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The Most Expensive Ivy But One

Next year’s Ivy tuition numbers are in for everyone but Columbia (for some reason that school doesn’t announce its increase until the end of June each year), and the College is once again the most costly Ivy — though we’ll undoubtedly drop back to #2 once Columbia’s figures appear.

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This result is particularly unacceptable given that the cost of living in Hanover is the second lowest among the Ivy cities and towns, and the cost of living in Manhattan is the highest (see below). Additionally, the College’s 4.8% increase for the coming year in tuition, room/board, and fees was the second highest jump in the Ivy League after Yale:

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Dartmouth: +4.8%
Cornell: +4.4%
Penn: +3.9%
Brown: +3.5%
Yale: +4.9%
Harvard: +3.5%
Princeton: +4.5%
Columbia: not yet announced

Inflation over the past year was 2.29%.

We seem to be putting space between ourselves and schools like Princeton. Four years in Hanover will now cost you $26,872 more than getting your education in Princeton, NJ. If you had the choice, where would you (and your parents) choose to go to school?

Addendum: Unless the College gets serious about its costs, the 2013-2014 academic year will see the basic cost of attending Dartmouth break $60,000.

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