Ivy League and Highly Selective Colleges – Total Costs


As we enter into the height of the 2021-2022 admissions season, parents are calling and emailing our offices to inquire about our services. They are interested in Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities as well as BS/MD programs. Their focus is on admissions to these schools not the tuition and fees/room and board. Why? Because they are fully aware of the return-on-investment of the degrees from these institutions and BS/MD programs.


Here is a list of figures that represent charges to first-time, full-time undergraduates based on the total of tuition and fees and room and board fees. The data is from a College Board-Annual Survey of College 2020.

  • Dartmouth College: $77,131
  • Columbia University: $76,920
  • UPenn: $76,826
  • Georgetown: $76.572
  • Brown: $76,504
  • Tufts: $76,492
  • Northwestern: $76,317
  • Duke: $76,270
  • Barnard College: $75,524
  • Boston College: $74,422
  • URochester: $75,338
  • Cornell: $75,162
  • Yale: $74,900
  • Boston University: $74,712
  • Carnegie Mellon: $74,474
  • Johns Hopkins: $74,310
  • CalTech: $74,199
  • Stanford: $73,424
  • RPI: $72,996
  • Harvard College: $72,391
  • Drexel: $72,246
  • Swarthmore: $71,310
  • MIT: $70,770

With total annual fees exceeding $70,000 per year, you would think that the application numbers would be down. On the contrary, based on our discussion with admissions officers and admissions administrators, we expect the number of applications to these top colleges to increase this year! College applications are expected to increase in these competitive colleges and universities.

Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.