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2023 Liberal Arts and Sciences Cost

There are about 2,263,015 students enrolled in Liberal Arts and Sciences in the USA.

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Liberal arts and sciences is the 52nd most expensive degree in the United States, with a median cost of $48,615 among the top 50 programs (just ahead of #53, Stringed Instruments, with a median cost of $48,305).

The Mid East has the most expensive schools with top 50 liberal arts and sciences programs predominantly led by Columbia University in the City of New York with an annual cost of $58,920. District of Columbia is the most expensive state for liberal arts and sciences led by Georgetown University.

Public schools with solid programs typically charge 73.37% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 40.97% less than your average private school. So be sure to look into public shools in your state sooner rather than later.

The most costly option in the top 25 is Columbia University in the City of New York, which is the 3rd most expensive college in America. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. It costs just $8,038 per year, but it is its liberal arts and sciences program is ranked #83. If you’re looking for a higher ranked, but still affordable school, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo  could be a good fit for you, ranked #24 with an in-state cost of just $5,742. Another more affordable option would be #20, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus in Cleveland County, OK with a cost of $4,788 for in-state students and $20,169 for out-of-state students.

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