The 25 Most Expensive Dorms in the U.S.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Anyone who has looked into the price of attending college can agree that it is not cheap. Everything from application fees to tuition fees raise the costs higher and higher, and that's before students have to pay for books, transportation and anything else they may need throughout the year.

For students choosing to live on campus, there is an entirely separate fee that must be considered: room and board.

Based on data collected by The College Board, we have identified the 25 colleges where campus housing is the most expensive.

"Room and board" is defined as a place to stay with meals provided and included in the price. Since colleges vary in their size and availability of on-campus housing, the charges have been weighted by the number of undergraduates at each institution who are living in campus housing.

Click through to see which colleges made the list.

25. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Boston, Mass.

Room and board: $14,740

MCPHS, a private university established in 1823, is the oldest institution of higher education in the city of Boston. MassPharm has multiple campuses across New England and offers 68 programs in health care fields.


24. San Diego State University
San Diego, Calif.

Room and board: $14,745

Founded in 1897, SDSU has developed from a training facility for elementary school teachers to a leading public research university. With top-ranked graduate programs, in addition to the 91 undergraduate majors it offers, SDSU offers 78 master's programs and 22 doctoral degree programs.


23. Dean College
Franklin, Mass.

Room and board: $14,760

Founded in 1865, Dean is a private college that follows the motto: "To the strong and faithful nothing is difficult." The college grants associate's degrees in 17 majors and baccalaureate degrees in nine majors.


22. Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, Calif.

Room and board: $14,280

Claremont McKenna College is a private liberal arts college, and is one of the five undergraduate colleges and two graduate schools that comprise the Claremont University Consortium. Founded in 1946, CMC is a specialized school that concentrates on preparing students for business, government and the professions.


21. Roger Williams University
Bristol, R.I.

Room and board: $14,864

RWU, established in 1956, is a private liberal arts university named after the founder of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. After spending only 11 years in its original Providence campus, the university was forced to find a larger location to accommodate the growing student body.


 

20. Smith College
Northampton, Mass.

Room and board: $14,950

Chartered in 1871, Smith College is a private women's liberal arts college that is among the largest women's colleges in the nation. Smith is a member of the Five College Consortium, an organization that shares educational resources and facilities among its members.

19. University of California at Riverside
Riverside, Calif.

Room and board: $15,000

U.C. Riverside, a public research university, was originally established in 1954 as a small liberal arts college. In 2005, U.C.R. became the nation's first public university to offer a gender-neutral housing option.


18. University of California at Merced
Merced, Calif.

Room and board: $15,035

U.C. Merced is a major research university focused on the emerging global environment. Established in 2005, U.C. Merced can boast that it is the only university in the U.S. where every building on campus is environmentally certified.


17. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, N.Y.

Room and board: $15,120

Established in 1911, SUNY ESF is the country's oldest institution dedicated solely to the study of the environment. In addition to the Syracuse campus, ESF owns thousands of acres of "living laboratory" in the Adirondacks.


16. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, Mass.

Room and board: $15,200

Olin is a private undergraduate engineering college established in 1997 "to be an important and constant contributor to the advancement of engineering education in America and throughout the world." Each student admitted to the college receives a four-year, half-tuition scholarship.


15. Suffolk University
Boston, Mass.

Room and board: $15,266

Suffolk University was originally established in 1906 as a law school. Today, it is a private university that, in addition to its law school, has a college of arts and sciences with 17 academic departments, as well as a business school.


14. University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, Calif.

Room and board: $15,438

Established in 1838, U.C. Berkeley is the oldest institution in the University of California system. Berkeley has been named the No. 1 public national university by U.S. News & World Report for the past 17 years.


13. Bastyr University
Kenmore, Wash.

Room and board: $15,550

Bastyr University is an alternative medicine university that has been at the forefront of science-based natural medicine since its inception in 1978. Bastyr offers a multidisciplinary curriculum in natural health sciences with programs including herbal sciences, nutrition, acupuncture and psychology.


12. Emerson College
Boston, Mass.

Room and board: $15,596

Emerson College, a liberal arts school founded in 1880, offers degrees in the communications and arts disciplines. Since its founding, the college has worked to meet changing educational demands by encouraging interdisciplinary study.


11. San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, Calif.

Room and board: $15,666

Established in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. SFAI has a faculty of working artists and scholars, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious contemporary art schools of higher education in the U.S.


10. Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, Calif.

Room and board: $15,833

Harvey Mudd, founded in 1955, is a private liberal arts college that specializes in science, engineering, and mathematics. Students at Harvey Mudd have the opportunity to take courses outside of their majors at the other four colleges that make up the Claremont colleges.


9. Hellenic College -- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Brookline, Mass.

Room and board: $16,192

Hellenic College is an Orthodox Christian institution of higher learning that was founded in 1937. The college awards bachelor of arts degrees with concentrations in classics, elementary education, human development, management and leadership, literature and history, and religious studies.


8. Fordham University
New York, N.Y.

Room and board: $16,325

Established in 1841, Fordham is a private, nonprofit Roman Catholic Jesuit research university. Its mission is to teach students to strive for excellence, care for others and fight for justice.


7. St. John's University
New York, N.Y.

Room and board: $16,390

St. John's is a private Roman Catholic university founded in 1868 with the original intention of educating the poor youth of New York City. Today, the university is well-known for its academics and internship and volunteer opportunities.


6. Pace University
New York, N.Y. and Westchester County, N.Y.

Room and board: $16,600

Pace, established in 1906, is a private university with locations in New York City and suburban Westchester County. On Sept. 11, 2001, New York City EMTs used Pace's Manhattan Admissions Lobby as a triage station.


5. New York University
New York, N.Y.

Room and board: $16,782

Founded in 1831, NYU is a private research university that, of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities.

With more than 11 sites for study around the world, NYU strives to be "a top quality international center of scholarship, teaching and research."


4. Boston Conservatory
Boston, Mass.

Room and board: $17,120

The Boston Conservatory is a performing arts music school for graduate and undergraduate degrees in music, dance and musical theater. Opened in 1867, it is the oldest performing arts conservatory of its kind in the U.S.


3. Berklee College of Music
Boston, Mass.

Room and board: $17,372

Berklee was founded in 1945 on two central ideas: "that musicianship could be taught through the music of the time; and that our students need practical, professional skills for successful, sustainable music careers." Today, it is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world.


2. LIM College
New York, N.Y.

Room and board: $19,850

Established in 1939, LIM College is a private for-profit institution dedicated to the business of fashion. Undergraduates can major in fashion merchandising, international business, management, marketing and visual merchandising.


1. New School
New York, N.Y.

Room and board: $20,190

The New School, founded in 1919, is a progressive university made up of seven different schools: Parsons School of Design, Mannes School of Music, the Schools of Public Engagement, The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the School of Jazz, and the School of Drama.

Jamie Williams, an intern at TheStreet, contributed to this report.

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