3 Mass. schools are among the 20 priciest colleges in the U.S. — and it’s probably not the ones you think

The most expensive schools all charge over $60,000 per year in tuition.

Tufts University campus directory. David Ryan/The Boston Globe

Three Massachusetts colleges and universities made the list of the top 20 most expensive colleges and universities in the U.S. — and perhaps surprisingly, none of them are in Cambridge.

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The most expensive Massachusetts school, Tufts University, was found to be the fifth most expensive school in the country with a yearly tuition of $63,804.

The Bay State’s next entry was Boston College, ranked seventh most expensive with a tuition of $62,950 per year.

Wellesley College came in at number 13 with a yearly tuition of $61,584 per year.

Two other New England colleges made the list, with Brown University coming in ninth place with a yearly tuition of $62,680, and Dartmouth College ranking sixteenth with a yearly tuition of $60,687.


Franklin and Marshall College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, topped the list with a yearly tuition of $65,652, but bigger names such as Columbia University and Vassar College weren’t far behind, ranking second and fourth, respectively.

Other well-known colleges and universities that made the list include University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence College, and John Hopkins University.

College/UniversityTuition Cost
1. Franklin & Marshall College$65,652
2. Columbia University$65,524
3. Reed College$64,450
4. Vassar College$63,840
5. Tufts University$63,804
6. University of Southern California$63,468
7. Boston College$62,950
8. Haverford$62,850
9. Brown University$62,680
10. Harvey Mudd College$62,516
11. Northwestern University$62,391
12. University of Chicago$61,179
13. Wellesley College$61,584
14. Oberlin College$61,106
15. Sarah Lawrence College$60,700
16. Dartmouth College$60,687
17. University of Rochester$60,550
18. Johns Hopkins University$60,480
19. Claremont McKenna College$60,480
20. Barnard College$60,478

The list was put together by The College Investor, an investing and personal finance blog that caters to millennials.

The site noted that these numbers are just for tuition, not room and board, so students attending these schools and paying full price could see a total cost of more than $80,000 per year.


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