5. Wesleyan University
Total Cost: $58,202
Room & Board: $12,574
Wesleyan, in Middletown, Conn., occupied the No. 7 slot on Campus Grotto’s list last year. This year its total cost rose by almost $3,000, placing it at No. 5.
A large number of Wesleyan grads go on to earn Ph.D.s. According to a 2005 study conducted by Swarthmore College, Wesleyan had the second-highest number of liberal arts college graduates to be awarded doctorates, bested only by Oberlin College in Ohio.