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Most expensive colleges
Survey: Landmark and Sarah Lawrence hold on to the top spots. See the top 10.
October 26, 2004: 8:46 AM EDT
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money senior writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Quick: What will $36,750 buy you?

College in 4 years? Try 5 or 6.
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Only a year's worth of tuition at the country's most expensive college, not including room and board.

Landmark College, which caters to students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has the dubious honor of being this year's most expensive college, according to a list compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education. (See the top 10 in table below.)

Last year, Landmark also took the No. 1 spot, with a tuition of $35,300. The change year-over-year represents a 4.1 percent increase.

That's slightly below the average 6 percent tuition increase at four-year private schools, according to a report from the College Board released earlier this week.

The list of the top 10 most expensive colleges this year is similar to that of 2003, with a few exceptions. Brown and Brandeis got knocked off and were replaced by George Washington and Columbia.

Ranking No. 2 is Sarah Lawrence College, with a tuition of $32,416, up 5.2 percent from last year. Sarah Lawrence typically ranks high on the list because it has a very small endowment. For schools with larger endowments and hence other sources of financial support, tuition doesn't account for such a large part of their budgets.

Here's a list of the most expensive tuition bills for 2004-05, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The figures do not include room, board or other costs of attendance.
College2004-05 tuition1-year increase
Landmark College$36,7504.1%
Sarah Lawrence College$32,4165.2%
Kenyon College$32,1706.1%
Trinity College (Conn.)$31,9405.7%
George Washington U.$31,7108.0%
Hamilton College (N.Y.)$31,7005.0%
Bowdoin College$31,6565.1%
Wesleyan U.$31,6505,5%
Columbia U.$31,4725.7%
Colgate U.$31,4405.0%
*Figures represent tuition and required fees for first-time, full-time undergrads.
Source:Chronicle of Higher Education

While private colleges are the most expensive overall, public colleges and universities saw far larger tuition increases. The College Board reported that the average tuition for undergrads attending four-year public universities jumped 10.5 percent this year.

But the Chronicle of Higher Education found tuition hikes far greater than that at many schools.

Among the four-year public colleges that had the top 5 largest increases in tuition are the University of Texas at Austin, where in-state tuition soared 36.9 percent to $5,735; the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where in-state tuition jumped 27.3 percent to $7,802; and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where in-state tuition jumped 27.0 percent to $7,891.  Top of page

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