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How Many of the Country's Most Expensive Universities are in L.A.?

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The price of higher education in the U.S. isn't getting any cheaper, and Los Angeles County is home to some of the costliest four-year schools in the nation. A new ranking published by Campus Grotto reveals the top 100 expensive universities--all of them, not surprisingly, private--based on overall cost (tuition plus room and board), and, in a second list, on tuition alone.

Making the top ten are two of the Claremont colleges, Harvey Mudd (#4 at $53,331) and Claremont McKenna (#8 at $52,995). Further down the list are a handful of other LA County schools, including the University of Southern California (#39 at $51,842), Occidental College (#57 at $51,230), Pomona College (#64 at $51,023), Pepperdine (#77 at $50,350), and Pitzer College (#92 at $49,470). Many of those schools show up on the top 100 for tuition alone, of which USC (#34) is the highest, at $40,384.