International degree-seeking students often spend a lot of their time researching for universities they wish to study. Researching does not involve just listing the universities, and several factors should be taken into consideration such as location, eligibility requirements, admissions steps, financial aid, and tuition costs. It is an overwhelming task, especially if there are a lot of options.

This holds true for international students planning to study in the US. There are thousands of colleges and universities in the country that admit international students. So, trimming down your list will take so much of your time. To help you, we have listed the tuition costs of several US universities. The tables are categorized by the type of institution and its average academic costs for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Tuition Costs in the USA

IVY LEAGUE INSTITUTIONS LOCATION (city) AVE. UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AVE. GRADUATE TUITION
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts 52,000 USD 52,000 USD
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut 62,300 USD 49,000 USD
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey 57,500 USD 57,500 USD
Columbia University New York, NY 60,600 USD 64,800 USD
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island 62,700 USD 65,800 USD
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire 61,100 USD 75,100 USD
Cornell University Ithaca, New York 62,500 USD 41,700 USD
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 56,300 USD 46,500 USD

 

TOP US INSTITUTIONS LOCATION (city) AVE. UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AVE. GRADUATE TUITION
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, Massachusetts 57,600 USD 57,600 USD
Stanford University Stanford, California 57,700 USD 58,400 USD
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Pasadena, California 58,500 USD 56,400 USD
University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Berkeley, CA 42,000 USD 18,800 USD
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 61,200 USD 58,500 USD
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland 59,900 USD 58,300 USD
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, California 44,900 USD 33,000 USD
New York University (NYU) New York, NY 57,400 USD 51,400 USD
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 55,400 USD 52,500 USD
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 60,300 USD 53,700 USD

 

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS LOCATION (city) AVE. UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AVE. GRADUATE TUITION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 34,900 USD 28,900 USD
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 56,200 USD 41,600 USD
University of California, Davis Davis, California 43,000 USD 26,600 USD
University of California, San Diego San Diego, California 46,400 USD 33,100 USD
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 28,700 USD 30,200 USD

 

PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS LOCATION (city) AVE. UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AVE. GRADUATE TUITION
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 60,600 USD 60,300 USD
Rice University Houston, Texas 54,100 USD 52,100 USD
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 54,900 USD 41,500 USD
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 59,800 USD 40,300 USD
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 59,800 USD 62,000 USD

 

LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES LOCATION (city) AVE. UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AVE. GRADUATE TUITION
Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts 61,500 USD 61,500 USD
Amherst College Amherst, Massachusetts 63,500 USD n/a
United States Naval Academy (only accepts US citizens) Annapolis, Maryland Free n/a
Pomona College Claremont, California 56,300 USD n/a
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 59,000 USD n/a

 

COMMUNITY COLLEGES LOCATION (city) AVE. ASSOCIATE DEGREE TUITION
De Anza College Cupertino, California 3,600 USD
Pasadena City College Pasadena, California 10,000 USD
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, California 5,800 USD
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, Iowa 2,700 USD
Foothill College Los Altos Hills, California 4,100 USD

 

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES LOCATION (city) AVE. UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AVE. GRADUATE TUITION
Spelman College Atlanta, Georgia 28,000 USD n/a
Howard University Washington, D.C. 30,600 USD 31,400 USD
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, Florida 16,500 USD 18,400 USD
Tuskegee University Tuskegee, Alabama 21,000 USD 21,900 USD
Morehouse College Atlanta, Georgia 27,100 USD n/a

 

The above tables only show the average tuition for several US institutions, meaning the actual tuition fee varies per study program and degree level, and expect that there are additional costs such as miscellaneous fees, health insurance, etc. The type of institution also plays a significant role in how they charge tuition. For example, enrolling in a public university or community college will be way cheaper than in a private university. So, if you are looking to study in the US and tuition happens to be your top priority, this list will help you compare the costs for several universities.

 

We hope that this article on tuition fees in America was helpful. To learn more, check out our Guide to Studying in the USA and Available Programs for International Students sections!

About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hi! I am Hyun, and I am the founder at Global Scholarships. I've received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College and a $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for my undergraduate degree and was offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. You can read more about my scholarship journey here. If you are interested, you can follow me on Linkedin where I regularly write about scholarship opportunities.

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