Special Report

The Most Expensive College in Every State

Source: Courtesy of The New England Conservatory of Music

Massachusetts: The New England Conservatory of Music
> Annual net price: $46,620
> The New England Conservatory of Music admission rate: 36.9%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 479
> Located: Boston

The New England Conservatory of Music is one of six four-year colleges in Massachusetts with annual net prices — the annual cost of tuition, books, room and board, minus any financial aid — of over $40,000. Students can attend the conservatory to major in music performance in musical sections like brass, strings, woodwind, vocal, piano, percussion, and more. They can also study music theory, conducting, and composition.

Many of the institutions on this list have a relatively large share of non-American students, but none more so than The New England Conservatory of Music, as 42.3% of enrollees are non-citizens.

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Michigan: Kettering University
> Annual net price: $39,255
> Kettering University admission rate: 73.0%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 2,085
> Located: Flint

Kettering University is a private school in Flint, Michigan, that specializes in STEM and business degrees. It ranks as the most expensive institution in the state, with an annual net price of over $39,000 for students who receive some form of financial aid — which is approximately 97% of them.

Among the more than 40 qualifying four-year colleges in Michigan, Kettering enrollees have among the best standardized test scores. The typical student scores 1280 on the combined math and reading SAT tests and 28 on the composite ACT.

Minnesota: Carleton College
> Annual net price: $31,547
> Carleton College admission rate: 19.1%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 2,129
> Located: Northfield

In addition to being the most expensive college in Minnesota, Carleton College is also the most difficult to get into by a significant margin. Carleton only accepts 19.1% of applicants. The next closest school has an acceptance rate of over 30%. Carleton College students performed better on standardized tests than students of any other Minnesota college, with the typical student scoring a combined 1440 on the math and reading SAT tests and a composite 33 on the ACT.

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Mississippi: Millsaps College
> Annual net price: $24,457
> Millsaps College admission rate: 68.8%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 890
> Located: Jackson

Private liberal arts school Millsaps College, located in Jackson, is the most expensive school in Mississippi. Nearly all Millsaps College students, 99.0%, receive financial aid, and for those students who receive aid, the annual net price — the annual cost of tuition, books, room and board, minus any financial aid — is nearly $24,500.

Millsaps College is relatively small, with fewer than 900 enrolled undergraduate students for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Missouri: Conception Seminary College
> Annual net price: $35,288
> Conception Seminary College admission rate: 100.0%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 66
> Located: Conception

Conception Seminary College is a men’s only liberal arts school in northwestern Missouri that aims to prepare students for the priesthood. All students receive some sort of financial aid, though even after financial aid, the annual net price is over $35,000.

The school is one of the smallest on this list, and indeed in the entire country, with just 66 enrolled undergraduate students.