The cost of a college education can be prohibitively expensive for many students. As of 2019, a student would have to pay an average net price of $9,915 to attend a four-year public college, and $19,220 to attend a non-profit private school, after financial aid is factored in.
While the cost of college has increased virtually everywhere, certain schools stand out as being especially expensive. Whether it is because of their selective admissions standards, unique programs offered, or notable faculty, there are hundreds of schools that charge tens of thousands of dollars per year.
Each state is home to at least one school with an average net price of more than $12,000 per year. Smaller states tend to have fewer universities, and those they do have tend to have lower fees and tuition.
The vast majority of schools that rank as the most expensive in their state are private schools. While many of these are liberal arts colleges, a number of institutions on this list are art schools or music conservatories. Though these schools cost tens of thousands of dollars per year, those with fine arts degrees tend to earn much less than those with other types of college education. These are the college majors that pay off the least.
Though Oklahoma Wesleyan University is the most expensive college in the state, its $24,501 annual net price is lower than the vast majority of other schools on this list. For context, the typical private college in the country has a net price of $19,220.
OWU is located in the northeastern part of Oklahoma. It offers online and in person classes in fields like pastoral ministry, marketing, business administration, and more.
To identify the most expensive college in every state, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to rank all bachelor's degree-granting schools based on net price -- the annual cost of tuition, books, room and board, minus any financial aid -- for full-time, first-time degree-seeking undergraduates students who received grant or scholarship aid for the 2018-19 school year. This is the most expensive college in every state.
StateCollegeAvg. net price ($)CityUndergraduate enrollmentAlabamaTuskegee University33,420Tuskegee2,394AlaskaAlaska Pacific University20,426Anchorage337ArizonaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott36,962Prescott2,894ArkansasJohn Brown University21,912Siloam Springs1,777CaliforniaCalifornia Institute of the Arts54,594Valencia1,021ColoradoUniversity of Denver37,263Denver5,774ConnecticutQuinnipiac University41,636Hamden6,845DelawareWesley College24,705Dover1,035FloridaRingling College of Art and Design52,384Sarasota1,658GeorgiaSavannah College of Art and Design44,460Savannah12,167HawaiiHawaii Pacific University27,281Honolulu3,695IdahoBoise Bible College21,315Boise95IllinoisSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago50,167Chicago2,983IndianaRose-Hulman Institute of Technology45,356Terre Haute2,000IowaClarke University34,424Dubuque685KansasCleveland University-Kansas City35,246Overland Park74KentuckyThe Southern Baptist Theological Seminary26,976Louisville894LouisianaTulane University of Louisiana40,783New Orleans7,980MaineUniversity of New England34,198Biddeford4,275MarylandMaryland Institute College of Art42,750Baltimore1,749MassachusettsThe New England Conservatory of Music46,620Boston497MichiganKettering University39,255Flint1,799MinnesotaCarleton College31,547Northfield2,115MississippiMillsaps College24,457Jackson779MissouriConception Seminary College35,288Conception47MontanaCarroll College25,187Helena1,216NebraskaCreighton University32,145Omaha4,472NevadaChamberlain University-Nevada34,928Las Vegas384New HampshireSouthern New Hampshire University39,743Manchester92,902New JerseyStevens Institute of Technology40,770Hoboken3,659New MexicoSt. John's College24,787Santa Fe317New YorkThe New School50,377New York7,409North CarolinaHigh Point University38,745High Point4,591North DakotaUniversity of Jamestown19,695Jamestown908OhioOberlin College43,612Oberlin2,846OklahomaOklahoma Wesleyan University24,501Bartlesville864OregonPacific Northwest College of Art37,252Portland514PennsylvaniaThe University of the Arts41,658Philadelphia1,699Puerto RicoUniversidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico16,304Hato Rey3,690Rhode IslandBryant University40,038Smithfield3,259South CarolinaFurman University35,621Greenville2,688South DakotaAugustana University24,481Sioux Falls1,818TennesseeBelmont University36,976Nashville6,820TexasSouthern Methodist University40,404Dallas6,710UtahNeumont College of Computer Science27,881Salt Lake City474VermontBennington College38,386Bennington729VirginiaHampden-Sydney College34,853Hampden-Sydney993WashingtonWhitman College41,822Walla Walla1,579West VirginiaUniversity of Charleston21,941Charleston1,907WisconsinMarquette University34,120Milwaukee8,515WyomingUniversity of Wyoming12,880Laramie9,807
via Oklahoma's Center Square News