Some parents have written in over the past few days asking if we could share information on Ivy League tuition costs. Sure thing. What always strikes us is that parents almost always err on the side of underestimating the costs of Ivy League tuition. It’s rarely the opposite. And while seven of the eight Ivy League colleges announce their tuitions annually around these months (ahem, Columbia University), it can be interesting to examine all of the tuition costs in one place. Ok, maybe interesting is the wrong word. Informative.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Brown University’s all-in figure is $64,566. This Brown figure is comprised of $50,224 in tuition, $1,142 in fees, $8,284 in room, and $4,916 in board. Columbia University hasn’t yet announced it’s 2016-2017 tuition but we have the 2015-2016 Columbia tuition to the school can at least get a mention. The total tuition for Columbia for 2015-2016 was $66,383. This figure was comprised of $53,523 in tuition and fees as well as $12,860 in room and board. Hey, it’s expensive to go to school in New York City.
Ivy Coach salutes Princeton University for winning the lowest tuition cost sweepstakes among the Ancient Eight schools for yet another year in a row.
The tuition for 2016-2017 at Cornell University will be $64,853. That figure is comprised of $50,953 in tuition and student activity costs, $8,274 in housing, and $5,626 in dining. At Dartmouth College, tuition for 2016-2017 will be $66,174. That figure is comprised of $49,998 in tuition, $1,440 in fees, $8,886 in housing, and $5,850 in food. At Harvard College, tuition for 2016-2017 will be $63,025 ($43,280 in tuition, $3,794 in fees, $9,894 in room, and $6,057 in board). Harvard estimates that students will also spend about $3,875 in personal expenses (e.g., textbook purchases). Those textbooks are expensive!
At Princeton University, tuition for 2016-2017 will be $61, 105 ($45,320 in tuition, $8,335 in room, $6,435 in board, and $1,015 in fees). At the University of Pennsylvania, tuition will be $66,000 for 2016-2017 ($51,464 in tuition and fees, $9,450 in housing, and $5,086 in dining). And at Yale University, the 2016-2017 cost will be $64,650 ($49,480 in tuition and fees, $8,520 in room, and $6,650 in board).
Notice a trend? Yes, Ivy League tuition goes up each and every year just like the earth circles around the sun. And tuition sure does go up at an exponential rate as compared to inflation. While Columbia’s tuition hasn’t yet been released, unless they buck a longstanding trend of tuition hikes, Columbia will once again claim this crown. And that makes sense because Columbia is located in Manhattan, which is a whole lot different than Providence, Rhode Island and Hanover, New Hampshire.
But we at Ivy Coach would like to give Princeton University a special shout out for being the Ivy League college with the lowest tuition for yet another year in a row. In fact, we’ve lost track of this streak because it’s been all Tigers all the time for so long now. Go Tigers.
Tuition at Brown is on the rise. But this should surely come as no surprise as tuition rises every year, just as it does at highly selective colleges across the board. And if you’re thinking that tuition rises at the rate of inflation, no way. The tuition hike for this coming academic year at Brown will be 4.1%, meaning that tuition will be about $64,566. But a 4.1% hike isn’t as bad as last year’s hike which stood at 4.4%. It happened to be only a 3.8% hike the year before but who needs to know that!
According to a piece on Brown’s tuition hike authored by Kate Talerico for “The Brown Daily Herald,” “The University has raised over $1 billion of the $3 billion it hopes to secure in the BrownTogether capital campaign, announced President Christina Paxson P’19 in a community-wide email Saturday following a meeting of the Corporation, the University’s highest governing body. This milestone ‘provides exciting momentum as we continue seeking investment for the BrownTogether campaign,’ Paxson wrote in an email to The Herald. The Corporation also formally and unanimously endorsed an action plan released Monday that allocates $165 million — or 5.5 percent of the funds to be raised in BrownTogether — to boost the diversity and inclusiveness of the Brown community.”
Everything that goes up must come down. Except college tuition of course — in defiance of the laws of physics.
For those folks who raise their eyebrows at our fees here at Ivy Coach (hey, we’ll own it!), we suggest you think about our fees in this context: The cost of attending a good or great school is a whole lot closer to $100,000 these days than it is to $50,000 when it’s all added together. Why not make sure those tuition dollars go to a great school instead of a good school to get your much desired return on investment? Or, alternatively, be happy at the good school.
Physics teaches us that what goes up must come down, but college tuition has for years defied the principles of our universe. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Sarah Lawrence College ranks as the single most expensive university in the United States at $61,236. Coming in as the second most expensive university in the nation is New York University at $59,837. In third is Harvey Mudd College at $58,913. In fourth comes the most expensive Ivy League college — Columbia University. With a tuition of $58,742, going to school in the most expensive city in America raises that sticker price.
In fifth is Wesleyan University with a tuition of $58,202. In sixth comes Claremont McKenna College with an annual tuition of $58,065. With the seventh highest tuition in the nation, Dartmouth College ranks as the second most expensive Ivy League college at $57,996 per year. Drexel University comes next with a tuition price of $57,975. The University of Chicago comes in at $57,711, while Bard College comes in at $57,580 a year.
Do you think it’s odd that some universities in big cities rank as some of America’s most expensive schools while so too do some universities in rural or suburban areas? As an example, Columbia is in New York, New York. Dartmouth is in small-town Hanover, New Hampshire. And yet their tuition prices are not very far apart. Why do you think that is? Let us know your thoughts on the matter by posting below! And do you think college tuitions will ever drop?
It’s difficult not to hear about rising student debts during these tough economic times. But what’s the data like for Ivy League graduates, you ask? According to The Institute for College Access & Success, among the Ivy League colleges (excluding Columbia since they did not participate in this survey), the average debt for 2010 graduates was highest at Brown University. At Brown University, the average loan debt was $22,468. Graduates of Cornell University graduated with an average of $20,648. Dartmouth College? $18,712. How about the University of Pennsylvania? $17,013. Harvard University? $10,102. Yale University graduates? $9,254. And how about Princeton University? $5,225.
But that’s just the average loan debt for graduates of these Ivy League colleges. That’s only part of the story. What percentage of 2010 graduates were in debt, you ask? The highest percentage of students who graduated in debt in 2010 in the Ivy League was at Cornell University with 52%. Next up? Dartmouth College close behind at 51%. After Dartmouth comes the University of Pennsylvania at 43%, Brown University at 41%, Harvard University at 34%, Yale University at 28%, and Princeton University at 23%.
For college graduates in general, the average grad carried $25,250 in debt — a figure higher than the average debt at each of the seven Ivy League colleges reporting data. Does that surprise you — given that Ivy League colleges tend to be among the pricier universities in the nation? Does it not surprise you? Let us know your thoughts on Ivy League debts by posting below!
There’s an inaccurate article out today in “The Huffington Post” about veterans and the Ivy League. We’re wondering where the writer did his/her reporting (no by-line is listed). In the article, it says that many military veterans face a cap on their college tuition from the G.I. Bill – at $17,500 a year. But do not fret or fear, military vets, as this isn’t actually the case as Congress unanimously passed the “Restoring G.I. Bill Fairness Act” back in August 2011. There will indeed be no cap on college tuition for military veterans who honorably served our nation.
It’s disappointing that “The Huffington Post” would overlook this act passed by Congress in their reporting as the article unnecessarily scares veterans that their tuition won’t be covered…especially at Ivy League colleges where tuition exceeds twice the $17,500 cap cited by “The Huffington Post.” We first reported on Congress’ passage of this act for veterans furthering their educations back in August.
Anyhow, the piece in “The Huffington Post” does have some correct information concerning veterans and Ivy League colleges. If you’re curious which Ivy League colleges tend to be the most friendly to veterans, nearing the top of the MilitaryFriendlySchools.com chart for 2012 are Columbia University and Cornell University. In fact, in Columbia’s General Studies program, a program aimed specifically at older students, 210 students are military veterans. According to “The Huffington Post,” that’s 50 more students than just three years prior.
There’s an article out today in “The Wall Street Journal” that focuses on high school students who are rethinking attending Ivy League colleges because money’s tight and, frankly, Ivy League educations cost quite a bit of money. The article features one student who, while he was admitted to Cornell University, chose instead to enroll at a City University of New York school. He wanted to save his family the high cost of tuition. He also knew that he wanted to be a doctor and that his family was going to be on the hook for four years of medical school tuition after college. The student figured it’s better to invest in the medical degree than on investing in the bachelor’s degree.
According to “The Wall Street Journal,” article on Ivy League grads, “Such choices meant families across all income brackets spent 9% less – an average of $21,889 in cash, loans, scholarships and other methods – on college in 2010-11 than in the previous year, according to the report. High-income families cut their college spending by 18%, to $25,760. The report, which is released annually, was based on a survey of about 1,600 students and parents.”
But what “The Wall Street Journal” doesn’t tell you in this article is what an Ivy League degree can do for one’s career (check out our post The Ivy League and Career). It doesn’t include the line that it’s often who you know, not what you know though it does say that many top firms recruit exclusively out of the Ivy League. McKinsey, for instance, won’t hire you unless you attended an Ivy League school. Or Stanford, MIT, Caltech, etc.
The article does, however, point out an interesting fact that we’ve never brought to your attention before. If you’re admitted to an Ivy League school and choose to attend a CUNY school instead, do you always want to wonder where you’d be in your career had you chosen to attend an Ivy? We don’t think so. You don’t want that kind of regret, that “what if.” If you’re admitted and your family can afford it, go. Figure out the money after.
A couple of months ago, we showed you the 2011-2012 tuition statistics for seven of the eight Ivy League colleges. The data for Columbia University tuition, often the most expensive Ivy League university, wasn’t yet in. It’s in now. For undergraduates at Columbia next year, tuition will be raised by $1,000, marking a 4.98% increase, according to the “Columbia Chronicle.” The tuition hike was 3.3% for the previous academic year. Graduate students at Columbia will have to endure a 7.5% tuition hike.
Columbia tuition will now be $57,684 a year by our records. This figure includes tuition, room, board, and fees. Columbia University will thus maintain its position as the most expensive Ivy League college for undergraduate students. Dartmouth tuition stands at $55,365 for next year, Cornell at $54,645, Penn at $53,976, Brown at $53,136, Yale at $52,700, Harvard at $52,650, and Princeton at $49,069. Princeton is the least expensive Ivy League college.
Check out our blog on Ivy League Tuition as well as our post on why College Tuition goes up at a much higher rate than inflation. And take a look at the “Columbia Chronicle” article on Columbia’s Tuition Hike.
Tuition costs in the Ivy League are on the rise again. Shocker. Dartmouth saw the highest tuition hike at 5.9%. Princeton saw the lowest hike in the last 45 years at 1%. While Columbia has not yet announced their tuition hike the university will, in all likelihood, end up being the most expensive Ivy League university. Princeton currently ranks as the least expensive at $49,069 per year.
Below is the 2011-2012 breakdown for the cost increases at the Ivy League schools accounting for tuition, room, board, and fees:
Columbia University – TBD – 2010-2011 cost was $56,684
Dartmouth College – 5.9% increase – $55,365
Cornell University – 4.5% increase – $54,645
University of Pennsylvania – 3.9% increase – $53,976
Brown University – 3.5% increase – $53,136
Yale University – 5.8% increase – $52,700
Harvard University – 3.8% increase – $52,650
Princeton University – 1% increase – $49,069