12 level, and "affordable" college now means that students can get loans to graduate with $30,000 in debt!!

8. bwgregory - November 03, 2009 at 04:01 pm

With an ever increasing demand that institutions provide quality student health care, nice sports/work-out areas (with the latest equipment), movie theatres, and quality dining, all on campus, is it any wonder why costs are skyrocketing? The costs to build and staff such facilities only add to the ticket price, even if students don't take advantage of these services. When colleges and universities market themselves as little "country clubs" in order to attract students - and the public buys into the idea that these institutions should provide every service imaginable - there should be no surprise that the costs are going to be higher. TANSTAAFL...

9. jsch0602 - November 03, 2009 at 08:45 pm

California may be sinking into the Pacific, but community college is only $26 per credit.

10. choson - November 06, 2009 at 07:02 pm

Most of these colleges provide generous financial aid packages for the "have-nots."

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