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Most Expensive Colleges In The US

It is quite a known fact that education is costly nowadays, especially in the United States of America. Although justified, keeping in mind the job opportunities and the college life one gets to experience at these colleges, the sum is quite frankly enormous for the average price-sensitive family. So, let us look into and learn about some of the most expensive colleges in the United States, along with a bit about their curriculum and such.

  1. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)
    Heavily known in today’s world for featuring in the insanely popular situational comedy TV show ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Caltech is one of a kind. However, its legacy is at a different level. One of the best, if not the very best, research facility universities in the country, Caltech boasts 40 Nobel laureates to its name and also is the proud home of several successful start-ups. The total estimated cost of attendance in Caltech amounts roughly up to about 84 thousand USD. Although quite big, the sum is extremely justified because the college offers excellent future plans and opportunities that are sure to make one’s future as bright as possible. The cost is divided into tuition fees, housing and food charges, personal expenses, books and supplies, and other miscellaneous fees.

  1. Columbia University (New York)
    Formerly known as King’s College, Columbia University is the oldest center for higher education in New York and the fifth oldest one in the USA. The institution is famous for its traditions and, obviously, for its immaculate way of imparting education and grooming thousands of students to be the best versions of themselves. The institution boasts of alumni and professors who are winners of prestigious medals and awards in almost all fields: Oscars, Pulitzer Prizes, Nobel Prize, Fields Medal, and many more. Studying at Columbia University is somewhere around 83 thousand USD travel costs. The fixed cost includes tuition, mandatory fee charges, books, personal expenses, and other charges.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, is, was, and has been the dream institution for so many aspirants from the United States and all over the world. MIT plays a huge role in helping the technology and science scene of the country and helps it proceed miles ahead for the sake of humanity too. The institution is famous for its star-studded alumni and the companies that it facilitated to grow, like Intel, Bose, Qualcomm, and many more. The average cost of studying at MIT is close to 80 thousand USD, but it should be kept in mind that almost 85% of the students receive some kind of financial aid to help them sail through college without thinking about the fees and loans.

  1. Princeton University (New Jersey)
    Another Ivy League member, Princeton, has consistently been one of the best and oldest universities in the United States. Moreover, Princeton has been quite the talk even in pop culture recently, based on the variety of extracurricular activities it meddles in besides imparting grade A education. Princeton is most famous for bringing in the most per-student financial endowment in the whole of the United States and also for its illustrious alumni, which boasts of a whopping 75 Nobel laureates. However, keeping in mind the annual fees for 2021-2022, Princeton charges a sum close to 80 thousand USD, including tuition fees, room charges, miscellaneous personal expenses, and board rate.

  2. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    Harvard has been one of the most famous and celebrated belles of the ball, the ball being the education framework of the USA, since its inception in 1636. This Ivy League behemoth offers programs in almost all imaginable educational fields out there, thanks to it being the oldest institution of higher learning in the States and one of the most influential ones globally. As of 2022, the average subtotal annual fees of Harvard University round off to somewhere around 75 thousand USD, including tuition fees, lodging, boarding, food, and personal expenses.

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