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Bwog received an email early this morning from “ted” at We had never heard of because honestly, have you? Still! They have heard of your Columbia, which they rank 39th in their list of the one hundred most expensive colleges.

CG estimates your tuition to be $37,470, which is about five grand less than the list-topping Bates ($43,950) and only a couple hundred less than the most expensive Ivy, University of Pennsylvania, whose $37,526 in tuition has earned it the #37 spot. Barnard’s $35,973 comes in at #75.

Things switch up a bit when room and board comes into the picture: Columbia ($47,450) ranks 56th and Barnard ($47,898) ranks 39th, but both are less expensive than #30 UPenn, #31 Cornell, and #3 NYU.

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  • The real difference says:

    @The real difference is how schools like Tulane give scholarships and how CU “meets financial need.”

    1. The problem with says:

      @The problem with this is that what Columbia thinks you need and what you actually need are often very different numbers. My parents make just enough money to disqualify us from any financial aid from Columbia but not enough to actually be able to afford the cost without going into significant debt.

      1. !!! says:

        @!!! then tell your parents to make more/less money silly

  • Alum says:

    @Alum $43,950 minus $37,470 equals $6,480. How is that “about five grand”?

  • Hmm... says:

    @Hmm... Would having all of Manhattanville be blighted be called “The Manhattanville Project”?

  • I just don't get says:

    @I just don't get where the money is going. It’s definitely not going to any of the professors I’ve talked to. Oh wait, it starts with an M and ends with anhattanville.

    1. Alum says:

      @Alum That’s demonstrably not true. Columbia’s tuition has been in line with other top schools for decades. That did not change when the Manhattanville plans were announced, and has not changed since.

  • Honestly says:

    @Honestly these costs are out of control. I really don’t understand how CU and other Universities can jack up fees at higher than inflation rates on a consistent basis.

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