The cost of a post high school education in our nation has skyrocketed in recent years along with nearly everything else in our economy. Prices have been raised for everything in relation to an education: tuition, boarding, food plans, student insurance, and books alike. Across the country these costs have continued to rise year after year. However, all educations do not have an equal cost. There are some particular fields of study that generally carry a higher total price tag in comparison to others. In addition, certain colleges and universities have a higher rate of tuition, room and board, and extra student activity fees than their counterparts.
Professional degrees and degrees in fine arts programs tend to have the highest costs of all. Medical and law degrees, perhaps not surprisingly, are near the top of the list of costly degrees. Other high priced programs include the studies of graphic design, film, and music. The following list is in no way entirely comprehensive, but when costly degrees are combined with some of the most expensive college tuitions in the United States, a list including some of the most expensive collegiate degrees can be compiled.
It is interesting to note some similarities among the colleges and universities included in this list. With the exception of one, all of the schools are located on the east coast and are in states that were among the thirteen original colonies, and many of them in the state of New York. Three of the schools were founded as colleges for women, and then in more recent years began accepting male students as well. Liberal arts schools with liberal political leanings and progressive teachings are descriptions that match the majority of these schools. Three of the schools were founded by church or religious organizations. The majority of the colleges were founded in the first half of the nineteenth century. These schools all have degree programs that are among some of the most expensive that can be found.
10 Wesleyan University, Film Studies: $218,370
9 Bucknell University, Biochemistry: $219,330
8 Connecticut College, Music and Technology: $219,950
7 Vassar College, Media Studies: $223,525
6 Bard College, Music: $271,375
5 St. John's College, Master of Liberal Arts: $308,392
4 Trinity College, Public Policy and Law: $308,490
3 Columbia University, MBA: $317,030
2 Vanderbilt University, Law: $375,620
1 Sarah Lawrence College, History and Law: $402,962
Sarah Lawrence was founded in 1926 as a women's college. It was not until nearly half a century later, in 1968, that the school would become coeducational. The founder made his money in the real estate market and named this Bronxville, New York college after his wife. Sarah Lawrence has one of the highest amounts of total student fees, as well as a high rate of students (65%) who benefit from financial aid awards. This selective school offers a graduate degree program in history and law for $402,962.
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