4. Columbia University
Total Cost: $58,742
Room & Board: $11,496
New York City’s entrant in the Ivy League, Columbia is also the oldest college in the state, predating the publication of Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital” and — by 22 years — the birth of the United States. It is also the alma mater of three U.S. presidents, one Supreme Court justice and one CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Despite an increase of $2,432 last year, Columbia’s overall place this year fell a notch from No. 3 to No. 4.