The 10 Most Expensive College Degrees in America

By on April 7, 2015

#7: Scripps College – $248,000 for a 4-Year Degree

Scripps College is an all-women’s college located in Claremont, California, and is the only all-female member of the “Claremont Colleges,” comprised of Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Pomona, Pitzer, and Harvey Mudd. These colleges are all very prestigious, and consistently rank amongst the top liberal arts colleges in the world.

Scripps is an elite education to be certain; with an enrollment of only 990 undergraduates, Scripps gives young women a very personalized learning experience, and a degree that will be very valuable upon graduation.

But a 4-year degree from Scripps does not come cheap, with an average cost of over $62,000 per year when all things are taken into account.

A degree from this college will open a lot of doors. However, students must be very sure of that fact before committing a quarter of a million dollars for a degree from Scripps College.


#6: Claremont McKenna College – $249,000 for a 4-Year Degree

Does this name sound familiar? Because it should.

Yes, Claremont McKenna College is also one of the Claremont Colleges, and the sprawling campus in California upon which the college resides is also the home to previously mentioned Scripps College.

And just like Scripps College, Claremont McKenna is a very expensive, and very prestigious place to earn a degree. With an average cost of approximately $62,500 per year, a 4-year degree from Claremont McKenna will run students even closer to $250k, although no college on this list has broken that terrifying barrier yet.

For the price, though, you will get a degree from what the U.S. News Rankings have deemed the 8th finest liberal arts college in America. Plus, Claremont McKenna grads have some of the highest average starting salaries around, so maybe this wouldn’t be your worst investment.

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