Five New England colleges -- three in Massachusetts, one in Rhode Island and one in New Hampshire -- were named among the most expensive in the U.S., according to a new ranking by Wealth of Geeks.
Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the website ranked the top 10 most expensive four-year institutions, taking into account the schools' published out-of-state tuition, yearly fees, and residential charges.
The most expensive college in New England, Amherst College, was ranked at No. 3. in the U.S. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, it costs students $76,800 annually, and has a competitive acceptance rate of 11%.
Tufts University, a prestigious institution located on the border of Medford and Somerville in Massachusetts, was listed at No. 5. Ranked among the best schools for art in the nation, Tufts costs its students $76,492 for a year of school without financial aid.
Three Ivy League schools made the top 10, two of them residing in New England. Ranked at No. 6, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire has a cost of tuition of $76,480, and is the country's ninth oldest institute of higher education.
Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 1764, the website noted, and the cost to attend is $76,476 annually, earning the college the No. 7 spot.
Listed at No. 10, Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts is an elite private women's liberal arts school costing a whopping $76,220 per year before financial aid.
Wealth of Geeks said their ranking does not consider loans, grants, work-study, or any other form of financial aid.
Here's the full list:
- Harvey Mudd College in California
- University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania
- Amherst College in Massachusetts
- University of Southern California in California
- Tufts University in Massachusetts
- Dartmouth College in New Hampshire
- Brown University in Rhode Island
- Northwestern University in Illinois
- University of Chicago in Illinois
- Wellesley College in Massachusetts
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