The Most Expensive College in Each State

By Simi
The Most Expensive College in Each State

A recent College Board study gave $9,970 as the average cost for a public four-year university or college. For a private institution, the average cost for four years is $34,740. Average costs have more than doubled over the past 20 years.

As tuition skyrockets, financial aid has become more critical. The U.S. Department for Education gives more than $120 billion in loans, grants and work opportunities each year. To apply for financial aid, a free application for Federal Student Aid form has to be submitted.

The most expensive colleges in the U.S. cost between $50,000 and $60,000 a year. Columbia University is the most expensive on this list, with annual tuition and fees of $59,430 for 2018-19.

The cost of college tuition varies considerably according to the type of institution, a family’s financial status and academic performance in the first year. Many other factors, such as geographic location of the institution, also are taken into account. The list below shows annual costs for the most expensive college in each state.

Alabama: Spring Hill College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $39,464

2018-19: Room and Board $13,462

Spring Hill College is located on the Gulf Coast in Mobile. This national liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of about 1,500 students, 63% of whom are female. It is rooted in the Jesuit-Catholic educational tradition. It develops leadership potential, encourages critical thinking and exploration of different beliefs and opinions.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Nearly 60% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Some of the popular majors are marketing, education, psychology, business and management. The four-year graduation rate is 44%. 

Alaska: Alaska Pacific University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $20,760

2018-19: Room and Board $7,900

This small liberal arts and sciences university in Anchorage was founded in 1957. It has a total enrollment of 509, of which 296 are undergraduates and 65% are female. Alaska Pacific has a 175-acre main campus and a 900-acre private farm for students’ hands-on learning opportunities. It provides a world-class, culturally responsive educational experience in collaboration with students, communities and tribal partners.

Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $35,654

2018-19: Room and Board $11,394

This private institution was founded in 1976 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,606 students, 76% of whom are male. Its campus is 539 acres. Embry-Riddle is the world leader in aviation and aerospace education. This non-profit, culturally diverse institution provides quality education and research. Its four colleges offer engineering, aviation, security and intelligence, and arts and sciences.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. Just more than 32% of the classes have less than 20 students. The school claims 96% of its graduates are employed within a year of graduation. 

Arkansas: Hendrix College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $45,790

2018-19:  Room and Board $12,284

This small liberal arts school was founded in 1876 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The total enrollment of undergraduates is 1,238, 52% of which are female. The suburban campus in Conway is fairly close to Little Rock, the state capital.

U.S. News and World Report ranked it as the fourth most innovative national liberal arts college in the country.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 and about 73% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 67%. At Hendrix, 72% of undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial assistance.

California: Harvey Mudd College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $56,876

2018-19: Room and board $18,127

This liberal arts college was established in 1955 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 844. It’s 33-acre campus is in Claremont. Students come from 26 foreign countries and 48 different states to attend Harvey Mudd, one of the country’s top science, math and engineering undergraduate colleges. The founders envisioned a combination of a great breadth of technical education together and a firm grounding in humanities and social sciences.

The student-facility ratio is 8:1, and almost 60% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 86%.  Half of the students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Colorado: Colorado College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $55,470

2018-19: Room and Board $12,510

Colorado College was established in 1874 in Colorado Springs and has a campus of 100 acres. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,107 students, 54% of which are female. The school does not have typical semesters. Students take one course at a time for three-and-a-half-week blocks instead of taking multiple courses each semester.  This figures out to eight classes a year.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1. The four-year graduation rate is 82%. At the college, 32% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Connecticut: Trinity College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $56,910

2018-19: Room and Board $14,750

Trinity College was established in 1823 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,221 students, 51% of whom are female. The college is located in Hartford and has a campus in Rome, Italy, in addition to the main campus. Students often study abroad while they are in college. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees with more than 40 majors and 27 minors to choose from.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and nearly 74% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 77%.

Delaware: Wesley College

2017-18: Annual Tuition Cost $26,406

2017-18: Room and Board $11,442

Wesley College was founded in 1873 and started offering four-year degrees in 1978. The 50-acre campus is the oldest college in Delaware. Undergraduates can choose from more than 20 areas of study. Students at Wesley College can study abroad at more than 150 partner colleges around the world as part of the curriculum. Graduate students can earn master’s degrees in fields such as education, environmental science, business administration and nursing.

Florida: University of Miami

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $50,226

2018-19: Room and Board $14,108

This private institution was established in 1925 on a 239-acre campus. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 10,382 students, 52% of whom are female. Miami is known as a research institution, with opportunities for research beginning at undergraduate level.

The student-faculty ratio is 12:1. Nearly 60% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Students can choose from 115 bachelor’s programs, 114 master’s programs and 63 doctoral programs. The average freshman retention rate is 92%, and the four-year graduation rate is 72%.

Georgia: Emory University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $51,306

2018-19: Room and Board $14,459

Emory was established in 1836. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,937 students, 60% of whom are female. The 630-acre campus is located near downtown Atlanta. It has nine schools, four of which serve undergraduates and graduates. More than 15,000 undergraduates and graduates are enrolled.

The university is known for demanding academics, highly ranked professional schools, outstanding undergraduate education in arts and sciences, and state-of-the-art research. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and more than 62% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 82%.

Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $25,980

2018-19: Room and Board $14,800

This university was founded in 1965 and has an undergraduate student enrollment of 3,560 students, 60% of whom are female. The campus size is 135 acres in an urban setting. This career-oriented university has a foundation in the liberal arts. It offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in various disciplines, as well as Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.

The student-faculty ratio is 12:1. The average size is 17 students for lectures and 13 for labs. The four-year graduation rate is 23%. More than half of the undergraduates receive some need-based financial aid. This school costs less than the average private not-for-profit school, but the cost of living in Hawaii is very high.

Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $29,800

2018-19: Room and Board $7,400

Founded in 1913, this university is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The university has an undergraduate enrollment rate of 1,530 students, 58% of whom are female. The campus size is 90 acres. Its mission is the transformation of the whole person with core values such as truth, service and community.

The student-faculty ratio is 16:1 and more than 60% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 41%, and 78% of students receive some need-based financial aid.

Illinois: University of Chicago

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $57,006

2018-19: Room and Board $16,350

Founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1890, this university enrolls 6,264 undergraduates, 51% of whom are male. The campus is 217 acres and located in a city setting. The university has many postgraduate offerings, including a law school and a school of medicine. Students can choose from more than 100 majors and minors.

The student-faculty ratio is 5:1 and 80% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include mathematics, biology/biological sciences, and political science and government. The four-year graduation rate is 88%, and 42% of the full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Indiana: University of Notre Dame

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $53,391

2018-19: Room and Board $15,410

Notre Dame is a private, independent Catholic institution that was established in 1842. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 8,576 students, 53% of whom are male. The campus has 1,265 acres aaand is located in South Bend, 100 miles from Chicago. Notre Dame is divided into eight colleges and schools, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Letters. Undergraduates can choose from 75 degree programs.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and 61.9% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Some of the most popular majors are psychology, finance, accounting and economics. The four-year graduation rate is 95%, and 48% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Iowa: Grinnell College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $52,392

2018-19: Room and Board $12,810

Grinnell was founded in 1846. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,712 students, 53% of whom are male. The campus of 120 acres is in a rural setting. The school is known for its social activism. Despite its rather remote location between Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, it has a lot to offer as a highly ranked liberal arts college.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 63.4% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Some of the most popular majors are social sciences, physical sciences, foreign languages, literature and linguistics. The average four-year graduation rate is 84%, and 65% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Kansas: Baker University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $29,750

2018-19: Room and Board $8,410

Founded in 1858, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,159 students, 52% of whom are female. The campus is located in a rural setting. Professional programs, liberal arts and experiential learning are combined to produce open-minded critical thinkers.

The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 72% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Some of the most popular majors include kinesiology and exercise science, sociology, psychology and business administration and management. The average four-year graduation rate is 41%, and 78% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Kentucky: Centre College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $41,700

2018-19: Room and Board $10,480

Centre College was founded in 1819. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,450 students, 51% of whom are female. The campus size is 106 acres and located in the city of Danville. More than 85% of the students at this college study abroad at least once. The alumni make high financial donations. Students are encouraged to take on experiential learning projects through research with a faculty member or an internship.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and 60.6% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 80%, and 59% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Louisiana: Tulane University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $54,820

2018-19: Room and Board $15,190

Tulane University was founded in 1834. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,571 students, 59% of whom are female. The campus size is 110 acres and is divided between the main uptown campus and a downtown campus in New Orleans. It has a law school and a school of public health and tropical medicine, the only one of its kind in the U.S.

The student-faculty ratio is 8:1, and 60.8% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include marketing, business, management, social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, and psychology. The average four-year graduation rate is 73%, and 32% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Maine: Colby College

2018-19: Annual Tuition Cost $55,210

2018-19: Room and Board $14,190

Colby was founded in 1813. It is the fourth college campus in the U.S. to be carbon-neutral. It consists of 714 acres located in Waterfall, a state wildlife management area that includes the Perkins Arboretum wildlife refuge. Colby offers more than 50 majors in more than 20 academic departments. The college is one of America’s most selective liberal arts colleges. It has a January term for cultural immersion and intense study, and two traditional semesters.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and 71.4% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The average-four year graduation rate is 89%, and 42% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Maryland: St Johns College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $53,218

2018-19: Room and Board $12,602

Founded in 1698, the undergraduate enrollment at this college in Annapolis has 458 students, 53% of whom are male. This college has one curriculum, centered on reading and discussing the great books of western civilization. All students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. More than 70% attend graduate school, and many receive Ph.Ds in the humanities and sciences.

The student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and 97.8% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 63%, and 78% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Massachusetts: Tufts University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $56,382

2018-19: Room and Board %14,560

Founded in 1852, Tufts has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,541 students, 51% of whom are female. Total enrollment is 11,000. The campus size is 150 acres in a suburban setting not far from downtown Boston. Undergraduates and graduates are served by the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences. Its graduate and professional schools include the School of Medicine and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 70.1% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 87%, and 37% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Michigan: Kalamazoo College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $48,516

2018-19: Room and Board $9,756

This private liberal arts college was founded in 1833 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,436 students, 57% of whom are female. The campus size is 60 acres and is located about 100 miles from Chicago and Detroit. Students can study in more than 25 undergraduate liberal arts fields. They are encouraged to learn through immersive, career-related programs.

The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 63% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include social sciences, physical sciences, psychology, and visual and performing arts. The four-year graduation rate is 82%, and 71% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Minnesota: Carleton College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $54,759

2018-19: Room and Board $14,085

This private school in Northfield was founded in 1866. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,078 students, 51% of whom are female. The campus size is 955 acres in a rural setting. The college offers 33 majors and 36 minors in humanities, arts, natural sciences and social sciences. The students come from 50 states and 41 countries.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 69.6% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Some popular majors are physical science, social science, mathematics and statistics, and biological and biomedical sciences. The four-year graduation rate is 89%, and 55% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Mississippi: Millsaps College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $39,910

2018-19: Room and Board $13,730

This private college was founded in 1890. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 807 students, 51% of whom are male. The campus of 100 acres is situated in the city of Jackson. The college offers more than 30 majors, almost 50 minors and is recognized for its strength in liberal arts and in business.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 9-to-1, and 79.1% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include business, management, marketing, psychology, social science, physical science, and biological and biomedical sciences. The four-year graduation rate is 62%, and 65% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $53,399

2018-19: Room and Board $16,440

This private university was founded in 1853 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 7,675 students, 54% of whom are female. The campus in St. Louis is 169 acres. The university offers more than 300 academic programs taught by more than 3,600 faculty members. It is divided into four schools that serve undergraduates and graduates, and four graduate schools.

The student-faculty ratio is 8:1, and 64.4% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include engineering, business, management, marketing, biological and biomedical sciences and multi/interdisciplinary studies. The four-year graduation rate is 88%, and 41% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Montana: Carroll College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $35,786

2018-19: Room and Board $9,980

This private college founded in 1909 has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,352 students, 59% of whom are female. This liberal arts and pre-professional Catholic college has 63 acres and is located in Helena. It has distinguished itself in academic programs such as natural sciences, nursing, pre-medical, social sciences, mathematics and the liberal arts.

The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 62.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include business, management, marketing, health professions and related programs, biological and biomedical sciences, social sciences and psychology. The four-year graduation rate is 46%, and 65% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Nebraska: Creighton University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $39,916

2018-19: Room and Board $11,036

Creighton University in Omaha is a Jesuit institution founded in 1878. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,255 students, 56% of whom are female. In the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings, Creighton was the top midwest regional university in the U.S. It was also named the best value school. The campus size is 139 acres. The college has nine undergraduate, graduate and professional schools and colleges.

The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 46.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include health professions and related programs, business, management, marketing, biological and biomedical sciences, social sciences and psychology. The four-year graduation rate is 73%, and 54% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Nevada: Sierra Nevada College

2017-18: Annual Tuition and Fees $32, 639

2017-18: Room and Board $12,764

Founded in 1969, this private college has an undergraduate enrollment of 435 students, 57% of whom are female. The campus size is 18 acres and on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It has six departments:  fine arts, business, interdisciplinary studies, humanities and social sciences, and science and technology. It offers more than 37 majors and concentrations, and each program affords hands-on learning opportunities.

The college has a unique program in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. It is one of the only colleges with a bachelor’s degree specific to the snow sports industry.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and 88.3% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors are psychology, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary studies.

New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $55,035

2018-19: Room and Board $15,756

Dartmouth was founded in 1769 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,410 students, 51% of whom are male. The campus of 237 acres is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. The college is comprised of undergraduate arts and sciences and engineering departments, and four graduate programs. It has more than 40 departments.

The student-faculty ratio is 7:1 and 64.5% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include engineering, history, social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, and computer and information sciences. The four-year graduation rate is 88%, and 51% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

New Jersey: Stevens Institute of Technology

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $52,202

This institute was founded in 1870 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,978 students, 70% of whom are male. The campus is 55 acres and lies along the Hudson River in Hoboken. This research-intensive school is primarily known for its management, science and engineering programs. It also has a humanities division with eight majors.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and 37.7% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and business administration and management. The four-year graduation rate is 42%, and 64% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

New Mexico: St. Johns College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $53,218

2018-19: Room and Board $12,148

Founded in 1696, this college has an undergraduate enrollment of 322 students, 52% of whom are male. The campus of 250 acres is located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Every class consists of a discussion led by one or two faculty members. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine liberal arts after four years reading and discussing the great books of western civilization.

The student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and 100% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 53%, and 89% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

New York: Columbia University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $59,430

2018-19: Room and Board $14,016

Founded in 1754, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,162 students, 52% of whom are male. The campus is 36 acres and is located in the upper west side of Manhattan. The University Medical Center is located in northern Manhattan, in Washington Heights. The university has three undergraduate schools and a number of graduate and professional schools.

The student-faculty ratio is 6:1, and 81.5% of the classes have fewer than 20 people. The most popular majors include engineering, social sciences, computer and information sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, and mathematics and statistics. The four-year graduation rate is 88%, and 50% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

North Carolina: Duke University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $55,960

2018-19: Room and Board $15,944

Founded in 1838, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,692 undergraduates and more than 8,600 professional and graduate students. The university is divided into 10 schools and colleges, many of which serve undergraduates and graduates.

The student-faculty ratio is 6:1, and 71% of the classes have fewer than 20 students.

Popular majors include computer science, economics, bioengineering, biomedical engineering and public policy. The four-year graduation rate is 88%, and 43% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

North Dakota: University of Jamestown

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $21,976

2018-19: Room and Board $7,886

Founded in 1883, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 915. It has a campus of 110 acres in Jamestown. It has a name for its educational model, the Jamestown Journey to Success. This consists of a liberal arts education with sound professional programs. It offers many large-school advantages in a small-school setting.

The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 57.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include business administration and management, elementary education and teaching, psychology and kinesiology, and exercise science. The four-year graduation rate is 41%, and 63% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Ohio: Oberlin College

2018-19:  Annual Tuition and Fees $55,052

2018-19: Room and Board $16,228

Oberlin College, located close to Cleveland, was founded in 1833. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,927 students, 58% of whom are female. The campus size is 440 acres.  It is comprised of a college of arts and science, and a conservatory of music that is regarded as one of the best undergraduate schools of music in the U.S. Approximately 200 students are enrolled in the double-degree program in which students earn degrees from the liberal arts college and the conservatory.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 78% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 75%, and 51% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $39,552

2018-19: Room and Board $11,116

This university was founded in 1894. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 3,343 students, 56% of whom are male. The campus size is 209 acres. Students leave with an academic and a co-curricular transcript. The university is known for its petroleum engineering programs that are taught in a facility complete with a drilling simulator.

The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 60.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 50%, and 47% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Oregon: Reed College

2017-18: Annual Tuition and Fees $54,200

2017-18: Room and Board $13,670

Reed College is a small liberal arts college. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,447 students. Undergraduate students can complete a 3-year liberal arts degree, then go on to do a 2-year specialized degree at a cooperating institution. Students can choose from 40 liberal arts majors. Reed offers a master’s degree in liberal studies, too, and graduates can devise their own curriculum.

Pennsylvania: Carnegie Mellon University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $55,465

2018-19: Room and Board $14,418

This small university was founded in 1900. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,896 students, 51% of whom are male. The campus size is 152 acres and located in Pittsburgh. It is known for its programs in technology and science. It has seven schools, including the colleges of fine arts, humanities and social science.

The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 64.9% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Some popular majors are computer and information sciences, engineering, business management, marketing, mathematics and statistics. The four-year graduation rate is 76%, and 39% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Rhode Island: Brown University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $55,656

2018-19: Room and Board $14,670

Founded in 1764, Brown University has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,988 students, 54% of whom are female. The campus is 146 acres and located in Providence. It is the only major research university where students can formulate their own course of study. The academic program offers multidisciplinary study in nearly 80 concentrations.

The student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and 70.3% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include computer science, applied mathematics, biology/biological sciences and engineering. The four-year graduation rate is 86%, and 44% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

South Carolina: Furman University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $49,532

2018-19: Room and Board $12,712

This premier liberal arts and sciences college was founded 1826. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,746 students, 59% of whom are female. The campus size is 800 acres. It is located five miles from downtown Greenville. What’s known as the Furman Advantage is a pathway that connects students with advisors, mentors and engaged learning experiences that may include internships, research, study abroad, community involvement and career development.

The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and 59.5% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Some popular majors are health professions and related clinical sciences, business administration and management, political science and government and biology/biological sciences. The four-year graduation rate is 73%, and 47% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

South Dakota: Augustana University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $33,018

2018-19: Room and Board $8,248

Founded in 1860, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,749 students, 62% of whom are female. The campus size is 100 acres and is located in Sioux Falls. This selective institution offers more than 50 undergraduate majors. It also offers a number of pre-professional programs such as nursing. More than 80% of the professors hold the highest degree in their field.

The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 50.9% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include education, social sciences, foreign languages, literature and linguistics, and business, marketing and management. The four-year graduation rate is 56%, and 63% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $49,816

2018-19: Room and Board $16,234

Founded in 1873, the undergraduate enrollment is 6,885 students, 51% of whom are female. The campus of 333 acres is located in Nashville. It is comprised of 10 schools and colleges, four of which offer undergraduate programs. The College of Arts and Sciences is most popular, followed by the School of Engineering. It’s also well known for its Blair Undergraduate School of Music.

The student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and 65.9% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include social sciences, economics, neuroscience, and political science and government. The four-year graduation rate is 86%, and 50% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Texas: Southern Methodist University

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $54,493

2018-19: Room and Board $16,845

Founded in 1911, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,452 students. The main campus of 234 acres is located north of Dallas. Despite its name, it is nonsectarian in its teaching.  Undergraduates receive a unique education through a program which sends students to the school’s campus in the mountains of New Mexico. SMU also has well-regarded graduate programs.

The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 59.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Some popular majors include business, management, marketing, communication, journalism, social sciences, engineering and visual and performing arts. The four-year graduation rate is 71%, and 31% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Utah: Westminster College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $34,000

2018-19: Room and Board $9,524

Founded in 1875, this college has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,030 students, 59% of whom are female. The campus of 27 acres is located in Salt Lake City. The college has more than 70 academic programs, 38 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate degree programs.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 73.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include business, management, marketing, health professions, biological and biomedical sciences, and visual and performing arts. The four-year graduation rate is 47%, and 60% of full-time graduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Vermont: Landmark College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $56,800

2018-19: Room and Board $11,840

This school has less than five hundred students with learning disabilities such as autism, dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The student-to-faculty ratio of 6:1 allows students to receive more personal attention. More than half of the full-time undergraduates (60%) receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Virginia: University of Richmond

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $52,610

2018-19: Room and Board $12,250

Founded in 1830, this liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of 3,194 students, 53% of whom are female. The campus is 350 acres.

The student-faculty ratio is 8:1, and 71.l% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include business, management, marketing, social sciences, psychology, interdisciplinary studies and biological and biomedical sciences. The four-year graduation rate is 83%, and 42% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Washington: Whitman College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $51,764

2018-19: Room and Board $13,174

This liberal arts institution was founded in 1883 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,510 students, 57% of whom are female. The campus of 117 acres is located in Walla-Walla. It offers 45 majors and students can earn a combined undergraduate/graduate degree.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 69% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include psychology, economics, social sciences, biology/biological sciences and fine/studio arts. The four-year graduation rate is 79%, and 44% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

West Virginia: University of Charleston

2017-18: Annual Tuition and Fees $30,100

2018-19: Room and Board $9,300

Founded in 1888, this university has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,831 students, 55% of whom are male. It offers undergraduate degree programs in health sciences, business and arts, and sciences. It also offers masters programs and doctoral degrees.

The student-faculty ratio is 15:1, and 57.3 of classes have fewer than 20 students. The four-year graduation rate is 37%, and 76% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Wisconsin: Beloit College

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $50,040

2018-19: Room and Board $8,830

Founded in 1846, this college has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,402 students, 53% of whom are female. The campus of 47 acres is located in Beloit. The college offers more than 50 majors. Most of the faculty members hold doctorates or the highest degrees in their field. The highly motivated students come from nearly every state and more than 40 countries.

The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 68% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include physical sciences, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, English language, literature/letters, and visual and performing arts. The four-year graduation rate is 75%, and 61% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid.

Wyoming: University of Wyoming

2018-19: Annual Tuition and Fees $5,400 (in-state) $17,490 (out-of-state)

2018-19: Room and Board $10,320

Founded in 1886, University of Wyoming is the only public school in the state, which is why it makes this list. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 9,791 located on a campus of 781 acres in Laramie. It offers nearly 200 areas of study, including graduate programs in engineering, law, business and education.

The student-faculty ratio is 15:1, and 40.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Some popular majors include registered nursing, petroleum engineering, criminal justice/safety studies, psychology, and elementary education and teaching. The four-year graduation rate is 26%, and 44% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid.

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