4.  Columbia University

most expensive colleges columbia

New York, N.Y.
Private research university

Total cost: $61,116

Tuition & fees: $49,138

Increase from previous year: 3.4%

First published November 21, 2013: 1:24 PM ET
Source: Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of College Board data.
Note: Specialty colleges are not included in this list. Costs are for first-year, full-time undergraduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Total cost includes room and board, tuition and fees. It does not reflect any grants or student aid. The percentage increase reflects the year-over-year increase in tuition and fees.

Mortgage & Savings