Most Expensive College in Every State 2022

Most Expensive College in Every State 2022

Year after year, the cost of college tuition inexorably rises. And this unceasing increase is not simply due to inflation. When adjusting for inflation, the cost of tuition has tripled from the academic year 1971-1972 to 2019-2020.

However, the growth in college tuitions shows some patterns that reveal the increase in tuition costs aren’t uniform across all types of colleges. For instance, the cost of tuition at public four-year institutions has stagnated in recent years while the cost of tuition at private not-for-profit four-year institutions marches upward almost continuously. This pattern largely holds when it comes to the most expensive colleges in the U.S., with private not-for-profit four-year colleges exceeding public four-year colleges in terms of tuition and fees.

To identify the most expensive college in every state, BrokeScholar analyzed data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on four-year public institutions and private not-for-profit institutions in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. Private for-profit institutions were excluded as were two-year colleges, with the focus being on institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees — no associate’s degrees, certificates, or advanced programs. Tuition costs and fees come from the 2021-2022 academic year as published on the NCES database.

Read on to find out the most expensive college in every state in 2022.

Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S.

The most expensive college in the U.S. that has undergraduates and awards bachelor’s degrees in the academic year 2021-2022 is MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. MGH stands for Massachusetts General Hospital, and the institution offers one undergraduate degree, which is an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Otherwise, it’s mainly an institution for graduate degrees. It’s undergraduate tuition and fees cost $83,176, for both in-state and out-of-state students.

The second-most expensive college in the U.S. is also not a typical college: It is the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, one of the most renown institutions for Jewish theological studies in the world. Its undergraduate cost of tuition and fees is $66,064, for both in-state and out-of-state students.

The third-most expensive college in the U.S. is Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. This private not-for-profit college charges $63,406 in tuition and fees (both in-state and out-of-state). Only three years ago, the cost of tuition at Franklin and Marshall was nearly $7,000 less ($56,550 in 2018-2019 academic year).

Most Expensive College in Every State

When examining the most expensive college in each state, the most significant pattern is that four-year private not-for-profit colleges tend to be the most expensive. In only two states — Delaware and Wyoming — is the most expensive college a four-year public institution. The average number of undergraduate students across all 51 colleges in this study (50 states plus D.C.) is 3,975. Below you’ll find the most expensive college in every state, as well as their respective undergraduate populations and graduation rates.

Most Expensive College in Alabama: Samford University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $35,360
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $35,360
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 3,576
  • Graduation rate: 77%

Most Expensive College in Alaska: Alaska Pacific University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $20,760
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $20,760
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 312
  • Graduation rate: 56%

Most Expensive College in Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

  • In-state tuition and fees: $38,966
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $38,966
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,961
  • Graduation rate: 59%

Most Expensive College in Arkansas: Hendrix College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $33,350
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $33,350
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,067
  • Graduation rate: 65%

Most Expensive College in California: University of Southern California

  • In-state tuition and fees: $61,503
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $61,503
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 19,786
  • Graduation rate: 92%

Most Expensive College in Colorado: Colorado College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $62,070
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $62,070
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,025
  • Graduation rate: 88%

Most Expensive College in Connecticut: Wesleyan University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $62,049
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $62,049
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,852
  • Graduation rate: 91%

Most Expensive College in Delaware: University of Delaware

  • In-state tuition and fees: $15,020
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $36,880
  • Type: 4-year, Public
  • Undergraduate students: 19,328
  • Graduation rate: 82%

Most Expensive College in D.C.: Georgetown University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $59,957
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $59,957
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 7,357
  • Graduation rate: 94%

Most Expensive College in Florida: University of Miami

  • In-state tuition and fees: $54,760
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $54,760
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 11,334
  • Graduation rate: 83%

Most Expensive College in Georgia: Emory University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $55,468
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $55,468
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 7,010
  • Graduation rate: 90%

Most Expensive College in Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $30,020
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $30,020
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 3,800
  • Graduation rate: 46%

Most Expensive College in Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $34,390
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $34,390
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,389
  • Graduation rate: 62%

Most Expensive College in Illinois: University of Chicago

  • In-state tuition and fees: $62,241
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $62,241
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 7,056
  • Graduation rate: 96%

Most Expensive College in Indiana: University of Notre Dame

  • In-state tuition and fees: $58,843
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $58,843
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 8,874
  • Graduation rate: 97%

Most Expensive College in Iowa: Grinnell College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $58,648
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $58,648
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,493
  • Graduation rate: 97%

Most Expensive College in Kansas: Ottawa University - Ottawa

  • In-state tuition and fees: $36,780
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $36,780
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 720
  • Graduation rate: 37%

Most Expensive College in Kentucky: Centre College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $46,000
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $46,000
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,333
  • Graduation rate: 83%

Most Expensive College in Louisiana: Tulane University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $60,814
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $60,814
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 8,537
  • Graduation rate: 86%

Most Expensive College in Maine: Colby College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $61,220
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $61,220
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,155
  • Graduation rate: 90%

Most Expensive College in Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $58,720
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $58,720
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 6,331
  • Graduation rate: 94%

Most Expensive College in Massachusetts: MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • In-state tuition and fees: $83,176
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $83,176
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 170
  • Graduation rate: N/A

Most Expensive College in Michigan: Kalamazoo College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $54,522
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $54,522
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,451
  • Graduation rate: 79%

Most Expensive College in Minnesota: Macalester College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $60,518
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $60,518
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,049
  • Graduation rate: 93%

Most Expensive College in Mississippi: Millsaps College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $42,960
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $42,960
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 669
  • Graduation rate: 68%

Most Expensive College in Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

  • In-state tuition and fees: $58,866
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $58,866
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 7,653
  • Graduation rate: 94%

Most Expensive College in Montana: Carroll College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $38,106
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $38,106
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,100
  • Graduation rate: 67%

Most Expensive College in Nebraska: Creighton University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $44,524
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $44,524
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 4,458
  • Graduation rate: 82%

Most Expensive College in Nevada: Roseman University of Health Sciences

  • In-state tuition and fees: $36,297
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $36,297
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 555
  • Graduation rate: N/A

Most Expensive College in New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $60,870
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $60,870
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 4,170
  • Graduation rate: 95%

Most Expensive College in New Jersey: Stevens Institute of Technology

  • In-state tuition and fees: $56,920
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $56,920
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 3,791
  • Graduation rate: 88%

Most Expensive College in New Mexico: St. John’s College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $35,710
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $35,710
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 268
  • Graduation rate: 73%

Most Expensive College in New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America

  • In-state tuition and fees: $66,064
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $66,064
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 133
  • Graduation rate: 89%

Most Expensive College in North Carolina: Duke University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $60,244
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $60,244
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 6,717
  • Graduation rate: 96%

Most Expensive College in North Dakota: University of Jamestown

  • In-state tuition and fees: $23,498
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $23,498
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 912
  • Graduation rate: 55%

Most Expensive College in Ohio: Kenyon College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $63,310
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $63,310
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,615
  • Graduation rate: 89%

Most Expensive College in Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

  • In-state tuition and fees: $45,673
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $45,673
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,929
  • Graduation rate: 73%

Most Expensive College in Oregon: Reed College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $62,730
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $62,730
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,366
  • Graduation rate: 77%

Most Expensive College in Pennsylvania: Franklin and Marshall College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $63,406
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $63,406
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,254
  • Graduation rate: 85%

Most Expensive College in Rhode Island: Brown University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $62,304
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $62,304
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 6,792
  • Graduation rate: 95%

Most Expensive College in South Carolina: Furman University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $53,372
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $53,372
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,345
  • Graduation rate: 81%

Most Expensive College in South Dakota: Augustana University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $35,914
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $35,914
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,735
  • Graduation rate: 72%

Most Expensive College in Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $56,966
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $56,966
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 7,057
  • Graduation rate: 93%

Most Expensive College in Texas: Southern Methodist University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $60,236
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $60,236
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 6,827
  • Graduation rate: 81%

Most Expensive College in Utah: Westminster College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $39,200
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $39,200
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,426
  • Graduation rate: 69%

Most Expensive College in Vermont: Middlebury College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $59,770
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $59,770
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 2,580
  • Graduation rate: 94%

Most Expensive College in Virginia: Washington and Lee University

  • In-state tuition and fees: $59,380
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $59,380
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,822
  • Graduation rate: 93%

Most Expensive College in Washington: Whitman College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $55,982
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $55,982
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 1,360
  • Graduation rate: 86%

Most Expensive College in West Virginia: West Virginia Wesleyan College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $32,612
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $32,612
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 979
  • Graduation rate: 55%

Most Expensive College in Wisconsin: Beloit College

  • In-state tuition and fees: $54,680
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $54,680
  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Undergraduate students: 978
  • Graduation rate: 78%

Most Expensive College in Wyoming: University of Wyoming

  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,277
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $20,827
  • Type: 4-year, Public
  • Undergraduate students: 9,342
  • Graduation rate: 59%

Table of the Most Expensive College in Every State

Below you’ll find a table including all the information above. Based on the data, the most expensive college with the highest graduation rate is Notre Dame in Indiana, with a 97% graduation rate. This is followed by the University of Chicago in Illinois at 96% and Duke University in North Carolina, also boasting a 96% graduation rate.

State Most Expensive College 2021-2022: In-state tuition 2021-2022: Out-of-state tuition
Alabama Samford University $35,360 $35,360
Alaska Alaska Pacific University $20,760 $20,760
Arizona Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott $38,966 $38,966
Arkansas Hendrix College $33,350 $33,350
California University of Southern California $61,503 $61,503
Colorado Colorado College $62,070 $62,070
Connecticut Wesleyan University $62,049 $62,049
Delaware University of Delaware $15,020 $36,880
District of Columbia Georgetown University $59,957 $59,957
Florida University of Miami $54,760 $54,760
Georgia Emory University $55,468 $55,468
Hawaii Hawaii Pacific University $30,020 $30,020
Idaho Northwest Nazarene University $34,390 $34,390
Illinois University of Chicago $62,241 $62,241
Indiana University of Notre Dame $58,843 $58,843
Iowa Grinnell College $58,648 $58,648
Kansas Ottawa University-Ottawa $36,780 $36,780
Kentucky Centre College $46,000 $46,000
Louisiana Tulane University of Louisiana $60,814 $60,814
Maine Colby College $61,220 $61,220
Maryland Johns Hopkins University $58,720 $58,720
Massachusetts MGH Institute of Health Professions $83,176 $83,176
Michigan Kalamazoo College $54,522 $54,522
Minnesota Macalester College $60,518 $60,518
Mississippi Millsaps College $42,960 $42,960
Missouri Washington University in St Louis $58,866 $58,866
Montana Carroll College $38,106 $38,106
Nebraska Creighton University $44,524 $44,524
Nevada Roseman University of Health Sciences $36,297 $36,297
New Hampshire Dartmouth College $60,870 $60,870
New Jersey Stevens Institute of Technology $56,920 $56,920
New Mexico St. John's College $35,710 $35,710
New York Jewish Theological Seminary of America $66,064 $66,064
North Carolina Duke University $60,244 $60,244
North Dakota University of Jamestown $23,498 $23,498
Ohio Kenyon College $63,310 $63,310
Oklahoma University of Tulsa $45,673 $45,673
Oregon Reed College $62,730 $62,730
Pennsylvania Franklin and Marshall College $63,406 $63,406
Rhode Island Brown University $62,304 $62,304
South Carolina Furman University $53,372 $53,372
South Dakota Augustana University $35,914 $35,914
Tennessee Vanderbilt University $56,966 $56,966
Texas Southern Methodist University $60,236 $60,236
Utah Westminster College $39,200 $39,200
Vermont Middlebury College $59,770 $59,770
Virginia Washington and Lee University $59,380 $59,380
Washington Whitman College $55,982 $55,982
West Virginia West Virginia Wesleyan College $32,612 $32,612
Wisconsin Beloit College $54,680 $54,680
Wyoming University of Wyoming $6,277 $20,827

The Bottom Line on College Tuition and Affording It

While this study only covered the most expensive college in every state, across the board, the overwhelming majority of colleges are seeing their cost of tuition and fees increasing year after year. Whether public or private institutions, the inexorable rise in tuition costs appears to be unstoppable. Financial aid is available for prospective students, but the amounts can vary substantially depending on your household income and the college you want to go to.

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