Everyone picks a college based on individual preferences. The location of the school, what courses it is strong in, the student population, ratio of instructors to students, activities, rural or city setting, size of campus, housing, and whether the college just 'feels right' to you---all of these are important factors.
One factor everyone always needs to know is: What is the cost?
While tuition costs are available for many colleges in your immediate area, Triogenius was interested to know what it costs to attend the most expensive colleges in the U.S. Here are the figures based on 2011 tuition for one year, fulltime, and don't include housing or food/meal plans:
Yale University Connecticut $40,000
Princeton New Jersey 40,170
Harvard Massachusetts 52,650
Trinity College Connecticut 53,330
Bard College New York 53,480
Barnard College New York 53,496
New York University New York 53,589
Georgetown Washington, DC 53,591
Johns Hopkins Baltimore, MD 53,690
Columbia New York 53,874
And the #1 most expensive college in the U.S.:
Sarah Lawrence College Vermont $59,170
What about most expensive schools in Minnesota?
Bethany College $29,080
College of St Catherine 32,386
University of St Thomas 33,040
Concordia-St Paul 36,000
College of St Scholastica 37,222
Bethel College 37,990
College of St Benedict 43,264
Gustavus Adolphus 44,597
Again, these figures are for tuition only, two semesters, and don't include room, board, or meal plan.
Interestingly, although figures are hard to track down, in 1912 tuition at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania cost $150 and Pomona College in California cost $90.00. However, a typical yearly salary was about $200, so this was still a lot of money at the time and explains why only the wealthy could afford college.
Choose your school wisely...and enjoy it!