Special Report

The Most Expensive College in Every State

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Virginia: Hampden-Sydney College
> 2018-2019 annual net price: $34,853
> 2018-2019 admission rate: 57.4%
> 2019-2020 undergraduate enrollment: 993
> Located: Hampden-Sydney

Virginia is home to more than 50 four-year colleges and universities, though none costs more per year than Hampden-Sydney College, at an annual net price of nearly $35,000 among the 99% of students who receive some kind of grant aid to help with costs.

Hampden-Sydney College is a men’s only liberal arts college. It is one of the oldest high learning institutions in the country, having been founded in 1775.

Washington: Whitman College
> 2018-2019 annual net price: $41,822
> 2018-2019 admission rate: 55.9%
> 2019-2020 undergraduate enrollment: 1,579
> Located: Walla Walla

Whitman College, a liberal arts school located in Walla Walla, is Washington’s most expensive school, with an annual net price of $41,822 among students who receive financial aid. It is also one of Washington’s most selective schools, admitting less than 56% of applicants.

Whitman College students are tied with those of the University of Washington – Seattle for the best standardized test scores in the state. Whitman students score a combined 1340 on the SAT and a 30 on the ACT.

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West Virginia: University of Charleston
> 2018-2019 annual net price: $21,941
> 2018-2019 admission rate: 50.0%
> 2019-2020 undergraduate enrollment: 1,907
> Located: Charleston

Though the University of Charleston ranks as the most expensive college in West Virginia, it is one of the least expensive on this list, with an annual net price for students receiving financial aid of less than $22,000. The school accepted only half of its most recent batch of applicants, compared to a 56.7% acceptance rate at the typical American college.

The school offers dozens of majors, many in STEM fields like computing and technology, health care, science, and more.

Wisconsin: Marquette University
> 2018-2019 annual net price: $34,120
> 2018-2019 admission rate: 83.0%
> 2019-2020 undergraduate enrollment: 8,515
> Located: Milwaukee

Marquette University is a private, Catholic institution in Milwaukee. It ranks as Wisconsin’s most expensive school with an annual net price — including room, board, tuition, and textbooks and minus any financial aid — for those students receiving financial aid of $34,120 — nearly $6,000 per year more than the next most expensive school in the state.

The school has colleges of arts and sciences, business, communication, education, engineering, and dentistry. Marquette’s 83% acceptance rate is much higher than the average rate for a U.S. college of 56.7%.

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Wyoming: University of Wyoming
> 2018-2019 annual net price: $12,880
> 2018-2019 admission rate: 96.0%
> 2019-2020 undergraduate enrollment: 9,807
> Located: Laramie

As the only qualifying four-year college in the state, the University of Wyoming in Laramie ranks as the state’s most expensive college by default. A public university, it is by far the least expensive college on this list, with an annual net price for those receiving financial aid of less than $12,000. The University of Wyoming admits 96% of applicants.

The school offers degree fields in a number of common areas of study, including business, education, law, agriculture, and more.

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