Special Report

The Most Expensive College in Every State

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New Mexico: Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque
> Annual net price: $36,411
> Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque admission rate: 0.0%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 48
> Located: Albuquerque

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque currently ranks as the most expensive school in New Mexico, with an annual net cost of $36,411. However, it is about to cease operations and shut down after the fall 2020 semester because of “reduction in enrollment due to COVID-19 as well as ongoing litigation with SUVA’s founders,” according to a post on the school’s website.

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque is not only one of the smallest schools on this list by enrollment, but also one of the smallest in the entire country, with just 48 enrolled undergraduate students.

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New York: The New School
> Annual net price: $50,377
> The New School admission rate: 57.3%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 9,104
> Located: New York

The New School in Manhattan is one of just a handful of colleges in the country with an annual net price of more than $50,000, edging out many other pricey New York City schools as the most expensive school in New York state.

The New School offers 134 possible majors in its design school, liberal arts college, and performing arts college. More than 30% of The New School attendees are from outside the U.S.

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North Carolina: High Point University
> Annual net price: $38,745
> High Point University admission rate: 74.6%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 4,566
> Located: High Point

High Point University is a private Christian college located near the center of North Carolina. With an annual net price of $38,745, it is the most expensive of the 58 four-year colleges in the state and 79% of enrollees get some sort of grant aid from government or institutional sources.

Nearly three-quarters of applicants are admitted to High Point University, compared to an average acceptance rate of 56.7% across schools nationwide.

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North Dakota: University of Jamestown
> Annual net price: $19,695
> University of Jamestown admission rate: 69.3%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 929
> Located: Jamestown

Though the University of Jamestown is the most expensive four-year college in North Dakota, its annual net price is almost in line with the average cost at other American private universities. The average net price at private colleges nationwide is $19,220.

The school offers degrees in a variety of fields such as kinesiology, education, business, chemistry, history, and more.

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Ohio: Oberlin College
> Annual net price: $43,612
> Oberlin College admission rate: 36.4%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 2,911
> Located: Oberlin

Oberlin College is a liberal arts school as well as a music conservatory located in northern Ohio. Like many of the other music conservatories on this list, Oberlin College has an annual net price of more than $40,000, making it the most expensive four-year college in Ohio by more than $5,000.

Oberlin College is one of the more selective colleges, accepting just 36.4% of applicants — more than 20 percentage points lower than the acceptance rate of the typical U.S. college.