55 Colleges With the Highest Application Fees

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Add application fees to the list of extra expenses that come with paying for college.

How colleges approach application fees varies. Some don’t charge at all, but many do, particularly National Universities, schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral programs. Responding to an annual survey from U.S. News, 979 ranked colleges reported in 2018 that they charged application fees.

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For some families, that can mean hundreds of dollars in fees if a student is applying to multiple schools. However, application fees may be waived for low-income students. The College Board offers a searchable database of schools that waive application fees. Additionally the National Association for College Admission Counseling provides a waiver request form for first-year applicants and another that can be used by transfer students.

Barring a waiver, applying to multiple schools on the list below can be expensive. Of the 979 schools that reported application fees, 55 charged fees that ranged from a low of $75 to a high of $90 at Stanford University in California. The national average was $43.

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Below is a list of the 55 colleges that reported the highest application fees in 2018. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

SCHOOL NAME (STATE) APPLICATION FEE U.S. NEWS RANK AND CATEGORY
Stanford University (CA) $90 7, National Universities
University of Southern California $85 22 (tie), National Universities
Columbia University (NY) $85 3 (tie), National Universities
Duke University (NC) $85 8 (tie), National Universities
North Carolina State University–Raleigh $85 80 (tie), National Universities
Boston College $80 38 (tie), National Universities
Boston University $80 42 (tie), National Universities
Brandeis University (MA) $80 35 (tie), National Universities
Cornell University (NY) $80 16 (tie), National Universities
Dartmouth College (NH) $80 12 (tie), National Universities
New York University $80 30 (tie), National Universities
University of Connecticut $80 63 (tie), National Universities
University of Massachusetts–Amherst $80 70 (tie), National Universities
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill $80 30 (tie), National Universities
University of North Carolina–Wilmington $80 15 (tie), Regional Universities (South)
Villanova University (PA) $80 49 (tie), National Universities
Yale University (CT) $80 3 (tie), National Universities
Barnard College (NY) $75 25 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Bentley University (MA) $75 3, Regional Universities (North)
Brown University (RI) $75 14 (tie), National Universities
California Institute of Technology $75 12 (tie), National Universities
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) $75 25 (tie), National Universities
College of New Jersey $75 4, Regional Universities (North)
College of William and Mary (VA) $75 38 (tie), National Universities
Cooper Union (NY) $75 1, Regional Colleges (North)
East Carolina University (NC) $75 194 (tie), National Universities
Emory University (GA) $75 21, National Universities
Georgetown University (DC) $75 22 (tie), National Universities
George Washington University (DC) $75 63 (tie), National Universities
Georgia Institute of Technology $75 35 (tie), National Universities
Harvard University (MA) $75 2, National Universities
Kean University (NJ) $75 139 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Manhattan College (NY) $75 15 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology $75 3 (tie), National Universities
New Jersey Institute of Technology $75 106 (tie), National Universities
Northeastern University (MA) $75 44 (tie), National Universities
Northwestern University (IL) $75 10 (tie), National Universities
Rice University (TX) $75 16 (tie), National Universities
Syracuse University (NY) $75 53 (tie), National Universities
Texas A&M University–College Station $75 66 (tie), National Universities
Texas State University $75 230-301, National Universities
Texas Tech University $75 187 (tie), National Universities
Tufts University (MA) $75 27 (tie), National Universities
University of Chicago $75 3 (tie), National Universities
University of Delaware $75 89 (tie), National Universities
University of Houston $75 171 (tie), National Universities
University of Maryland–College Park $75 63 (tie), National Universities
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor $75 27 (tie), National Universities
University of North Carolina–Asheville $75 143 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
University of North Texas $75 230-301, National Universities
University of Notre Dame (IN) $75 18, National Universities
University of Pennsylvania $75 8 (tie), National Universities
University of Texas–Austin $75 49 (tie), National Universities
Washington University in St. Louis $75 19 (tie), National Universities
Woodbury University (CA) $75 59 (tie), Regional Universities (West)

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U.S. News surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2018 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The application fee data above are correct as of June 18, 2019.

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