7 most expensive US colleges

These private institutions of learning cost more to attend for a single year than many families earn in that time. Here's where sticker prices are the highest.

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Dec 4, 2012 12:22PM
Dec 4, 2012 12:07PM
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I got my first degree from a state college in Pennsylvania. I am now pursuing a degree at a small college in Ohio.  The U.S. Dept. of Labor claims that a college graduate will earn $100,000 to twice as much as the average non-college graduate employee.  The purpose of a college education should be to gain the knowledge and skills you need to practice your chosen profession.  Commitment and positive attitude make you a valuable professional, not the name of your school or the price tag of your degree. 
Dec 4, 2012 11:56AM
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The reporter of this article is saying on the 1/3 of all the liberal can afford to go to the most expensive colleges while the other 2/3 can't they don't believe in the liberal agenda. I'll bet this reporter didn't attend one of the most expensive colleges and wemt to a community college. Or college that he or she could afford. A typical liberal to write an article saying who can afford to go to expensive coleges and can't.  
Dec 4, 2012 11:44AM
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College costs have gotten ridiculous. While there MAY be a few degrees where it is important to have a overpriced "name brand" stamped on your degree, the reality is that where you get your degree from doesn't matter AT ALL. All that matters is the piece of paper and the drive of the person who earned it. In most cases, it is just your ticket for entry into the working world..................and it doesn't matter if you bought that ticket for face value at a quality bargain shop or at a HUGE markup at an elite designer shop. I have seen too many people waste their money and end up with enormous debt for no reason. Who needs an elementary education, communications, speech, political science , nursing or whatever degree from a school that will leave you with $200,000 of debt when you could get the same degree for 1/4 of the price and some hope of paying it off in their lifetime? Absurd.
Dec 4, 2012 11:42AM
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Elitist nonsense. Bring back traditional college/university education. Stop doing industry's jobs and let industry train their own fodder at their own cost.
Dec 4, 2012 11:40AM
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Hilarious the most expensive school is a liberal arts school.  
Dec 4, 2012 11:37AM
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College has always been about how much money your PARENTS have. Not what you know or how much you've learned. The more prestigious the college the better you're looked upon in the business world. It's just a bragging right.

I doubt very seriously that a person who graduated from Fordham is much more knowledgeable & more valuable in the workforce than someone who graduated from University of Redlands. But when the business owners get together at the local bar it's a nice bragging right I guess to say, "All my employee's have Haaaaaaarvard degree's" (with the pinky finger turned up while drinking tea).

Dec 4, 2012 11:27AM
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cant believe Texas Christian University didn't make the list at $46,350 and up!
Dec 4, 2012 11:25AM
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RPI- $59000+ a year, don't see why this was missed
Dec 4, 2012 11:24AM
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im 26 years old...100k in debt...and i work two jobs. my loan is over $1051.72 a month. it sucks. the  cost of college is a JOKE. shame on all those people that keep increasing the tuition. and for what? to buy a new cafeteria? put in a coffe shop? buy new furniture for the student lounges?
Dec 4, 2012 11:22AM
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I attended USC for just a little over a semester, when the economy became very unstable a few years back. I had used all my saving to attend the school of my dreams, lost my job, my immediate family lives 6,000 miles away and had nowhere to go. I moved back east where I had some family and took a job. They were not interested in anyone moving up the ladder without a degree and had very limited things they would pay for you to go to school for. So, I moved on as scary as it was to give up a good job at this time in our  country.

I have bigger dreams though, and I knew I would never be where I wanted to be staying there. I have been at my current job now 8 months and was promoted at 6 months, where I took an administration job. I am now enrolled in college for my BBA. All of that to simply say. I took an administration job simply by hard work, perseverance, and pushing myself to do better. People in management always take notice of hard workers. Although in some cases it might help, you don't need a degree for everything. This may not be the america it once was where you could leave a job you didn't care for and have a new one next week. However, it is still America and we are still Americans, and anything you want and work for is possible! It's all about adapting to a different and more difficult time in which we now live.

Dec 4, 2012 11:20AM
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Hillsdale, which is mentioned by Shadowwarrior, is also a  private, expensive, heavily endowed school. It's just smaller than those on the list. Hillsdale, in fact, does not do any financial aid packages with Fed loans.  The college loans it's own money.  Yes, college---ALL college---- is ridiculously expensive, but don't hate on the kids working so hard to get there and stay there.  Whether it's a community college, or MIT/Harvard/Yale, you'll find both down to earth, great people and you'll find obnoxious types who think they're better than everyone else.  That's just human nature. It doesn't have anything to do with the school, or their income level.
Dec 4, 2012 11:14AM
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The most expensive colleges in America are undoubtedly the service academies - and we pay for them.
Dec 4, 2012 11:10AM
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Most of these schools grant their students the tuition via the endowments. I have several friends, whose kids went to many on the list, and they did not pay one dime. People vie to get into these schools for the lifetime connections that they provide, marry up, get cache positions. Yes, education is what you make it but for a poor, middle class kid, going to the institutions mentioned, is the only way to climb up and out.
Dec 4, 2012 11:04AM
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It would be worth it if they provide education in a real sense.  Schools have become a business not to gain knowledge in a real sense, but to compete  who can find the xxx factors faster.  Learning isn't a business it should be fun, meaningful, spiritual if you want, life changing.    All schools  should be free and  the teachers should be competent.  All schools could easily be paid on tax dollars  and all people could be guided towards their talents.  What an ideal  world.   Thats free thinking.  Business has turned language upside down.  You are independent and free thinking if you own your own business.  Really, you are tied to the dollar and your mind only  considers what can you cut to  get the most for your  buck.  That's college. 

Ahh, but everyone needs a mercedes, or BMW or Jag.   And some need more.  It's all appearance of wealth not real mind wealth.  That takes a different breed and colleges don't produce (pun) them. 

Dec 4, 2012 11:03AM
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hell I went to a trade school, and invested my money a little each month, now I'm semi-retired and still making as much if not more than some friends that when in to debt for college.
Dec 4, 2012 11:00AM
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The schools listed are private and heavily endowed.  This means they are able to create some amazing financial aid packages.  Our family is middle class----towards the low end.  My daughter isn't a "rich kid", or spoiled or entitled as other posts have implied these students must be.  She is, however, really smart and very hard working.  She is attending the University of Chicago.  With the grants, work study, capped loans, etc. from UChicago, her 4 years there will cost less than it would to attend (in-state tuition) our state university. If you've got the grades and the test scores, my advice to those who are college bound is not to automatically shy away from the $$$ schools.  The financial aid advisors are very helpful.  You might be surprised at what you find out. 
Dec 4, 2012 10:58AM
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Bad part about this is tha I just read somwhere that we are going to have to import at least 50K techs from abrod because we are not producing enough here in America while honor students in HS are taking jobs at Mickey Dees because they cannot afford to go to college because it is too expensive. Time to either set aside  some free educations for the top people in HS and make this a race which would drop the rate on drop outs. The days of being able to work your way through college are fast dissapearing leaving us with only the sons and daughters of the rich able to go to these schools or people who come out owing their lifes blood to the vampires who lend the the fees to get into these schools. Now with the downturn all the promises they got before they got loaned the money are out the window also as many cannot find jobs to pay for what they owe. I managed because we did not have the money for colege so I went in the Navy but they dropped the college bill while I was still in then I got out went to work and paid my way through. Today thea is almost impossible.
Dec 4, 2012 10:53AM
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Hey, all you community college and U. of Phoenix grads. There's no doubt that kids who study at these expensive schools gain a leg up on the rest of us schlubs in a variety of ways. It's hard to argue with faculty/student ratios below 10, and except for the many affirmative action student these schools tend to admit (and fund), one can make important connections with well heeled peers, often of benefit for a life of networking. And, graduate and professional schools, along with some employers, are hip to having the names of some of these places on the heading of the sheepskin. But it's also a matter of value, what one wishes to accomplish, how a student approaches the undergraduate experience, post college plans, and more. First, for every small private school charging very high tuition that ranks in the top say 50 of all schools, on fair/statistically weighted indices, there are many that just don't cut the mustard academically. Not terrible places to study, but not really special.Typically, these have high cultural standing in the community/region, and in family college lore. Also, with 1,300 students and ratios of 10, we're talking about barely over 100 faculty (yep, I went to schools when grades in math meant something), not including possibilities to expand exposure to other professors via various exchange/external course offerings. I rarely see Nobel laureates on the faculties of small private schools, as one does at first rank public institutions, such as UT Austin. Some faculty deadwood do hang on at states schools, but by inquiry, one can often avoir these folks, and by shear volume of faculty, a clued undergrad can experience classroom time with some of these academic giants, not to mention schmoozing with some in the form of research opportunities, publishing, mentor-ship, reference letters, etc. I am the son of factory workers, and only ever saw the Ivy League or other such fancy academic institution late in life (after college. graduate and professional school) for my training in acupuncture. Otherwise it was state schools all the way. Two (valid) doctorates, and several languages, early financial independence, study in several countries, etc. ---all later, and this broader perspective on the choice of college seemed to work for me. Not for everyone. And, sure, these high priced schools have their place, and many do offer almost all of the tuition in aid. But in the quite large grey zone of value, many kids finish with pretty big student debt as well, which can be blamed on liberal federal policies, in large part. Not to forget the excessive retirement deals for coddled faculty/admin. staff. ---as with municipal, state and federal workers (compared with what's more typical in the dreaded private sector), in contributing to college tuition increases far outstripping year to year increases in just about everything else, including health care. Knowledge is power, always has been, and this broader perspective along with motivation, sometimes can trump the choice of a ritzy school. Methinks. Aa.
Dec 4, 2012 10:42AM
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Its not about the brand name, but more about the product.  A 2.8 GPA from these schools will not compete with a 3.5 GPA from another school.  A degree in basket weaving will not compete with engineering.  Are there too many colleges?  Do we truly believe that everyone needs to go to college?  I say bring back the trade classes in HS (wood shop, welding shop, auto shop, etc...).
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