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U of C, Northwestern make Forbes most expensive list

Updated: November 16, 2011 12:49PM

Two local colleges, the University of Chicago and Northwestern, made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the most expensive colleges.

U of C, which Forbes calls “Brainiac Central on Lake Michigan,” ranks No. 2, just behind Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., which again tops the list.

Sarah Lawrence costs $58,334 a year to attend, Forbes estimates, based on tuition, room and board and other costs such as transportation and books.

Forbes estimates the University of Chicago’s total cost is $57,590, with tuition accounting for $42,041 of that total. Last year, the private college ranked sixth on the list.

Rounding out the top 5 are, in order:

The New School, New York City, $57,199; tuition, $37,610.

Washington University, St. Louis, $56,930; tuition, $41,992.

Columbia University, New York City, $56,681; tuition, $45,290.

Northwestern University joins the top 10 list at No. 9. The Evanston school charges tuition of $40,233, and total costs are $56,406, Forbes estimates.

To calculate costs, Forbes works with the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, a Washington non-profit that researches education costs.

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