According to US News, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia share two important distinctions among public colleges.
Both appear high in the Best Colleges rankings (29 and 24 respectively), and both are very expensive options for out-of-state students.
In fact, Michigan and Virginia won the top two spots in the US News annual ranking of the nation’s 10 most expensive public colleges and universities.
Based on information submitted through the annual Common Data Set survey, out-of-state tuition and fees at the priciest public institutions averaged nearly $36,500 for 2012-13—up about $1,000 from the previous year.
In comparison, nonresident tuition averaged about $19,100 nationwide, according to data from 331 “ranked” public colleges (schools designated by US News as “unranked” were excluded from the computation).
Perennially found at the top of the list, three of the pricier members of the University of California system declined to report tuition and fees this year to US News. But using information provided to the US Department of Education, UC San Diego ($36,095), UC Irvine ($36,000), and UC Berkeley ($35,752) would have actually taken up positions 7, 8, and 9 on the list.
Prospective students don’t seem to be the least bit discouraged by steep price tags, as both Michigan and Virginia have seen impressive increases in nonresident applicants over the past five years.
UVa’s nonresident applications increased from 13,764 in 2009 to 20,174 in 2013—or up 46 percent. But with a little pressure from the state legislature, out-of-state enrollments have remained at about one-third of total undergraduate population.
For fall 2012, roughly 32,500 nonresidents applied to the University of Michigan. And many were welcomed, as Michigan enrolled 42.6 percent of its 2012-13 freshman class from out of state—the largest percentage in recent history according to AnnArbor.com.
Below are the 10 of the most expensive public colleges for out-of-state students:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
Undergraduate population: 27,407
Out-of-state Tuition: $39,122
In-state Tuition: $12,994
University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
Undergraduate population: 15,762
Out-of-state Tuition: $38,228
In-state Tuition: $12,216
University of California-Davis, Davis CA
Undergraduate population: 25,038
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,755
In-state Tuition: $13,877
College of William and Mary
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
Undergraduate population: 6,071
Out-of-state Tuition: $37,344
In-state Tuition: $13,570
UC Santa Barbara
University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA
Undergraduate population: 18,620
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,549
In-state Tuition: $13,671
UC Santa Cruz
University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA
Undergraduate population: 15,945
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,294
In-state Tuition: $13,416
University of California-Riverside, Riverside CA
Undergraduate population: 18,522
Out-of-state Tuition: $35,838
In-state Tuition: $12,960
University of Vermont
University of Vermont, Burlington VT
Undergraduate population: 11,482
Out-of-state Tuition: $35,612
In-state Tuition: $15,284
University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate population: 27,199
Out-of-state Tuition: $35,570
In-state Tuition: $12,692
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington VA
Undergraduate population: 1,605
Out-of-state Tuition: $33,811
In-state Tuition: $13,760