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other private college in the U.S., with 75,037 undergrad applications received for the 2018 term. The annual cost of NYU is about $72,000, with graduates’ average starting salary at $57,400.
• You’ll need $70,000 a year to enroll at Pennsylvania’s Haverford College, an institution founded in 1833 by the Quakers. However, over 50% of students receive some type of financial aid from the college. It’s a small school, with its total enrollment below 300 for most of the 20th century. These days, enrollment is about 1,300.
• Harvey Mudd College, located in Claremont, California, has less than 900 students and a student/faculty ratio of 9:1. It’s been rated the top undergraduate Engineering College in the U.S. The school is named after mining engineer Harvey Mudd, a graduate of Stanford and Columbia, and former president of Cyprus Mines. Mudd was involved in establishing the college, but died before the school opened in 1957. The average starting salary for graduates is about $93,000. However, to get to graduation, annual tuition is close to $77,000. About 70% of new students are eligible for financial aid.
• The University of Chicago has produced 97 Nobel Prize laureates and numerous billionaires. It was founded in 1890 with donations from the American Baptist Education Society and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. The nearly $79,000 a year cost helps take care of their 16,000 students and another 16,000 administrative staff members.
• It costs close to $70,000 a year to attend the Julliard School for the performing arts in New York City. The school has had some interesting locations since its 1905 founding. It started out in a former mansion on Fifth Avenue. The school moved five years later onto a property purchased from an insane asylum. In 1924, the school purchased the Vanderbilt family guesthouse for its graduate school. (That guesthouse now houses CBS Studio offices.) It’s not easy to get into Julliard with its 8% acceptance rate of applications for admission. You’ll recognize the names of a few of its attendees – William Hurt, Barry Manilow, Wynton Marsalis, and Itzhak Perlman. Child prodigy pianist Marvin Hamlisch was accepted into the school’s pre-college division at age six.
• When the University of Southern California was founded in 1880, tuition was $15 per term. That’s a far cry from the close to $60,000 a student can expect these days.
• It’s not an easy task to get into New York City’s Columbia University. Their acceptance rate is just 5.5%, one of the nation’s most selective colleges. Columbia is ranked the third best university in the United States behind Princeton and Harvard. Located in Upper Manhattan, the university was established in 1754, before the Revolutionary War. Three presidents, 10 Supreme Court justices, 96 Nobel Prize winners, 38 living billionaires, and 125 Pulitzer Prize winners are alumni of Columbia. Those planning to attend should expect to shell out over $74,000 a year.
• Located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Bard College was founded in 1860 by the grandson of the founder of Columbia University’s medical school, who was also private physician to George Washington. The liberal arts college boasts that 98% of their classes have less than 25 students, a 10:1 ratio. It costs $72,400 a year for the privilege of attending this college.
• The state of Massachusetts has at least 24 colleges that cost more than $60,000 a year to attend, with several upwards of $70,000. Boston College charges $69,293 a year for tuition and board. Seventy members of Congress have graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, a college that now has a cost of $70,000 annually. The women’s liberal arts Smith College, which opened in 1875, has a cost of over $72,000, while Tufts College’s price tag is $73,500. Amherst College was established as a men’s college in 1821, and remained so until 1975. Its annual rate is $77,000. That’s about the average rate at Harvard as well.