In education, as with almost everything else in life, quality products and services demand a higher fee. In return, you will get something better and more reliable that should leave you in good stead for a long period of time.
Though the schools that charge the highest tuition do not include the likes of Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, they are also equally respected in their respective specializations. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive universities in the world based on tuition and room & board.
10. University of Chicago – $57,711
The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago in Illinois. The American Baptist Education Society established the school in 1890, four years after the closure of another school with the same name because of financial difficulties. Armed with a donation from John Rockefeller and land from Marshall Field, the school welcomed its first class in 1892. Its Physics Department was responsible for the first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction in the world. It also hosts the largest university press in the country. It has produced 87 Nobel awardees, including eight that are still in its faculty.
9. Johns Hopkins University – $57,820
Johns Hopkins University is a private, non-profit, research university in Baltimore. It was established in 1876, three years after the death of the noted entrepreneur Johns Hopkins, who left $7 million for the creation of the school. The school is known for its natural science department. It has also been rated as the top spending school in the fields of science, medical research, and engineering development for 31 straight years.
8. Parsons The New School for Design – $57,910
Parsons The New School for Design is a private art and design college based in New York. William Merritt Chase, the impressionist painter, established the school in 1896, which is why it was initially called as Chase School. It also went by the names of New York School of Art, New York School of Fine and Applied Art and Parsons School of Design. It became part of the New School for Social Research in 1970. It is one of the most prestigious art and design universities in the world.
7. Dartmouth College – $57,996
Dartmouth College is a private research university in New Hampshire. It is part of the Ivy League and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution. Eleazar Wheelock opened the school in 1769. It is the smallest of the Ivy League schools and has produced three Nobel Prize winners.
6. Claremont McKenna College – $58,065
Claremont McKenna College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont in California. It traces its roots back to 1946 when it was established as the Claremont Men’s College. The school started to accept women in 1976. In 1981, the school added the name of Donald McKenna, a founding trustee; as Claremont McKenna College, it was able to retain its acronym of CMC. It is known for its highly selective admission process that boasts of one of the lowest acceptance rates in the entire country.
5. Wesleyan University – $58,502
Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college located in Middletown in Connecticut. The school was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and was established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1831. It emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and sciences and it is the second most productive liberal arts college in the country in terms of number of undergraduates who go on to earn doctorate degrees.
4. Columbia University – $58,742
The complete name is Columbia University in the City of New York, but it is commonly called as Columbia University. As one of the nine original Colonial Colleges, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state. It was established in 1754 as the King’s College as a result of a Royal Charter. It was renamed as Columbia College in 1784 and got a new charter in 1787. It has 98 Nobel Prize winners and is the administrator of the annual Pulitzer Prize. It was the first American school to grant a medical degree and has produced several notable alumni, including 29 heads of state.
3. Harvey Mudd College – $58,913
Harvey Mudd College is a private liberal arts college established in 1955 through funds provided for by the family and friends of Harvey Mudd. The school is based in Claremont in California and is part of the contiguous Claremont Colleges. It emphasizes a strong education in the general sciences, integrating a fair amount of both research and education. Its products are considered to be one of the highest-paid graduates of any college in the country.
2. New York University – $59,337
New York University is a private, non-sectarian research university based in Greenwich Village in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York. It was established in 1831 as the University of the City of New York; it was officially renamed as New York University in 1896. It is one of the most searched schools online by prospective international students. The school also sends out students on an exchange program with foreign universities more than any other school in the country. It has produced impressive graduates that have won 36 Nobel Prizes and 16 Pulitzer Prizes. It also has 10 recipients of the National Medal of Science.
1. Sarah Lawrence College – $61,236
Sarah Lawrence College is a private liberal arts college based in Westchester County in Yonkers in the state of New York. William van Duzer Lawrence established the school in 1926 and named it after his wife, Sarah. It is known for its high academic standards marked by a highly individualized course of study and low student-to-faculty ratio. Interactions are modeled after the Oxford/Cambridge system of one-on-one student-faculty tutorials. It emphasizes independent study, especially in the fields of humanities, writing and performing arts. Its students are known for their political involvement and activism.
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