As of August, 2015, the American university with the highest tuition was Columbia University in New York City. Tuition and fees alone were listed at $53,523 per year. The cost of room and board was an additional $12,860.
Columbia University is a private university located in a wealthy Manhattan neighborhood. Enrollment consists of 6,170 undergraduate students from all over the world. The university offers extensive need-based financial assistance in the form of grants. This elite school boasts small class sizes, diversity, a broad based core curriculum and one of the oldest engineering programs in the United States. Admission is extremely competitive, with an acceptance rate of only 7 percent.