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Eric Owens
Noodle Expert Member

December 18, 2019

Noodle analyzes data to determine which schools have the largest net price for the average student.

From time to time, various media outlets create the hardy perennial that is a list of the 10 most expensive colleges in the United States. These lists are all a little different. Virtually everyone agrees that Sarah Lawrence College is the most expensive, for example, but an outfit called Gothamist gives Bates College the dubious honor. Numbers 2-10 are never quite the same. We scoured a bunch of lists to find the 10 schools that show up as most expensive most often. Forget order. We can say with confidence that all 10 of these undergrad schools are absurdly expensive. Today, we present...

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT (a small city close to Hartford)

Annual tuition, fees, and room and board: $55,976

Students who apply to Wesleyan University also frequently apply to: Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Middlebury College

Random rankings: #9 (Washington Monthly, liberal arts colleges), #15 (Forbes, America's Best Colleges)

$55,976 perks: There is one building on this 340-acre campus for every nine students. Athletics is also very big. There are 29 varsity teams and 11 club teams and about a quarter of the student population participates.

Celebrity alumni: Robert Ludlum (thriller fiction writer), Joss Whedon (creator and mastermind of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series), Bill Belichick (NFL head coach and three-time Super Bowl champion)

What you could buy with $55,976 instead: a Big Mac every single day for the next 41 years.